Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (Pat Ogden. Ph.D.)
The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI) is an educational organization dedicated to the study and teaching of a somatic approach to clinical psychotherapy practice. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-oriented talking therapy that integrates verbal techniques with body-centered interventions in the treatment of trauma, attachment, and developmental issues.
SPI offers trainings and workshops for psychotherapists and allied professionals in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and courses for body therapists on somatic resources. The courses taught by SPI are based on principles of mindfulness and mind/body/spirit holism and informed by contemporary research in neuroscience, attachment theory, trauma, and related fields.
Psycho-Physical Therapy (Bill Bowen)
Psycho-Physical Therapy (PPT) is an integrative approach to somatic psychotherapy. It is defined by the active engagement of the body as central to the psychotherapeutic process. This method synthesizes both psychological and body therapy concepts and techniques into one simultaneous process. A client's physical, mental and spiritual issues are seen as parts of a complex interactive system, where all parts are inseparable from the whole. The body is viewed as a primary vehicle for the therapeutic process, where psychological and physical interventions are continuously overlapping. It is a unique way of working that differs from many therapeutic approaches in its emphasis on building somatic resources, its focus on the creative process and its direct use of movement, somatic patterning interventions and hands-on-work. The heart of the therapy lies in the belief that the client has within them the source and capacity for establishing their own well-being. Psycho-Physical Therapy is grounded in understanding the importance of awareness, compassion and kindness, which is balanced by clear theory, analysis and skills.
Hakomi Institute (Ron Kurtz)
Founded in 1981 by Ron Kurtz and a core group of trainers, the Hakomi Institute is the original and most extensive organization providing training and information on Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy worldwide.
Our website provides in-depth info about Hakomi, including an international Directory of Practitioners, a Calendar of Workshops and Trainings with links to Hakomi organizations internationally, an online Professional Journal, and many other resources.
EMDR International Association
The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) is a professional association where EMDR practitioners and EMDR researchers seek the highest standards for the clinical use of EMDR therapy. EMDR is designated as an effective treatment by the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and many other international health agencies. This powerful psychotherapy approach has helped over an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress. This website provides information to the greater EMDR community including clinicians, researchers, and the public that our members serve.
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)
The Society is a nonprofit professional association organized for the purposes of: information sharing and international networking of clinicians and researchers; providing professional and public education; promoting research and theory about dissociation; and promoting research and training in the identification, treatment, and prevention of dissociative disorders.
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) was founded in 1985 for professionals to share information about the effects of trauma. ISTSS is dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about policy, program and service initiatives that seek to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences. ISTSS provides a forum for the sharing of research, clinical strategies, public policy concerns and theoretical formulations on trauma in the United States and around the world.
Trauma Center (Bessel van der Kolk)
The Trauma Center is a program of Arbour Health System, the largest private mental health and substance abuse treatment system in Massachusetts. The Medical Director of the Trauma Center is Bessel van der Kolk, MD, an internationally recognized leader in the field of psychological trauma.
These Trauma Pages focus primarily on emotional trauma and traumatic stress, including PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), whether following individual traumatic experience(s) or a large-scale disaster. The purpose of this award winning site is to provide information for clinicians and researchers in the traumatic-stress field. Pat Ogden, Ph.D. and Kekuni Minton have co-authored an article entitled Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: One Method for Processing Traumatic Memory which is posted here.
United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP)
The USABP was founded in June, 1996 by a group of 20 clinicians and trainers representing most of the major disciplines and modalities of the field. The goals of the USABP are to raise the profile of Body Psychotherapy within the health and psychotherapy fields and within the society as a whole; and to open discussion between modalities and schools, creating a language and a practice that distills the most effective elements from the diverse approaches to "embodiment" represented in the membership. Visit their website to learn more about the benefits of membership.