SPI Sensorimotor Psychotherapy – Foundational and Advanced Courses

Courses in Pat Ogden’s world acclaimed approach to working with body-based interventions to release trauma. Exclusively available in Australia through the Australian Childhood Foundation.


This course focuses on specific techniques and those techniques are taught within a phase-oriented treatment approach, focusing first on stabilisation and symptom reduction.

The content of this course will include:
  • Incorporating the body in practice – how to track and name somatic experience and work with physical action
  • Trauma and the body – the role of the body in perpetuating trauma based symptoms
  • Developmental and attachment issues – the effects of trauma, attachment difficulties and developmental impacts on mind and body
  • Hierarchical information processing – somatic interventions that expand the capacity to integrate traumatic experience
  • The use of mindfulness – the role of mindfulness in the treatment of trauma and how to teach mindfulness to clients
  • Self-regulation – how to stabilise traumatic activation and restore autonomic equilibrium
  • Somatic resources – identification of missing somatic resources and interventions to help clients develop new resources 
  • Boundaries – how trauma affects boundary styles and techniques to restore healthy somatic and psychological boundaries
  • Orienting and defensive responses – interventions to reinstate effective orienting and defensive responses truncated in the wake of trauma
  • Treatment of traumatic memory – somatic approaches to overcoming the fear of traumatic memory and interventions to process and integrate memories
  • Dissociation – interventions to work with alterations of consciousness and structural dissociation of the personality
More information can be found in the Information Booklet

This course has been developed for education, welfare and health professionals working in the field, with previous qualifications and significant experience. It is expected that these participants are: 
  • seeking to enhance current practice
  • creative and willing to be challenged
  • looking for relevant information in a different mode of intervention
  • seeking inspiration, validation or energizing
  • working with traumatized individuals and those who support them

The course would suit psychotherapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, pastoral care workers, family therapists, drug and alcohol workers, sexual assault workers and creative arts therapists as well as education professionals

Application Procedure:
Step 1: Click on the upcoming training below- This will take you to the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute's website

Step 2: Select the 'are you a new user click here to create an account' or Log in (if you have completed previous SPI training)

Step 3: Complete the online registration form with all of your details. You will be required to upload a copy of your CV. Once complete click the Submit button

Step 4: Your application will be sent to the lead trainer and ACF to review your application for eligibility

Step 5: You will be informed via email if your application has been successful 

Step 6: You will be contacted by ACF finalising your course registration, confirming the venue and with payment options



Upcoming Programs

Name Course Start Date Course End Date Cost
2019 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1 Sydney 31/05/2019 08/12/2019 $5,550.00 Apply
2019 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1 Adelaide 14/06/2019 08/12/2019 $5,550.00 Apply

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