Introduction to Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy™: A Movement-based Approach to Gestalt Therapy - March 27-29, 2020

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Introduction to Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy™: A Movement-based Approach to Gestalt Therapy - March 27-29, 2020


Date: March 27-29, 2020
Time: Friday: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Saturday: 9:30am-4:30pm
Sunday: 9:30am-1:00pm

Tuition: $305.00
Early Bird: $265.00 (before 2/14/2020) - use promo code: dsp

Continuing Education (CE): 13 contact hours

Location: Gestalt Institute of Cleveland

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Jennifer Bury, BFA, CMT, Certified Trainer in DSP™
Kirste L. Carlson, DNP, ND, RN, CS

As human beings, we have a primal desire to feel part of something, to belong - so what does it take to be our true selves and still feel part of a community?

Developmental movement patterns are the basis for every gesture we make throughout our lives. By paying attention to how we use these movements in relationship to each other we become aware of our current expressive habits. This awareness presents us with new choices for interpreting and responding to our clients and others, increasing our possibilities for effective therapy and meaningful connections.

Developmental Somatic PsychotherapyTM (DSP), created by Ruella Frank, Ph.D., is a relational and movement-oriented approach to psychotherapy within a contemporary Gestalt therapy framework.

This introductory course includes theoretical, experiential, and collaborative learning methods in the form of mini-lectures, interactive discussions and engaged, movement- based experiments. Learn how our developmental movements can be diagnostic tools within the Gestalt clinical model and as well as a way to build connection in an age of increased polarization.

As a DSP Certified Trainer Jennifer Bury combines her 30+ years as a movement therapist with the expertise of Gestalt therapist and GIC faculty member Kirste Carlson DNP to design this introductory workshop integrating the latest DSP principles with current Gestalt theory.

Learning Objectives
Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

  • Describe the basic concepts of Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy (DSP) including fundamental movement patterns and kinesthetic resonance;

  • Discuss the role of DSP and nonverbal transactions to the organizing of experience within the Gestalt Relational theory and practice;

  • Recognize the root of psychological development as it emerges through affect/ movement patterns within the infant and caregiver dyad;

  • Apply these patterns to the patient and therapist dyad;

  • Develop greater awareness of bodily experience: a pre-requisite for the practice of somatically based therapy and an approach to tracking the evolving relationship within the clinical model;

  • Explore the fundamental movements of yielding and pushing through individual, dyadic and group experiments;

  • Identify fundamental movements and their psychological functions as they emerge in relationship/contact; and

  • Practice creating developmental movement explorations within the therapy session for diagnosis and treatment.