Curriculum

The curriculum for Body-Mind Psychotherapy training is organized around the following topics.

Embodiment is the foundation of the entire training. The trainee develops their own embodiment practice and this is the foundation of all their somatic observations of others and somatic interventions with others.

Energetic Development refers to the interface between psychological and physical development utilizing the framework of early motor development. Energetic development offers an immediately applicable tool that links your observations about clients' somatic patterns with their life issues and then points to developmental options. Taking a developmental perspective allows the psychotherapeutic process to shift away from a pathological or limiting view.

The Psychology of the Body Systems begins with a detailed experiential study of the anatomy and physiology of each of the major body systems, i.e. muscles, nervous system, viscera, et cetera. This study leads to an understanding of the interrelationship between different parts of the body and different psychological strengths and dilemmas, offering a powerful tool for growth and transformation.

The Interaction Cycle is a simple and easy to learn tool that can be utilized with clients to bring change and somatic awareness to any psychological issue, providing the client with access to their own internal wisdom and direction.

The interrelationship between the Heart, Brain, and Cells provides a template for optimal functioning, as well as introducing the transformative possibilities of cellular consciousness and tools for accessing the compassionate potential of the heart.

Birth, Death, Trauma, and Sexuality clarifies how to utilize BMP tools in working with each of these potent areas of life.

Throughout the training, each trainee receives feedback and support in developing and integrating both personal and Professional Skills that are emerging from the training.

 
This experiential training is invaluable because Aposhyan models an embodied presence, which she supports in others through her direct sophisticated language.
— Sarah Turner, Counseling Student