The materials offered here are for mental health, other health professionals, bodyworkers, clergy, educators, coaches, and others who work with people to promote healing and change. The classes and videos are for training purposes and not for self-help applications.
The Optimal Future Self: A Somatically-Based Resource
WORKSHOP FOR PROFESSIONALS
October 18, 2019
9:30am – 5:30pm – New York City
A key element in working with the construct of the optimal future self is the underlying dynamic of what the body learns, the psyche will follow. For this reason, work with the optimal future self is a somatically-based process. The optimal future self can become a source of:
- Accessing unrecognized internal resources
- Developing a new non-trauma based somatic body map
- Shifts in body states
- Healing shame and other trauma based responses and perceptions
- Support and guidance
What makes working with the optimal future self a powerful resource is that it is not a cognitive process. Drawing on felt-sense, imagery, awareness of self-talk, and whatever other ways a given client may use to access internal awareness, the optimal future self process invites a direct experience of a new possibility.
During the workshop, you’ll learn to:
- Conceptualize and utilize various applications of the optimal future self as a clinical resource
- Use the OFS process to enhance a range of outcomes, both in terms of resourcing and as a pathway to resolving challenging issues
- Use the OFS process as a way to uncover previously unrecognized over-couplings, resistances, and blocking beliefs that get in the way to changes clients seek to achieve
The format of the workshop includes lecture and live demos, and a guided group meditation, if time allows.
If you have questions, please contact:
Sharon Kleinberg, LCSW, SEP – [email protected]
There are currently six video programs of Nancy’s workshops for professionals available on Vimeo. Several are approved for CE credit, and we are working to have the rest approved, as well. Here’s a link to the Vimeo Video-On-Demand page:
Working With Parts and the Interpersonal Field: A Body-Based Approach
The CDs are no longer available.
This audio recording is from a workshop offered by Nancy Napier for psychotherapists and other practitioners interested in approaches to trauma resolution that include a body-based perspective.
It can be particularly challenging to work with clients when they are unaware of being swept upby trauma energy. This workshop provides practitioners with additional skills and a greater level of ease in working with parts, the interpersonal field, and their own counter-transference responses. “Parts work” involves accessing unresolved developmental andtraumatic experiences, which express as blocked energy and habitual patterns of activation and constriction.
Some ego states represent early childhood trauma, while others emerge in later developmental stages. Many represent unprocessed trauma energy. “Parts”, include ego states, sub-personalities, imagined companions, dissociated “self-states” as well as non-trauma-based resource states such as the optimal future self.
In this workshop, Nancy also focuses on the interpersonal field created between client and practitioner, and explores opportunities that arise to track trauma responses that spontaneously emerge within relational and transference dynamics. Corrective experiences are enhanced when brought into sensory awareness in vivo.
Particular attention is brought to the capacity of practitioners to self-regulate and track their counter-transference responses, which enhances the containment and healing potential within the interpersonal field.
Nancy also describes coupling dynamics, in which elements of experience become either entangled or dissociated in ways that prevent clients from moving beyond their traumatic experience.