Daniel Schiff PhD
Daniel Schiff PhD                

Beginning Fall 2019

Studies in Somatic Psychology

Contemporary Reichian Therapy (orgone therapy) Training Program

 

offered by the Somatic Psychotherapy Training Institute - Pacific NW 

www.somaticpsychotherapytraininginstitute-pnw.com

 

 

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, with additional ongoing supervision and workshops available after completion of the four years.  Beginning participants are asked to commit to the first two years of training.

 

The first two years of training will consist of two 3-day weekend sessions (Friday and Saturday 9:30AM – 5:30PM, Sunday 9:00AM – 5PM with a one hour lunch break each day) and five 2-hour video conference call sessions.  The format for subsequent years will be a combination of weekend sessions and video conferences.  Weekend sessions will include discussion of assigned readings, clinical case material, video and audio presentations of instructor's clinical work. clinical demonstrations and experiential work.  Video conference calls will include discussion of assigned readings and clinical case material. Fifty-two hours per year total.  Weekend sessions alternately held in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington.

 

Learning objectives:

 

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.  

 

Timetable: The next training group will begin in November, 2019. Size of group limited to 15 members.

 

Dates:  

 

Weekend #1: Dates: Friday, November 1 thru Sunday, November 3, 2019. Times: Friday 9:30AM – 5:30PM; Saturday 9AM – 5PM; Sunday 9AM – 5PM. 

Weekend #2: Friday, May 1 thru Sunday, May 3, 2020. Times: Friday 9:30AM – 5:30PM; Saturday 9AM – 5PM; Sunday 9AM – 5PM. 

Video conference #1: Friday 3:00 – 5:00 PM PST on December 6, 2019

Video conference #2: Friday 3:00 – 5:00 PM PST on January 17, 2020

Video conference #3: Friday 3:00 – 5:00 PM PST on February 28, 2020

Video conference #4: Friday 3:00 – 5:00 PM PST on March 20, 2020

Video conference #5: Friday 3:00 – 5:00 PM PST on May 29, 2020

 

 

Trainers:  Daniel Schiff, PhD and Mitch Singer, MA, LMHC.

 

Fee: $2200/year; $1925 for students enrolled full time in a graduate program who have financial constraints.  Payment options available.  

 

Continuing Education:  CE approval currently being sought.  NBCC 52 clock hours. 

 

Further information: contact me at my e-mail address:  dschiff@dschiffphd.com. 

 

 

Four year program outline:

 

I. Year One: Contemporary Reichian Therapy - basic theory   

 

A. Theoretical Underpinnings

  • Somatic Psychotherapy and Contemporary Reichian Therapy – an overview
  • The life and work of Wilhelm Reich
  • Character, Character Formation, and Character Analysis: as originally laid out by Reich
  • Character, Character Formation, and Character Analysis: contemporary viewpoints and approaches– self psychology and intersubjectivity  
  • Character Styles as originally laid out by Reich
  •       The Hysterical (Passive-Feminine) Character 
  •       The Compulsive Character 
  •       The Phallic Character 
  •       The Masochistic Character 
  • Character Styles: Contemporary Viewpoints
  •        Shapiro on Neurotic Styles
  • The Development of Orgone therapy: 
  •        The Biophysical Armor: Its nature and development
  •        Biophysical Armor and the Primary and Secondary Drives 
  •        Functional Antithesis of Sexuality and Anxiety
  •        Biological Pulsation and Autonomic Function 
  •  The Orgasm Theory
  •        Orgonotic Pulsation 
  •  Contact and its Disturbances: Contactlessness and Substitute Contact 
  • Orgonomic Functionalism
  • Orgonotic Pulsation and the Cycle of Experience 
  • The Expressive Language of the Living - Emotion and the Armor 
  • The Segmental Arrangement of the Armor 

B. Practical Underpinnings

  • Making contact:  The basis of therapeutic interventions
  •  Fossage: Listening Styles
  • Therapeutic techniques for working with the character armor
  • The body and emotions:  observing emotional changes in the biophysical realm
  • Observation of biophysical armor – the biophysical exam
  • Therapeutic techniques for working with respiration
 

II. Year Two:   Practice of Contemporary Reichian Therapy - introduction to therapeutic technique.

 

A. Theoretical Underpinnings
  • Contemporary Reichian Therapy – key concepts
  • Character Structure and the Segmental Armor
  • Orgonomic Functionalism
  • The Orgasm Theory, Orgonotic Pulsation and the Cycle of Experience
  • The Segmental Arrangement of the Armor
  • Respiration: Mechanics, Physiology, Bioenergetics
  • The Ocular Segment: Characterological and Biophysical presentation
  • Emotion and the Body 
  • Attachment theory and Emotional Regulation
 
B. Practical Underpinnings
  • Making contact: The basis of therapeutic interventions
  • Listening Styles - Observational vs. Reflective Interventions
  • The body and emotions: observing emotional changes in the biophysical realm
  • The beginning phase of therapy: 
  • a. the biophysical exam
  • b. the characterological evaluation
  • c. forming a tentative road map
  • Therapeutic techniques for working with the ocular segment
  • Therapeutic techniques for working with respiration
  • Therapeutic techniques for working with the armor as a whole – biophysical character analysis
  • Tracking Biological Pulsation (T-C-D-R) during the session
  • Dimensions of touch

 

III. Year Three:  Theory and Therapeutic Technique - intermediate studies

 

IV. Year Four: Refinement of therapeutic understanding and technique

 

 

 

Contact information

Daniel Schiff PH.D.
1033 SW Yamhill Street

Suite 402

Portland, Oregon 97205


Phone: 503 290-4655

E-mail: dschiff@dschiffphd.com

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