Professional Training Has Now Started – apply for March 2023

The Institute of Somatic Psychotherapy (IOSP) is delighted to offer mental health practitioners a training program in Somatic Psychotherapy that is holistic and puts the embodied relationship between client/patient and practitioner at the centre of attention.

This training intends to address those aspects of human experience that are too frequently paid insufficient attention to, or even ignored in other trainings.

Students will gain an understanding of:

  • The historical roots and development of the whole field of Somatic Psychotherapy
  • What Somatic Psychotherapy is, and what is not considered to be Somatic Psychotherapy
  • How Somatic Psychotherapy can fit into the current map of the mental health professions
  • How to become more embodied and how to help others become more embodied
  • How trauma affects the body-mind Self and how to work with healing it
  • How to rebalance the Autonomic Nervous System and incorporate the Poly-Vagal approach
  • The significance and power of touch in psychotherapy – how to touch properly, safely and ethically within a professional practice
  • A deeper understanding of Somatic Psychotherapy and how to incorporate a wide variety of approaches, practices and exercises
  • The somatic connections with and components of meditation and mindfulness practice
  • How to practice Somatic Psychotherapy effectively, even without touching
  • How Somatic Psychotherapy approaches can be used to enhance other specific clinical presentations
  • What types of research are appropriate to a Somatic Psychotherapy practice and how to make effective outcomes more visible.


Program Options

Course students have two distinct options to participate in the IOSP Somatic Psychotherapy Training Programs

1: The one-year ‘Full Somatic Psychotherapy Training Program’ consists of, and requires participation in – the following:

  • 15 live online 2-hour fortnightly Seminars
  • Set readings, exercises and worksheets
  • 13-15 (roughly) fortnightly Peer-group Syndicates
  • Significant Self-study
  • Journaling
  • Course Tutor Contact
  • Project work

This Full Somatic Psychotherapy Training Program – when extended into a second-year training program – can act as a “conversion course” in Somatic Psychotherapy for already trained and qualified psychotherapists from other modalities and other already-trained professional mental health practitioners.

The next Full Somatic Psychotherapy Training Program started 14 th of March 2022. Register your interest for the 2023 course now.

Non-refundable application processing fee $250
(total cost $2,500 + GST = $2,750)

20 places left

2: The ‘Seminar Only’ program gives access to:

  • 15 live online 2-hour fortnightly Seminars
  • Set readings, exercises and worksheets

 Register your interest for our seminars-only course for 2023.

Total cost $1,500 + GST = $1,650

Timeline – Download brochure (above) to see dates and times


a) Full course: open to mental health practitioners with at least 200 hours of relevant training in ‘mental health’ areas. Applicants to this course will be interviewed after applying for the course.

b) Seminars only: open to practitioners and trainees in the mental health field, as well as allied health professionals. Practitioners working in naturopathy, nutrition, massage therapy or body therapy, who are interested in Somatic Psychotherapy.

Training Modules/Seminars

The training will be delivered by Courtenay Young who is located in the UK. Each module has a particular theoretical focus and is supported by set readings.

Seminar Topic

1) Training program introduction

2) Review of “Historical Origins of Embodied Approaches to Psychotherapy” readings
Body Psychotherapy within the Profession of Psychotherapy

3) The Embodied Basis of Human Relationships

4) Scientific Method and the Embodied Approaches in Psychotherapy

5) The Ethics of Professional Touch
Professional Competencies of Body Psychotherapy

6) Re-balancing the Autonomic Nervous System
Doing Effective Body Psychotherapy without Touch: Part 1

7) Trauma Part 1

8) Embodiment
Felt sense
Doing Effective Body Psychotherapy without Touch: Part 2

9) Working with stress, depression & anxiety

10) Body Psychotherapy with different pathologies

11) Trauma Part 2

12) Reflective session

13) The contributions of the embodied psychotherapy movement to developments in the wider field of psychotherapy

14) Body Psychotherapy practice how-to
Body Psychotherapy research how-to

15) Training review