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Toronto: Child-Parent Somatic Psychotherapy International Training Program

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Child-Parent Somatic Psychotherapy:
International Training Program

A new groundbreaking program with Ruella Frank
and the Gestalt Institute of Toronto

Teaching practitioners to intervene at the earliest phases of social
development through an understanding of movement.

Level One:
DATES
April 12-14, 2019 & September 20-22, 2019

FEE
$850 CAD / $660 USD

Level Two:
DATES
January 10-12, 2020 & June 19-21, 2020

FEE
$850 CAD / $660 USD

LOCATION
To Be Announced

TIMES
To Be Announced

This program is recommended for psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, occupational therapists, movement educators and nurses who work with or are interested in working with parents and children from 0-3 years. Graduates of psychotherapy training institutes who are interested in applying early developmental theory to the therapist-client inter-relationship also are welcome.

For further information and to register visit
www.gestalt.on.ca


About the training:

From the worlds of neuroscience, psychiatry, and developmental psychology, it now is clearly known that the earliest phases of a child’s life sets the ground for later relational experiences. Human qualities of respect, empathy and commitment to another are forged during this important period of time.

Although wanting the best for their child, inadvertently and all too often, parents bring emotional challenges and vulnerabilities from their own experiences of being parented into their relationship with their infants and children. Perhaps they were neglected or abused or chronically mis-attuned to and now struggle with how to parent an infant or young child when the model of “good enough” parenting was not available to them. Such unresolved difficulties hamper parents’ abilities to sensitively caretake their child. This creates dissatisfactions on each side of the equation. Working with parents and their children (0-3 years), can ameliorate the kinds of difficulties that diminish satisfying relationships for each member of the family, while preventing the transmission of early psychological wounds passed down from one generation to the next.

Using a movement-oriented approach to analyze and treat the child-parent developing relationship, the CPSP program explores the subtle yet profound movement exchanges that shape and underlie our earliest patterns of attaching and demonstrates how specific movement experiences become self and relation experiences and vice versa.

When practitioners attend to their patients through movement, they are working at a primary and fundamental level that precedes and underlies later developing language and sophisticated cognitive capacities.

Of interest to people of all backgrounds, the CPSP training program will enhance your perception of human movement by revealing how nonverbal patterns, developed in the relationship with significant others, become the implicit core of adult functioning.

A certificate of continuing education will be issued at the completion of the two year program. The practical experience with parents and children will require supervised practice; supervision can be arranged individually with Ruella Frank.


Guest Faculty
Ruella Frank, PhD, founder and director of The Center for Somatic Studies, brings her lifetime of exploration of early infant movements and their relationship to the adult, which has influenced psychotherapeutic approaches throughout the world. She is author of books and articles introducing her embodied, relational and development approach including Body Of Awareness (2001, Gestalt Press). Ruella is introducing this new groundbreaking program (CPSP) in partnership with the Gestalt Institute of Toronto which welcomes her as an ongoing guest faculty.

Advanced: Stockholm: Exploring the Root of Developmental Trauma: A Somatic Perspective

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May 15-17, 2019

Open to DSP Graduates Only:
Exploring the Root of Developmental Trauma:
A Somatic Perspective

(Conducted in French and English)

with Ruella Frank

LOCATION
c.off (name of the place)
Körsbärsvägen 9,
114 23 Stockholm Sweden

TIMES
Wednesday – Friday, 9:30 am – 4:30 p.m.

*FEE
$575 (€492) (5019 SEK)*

For further information and to register email
ruellafrank@gmail.com

About the workshop:

During this three day workshop, we will explore the roots of ‘traumatic attaching’ – a bi-directional approach – from its inception in the infant-caregiver dyad to its expression in the adult patient-therapist relationship.

Through mini-lectures, experiments, experiential demonstration and discussion, we will learn how to identify patterns of ‘traumatic attaching’ as they emerge within the unfolding therapy session and how to work through them. The aim of this workshop is to continue building an innovative somatic and developmental approach to Gestalt Therapy theory, while remaining faithful to the foundation principles.


The workshop is open to DSP Graduates only.

Edinburgh: The Evolution of Subjectivity

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November 16-18, 2018

The Evolution of Subjectivity:
A Kinetic-Kinesthetic Progression

with Ruella Frank

LOCATION
Day 1 – Friday November 16
Lauriston Hall,
28 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ

Days 2 & 3 – Saturday November 17 & Sunday November 18
Eric Liddell Centre,
15 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4DP

They are one mile apart.

TIMES
Friday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 4:30 p.m.

FEE
£395

Further information and to register contact: info@egi.uk.com
Or visit Edinburgh Gestalt Institute: http://egi.uk.com.

About the workshop:

In this three-day workshop, we explore the progressions of a developing subjectivity from kinetic-kinesthetic processes during fetal life, where the organism is in a state of “oneness” with its environment, to the newborn child who begins the gradual process of differentiating “me” from “not me” in the first year.

Special emphasis will be given to the functional similarity of this vital experiential shift in relation to the subtle yet profound existential experiences emerging within adult therapy. Attention also will be given to kinetic-kinesthetic processes arising in therapy, which clarify the experience of subjectivity for both the patient and therapist.

