Level II: Embodied Recovery

This course is designed for eating disorder professionals and somatically-trained providers who have completed Level One. 

LEVEL TWO training offers participants an in-depth exploration of concepts introduced in Level One:  the relational cycle and developmental movement patterns (push, reach, pull, grasp, and yield) which make up the somatic building blocks of attachment, the defense/protective system (fight, fight, freeze), and the character strategies as expressed through specific types of disordered eating behaviors.

In addition, normative eating and eating disorders are explored through the lens of the action cycle (clarity, effectiveness, satisfaction, relaxation) and barriers to it (insight, nourishment, response, completion).

Participants will engage in 72 hours of classroom training – course content is divided into four 18 hour modules. Outside of the classroom, participants have the option of attending a monthly consultation group (total of 24 hours) to further expand on the application of the course concepts and materials. While it is recommended that participants register for all four modules in the order they are presented, it is not required. Participants can register for individual modules as best meets their needs.

 

Module One: Clarity and the Insight Barrier

Chapel Hill, NC

This course offers 18 hours of training over three full days to explore the neurological movement pattern of Pushing and bring heightened awareness to the missing sensorimotor supports that contribute to the Sensitive-Withdrawn and Sensitive-Emotional character strategies. The course will address how Pushing impediments influence the developing neurology for attachment and defense and contribute to disordered eating behavior.

Participants will:

  1. Gain skills to facilitate the embodiment of the Pushing motor pattern to support the development of normative eating.
  2. Identify practitioner’s own embodiment of the Pushing motor pattern and the associated character strategies and defensive actions related to this developmental movement.
  3. Expand awareness of practitioner’s own embodiment as it relates to therapeutic engagement and treatment protocols.
  4. Develop skills to assess somatic deficits in the Pushing motor pattern using somatic, affective, and cognitive indicators.
  5. Expand tools for identifying and supporting fight response as it emerges in session.
  6. Explore ways to integrate this knowledge across various modalities of treatment.
 

Module Two: Effectiveness and the Response Barrier

This course offers 18 hours of training over three full days to explore the neurological movement pattern of Reaching and bring heightened awareness to the missing sensorimotor supports that contribute to the Charming-Maniuplative and Burdened Enduring character strategies. The course will address how Reaching impediments influence the developing neurology for attachment and defense and contribute to disordered eating behavior.

Participants will:

  1. Gain skills to facilitate the embodiment of the Reaching motor pattern to support the development of normative eating.
  2. Identify practitioner’s own embodiment of the Reaching motor pattern and the associated character strategies and defensive actions related to this developmental movement.
  3. Expand awareness of practitioner’s own embodiment as it relates to therapeutic engagement and treatment protocols.
  4. Develop skills to assess somatic deficits in the Reaching motor pattern using somatic, affective, and cognitive indicators
  5. Expand tools for identifying and supporting flight response as it emerges in session.
  6. Explore ways to integrate this knowledge across various modalities of treatment.
 

Module Three: Satisfaction and the Nourishment Barrier

This course offers 18 hours of training over three full days to explore the neurological movement pattern of Grasping and Pulling and bring heightened awareness to the missing sensorimotor supports that contribute to the Dependent-Enduring, Self Reliant, and Tough-Generous character strategies. The course will address how Grasping and Pulling impediments influence the developing neurology for attachment and defense and contribute to disordered eating behavior.

Participants will:

  1. Gain skills to facilitate the embodiment of the Grasping and Pulling motor pattern to support the development normative eating.
  2. Identify practitioner’s own embodiment of the Grasping and Pulling motor pattern and the associated character strategies and defensive actions related to this developmental movement.
  3. Expand awareness of practitioner’s own embodiment as it relates to therapeutic engagement and treatment protocols.
  4. Develop skills to assess somatic deficits in the Grasping and Pulling motor pattern using somatic, affective, and cognitive indicators.
  5. Expand tools for identifying and working with Freeze, Faint, Collapse at it emerges in session.
  6. Explore ways to integrate this knowledge across various modalities of treatment.
 

Module Four: Relaxation and the Completion Barrier

This course offers 18 hours of training over three full days to explore the neurological movement pattern of Yielding and bring heightened awareness to the missing sensorimotor supports that contribute to the Industrious Over-Focused and Expressive Attention-Seeking character strategies. The course will address how Yielding impediments influence the developing neurology for attachment and defense and contribute to disordered eating behavior.

Participants will:

  1. Gain skills to facilitate the embodiment of the Yielding motor pattern to support the development of normative eating.
  2. Identify practitioner’s own embodiment of the Yielding motor pattern and the associated character strategies and defensive actions related to this developmental movement.
  3. Expand awareness of practitioner’s own embodiment as it relates to therapeutic engagement and treatment protocols.
  4. Develop skills to assess somatic deficits in the Yielding motor pattern using somatic, affective, and cognitive indicators.
  5. Expand tools for identifying and working with the nervous system at it emerges in session.
  6. Explore ways to integrate this knowledge across various modalities of treatment.
 

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