ISP Module 1:
Embodiment of Emotions, Cognition & Behaviour Part 1
Working with Emotions and Attachment with Greater Efficiency through the Science of the Physiology of Emotions and Attachment and Principles of Energy Psychology.
This module is part of the Integral Somatic Psychology Professional Training
Improving outcomes in all therapies through the greater embodiment of emotions.
ISP has developed into a rich treasure. In helping clients with difficult emotions such as fear, grief and pain my work has gained much more containment and depth. And during a severe flu combined with heart symptoms I was able to regulate my anxiety through what I have learned at ISP. I highly recommend ISP to therapists.
No matter what we are working on with our clients (trauma, attachment, spirituality or other ordinary life experiences), the work with emotions plays a central role. All those who do any psychological work (in psychotherapy, bodywork, energy work, or teaching) have much to gain from integrating the knowledge about the physiology of emotions from over a hundred years of scientific research in universities and clinical research in diverse body psychotherapy traditions.
Both mainstream psychotherapies and body psychotherapies including Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® (SP) can improve their work with emotions to a significant degree by learning how different types of emotions (primary, secondary, and tertiary or sensorimotor emotions) are generated, as well as defended against, in the brain and body physiology.
ISP can enhance skills for working wth emotions physiologically and psychologically at the same time without destroying them.
- How to work with emotional or affective experiences more deeply and completely through the physical and energy bodies, work that can also significantly improve cognitive and behavioral work that you do with yourself and your clients.
- How to work with psychophysiological or psychosomatic symptoms with greater effectiveness.
- How different layers of your physical body are involved in generating and defending against different types of emotions and other psychological experiences.
- How to work with your energy body through your physical body to balance cognition and emotion in your work.
- The physiology of attachment in the muscular system of the physical (gross) body and in the layers of the energy (subtle) body.
- How to develop your inter-personal resonance and use it to help yourself and your clients, especially in relationship work.
1. Basic principles of Integral Somatic Psychotherapy
- The ISP framework: The individual physical (gross) body, the individual energy (subtle) body, the dynamic collective physical (gross) body, the dynamic collective energy (subtle) body, the dynamic collective body of unity, and the absolute collective body of unlimited of pure awareness or consciousness. Multi-disciplinary theoretical and empirical evidence for different levels of the ISP model from Western and Eastern sources.
- All Western and Eastern therapeutic approaches as special cases of the integrative ISP framework. ISP as a master training for experienced professionals in any therapeutic modality with prior psychological and somatic expertise.
- Embodiment of psychological experience in the individual physical (gross) body as the core clinical strategy in ISP. Four inter-related aspects of embodiment of psychological experience with a broad definition of emotion or affect as the bridge: Working with psychological, physiological, and energetic defenses to expand and deepen the experience in the body and to build capacity for tolerating it; and working with the experience cognitively and behaviorally to facilitate greater embodiment of the experience in the body, defined as a person’s stable relationship to the experience such as love or grief over time. Scientific evidence for effectiveness of embodiment in increasing clinical outcomes in cognitive, emotional, and behavioral work.
- Three aspects of regulation: physiological, energetic, and psychological.
- Presentation of case studies for the effectiveness of the Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP) approach in different cultures including a published peer reviewed research article.
2. Working to improve self-regulation across the three layers of the individual physical (gross) body:
- The muscular system governed by the somatic nervous system
- The viscera governed by the autonomic nervous system
- The central nervous system and structures that surround it
Presentation of a model of regulation with seven easy-to-learn flow patterns to regulate the physiology during psychological work without compromising or destroying the very psychological experience one is working with, a common problem in many body-oriented and energy-oriented approaches in mainstream psychology.
3. Understanding the Seven Basic Dynamics
The seven basic dynamics such as constriction/flaccidity and hyper/ hypo arousal through which the three layers of the individual physical (gross) body are used to generate as well as defend against different psychological experiences such as perception, cognition, memory, imagination, affect, verbal and non-verbal expression, behavior, and relationship. Theoretical and empirical evidence for these generative and defensive dynamics from scientific research in academia and clinical research in body psychotherapy traditions.
4. Affect Theory
Theories of affect and affect development. Levels or types of affect. Affect and psychophysiological disorders. Relevant research.
5. Choice of Tools
Awareness, intention, imagination, breath, sound, movement, self-touch, touch of another, bodywork, and energy work as clinical tools that can be used appropriate to the therapist’s training, preference, and licensure context. Understanding of the relative advantages, disadvantages, and limitations of each tool.
6. The Muscular System
The role played by the muscular system in generating as well as defending against psychological experiences including emotions. The psychological functions of the muscles of the legs, arms, head, face, neck, and torso areas including shoulder, respiratory, and pelvic diaphragms. Relevant research and techniques for working with muscles in these areas during psychological work.
7. The Individual Energy (subtle) Body
The definition of the individual energy (subtle) body as a sub atomic particle level or quantum body and the emerging evidence for it from neuroscience, quantum physics, and research on near death and out of body experiences. The role of the individual energy (subtle) body in generating as well as defending against physiological and psychological experiences, and in the regulation of the individual physical (gross) body. Relevant findings and evidence from Western approaches such as biodynamic cranial osteopathy and Western and Eastern energy psychology approaches.
8. The Lower Energy Centres
The psychological and physiological functions of the three lower energy centres and the elements associated with them (ether, air, and water) as metaphors for the felt sense experience of the different layers of the individual energy (subtle) body.
9. The relationship between the individual physical (gross) and energy (subtle) bodies
Understanding the relationship between the individual physical (gross) and energy (subtle) bodies in terms of basic concepts of energy zones and primary energy flow patterns from Polarity therapy. Simple strategies for expanding the individual energy (subtle) body and for embodying it in the individual physical (gross) body in a balanced way to improve physical, energetic, and psychological regulation in clients and yourself.
10. Working with layers of the energy (subtle) body
Simple ways of working with layers of the energy (subtle) body through the physical (gross) body to increase embodiment and regulation of physiological, energetic and psychological experiences to improve clinical outcomes in therapy.
11. The Role of Resonance
The role of resonance between individual bodies and between individual and collective bodies in physical, energetic, and psychological self-regulation and interactive regulation. Evidence for different types of resonance between individual bodies and between individual and collective bodies from theoretical and empirical scientific research including findings from quantum physics. Differentiation of transference, counter- transference and resonance. Strategies for developing and utilizing resonance in clinical work.
12. Physiology of Attachment
The science of the physiology of attachment in the muscular system layer of the individual physical (gross) body. Relevant findings from scientific research and body psychotherapy traditions.
Foundation Module - Online Viewing Option - NO DATE RESTRICTION
Early Bird Fee - $1650 (AUD) (enrol by 30th January 2020)
Standard Fee - $1760 (AUD)
Flexible payment plans available - $77 admin fee applies.
Trainer: Dr. Raja Selvam
Pre-requisite: completion of ISP Module 1 by attendance or the online viewing option.
Early Bird Fee - $2310 (AUD) (enrol by 20th February 2020)
Standard Fee - $2420 (AUD)
Flexible payment plans are available - $77 admin fee applies.
Included: Morning and Afternoon Tea with GF and Vegetarian options.
Trainer: Dr. Raja Selvam
Venue: Holy Cross Centre, 207 Serpells Road, Templestowe VIC
Residential accommodation available - bookings via SE Australia.