Touch, Bodywork & Psychotherapy
3 three-day weekends (9 full days - 54 class hours)
CEs Available for MFTs, LCSWs, & LPCs
2011 Training Schedule:
not scheduled at this time
Friday 1:00-6:00, Saturday 9:30-6:00, Sunday 9:30-5:30
to be announced
Overview of Training:
Being embodied is central to all living processes. Without a body there is no life, as we know it. If the body is indeed central to living experience then it surely must have significant value in the psychological healing process.
Touch and hands-on bodywork are powerful and important interventions in any therapeutic process that involves inquiry into a client’s psychological or emotional patterns. The use of touch and hands-on work has often been discouraged in the therapeutic process due to erroneous beliefs that it is illegal, inappropriate or even dangerous to a client’s healing process. Yet if touch and hands-on work are utilized appropriately and skillfully the benefit to the client is immense. When a practitioner has the ability to simultaneously work with the psyche, emotions, and the tissues, the transformative and healing potential is more powerful, direct and integrative.
This experiential course investigates the appropriate use of touch and hands-on interventions that access, deepen, and explore psychological and emotional organization. The primary focus of the course is to provide the knowledge and skills needed to successfully integrate touch and hands-on work in clinical practice.
The course material includes:
• Touch and bodywork interventions that access and deepen psychological and emotional material.
• Specific anatomy and biomechanical understanding that is useful in utilizing touch and bodywork interventions.
• The use of appropriate touch in the therapy context.
• Indications and contraindications for using touch and/or hands-on interventions.
• Creating safety when touch and bodywork interventions are used.
• Transference and counter-transference issues.
• Legal and ethical issues in using touch and bodywork in the psychotherapy process.
• Developing tracking and perceptual skills.
• Developing subtle palpation skills.
• How-when-where to touch.
• Languaging touch and bodywork interventions.
• Processing psycho-emotional experiences that arise as a result of interventions involving touch or bodywork.
• Utilizing touch and bodywork in the integration phase of psychotherapeutic work.
This will be a fully clothed course and will include both on table and off table touch and bodywork practice. The comfort and safety of the participants will be carefully honored. The course material will be useful to both experienced and new therapists as well a body workers who have an interest in the interface between physical issues and psycho-emotional experience.
For more information about this training, our payment plan options, or to apply, please contact the organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 510-496-6006
Completed training applications along with your tuition check made out to
Bill Bowen Trainings should be sent to
Bill Bowen, 2408 NE 8th Ave. Portland OR 97212
CE'S: Continuing education credits are available. Bill Bowen Trainings is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Continuing Education Provider for LCSW's and MFT in the state of CA. PCE #2731.
The facilities are handicapped accessible. If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please inform us of your accommodation needs by the registration deadline. We will make a good faith effort to meet your accommodation requests after this deadline.