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Embodied Psychopathology

posted 23 Aug 2011, 03:32 by Debbie Cotton
A theoretical, clinical and experiential course

Part one- 6-9th May 2012
Part two- 12-15h October 2012

with Dr. Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar, PhD.

Every form of psychopathology represents a specific type of limitation of the individual’s capacity to be fully alive as a human being.
Thomas Ogden

Body-psychotherapy offers a unique look at developmental arrests that obstruct the organism’s aliveness and create chronic pain and suffering.However, there is frequently a gap between the psychiatric (DSM-IV, ICD-10)
and psychological jargon and that of body-psychotherapy, which may pose difficulties for both sides in dialoguing between them.

This short course was created to help bodyworkers and body-psychotherapists gain a greater understanding of psychopathology without having to adopt a completely different language or clinical principles. The
course would also be useful for therapists from other modalities wishing to familiarise themselves with body-psychotherapeutic understanding of extreme character rigidities.

The course will include theoretical engagement (including some reading material before and between units) and an assignment, clinical work (in pairs and small groups) and experiential explorations.

During the course, we will

  • Connect character structure to extreme character rigidities (i.e.psychopathology) –to better understand mental illness in terminology that bridges ICD-10/DSM-IV and body-psychotherapy training.
  • Look at the usefulness and limitation of labels.
  • Learn to identify specific and different conditions.
  • Better recognise our practice scope.
  • Acquire terminology for conversing with other mental-health professionals around psychopathology
  • Recognise the gifts in the rigidity - between pathology and generative aspects
  • Explore ways of working with these in body-psychotherapy setting.
  • Focus on self-care when working with extreme presentations.
  • Explore transference dynamics when working with extreme conditions.
  • Generalise psychopathological knowledge into our regular practice.

Over these eight days, we will mainly look at what practitioners are likely to meet in their clinic:

  • Mood Disorders: depression, anxiety, phobias, OCD.
  • Schizoid pathologies - Schizophrenia, Dissociative disorders.
  • Oral pathologies - Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders

Who is it for?

  • Deep Bodywork students and practitioners – the course was specifically tailored to accompany and complement Silke Ziehl’s training.
  • Body-psychotherapy trainees – wanting to expand clinical and theoretical knowledge or wishing to qualify for EABP and UKCP accreditation.
  • Body-psychotherapists and bodyworkers
  • Psychotherapists from other modalities wishing to be acquainted with body-psychotherapy.

The Open Centre, 188 Old Strett, ECV1