Program Overview

This workshop will continue the explorations begun in the Somatics of Emotions workshop, delving more deeply into complex emotions such as heartbreak, despair, betrayal, humiliation, anguish, and disgust. We will consider the developmental tasks related to these emotions, their pro-social value, and their potential transitions into emotions such as gratitude, excitement, and joy.

Once practitioners can perceive simple emotions in the tissues, as practiced in the Somatics of Emotions workshop for example, we can then move toward working with compound emotional states that tend to arise in specific tissues.

In this workshop we will work with somatic patterns such as heartbreak as it arises in the tissues of the chest, despair as collapse in large muscles and heat in the gut, betrayal as expressed in the spine. Working with practices such as opening the heart, and widening the sense of ego can provide the opportunity to connect to the patterning of the brain related to these emotional states, and bring into inquiry how we can change the brain, and the self.

What are the structures — particularly the somatic structures — that support the brain, and how can they be changed? Softening the chest, aligning the spine, deepening the breath — unless the structures that support the brain can move to greater equanimity, the brain will continue to make structures and meaning based on old paradigms. When these paradigms shift, emotions such as heartbreak, humiliation, and anguish may move to be replaced by relief, space and gratitude.

Note: due to the coronavirus pandemic, our October 2020 class will be held online. Please see below for notes on how the program has been adapted to be held online.

Prerequisites

Completion of the Somatics of Emotions workshop, or sufficient clinical and practice experience to have developed the capacity to recognize emotions somatically, and be stable in your presence with them.

We are intending this course to be aimed at professionals who have experience with working with people who have entrenched realities; who are dealing with clients with these types of issues. Often, such practitioners find working with these types of clients to be isolating. This course is intended to provide a sense of community and connection for professionals working with some of the most challenging types of clients, for whom adding a somatic approach may be of some benefit. If you have questions about the suitability of this class for you, please email the coordinator and she will pass along your inquiry to us.

About Kathy L. Kain
and Tony Richardson

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Continuing Education

Continuing Education credits may be offered for this program (number of hours varies for online or in-person classes). Please see the Registration page for each training to see whether CEs are offered.

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Class Learning Objectives

SOC Online Daily Schedule

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  • Online meetings on each of the scheduled class dates
  • Three live Q&A/follow-up sessions with Kathy and Tony, dates TBD
  • Recordings of all live video conference sessions
  • Access to recordings of additional video material that will cover topics not covered in the live program
  • Intentional touch exercises in place of touch practice sessions

Program Overview

This workshop will continue the explorations begun in the Somatics of Emotions workshop, delving more deeply into complex emotions such as heartbreak, despair, betrayal, humiliation, anguish, and disgust. We will consider the developmental tasks related to these emotions, their pro-social value, and their potential transitions into emotions such as gratitude, excitement, and joy.

Once practitioners can perceive simple emotions in the tissues, as practiced in the Somatics of Emotions workshop for example, we can then move toward working with compound emotional states that tend to arise in specific tissues.

In this workshop we will work with somatic patterns such as heartbreak as it arises in the tissues of the chest, despair as collapse in large muscles and heat in the gut, betrayal as expressed in the spine. Working with practices such as opening the heart, and widening the sense of ego can provide the opportunity to connect to the patterning of the brain related to these emotional states, and bring into inquiry how we can change the brain, and the self.

What are the structures — particularly the somatic structures — that support the brain, and how can they be changed? Softening the chest, aligning the spine, deepening the breath — unless the structures that support the brain can move to greater equanimity, the brain will continue to make structures and meaning based on old paradigms. When these paradigms shift, emotions such as heartbreak, humiliation, and anguish may move to be replaced by relief, space and gratitude.

Note: due to the coronavirus pandemic, our October 2020 class will be held online. Please see below for notes on how the program has been adapted to be held online.

  • Online meetings on each of the scheduled class dates
  • Three live Q&A/follow-up sessions with Kathy and Tony, dates TBD
  • Recordings of all live video conference sessions
  • Access to recordings of additional video material that will cover topics not covered in the live program
  • Intentional touch exercises in place of touch practice sessions

Prerequisites

Completion of the Somatics of Emotions workshop, or sufficient clinical and practice experience to have developed the capacity to recognize emotions somatically, and be stable in your presence with them.

We are intending this course to be aimed at professionals who have experience with working with people who have entrenched realities; who are dealing with clients with these types of issues. Often, such practitioners find working with these types of clients to be isolating. This course is intended to provide a sense of community and connection for professionals working with some of the most challenging types of clients, for whom adding a somatic approach may be of some benefit. If you have questions about the suitability of this class for you, please email the coordinator and she will pass along your inquiry to us.

About Kathy L. Kain and Tony Richardson

Learn More

Continuing Education

Continuing Education credits may be offered for this program (number of hours varies for online or in-person classes). Please see the Registration page for each training to see whether CEs are offered.

LEARN MORE

Class Learning Objectives

SOC Online Daily Schedule

VIEW UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Training Locations

Online
Los Angeles, California
Portland, Oregon
SF Bay Area, California
Sydney, Australia
Vancouver, Canada