Beginning in Fall: September 2022 thru June 2023
Studies in Somatic Psychology
Contemporary Orgone (Reichian) Therapy Four-Year Training
Year 1: Relational and somatically focused character analysis
Year 2: Working with the somatic armor
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, twenty 2-hour video or in person meetings per year, consisting of two meetings per month for ten months (September thru June). Forty hours per year total.
Format: Meetings will include discussion of assigned readings, presentation of clinical case material, clinical demonstrations and group experiential work.
1. Develop a thorough 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 a thorough understanding of the evolution of contemporary Reichian therapeutic practice from its origins in psychoanalysis to its current form.
3. Develop the ability to use contact and emotional attunement as a ground from which to engage clients in individual counseling from a somatic perspective.
4. 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.
5. 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.
B. Therapeutic Practice:
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.
Times/Dates: via Zoom: Alternate Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:30 PM PST, beginning in September, 2022. Go to the syllabus link for specific dates.
Fee: $2400/year; $2200 for students enrolled full time in a graduate program who have financial constraints. Payment options available. Some scholarships available.
Continueing Education: 40 CEU's - NASW.
Group size limited to 12 participants
Further information: contact me at my e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four year program outline:
II. Year Two: Addressing the biophysical (somatic) armor
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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