Bodywork and Somatic Education (BASE)™

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A Touch Training for Trauma Therapists: Psychotherapists, Physical Therapists, Bodyworkers, Physicians, Educators, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists

Working to Help Clients Through Traumatic Stress, Chronic Pain, Relational Trauma

Bodywork and Somatic Education™ (BASE™) is a therapeutic approach to helping people overcome the effect of traumatic dysregulation at the structural/tissue level using hands-on interventions and movement or somatic education interventions. This class is specifically designed for Trauma Therapists who want to include or improve their skills with bodywork and somatic education using the principles of trauma healing, anatomy, movement and “Listening Hands.”

The body is where we live. Psychological processes and emotions are physiological states expressed through the structures of the body. Through sensory feedback, bones, muscles, fascia and organs/viscera give information about our state of being: safe, threatened, relaxed, anxious, aroused, etc. If the body is sending sensory information registered as discomfort, pain or stress, a person will perpetuate a heightened state of arousal or activation. This can become a self-maintaining positive feedback loop resulting in negative feelings—emotionally and physically.

The causes:  physical injury, emotional abuse, natural disasters, sexual assault, car accidents, surgery/anesthesia, suffocation, and other threatening circumstances.

The result:  PTSD, chronic pain, anxiety, gastrointestinal problems, headaches, flashbacks, feeling detached, forgetful, stressed-out, fear of the next attack, relationship difficulties irritability, sleep difficulties.

Bodywork and Somatic Psychotherapy are essential for healing trauma. BASE™ practitioners who work with clients suffering from these conditions will have a greater sensitivity to follow or track what is happening in a client’s body and WHERE it is happening. You will refine you hands-on receptive skills and non-touch ability to be extremely specific in identifying constriction/activation in a client’s body and how to work to release the constriction allowing expansion, capacity and choice becomes available for a client.

Learning how work to with the body enhances skilled intervention. BASE™ Training for trauma therapists addresses this in two ways: first, non-touch somatic learning/body awareness strategies and effective assessment; and, second, hands-on somatic skills. For psychotherapists interested in adding hands-on work to their practices (from supportive touch on a client’s shoulder, to helping release freeze or shock in specific tissues, organs and body structures), this training will help you become skilled in somatic (body centered) therapy. Bodyworkers and movement educators will learn how to refine and expand their hands-on work with a paradigm that addresses slowly expanding a client’s capacity for flow and ease without cathartic overwhelm.

BASE™ brings two related aspects of somatic work together:

  • working directly with hands-on work to facilitate and allow change of dysregulation in body tissues, organs and structures; and
  • somatic education, learning from the inside through kinesthetic sense of self.

As a practitioner you will learn to refine your “Listening Hands” skills and your ability to track the autonomic nervous system and change in the tissues, from constriction to flow, with and without touch. BASE™ is intended to help develop hands-on touch skills of psychotherapists and to refine Listening Hands skills of bodyworkers who work with traumatized clients.

Growing evidence shows the importance of touch in healing from shock trauma and developmental trauma.  Touch gives an infant the physical feedback of its existence and healthy physical contact supports healthy emotional connection for lifelong healthy attachment and bonding. When disrupted by developmental wounding, illness or shock trauma, or when insufficient for healthy bonding the infant can grow into a child, adolescent and adult in physical and/or relational freeze. Touch also supports and promotes healing of physical structures in the anatomy that impact a person’s life because of pain and/or movement difficulties.
BASE™ teaches practitioners hands-on work to facilitate and support clients moving out of freeze globally and in local physical structures (e.g., kidneys, fascia, esophagus, bone) to allow more ease and resilience, less physical and emotional pain, greater expansion and possibility for growth in their lives.

Topics Covered

BASE 1: Polyvagal Structures

*Refining Touch Skills with Listening with Hands

*Working directly with structures of the wandering nerve—the vagus: abdominal viscera, GI tract, breathing apparatus (heart, lungs and more)

BASE 2: Social Engagement and Orienting Structures

*Working with Orienting and Social Engagement

*Systems beyond the vagus—Facial, Trigeminal, Accessory, Oculomotor, Eyes and Oral Elements

*Soft power, containment, capacity, inhibiting distress, and body usage

BASE 3: Cranium, Concussions and PTSD

*Bone: Working with Structure
*Focus is on structures of the cranium and brain

*Concussions and PTSD

BASE 4: The Body and Relational Work

*Deconstricting Joints

*Eyes—Bonding/Distancing, Muscles, Superficial or Myofascial, Emotions and the Body

*Working with Couples, Attachment and Bonding

**The BASE™ training consists of 4 modules. For students who want a certificate of completion for the entire training and to become a BASE™ practitioner 4 consultations (group or individual) with Dave and 4 personal sessions in addition to the 4 modules are required and are an additional expense.

Video Streaming — Only one module by video streaming (available soon) can be applied toward the training requirements.  If one module is completed by video an additional 2 consultations with Dave and 1 personal BASE™ session are required for completion of the training requirements.  Video streaming will be available for 3 months from the date the link is sent.  There are no ceu’s with video streaming.

BASE video review — Any module of BASE™ video can be reviewed by anyone who has taken the BASE™ training.  The link for review will be good from 3 months from the date the link is emailed.

All video access is via streaming using a link from Google Drive.  The link is issued by Dave Berger.

Visit the Teaching Calendar to learn more about upcoming workshops and training opportunities.

BASE™ CEUs may include:

Psychologists and Social Workers: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES), provider  #1117 is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards 400 South Ridge Parkway, Suite B, Culpeper, VA 22701. ASWB Approval Period through October 5, 2012. CES provides Social Workers 18 continuing education hour of credit for completing this programs.

Bodyworkers: NCBTMB Provider #1023

This program is co-sponsored by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for continuing education credit

Psychologists: CES is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Psychologists completing each of these presentations receive 18 Continuing Education hours of credit.  CES maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

Social Workers: Commonwealth Educational Seminars, provider  #1117 is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards 400 South Ridge Parkway, Suite B, Culpeper, VA 22701. CES provides Social Workers 18 continuing education hour of credit for completing this programs.

The following state Psychology Boards accept programs offered by APA approved sponsors as part of license renewal: AL, AK, AR, CA, DE, DC, FL, GA, ID, IN, IA, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, PR, SC, TN, TX, VT, VA, WA, WV, and WY.

The following states/provinces endorse the ASWB program: 
Al, AK, Alberta, AZ, CT, DE, DC, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KY, Manitoba, MA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NM, NC, ND, NJ, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VIrgin Islands, VI, VT, WA, WI, and WY. 
In addition, CES is an Approved Continuing Education Provider for California Social Workers (Approval # PCE 4693) and Florida Social Workers (CE Provider #50-9633.)

*For All BASE trainings and workshops:  General Registration Information:  Registration fees, dates and locations are listed on registration and information materials.  Cancellation policy:  If cancellation is one month prior to start date of each module or workshop there is a full refund less $50; 2 weeks prior to start date, 50% refund.  Less than 2 weeks prior to start date there is no refund.  Payment can be by check, cash or online as specified on registration and information materials.