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Working with our Younger Clients and Their Families: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach to Child, Adolescent, Family and Group Treatment

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September 15, 2017, Los Angeles

Dr. Goldstein leads this integrative, day-long workshop alongside discussant, Dr. Mason Sommers, illustrating the significance of the "somatic narrative" in the treatment of children, adolescents-transitioning-to-adults, and family therapy, exploring therapeutic challenges and transformative moments. The ongoing process of body-based, implicit, nonverbal behavior, and the complex interplay between psychological experience, procedural learning, and sensory processing, are illuminated through an exploration of movement patterns, gestures, stance, postures, prosody, and other non-verbal cues. Participants will learn new ways to enhance self-regulation and relationship skills, foster resilience, and create new competencies, all conducted in an atmosphere of curiosity, play and discovery, and explored through clinical vignettes, case studies, brief experiential exercises, and short videotaped excerpts of sessions. For more information is at:

https://www.sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org/s74500022/detail

Relationship and The Power of Connection

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March 16-18th, 2018 UCLA Interpersonal Neurobiology and Attachment Conference

Drs. Bonnie Goldstein and Pat Ogden present, When Past becomes Present; Addressing Relationship Challenges through the Lens of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Drs. Pat Ogden and Bonnie Goldstein collaboratively draw upon current research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, medicine and mindfulness, presenting on Embedded Relational Mindfulness, foundational in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, to elucidate the wisdom of the body and the impact of our primary relationships on attachment, the therapeutic relationship, and collaborative development of treatment goals (between therapist and client, group members, family members, etc.). This presentation helps both therapists and clients to develop consciousness and integrate awareness of self-and-other, illustrating Sensorimotor Psychotherapy principles, blending theory and technique from cognitive and psychodynamic therapies, and mindfulness practices incorporating both verbal and non-verbal communication.

All new, short video segments will illuminate these concepts, including deepening awareness of moment-to-moment experiences, fostering shared consciousness for positive wellbeing, and exploring a range of interventions, adjusting interventions according to particular needs arising during the session. Movement interventions that promote empowerment and competency will be explored, including quieting the body while exploring sustained awareness of the shift (thoughts, feelings, five sense perception, enhanced self awareness). Presenters will include integrated theory informed by research in trauma, attachment, infancy and neurobiology, offering a practical guide to the language of the body and Embedded Relational Mindfulness as a fundamental step towards developing mindfulness of others in our world--our families, peers, and community.


Working with our Younger Clients and Their Families: A Sensorimotor PsychotherapySM Approach to Child, Adolescent, Family and Group Treatment

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June 23 - 24, 2017, Berkeley CA

This integrative workshop revisits the development of identity, sense of self, affect regulation, verbal and non-verbal communication and the ability to form and sustain relationships in our younger clients. Using a mind-body-brain lens informed by Sensorimotor PsychotherapySM, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and psychodynamic psychotherapy, a wide range of treatment modalities are explored through clinical vignettes, case studies, brief experiential exercises, and videotaped excerpts of sessions.

The workshop will elucidate the significance of the "somatic narrative" in the treatment of children, adolescents-transitioning-to-adults, and family therapy, exploring therapeutic challenges and transformative moments. The ongoing process of body-based, implicit, nonverbal behavior, and the complex interplay between psychological experience, procedural learning, and sensory processing, are illuminated through an exploration of movement patterns, gestures, stance, postures, prosody, and other non-verbal cues. Techniques taught by the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute(R), developed by Dr. Pat Ogden, founder and pioneer in the field of somatic psychology, will be illuminated as participants learn new ways to enhance self-regulation and relationship skills, foster resilience, and create new competencies, all conducted in an atmosphere of curiosity, play and discovery.

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Midday-Monday Clinical Supervision

Interweaving attachment theory (Bowlby, Main & Hesse), psychodynamic psychotherapeutic techniques (Winnicott, Kohut), and interpersonal neurobiology including innovative research specifying circuitry in our brains that can map the mind of another person (Siegel, Schore, Porges), Dr. Goldstein integrates current research and clinical application including Sensorimotor psychotherapy/somatic/mindfulness based therapeutic interventions (Ogden), EMDR (Shapiro)and psychoeducational intervention. sunset

Ongoing Child and Adolescent Groups

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Please see our ongoing groups page.


Raising Responsible Children

Through the group process we will identify and articulate our own values and sense of meaning as it relates to our children. This group will examine how we can raise children with positive values, compassion, empathy, and the ability to communicate about life issues. Understanding of life cycle milestones help us to provide a warm family environment in which to raise our children. Parents will have the opportunity to explore ongoing issues concerning parent-child interaction, develop tools to enhance communication, and elucidate the values that shape the lives of our children.
This monthly group is facilitated by Dr. Goldstein.

Transition Group: College and Beyond

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Ongoing weekly group  offers young adults the opportunity to reflect on the past and plan for the future, navigating the transition to adulthood through the dynamic process of group counseling. These issues will be addressed as we explore relationships, reflect on parents, transitions, life goals and family issues. This group offers participants an adjunct resource to their individual treatment, or as an experience unto itself.