The workshop presents my latest thinking in terms of a more complete understanding of the developmental progressions – how we come to be and maintain who we are in relation – from a Gestalt theoretical perspective and a Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy approach.

Webinar: The Evolution of Subjectivity

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Friday, September 21, 2018

The Evolution of Subjectivity:
A Kinetic-Kinesthetic Progression

A 75 minute webinar with Ruella Frank

LOCATION
You will receive the link to the webinar upon payment and registration.

TIME
Friday,
1:00 pm (Eastern Daylight Savings Time)

FEE
$35

This workshop is open to All

For further information and to register email
ruellafrank@gmail.com

About the workshop:

This 75 minute interactive WEBINAR will explore the progressions of a developing subjectivity from kinetic-kinesthetic processes during fetal life, where the organism is in a state of “oneness” with its environment, to the newborn child, who begins the gradual process of differentiating “me” from “not me” in the first year.

Special emphasis will be given to the functional similarity of this vital experiential shift in relation to the subtle yet profound existential experiences emerging within adult therapy. Attention also will be given to the kinetic-kinesthetic processes in session, which clarify the experience of subjectivity for both the patient and therapist.

This WEBINAR presents my latest thinking in terms of a more complete understanding of the processes of development – how we come to be and maintain who we are in relation – from a Gestalt theoretical perspective and our Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy approach.

This is an interactive webinar:
During the seminar, participants will be able to send written questions that all of us will see. I will respond to as many questions and comments as possible, allowing time for dialogue among us.

I hope you will be as interested as I am in this new form of our coming together. It is an experiment and we will see how it emerges!

Bilbao: Moving Towards The Edge

Bilbao Guggenheim

July 23-29, 2018

Moving Towards the Edge:
An Advanced International Event in Gestalt Therapy

Now in English and Spanish

with Ruella Frank, Jean-Marie Robine, & Michael Vincent Miller

LOCATION
Hotel Silken Indautxu
Plaza del Bombero Etxaniz,
s/n, 48010
Bilbao, BI, Spain
Map

TIMES
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday,
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday the 26th will be free.

FEE
Participation to the workshop : 1200 € (including lunches & pauses)
Early bird : registration before Jan. 31th, 2018 : 1050 €
Latecomers : (registration after May 20th) : 1350 €
If cancellation happens before 2018 May 20, 100 € will be kept for administrative charges.
50% of your registration fees after this date.
Payment by bank transfer (see registration form)

For more information visit:
Institute Français de Gestalt-Thérapie
or contact IFGT by phone: +335 57 58 29 70, or e-mail: ifgt@orange.fr

*Registration is closed*

Accomodations:
Bedrooms in Hotel Silken (not included in registration) :
individual 83 € • Double 93 € / night (breakfast included)
Limited number of rooms in Hotel Silken to be booked directly to the hotel before May 15
You may also prefer another kind of accommodation (other hotels, B&B, etc.)!
Meals (Lunches) : 6 days included in registration
Dinners not included. Let’s enjoy dinners or tapas in the city!
www.hotels-silken.com


About the workshop:

This six-day program, a collaboration among Michael Vincent Miller, Ruella Frank and Jean-Marie Robine, three international trainers and theorists, is intended for experienced practitioners as well as trainers of
Gestalt therapy.

The emphasis is on expanding possibilities and exploring new horizons in our work. Foundational concepts of Gestalt therapy, such as contacting, contact-boundary, theory of self, etc., will be scrutinized and given new shape.

Some of our concerns to be taken up: The phenomenology of movement in early development and therapy; anxiety, depression, and trauma from a temporal point of view; the central place of form in the aesthetics of health and pathology; reflexivity–the moving I and the feeling Me–in the theory of self.

Each half-day, one of the presenters will open the topic and the other two join in to contribute to a further illumination of the theme, and arrive at an integration of our various perspectives. There also will be ample time for experiments, small group discussion, and therapy demonstrations to ground this new material in participants’ experience.


The workshop is open to experienced practitioners, supervisors, and trainers in gestalt therapy.
Number of participants limited to 75.
This seminar will be in English and will be translated into Spanish.

For further information: email us at
somaticstudies.com

Stockholm: Embodied Intersubjectivity

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April 28-29, 2018

Embodied Intersubjectivity: A Developmental and Movement Oriented Approach to Psychotherapy

with Ruella Frank

LOCATION
Alviks Medborgarhus (Alviks Community House)
Room: Brommasalen (2nd floor)
Gustavslundsvägen 168 A
167 51 Bromma

Closest Subway: Alvik

Map

TIMES
Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 am – 4:30 p.m.

FEE
$400 (€370) (3600 SEK)

For further information and to register email
ruellafrank@gmail.com

About the workshop:

In this 2-day workshop, Dr Ruella Frank will explore the intricate relational moves of embodied intersubjectivity that form a basis of communication, initially between parent and baby but then throughout life.

The movement repertoire that develops in the first year of life is a language that conveys our most pressing desires, intentions and emotions. These expressive movements, acquired in the company of significant others, go on to become the tacit core of adult behaviour in everyday experience and, of course, in the psychotherapy relationship too.

