Webinar - Dr. Arielle Schwartz: Somatic Psychology and EMDR (Recordings)

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Enhancing Embodiment in Trauma Treatment. Webinar training (Recordings). 3x4 hour sessions. 12 EMDRIA credits.

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Somatic Psychology and EMDR Therapy: Enhancing Embodiment in Trauma Treatment.

3 Sessions – Recordings

The live webinar training took place 15-17 October 2020 on the Zoom platform

Language: English.

with Dr. Arielle Schwartz


After the registration you will receive:

  • handouts (pdf file) with presentations
  • access to 3 recordings (4 hours each), 12 hours in total for the next 90 days since you registered
  • Quiz to complete if you want to qualify for 12 EMDRIA credits and receive the diploma - you have 90 days to do it!



Foundations of Somatic Psychology

The Theory and Practice of Somatic Psychology

  • Historical Perspectives and Somatic Therapies Today
  • A Unified Approach to Somatic Psychology
  • The Core Principles of Somatic Psychology
  • Grounding, Boundaries, Focusing, and the Satisfaction Cycle

The Science of Embodiment

  • Somatic Intelligence
  • Embodied Self-Awareness and Mindfulness (Experiential)
  • Intercorporeality and Embodied Culture

Trauma and the Body

The neurobiology of trauma: Beyond Fight and Flight

  • Polyvagal Perspectives: Mobilization and Immobilization
  • Implicit Memory and Preverbal Traumatization
  • Dissociation: Dysregulation, and the Window of Tolerance
  • Top-Down and Bottom-Up Processing Interventions

Implications for Therapy

  • A Biopsychosocial Approach to Client Care
  • Neuropsychotherapy and Trauma Treatment
  • Conscious Breathing and Nervous System Regulation (Experiential)

Integrative Approach to Trauma Treatment

Phase Based Treatment

Relational Therapy

  • Polyvagal Perspectives
  • Proximity Awareness

Parts Work

  • Differentiation from a Part
  • Building resources for a Part

CBT and EMDR Therapy

  • Socratic Inquiry
  • AIP
  • Dual Attention
  • Modified EMDR Protocols

Somatic Psychology

  • 5-Stage Model for Embodiment in Trauma Treatment
  • Build Affect and Sensation Tolerance
  • Somatic Interweaves for Stuck Sensations

Special Topics

Acute Trauma

  • Recent Event Protocols

Chronic Illness and Pain

  • Trauma and Illness
  • Pain and Memory

Integration, Resilience, and Post Traumatic Growth

  • Existential Considerations
  • Fostering Resilience and Growth
  • Resilience and Embodied Self-Care

Somatic Approaches to Self-Care for Therapists

  • Somatic Countertransference and Vicarious Traumatization
  • The Burnout Continuum
  • Vicarious Resilience
  • Embodied Self-Care Practice (Experiential)

Discussion and Questions

At this 3-day live webinar, Dr. Arielle Schwartz offers an experiential workshop on Somatic Psychology and how it interfaces with evidence based trauma treatments. When clients suppress emotions, they can present somatically. Traditional approaches to therapy attend to the cognitive and emotional aspects of clients’ lives, while the somatic experience is often left out of the room. “Talk therapy” can have limited effectiveness for clients with somatization symptoms, developmental trauma, dissociative defenses, or debilitating feelings of shame. It is therefore, important for therapists to become skilled at working with client’s nonverbal and somatic communications. Interventions to enhance embodiment in trauma treatment expand the therapeutic experience beyond where words can take a client.


Somatic Psychology brings the body into therapy by highlighting physiological patterns and their influence on human behavior. In this workshop, you will learn the history of somatic psychology and foundational principles that underlie this work. Interventions are drawn from a wide range of somatic psychotherapy modalities including Integrative Body Psychotherapy, The Hakomi Method, Body-Mind Psychotherapy, Authentic Movement, Formative Psychology, Focusing, The Moving Cycle, Somatic Experiencing, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Most importantly, you will be introduced to the underlying principles that comprise a unified approach to somatic psychology as a trauma treatment.


In this engaging and informative 3-day live webinar, by Dr. Arielle Schwartz, you will learn the science of embodiment and why somatic psychology is essential for helping clients work with dysregulated affect and arousal states that accompany PTSD. We will explore how to integrate body centered interventions into existing and evidence based trauma treatment approaches including relational, trauma focused CBT, narrative exposure, EMDR and parts work therapies. Throughout the 3-days, somatic interventions will be explored didactically and experientially allowing participants to experience first-hand the value of interventions that enhance embodiment in trauma treatment. Dr. Schwartz will discuss specialized treatment considerations that allow clinicians to address preverbal trauma memories, attachment trauma, somatization symptoms, and chronic pain. We conclude with a focus on somatic approaches to self-care for therapists to address vicarious traumatization and burnout.

Our learning objectives over the two days include:

  • describe at least three principles that are part of the unified approach to somatic psychology
  • recognize the key principles of somatic psychology including awareness, resourcing and self-regulation interventions.
  • discuss a phase oriented, evidence-based approach to trauma treatment as a structured approach to therapy
  • recognize how polyvagal theory provides an essential foundation of understanding arousal states as related to trauma reprocessing
  • explain how mutual regulation serves as a precursor to self-regulation in treatment
  • Identify how somatic counter transference deepens our understanding of therapist/client relationship
  • engage practical mind-body therapy tools to help clients feel resourced and prepared for trauma processing.
  • describe how to help clients build affect and sensation tolerance in preparation for trauma processing
  • recognize how working within the “Window of Tolerance” can help reduce the likelihood of re-traumatization
  • describe how “top-down” and “bottom up” interventions can speed up or slow down the pacing of trauma treatment
  • identify how holding patterns within the body can block the client’s processing in Desensitization Phase in EMDR Therapy.
  • practice at least three interventions for working with somatic symptoms in trauma treatment
  • recognize how client’s “parts” related to early developmental trauma can contribute to somatic symptoms
  • understand how to work with preverbal memories by attending to somatic sensations
  • identify self-care practices for therapists to manage somatic countertransference and vicarious trauma.

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Dr. Arielle Schwartz, PhD

Dr. Arielle Schwartz, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist, international speaker, EMDR Therapy consultant, and certified yoga instructor with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University and holds a Master’s degree in Somatic Psychology through Naropa University. She is the author of The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Emotional Control and Becoming Whole (Althea Press, 2016) and EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology: Interventions to Enhance Embodiment in Trauma Treatment (W. W. Norton, 2018). She is a core teacher with The Maiberger Institute offering Advanced Workshops on topics of EMDR Therapy, Somatic Psychology, Attachment Trauma, and Chronic Pain. Her psychotherapy practice is called resilience informed therapy; an integrative, strength-based approach to trauma treatment. Learn more at www.drarielleschwartz.com


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