This course will introduce techniques for strengthening concentration and mindfulness. By remaining close to the present moment through tracking movement in the mind and body of both members of the clinical pair, the therapist may have greater influence in facilitating affect regulation, secure attachment consolidation, and sensorimotor processing. The integrative theoretical material will be presented with accompanying clinical examples to focus on the mindful presence of the therapeutic relationship with its implicit and explicit colorings. The eloquence and precision seen in the protocols of Sensorimotor psychotherapy, EMDR, and Internal Family Systems will be included in the practice of the integrative view. This way of working will be presented with the intention of promoting a way of doing to deepen a way of being.
Christopher B. Eldredge, MA, LCSW, is NIP Integrative Trauma Treatment Program faculty, associate coordinator of colloquia, and a supervisor in the NIP Trauma/EMDR Treatment Service. He is co-author of the chapter "Learning from Work with Individuals with a History of Trauma: Some Thoughts on Integrating Body-Oriented Techniques and Relational Psychoanalysis" in Bodies in Treatment: The Unspoken Dimension.