2014 Fall Conference

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OPA Psychotherapy Section's

2014 Fall Conference

Guest Speaker – PAT OGDEN

PAT OGDEN, PhD,is a pioneer in somatic psychology and the founder/director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, an internationally recognized school specializing in somatic-cognitive approaches for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and attachment disturbances. She is co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, a clinician, consultant, international lecturer and trainer, and first author of Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment. She is currently working on a third book, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents.


Implicit, non-conscious communication — gesture, stance, posture, prosody, facial expressions, and movement patterns — is the heartbeat of all relationships. Bodily-based, affect-laden communication between infants and their attachment figures shapes procedural memory and affects regulation capacities, which, in turn, influence how one responds to traumatic experiences. A therapist's exclusive reliance on the "talking cure" can limit clinical efficacy since patients cannot discuss early memories that are not explicitly encoded, and often cannot put the traumatic past into a cohesive narrative. A paradigm shift is indicated that address the implicit self and privileges mindful awareness of the moment-by-moment experience of implicitly encoded expectations and predictions over engaging in conversation. In Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, mindfulness is not taught through structured exercises or solitary practices, but is integrated with and embedded within what transpires moment-to-moment between therapist and client.

Emphasizing embedded relational mindfulness, this workshop explores the legacy of trauma and attachment experience in determining affect regulatory capacities, procedural learning and implicit communication, and thus in large part, the quality of one's relationships with others and with oneself. Key components of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy will be illustrated using videotaped excerpts of sessions with traumatized individuals and brief experiential exercises: distinguishing interventions for trauma- vs attachment-related emotions; specific skills for embedded relational mindfulness; working with physical actions related to animal defensive subsystems and developmental movement sequences; building somatic resources; and developing a somatic sense of self.


8:30 am Registration and Breakfast
9:00 am The Somatic Narrative; Phase- Oriented Treatment: Stabilization; Trauma and Attachment; Embedded Relational Mindfulness
10:30 am Refreshment Break
10:45 am Phase Two Treatment: Traumatic Memory; Five Developmental Movements; Implicit Relational Knowing; Embodied Mentalizing
12:00 noon Buffet Luncheon
1:30 pm Working with Posture; Attachment-Related Emotions; Structural Dissociation; Integrating Parts of the Self
2:30 pm Refreshment Break
2:45 pm Two Parallel Journeys; Therapeutic Enactments; Body to Body Communication - Questions and Answers
4:00 pm Conclusion

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the conference, participants will be able to

  1. Describe the Window of Tolerance.
  2. Explain relational mindfulness.
  3. Describe the role of the body in psychotherapy.
  4. List three specific movements to explore in therapy.
  5. Define the "somatic narrative."

This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone.

Registration Fees

Conference Fee Schedule
(Fees, per person, cover your conference registration, breakfast, luncheon and refreshment breaks)
September 27, 2014
September 27, 2014

OPA Members – Full

$210.00 + HST = $237.30

$225.00 + HST = $254.25

OPA Members – Associate/Life/Honorary/Inactive

$160.00 + HST = $180.80

$175.00 + HST = $197.75


$80.00 + HST =  $90.40

$95.00 + HST =  $107.35

Non-Members – Physicians

$230.00 + HST = $259.90

$245.00 + HST = $276.85

Non-Members – Allied Health Care Professionals

$180.00 + HST = $203.40

$195.00 + HST = $220.35

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