Working Alongside Challenging Clients: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Perspective

Presented by Pat Ogden, Ph.D. and Marie Damgaard, MEd (C.P.), CCC, SP, CSAT, CMAT, CST

Live Streaming June 23, 2023


6 Hours | Pre-approved for CEU’s


This online course will be streaming live on June 23, 2023 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 July 24, 2023. 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 June 22, 2023. 

Complex trauma can lead to fragmentation of the self and dissociation. It can be caused by events perpetuated by individuals, groups, and society as a whole, all of which leave a profound imprint on the body.  Memories of these traumatic experiences may remain unprocessed, unsymbolized, and unmetabolized, which can lead to intimacy disorders and compulsive behavioural processes.  People who struggle with complexity and dissociative processes often experience compulsive ways of being, automaticity of actions or lack of action, and shame states that overtake their entire system.  People experiencing complexity often report feeling stuck in patterns that drive further disconnection to self, others, and the world.  

This presentation will discuss how Sensorimotor Psychotherapy can guide exploration of the challenges, risks, and rewards of working somatically with complex trauma and dissociative clients.  We will elucidate how the body reflects and sustains both daily life parts of the self and those stuck in trauma time, and clarify how the body can be an asset in helping these parts communicate, cooperate, and have more choice in patterns of behaviour. Recognizing that particular actions can be experienced as threatening to certain parts of the self, we will consider how to integrate instead of override internal parts when working with posture and movement.  This workshop also addresses helping clients move from shame states, intensity, and dysregulation into healthy intimacy and connection with themselves, others, and the world. Participants will learn how to actively incorporate the body to address the physical actions and reactions that keep clients stuck in the past and support a more unified approach to treating the effects of trauma. 

  • Justify the role of movement in facilitating communication between internal parts of the self
  • Analyze the risks and rewards of using posture as an intervention for clients with complex trauma
  • Discuss how the body might adapt to the trauma of systemic oppression or racism.
  • Understand compulsive sexual behaviour as an adaptive strategy to manage affect dysregulation
  • Analyze the embodiment of shame and the body’s role in maintaining traumatized states
  • Discuss Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Phase I work and the value of somatic resourcing with addictive and compulsive processes

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, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.


Pat Ogden, Ph.D., (she/her), is a pioneer in somatic psychology, the creator of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy method, and founder of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute ( Dr. Ogden is a clinician, consultant, international lecturer and the first author of two groundbreaking books in somatic psychology: Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015). Her third book, The Pocket Guide to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Context, advocates for an anti-racist perspective in psychotherapy practice.  Her current interests include couple therapy, child and family therapy, social justice, diversity, inclusion, consciousness, and the philosophical/spiritual principles that underlie her work.

Marie Damgaard, MEd (C.P.), CCC, SP, CSAT, CMAT, CST, has worked in the field of trauma, addiction and sexuality for over 15 years, beginning with research work during her undergraduate degree in the areas of aging and sexuality, and sexual experiences for men and women and ‘non-normative’ sexual patterns. During her graduate degree, she received extensive training in working with sexually compulsive clients. Additionally. Marie has also been trained to work alongside marginalized populations such as sex workers and Transgender individuals. Other areas of clinical specialization include, sexual trauma, erectile dysfunction, and chronic pelvic pain.

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

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

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  • 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