Beginning Fall 2021
Studies in Somatic Psychology
Contemporary Orgone (Reichian) Therapy Four-Year On-line Training
An in depth training program for psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, and other health professionals who desire to become fully grounded in the theoretical and procedural fundamentals which are used in somatic psychotherapy and contemporary Reichian therapy practice. These fundamentals embody an integration of classical Reichian therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and contemporary developments in the fields of attachment and affect theory.
Course of study: The program of study is spread over four years, eighteen 2-hour video-based meetings per year, consisting of two meetings per month for nine months (October thru June). Additional ongoing supervision and workshops available both during after completion of the four years.
Format: Meetings will include discussion of assigned readings, presentation of clinical case material, clinical demonstrations and group experiential work. Participants will be expected to: a. read the weekly assigned readings and come prepared to each meeting with questions to be addressed,
b. work as therapist and client in front of the group, and c. present clinical work to the group in the form of clinical presentations and audio or video recordings.
Group size limited.
1. Develop an understanding of and ability to apply Reich’s functional conceptualization of the relationship between psyche and soma in the process of individual counseling.
2. Develop the ability to use contact and emotional attunement as a ground from which to engage clients in individual counseling from a somatic perspective.
3. Learn to apply characterological and somatic interventions with clients in individual therapy to help them address problems with estrangement from somatic experience and identify and lessen defenses against emotional contact, experience and expression.
4. Learn to work in the ‘here and now’ and track and respond to clients’ moment by moment responses to changes in their emotional state by observing somatic changes evidenced by body movement and gestures, changes in respiration and facial expression, and changes in vocal tone and prosody.
Prerequisites: a. A graduate degree in the field of mental health or other heath profession or current enrollment in such a graduate program. b. Prior or concurrent somatic psychotherapy, preferably from a Reichian perspective.
Fee: $1980/year; $1800 for students enrolled full time in a graduate program who have financial constraints. Payment options available.
Further information: contact me at my e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four year program outline:
II. Year Two: Practice of Contemporary Reichian Therapy - introduction to therapeutic technique.
III. Year Three: Theory and Therapeutic Technique - intermediate studies
IV. Year Four: Refinement of therapeutic understanding and technique
Daniel Schiff PH.D.
1033 SW Yamhill Street
Portland, Oregon 97205
Phone: 503 290-4655
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