Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Skills Training

Presented by Jennifer Sweeton, Psy.D., M.S., M.A.

Live Streaming on November 4, 2022


6 Hours | Pre-approved for CEU’s


This online course will be streaming live on November 4, 2022 from 8:30am – 4:00pm PT, 10:30am – 6:00pm CT, 11:30am – 7:00pm ET after purchase.

10:00am – 10:15am PT, 12:00pm – 12:15pm CT, 1:00pm – 1:15pm ET
12:00pm – 1:00pm PT, 2:00pm – 3:00pm CT, 3:00pm- 4:00pm ET
2:30pm – 2:45pm PT, 4:30pm – 4:45pm CT, 5:30pm – 5:45pm ET

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until December 7, 2022. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Please allow 1 – 3 business days after the course airs for recorded footage to become available.

Registration will close on November 3, 2022. 

Research is increasingly showing the importance of working with the body when treating trauma. Sometimes referred to as “bottom-up techniques,” somatic (or body-based) work is often critical when helping clients recover from PTSD and other trauma or stressor-related disorders. However, many evidence-based therapies de-emphasize somatic work, focusing instead on “top-down,” or cognitive techniques. While top-down techniques can be immensely helpful, they can also be ineffective if taught too soon, before bottom-up techniques are mastered. This is because of how the brain is naturally wired, and our clients’ need to first stabilize lower brain regions (such as the amygdala), reconnecting with the body and restoring a sense of safety. When clients can connect with their own experiences, and with others, the traditional top-down approaches become more effective. This seminar helps clinicians integrate somatic, bottom-up work into trauma treatment by teaching several body-based skills that help clients better connect with the therapist, re-establish safety in their body, and regulate their nervous system!

Building the Alliance

  1. The Neuroscience of Connection
  2. Increased mirror neuron activation
  3. Decreased amygdala activation
  4. Techniques for Alliance Building
  5. Mirroring techniques
  6. Co-regulation techniques
  7. Coordinated movement techniques

Reconnecting with the Body

  1. The Neuroscience of Body Connection
  2. Increased insula activation
  3. Techniques for Reconnecting with the Body:
  4. Sensory awareness and utilization techniques
  5. Inside vs. outside grounding techniques
  6. Interoceptive awareness and exposure techniques

Regulating the Stress Response

  1. The Neuroscience of Regulating Stress
  2. Decreased amygdala activation
  3. Techniques for Regulating the Stress Response
  4. Body-based techniques
  5. Body positioning techniques
  6. Vagus nerve techniques
  7. Fast and simple regulation techniques for acute stress situations
  • Name at least one area of the brain involved in somatic techniques.
  • State three different categories of somatic techniques.
  • Describe and practice at least two somatic techniques.
  • List two sensorimotor techniques that can enhance attunement in therapy.
  • Describe the function of mirror neuron.

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Probation Officers, Police Officers, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Jennifer Sweeton, Psy.D., M.S., M.A. is a licensed clinical psychologist, best-selling author, and internationally-recognized expert on anxiety and trauma, women’s issues, and the neuroscience of mental health. She is the author of the book, Trauma Treatment Toolbox, published by PESI Publishing & Media. Dr. Sweeton completed her doctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and the National Centre for PTSD. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in affective neuroscience from Stanford University, and studied behavioural genetics at Harvard University.

Dr. Sweeton resides in the greater Kansas City area, where she owns a group private practice, Kansas City Mental Health Associates, and co-owns Mind Works Professional Education, Inc., a continuing education company. She formerly served as the President of the Oklahoma Psychological Association, and holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Centre. She is the current President of the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association. Dr. Sweeton offers psychological services services to clients in Oklahoma, Kansas, and internationally, and is a sought-after trauma and neuroscience expert who has trained more than 10,000 mental health professionals in her workshops.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

For group and/or student rates please view our Terms & Conditions and contact for more information and registration. 

  • Canadian Psychological Association
    The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved continuing education credits