3.25 CE Credits Available
Resolving Trauma in Psychotherapy: A Somatic Approach
by Peter Levine
Watch a true master, Dr. Peter A. Levine, demonstrate a course of body-oriented trauma therapy in this extremely compelling and in-depth video with an Iraq Veteran diagnosed with severe PTSD.
Working with Ray’s presenting symptoms over the course of five sessions, Levine introduces a number of essential trauma resolution techniques that markedly improve Ray’s Tourette-like convulsions, as well as his overall pain and emotional outlook. Levine developed Somatic Experiencing® based on the premise that trauma overwhelms the nervous system and that it needs to be addressed somatically before emotional processing is possible. Thorough commentary by Levine, as well as an extensive interview, helps to elucidate the subtleties of his methods. You will walk away from this video with a sound understanding of this approach to trauma work. This method can be integrated with and add richness to a number of therapeutic modalities and can be used to treat all manner of trauma – from car accidents, surgeries, child abuse, experiences of violence, and so on.

What therapists are saying…

"...I felt I was watching a complete combination of Milton Erickson, Wilhelm Reich, or some of his softer disciples, and Carl Rogers. The focus on each movement of the body and body energy was a delight to watch. Levine's observational skills and ability to bring his observations respectfully into the therapeutic relationship are superb and obviously a result of years of disciplined study....For those who work somatically, this video set will both encourage, as you observe skills you already use, and inspire, as you see new and more advanced possibilities available for your work. For those whose trauma work has thus far not allowed a somatic perspective, these sessions will open the door to more effective and powerful ways of working."

-- Doug Southeren, reviewed in Psychotherapy in Australia
"In this video, Peter Levine teaches and exemplifies a wise, experienced and kindly approach to working with trauma survivors. Several important and useful concepts are covered, including the creation of a safe space, the timing of attention to traumatic issues, the need to pay close attention to visible expressions of tension, confusion and, conversely, relaxation and understanding, as well as a sensitive assessment of the use of touch to promote healing. He clearly has a deep understanding of the impact of trauma in all its varieties, and possesses a mastery of techniques for treating this deserving population."

-- Frank Ochberg, MD - Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Michigan State University, Editor of Post-traumatic Therapy and Victims of Violence, Founder, www.giftfromwith.org.
"This video provides an especially clear demonstration of Peter Levine’s highly effective approach to working with trauma. His sessions with Ray, an Iraq war veteran, show how Peter slowly and gently guides Ray towards the reduction of his symptoms and the recovery of self-regulation. In breakouts from the sessions, Peter explains the underlying physiology of trauma and how he treats it step by careful step, without re-traumatizing his client. These video’s of actual sessions are probably the most powerful, effective way to understand and appreciate Peter Levine’s finely attuned approach to working with the terrible tragedy of trauma."

-- Ron Kurtz, DHL - Founder of the Hakomi Method; Author of Body-Centered Psychotherapy
"Levine masterfully works with the soldier using the somatic-experiencing technique that he developed during the last 40 years…Levine’s knowledge of trauma and how it affects the body is amazing, and he uses it with precision to bring out the trauma and heal the body and mind. It is a respectful and powerful approach…This two video set offers new tools and perspectives about trauma and healing. I recommend this video and I already have told several people about it."

-- John D. Lentz, D.Min., reviewed in The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter
"This double video set contributes substantially to the field of psychotherapy and trauma work.The manual is well written and clearly articulates the main tenets of the theory, and the case study is an eye-opening example of the potential impact....I highly recommend this video for anyone with an interest in trauma-work and body work integrated into psychotherapy."

-- Margot Sennett, reviewed in The New Therapist (South Africa)
In Depth
CE Test
By watching this video, you will:

• List the nine building blocks of the Somatic Experiencing® approach
• Explain the physiological orientation that underpins this method of trauma resolution
• Apply the tools to integrate basic somatic methods into your clinical work wit trauma clients

Length of video: 3:20:00

English subtitles available

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-214-X

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-214-3

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-213-1

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-213-6

Peter A. Levine, PhD, is the developer of Somatic Experiencing© and founder of the Foundation for Human Enrichment. He teaches trainings in this work throughout the world and in various indigenous cultures. Levine is the author of the best-selling book Waking the Tiger : Healing Trauma : The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences and he has recently co-published a comprehensive book on childhood trauma, Trauma Through a Child's Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing as well as a guide for parents, Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents' Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience. He is the recipient of the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the the US Association of Body Psychotherapy.

CE credits: 3.25

Learning Objectives:

  • List the building blocks of the Somatic Experiencing approach
  • Explain the physiological orientation that underpins this method of trauma resolution
  • Apply somatic methods to your clinical work with trauma clients

Bibliography available upon request

This course is offered for ASWB ACE credit for social workers. See complete list of CE approvals here

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Course Reviewed January 2023

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