It is on the details of this somatic expression of affect and relational intent that we will focus during the workshop, developing our understanding of the meaning and emotional significance of these somatic communications and skills in applying those insights to the therapy work.

Columbus: DSP Introductory Workshop 2017

Students in workshop

May 19-21, 2017

Introduction to Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy

LOCATION
Sullivant Hall, third floor
The Ohio State University
1813 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Map

TIMES
Friday 5:30 am – 8:30 pm, Saturday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

FEE
$350

For more information and registration visit:
www.davidrdagglpcc.com
or contact David R. Dagg-Murry, 614-568-3244, e-mail: dspworkshop2017@gmail.com


About the workshop:

The movement repertoire that develops in the first year of life is a language in itself that conveys desires, intentions and emotions. This early life in motion serves as the root of ongoing nonverbal interaction and later verbal expression. These expressive movements acquired in the company of significant others, become the tacit core of adult behavior in everyday experience.

Ruella Frank will explore the intricate relational moves of embodied intersubjectivity between parent and baby and it’s functional similarity to experiences unfolding within the patient-therapist relationship — with children, couples and individual adults. Put into practice, her work can expand and reorient the practitioner’s perception of human movement, enabling patient and psychotherapist together to make surprising discoveries about their interactions.


The workshop is open to psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, infant educators, as well as movement therapists/educators who wish to better understand the relationship between psychological experience and physical expression.

For further information: email us at
somaticstudies.com

NYC: The Genesis of Intergenerational Trauma

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January 26-27, 2019

The Genesis of Intergenerational Trauma:
A Somatic and Developmental Perspective

with Ruella Frank

LOCATION
The Feldenkrais Institute
134 West 26th Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Map

TIMES
Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

FEE
$300

For further information and to register email
ruellafrank@gmail.com


About the workshop:

According to the traditional perspective on the development of trauma in the first years of a baby’s life, the parent initiates what is thought to become a habitual traumatic reaction in the child.

Consequently, the baby reacts to the parent in ways that are rigid and repetitive. This understanding of developmental trauma, however, does not take into consideration the relational dynamics that are part and parcel of any organizing experience. Observing baby and parent interactions from a relational and contextual perspective and through micro-movements, it can be seen how the baby’s behaviors can powerfully impact their parents and can generate the threat of re-traumatizing for them.

This two day workshop will center on the interaction patterns of both baby and parent that over time create traumatic attaching and the passage of intergenerational trauma. We will also explore how these early patterns influence the unfolding patient and psychotherapist relationship in the here-and-now.

London: Embodied Intersubjectivity

painting of interconnected people

February 24-25, 2017

Embodied Intersubjectivity: A Developmental and Movement Oriented Approach to Psychotherapy

LOCATION
Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent’s Park Rd,
London NW1 7AY
Map

TIMES
Friday 9:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday 9:30am – 4:00pm

FEE
Early bird: £290 (until 30 October 2016)
Self-funded: £330 (from 31 October 2016)
Organisationally-funded: £400 (at any time)

To register online: Click Here

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About the workshop:

In this 2-day workshop, Dr Ruella Frank will explore the intricate relational moves of embodied intersubjectivity that form a basis of communication, initially between parent and baby but then throughout life.

The movement repertoire that develops in the first year of life is a language that conveys our most pressing desires, intentions and emotions. These expressive movements, acquired in the company of significant others, go on to become the tacit core of adult behaviour in everyday experience and, of course, in the psychotherapy relationship too.

It is on the details of this somatic expression of affect and relational intent that we will focus during the workshop, developing our understanding of the meaning and emotional significance of these somatic communications and skills in applying those insights to the therapy work.


The workshop is open to psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, infant educators, as well as movement therapists/educators who wish to better understand the relationship between psychological experience and physical expression.

For further information: email us at
somaticstudies.com

NYC: DSP Introductory Workshop 2017

Ruella Frank in workshop

Pushing: The experience of separating from and including the other.

January 21-22, 2017

Introduction to Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy

LOCATION
The Feldenkrais Institute
134 West 26th Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Map

TIMES
Saturday and Sunday 9:30am – 5:00pm

FEE
$300

To register:
Please make your check payable to
Ruella Frank, Ph.D., and send it to:
124 West 93rd St., #2C
New York, NY 10025

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About the workshop:

Ongoing nonverbal interactions with our primary caregivers during the first year of life set a relational foundation that is apparent both in the everyday life of the adult and in psychotherapy. Even though our adult postural attitudes, gestures, gait and breathing patterns have changed over time, the foundations established in our first year remain readily observable and available. Attending to these patterns within psychotherapy is especially powerful.

During this workshop, participants learn how their relational styles originated through affective/movement patterns within the infant/caregiver dyad. Through movement, participants will explore these intrinsic yet unaware primary patterns which are part of present experiences and influence daily life. We then apply this understanding to the here-and-now of the client/therapist dyad


The workshop is open to psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, infant educators, as well as movement therapists/educators who wish to better understand the relationship between psychological experience and physical expression.

For further information: email us at
somaticstudies.com