Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI) Presents...
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Words are Not Enough:
Sensorimotor Interventions for Suicidality among Adults, Adolescents and Children
led by SP experts, Dr. Pat Ogden & Dr. Bonnie Goldstein
Earn 2 Free CE Credits
Discover the significance of the "somatic narrative” as a critical factor in suicidality, helplessness, hopelessness and despair.

Follow along as you gain the knowledge of the somatic elements that contribute to suicidality and how to address these elements in psychotherapy practice with suicidal clients to increase their self-esteem, confidence, and relational skills.
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Suicide is a leading cause of death, as escalating rates of hopelessness, despair and serious psychological distress fuel global increases in suicidal ideation and suicide attempts.

In this session Drs. Pat Ogden & Bonnie Goldstein elucidate the significance of the “somatic narrative” –the ongoing process of body-based, implicit, nonverbal behavior-- in both assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults who show suicide risk factors or warning signs.

Recognizing both the therapeutic challenges & transformational moments of working with these complex issues, we will draw upon the wisdom of the body to promote change, clarifying the dynamic interchange between the non-verbal cues and verbal reports of suicidal clients of all ages.  Physical indicators of helplessness, hopelessness, despair and depression will be elucidated, along with treatment strategies to address these emotions.

Instead of relying on “talk therapy” approaches alone, mindfulness based, somatic interventions that target the physical components contributing to suicidal thoughts and behavior are emphasized. Through this supportive and empowering treatment modality, clients learn to draw upon the movement and posture of their bodies to develop insight, understanding and resilience in the face of the intense emotions that drive suicidal ideation.

Examples and case studies with children, adolescents, and adults will weave Sensorimotor Psychotherapy theory into practice by showcasing ways to work with suicidal clients, emphasizing the crucial role that the body plays in regulating thoughts, feelings and emotional well-being.   

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Upon completion of the activity participants will be able to:
Determine three bodily cues that can indicate hopelessness, helplessness and despair in session
Assess the role of the body in generating and maintaining depression in psychotherapy with adults, children and adolescents in clinical settings
Analyze the efficacy of working with the body to improve clinical outcome in treatment of suicidal adults, children and adolescents
Demonstrate three body oriented interventions and their clinical implications  for treating suicidality and related emotions in adults, children and adolescents. 
Distinguish the role of mindfulness in adult, child and adolescent treatment from “talk therapy.”
More About Our Presenters: 
Pat Ogden is a pioneer in somatic psychology and Founder of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute®, an internationally recognized school specializing in somatic–cognitive approaches for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and attachment disturbances.

She is co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, a clinician, consultant, international lecturer and trainer, and first author of Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy.  Her second book, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015) is a practical guide to integrate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® into the treatment of trauma and attachment issues.

Dr. Ogden is currently developing Sensorimotor Psychotherapy™ for children, adolescents and families with colleagues.
Bonnie Goldstein, LCSW, Ed.M, Ph.D. (CA; LCP; 15621) is the founder and director of Lifespan Psychological Services in Los Angeles. She leads a team dedicated helping clients navigate life’s complexities by addressing developmental issues, family systems, trauma, grief and loss counseling for children and adults, and transitions-to-adulthood.

Using a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy approach to working with children, adolescents, and families, she joins Dr. Pat Ogden and the curriculum team at the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute in creating and adapting Sensorimotor Psychotherapy treatment modalities and interventions to treat child, adolescent, family and group populations.

She is co-editor of Understanding, Diagnosing and Treating Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents; The Handbook of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy; A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment, Volumes I & II; A Text for Children and Their Families; I Will Know What to Do: A Guide to Dealing with Trauma”
Disclosure: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and Lifespan Learning Institute have implemented a process where everyone who is in a position to control the content of any educational activity must disclose any potentially relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest.  The presenter listed above have been determined to be free of conflict for the purposes of this workshop.

Accreditation Statement:
The Lifespan Learning Institute and The Sensorimotor Institute are cosponsors of this Continuing Education program. Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by APA and CAMFT to offer Continuing Education Credit for our programs. Your eligibility for CE Credit is based upon satisfactory completion of the home study test with a score of 80% or higher. You must also complete the online Evaluation form.  Upon verification of completion of these requirements, we will email you a .pdf of your CE Hours Completion Certificate.
This Conference offers 2 CE Hours.

Lifespan Learning Institute maintains responsibility for this conference and its content.

LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, & LEPs (CAMFT): Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, & LEPs. Lifespan Learning Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. (Provider # 050085)

Cancellation, Refund and Grievance Policies:
Cancellations and Refunds: This Home Study webinar is offered free of charge.
Grievance Policy: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and Lifespan Learning Institute is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the Ethical Principles of the APA & CAMFT The full policy and filing procedure are available at
Students with Disabilities: In accordance with the American with Disability Act (ADA), please contact our office ( at least 2 weeks before the program if you need special accommodations.

General information:
Access: Upon registration you will receive access to:
  • A downloadable PDF of the slide presentation 
  • Accessible replay of the recorded presentation
  • Practical intervention techniques and tools you can apply immediately
  • 2 CEs through co-sponsorship of Lifespan Learning Institute:
  • Access to the Online Test for CEs
  • Access to the Evaluation Form for CEs
**Remember, you must complete the video, the quiz, and the evaluation to be eligible to receive CE Credit.**
Attire: Dress comfortably.
Tech Requirements: You will need a stable internet connection.
Communications: All pre-conference and post-conference communications will be via email or online. This includes but is not limited to: Registration confirmation, digital syllabus, Evaluations, CE certificates, etc.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What should I do if I or someone I know is feeling suicidal?

A: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and our cosponsor, Lifespan Learning Institute are educational institutions and do not handle crisis situations. If you or someone you know is at risk for suicide or are in crisis, you can reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988.  

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now: 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. While some areas may be currently able to connect to the Lifeline by dialing 988, this dialing code will be available to everyone across the United States starting on July 16, 2022. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LIFELINE & 988 >>

Q: What is Sensorimotor Psychotherapy?

A: SP creator, Dr. Pat Odgen, established Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI) in 1981. Until 2019, SPI almost exclusively relied on word of mouth to spread awareness of training in SP. With growing demand for effective trauma therapy, we realized the principles and methods of SP needed to reach further. We began offering a variety of programs online, so more people than ever before can affordably and conveniently begin learning SP.

Q: How much does this program cost?

This program, including CEs, are free of charge in co-sponsorship of Lifespan Learning Institute. Dr. Pat Ogden and Dr. Bonnie Goldstein are passionate in helping bring awareness and address the rise of suicidality in adults, children, and adolescents. 

Q: How long can I access this digital program?

A: This complimentary program offers 2-hours of instructional learning with extended access to the recording until further notice.

Q: I've tried working with the body before, but it didn't work... How is this any different?

A: SP uniquely includes the body in therapy as both a source of information and target for intervention. By addressing the physical as well as the psychological, SP can support a deep, effective and unified approach to healing.

The immediately-useful knowledge you will gain in this course comes from Dr. Ogden’s years of study and clinical experience--she developed SP based on what works.

Q: How do I access the webinar and materials?

A: Sign up using the link above to receive direct access to the webinar recording, slide handout, plus the links to the CE test and evaluation form.

Q: Are Continuing Education credits offered?
A: 2 CEs are being offered in sponsorship of Lifespan Learning Institute. Your eligibility for CE Credit is based upon satisfactory completion of the home study test with a score of 80% or higher. You must also complete the online Evaluation form. Upon verification of completion of these requirements, we will email you a .pdf of your CE Hours Completion Certificate.