Somatic and Body-Based Self-Regulation

An Introduction to Somatic Techniques in Therapy

Course Description

Continuing Education Hours: 9

This training provides an introduction to the theory behind use of the body in therapeutic practice. The presenter will introduce poly-vagal theory, and the principals of sensorimotor psychotherapy and somatic therapy. Relational neurobiology and concepts from attachment theory will also be integrated into the presentation. The impact of trauma on the body will be explored throughout the presentation. The presenter will provide multi-sensory body-based experiential activities for professionals to use for themselves and also to introduce with their clients.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will understand the impact of trauma on the body.
  • Participants will understand the theory behind common body-based therapies.
  • Participants will understand the role of the therapist in body-based healing and the role of the relationship.
  • Participants will learn exercises to use for themselves using the body.
  • Participants will learn body-based exercises to use with their clients.

Camea Peca, Ph.D., MSc, CFTP, CCTS-I

Camea has spent over 15 years working with Children and Families in a vast range of settings both locally and abroad. After completing a Bachelor of Science at ASU, Camea spent 10 years abroad studying and working. During this time, she completed a MSc in Psychoanalytic Development Psychology at the Anna Freud Center/University College London including a dissertation in Sensory Integration Therapy and Tactile and Vestibular Processing Disorder. During this training Camea was trained by leaders in attachment and infant development including Dr. Peter Fonagy and Mary Target. As a part of this training Camea had the chance to work with the Child Center for Mental Health and participating in specialty training with leaders in the expressive arts as well as Sir Richard Bowlby, Dr. Dan Hughes, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Bruce Perry, and many others. She completed clinical training and supervision in the Expressive Arts with Dr. Margot Sunderland and the Helping Where It Hurts program which puts expressive arts therapists in inner city London schools. Professionally Camea has worked in a variety of settings including adolescent shelters, inpatient psychiatric units, schools and specialty projects targeting physical and sexualized trauma. For over two years Camea has worked as a Trauma Therapist in a local specialty service targeting children and families that have experienced sexual abuse. Camea specializes in work with very young children and their families and has extensive experience with early developmental trauma and attachment based therapy using the expressive arts and sensory based modalities. Camea uses her eclectic and wide range of international training and clinical experience to deliver dynamic and experiential training.

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