Perinatal Somatic Attachment Training
What’s perinatal somatic?! Simply, this means our training content gets to the root of behaviors encoded before thinking. We work with perinatal shock, different than trauma. This organizes the behaviors that show up under stress in your clients when they are out of your office. They are bodymind responses held in the tissue and mind and behavior. Advanced therapists love this training! New therapists get a leg up on delivering high quality work.
Annie is a dynamic group facilitator, who is full of fierceness and compassion. She teaches from an authentic, heart- filled, intelligent, heart and mind.
Annie offers a comprehensive and experiential field in which to explore and to understand our earliest developmental patterns and those of our clients.
As we begin to uncover these survival based strategies from infancy, Annie offers new choices for how to be in life more completely and have more nurturing and satisfying relationships.
Annie’s groups are filled with space for personal exploration, somatic practice, and wise insight to bring back into your personal life as well as your professional life.” Allison Weliky, LPC, MA
How effective is your therapy?
As a clinician, you work hard, maybe you feel frustrated, and maybe your clients just aren’t changing. Maybe you aren’t getting to the roots of issues, issues that start in the bodymind. If you are a new therapist, now is the time to find out how to give the most benefit.
If you have a successful practice, maybe you are ready to go to the next spiral of your learning. You will deepen personally and professionally through this work.
Perinatal Somatic Attachment Training, (originally called the Somatic Attachment training, was developed and taught since 2006. It opens doors in your learning like few other trainings. That’s because it brings in real emotion, real body story, and we learn from demo sessions, group interactions, movement, and the brain. Unlike Somatic Experiencing, Hakomi, and Body-Mind Centering, this training uses interactive group process dynamics. This is essential to understand social emotional learning, conflicts, and withdrawal or arousal responses that happen in real life. You as a group member, experientially learn about group dynamics. (families, couples, and bonding relations). Your learning is from the inside out.
“The work is profound. It has shifted things inside that nothing else has touched…The work gave me my first real openings to experiencing and understanding safety, in myself and in others. Feeling safety. Deeply feeling safe. ST, MA
Founder Annie Brook, Ph.D., has been steeped in the Somatic field for over 3 decades. As author, public speaker, former director of Body Psychotherapy for Naropa MA in Somatics, and a clinician with over 35 years in private practice (cofounder Colorado Therapies), Annie knows what works! Annie trains interns and has worked with clients of all ages. She has published cutting edge books that use solid kinesthetic science, are grounded in psychological theory, pre and perinatal awareness, offer uniquely experiential neuroscience, and integrate principles of sensory motor learning through the widely acclaimed lens of Body-Mind Centering. Annie models how to access and work with brain states that govern behavior to draw you to the most informative learning possible. She calls this “applied neuroplasticity,” and offers an online course in this material as well.
Twelve “5-Day Modules,” spaced over 2 years
Get a free application here with details. Group size is limited. Sign up today.
The breadth of skills you explore is grounded, playful, meaningful, and life-changing. We train Manual Therapists, OT’s, PT’s, and Psychotherapists. By application only.
Join us in Perinatal Somatic Attachment this October!
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You know when something is real. Your body, soul, and spirit can feel this.
Learn depth psychology by getting to the roots of Attachment through the body-mind.
- Relational and Group Dynamics
- Dyad practice
- Excellent readings
- Sensory-Motor Processing
- Neuroanatomy in simple terms that you can teach clients
- Awareness and Conflict Resolution
- Identify earliest needs and need shock
- Transform power struggles
- Increase intimacy
- Address conflict with skill and get results
Register Here for Perinatal Somatic Attachment Training
We learn through real life and interaction. This is the unique aspect that our Perinatal Somatic Attachment Training offers you. This training brings it all. You will ground into your body, discover hidden beliefs and emotions, and transform issues into resources that support you in your practice and life. We use movement to refresh, discover, and learn from the inside out.
Your potency in therapy is a product of your presence, skills, and knowledge and your clients can feel it! Enhance your therapy to bring about lasting results and keep your treatment dynamic and personalized. Our Somatic Attachment training incorporates the alphabet of movement, developmental movement skills, interactive group process, and body systems interventions to help re-pattern the brain and behavior. We train therapists to listen for and respond to the client’s established sense of self encoded in the body story. Trainees learn to recognize the nuances of attachment dynamics, shock, and very subtle processes. With these skills, you can reach the deeper origins of pains, addictions, and fears.
I learned how to really, really, really slow it down so I am not re-stimulating my trauma. I learned skills to slow myself down and track my own trauma responses/triggers so that I don’t dissociate (something I don’t think I even knew how how often I did) but stay present and let my nervous system settle and reintegrate…The training put me in more awe than I could have imagined regarding early imprinting and the power and lasting effects it can have on us. Now I know what anesthesia given to Mom can do to baby. Not intellectually, I have real physical experience to it. And I am gradually clearing this imprinting out of my system. Slowly, patiently teasing apart and unraveling. This training has dramatically and irrevocably altered my life in so many positive ways. Annie models the work so expertly in just the way she “holds space” during the trainings.” Michael Mathieu, certified Advanced Rolfer
The Colorado School of Somatic Studies…we make a difference in how you “think” about therapy
At The Colorado School of Somatic Studies (formerly the Brook Institute), we believe strongly that pre-cognitive events drive behavior throughout your lifetime. Our earliest impressions of safety or danger become our perception of “normal” are deeply rooted in the primitive brain and the social-emotional system. Lingering subconscious traumas can have a negative impact for years. This is why people justify and repeat non-helpful behaviors. Our trainings help you learn the skills to deal with your client’s internalized primitive brain identity beliefs and how this connects to their pre-cognitive body-mind experience. This practice can help to eliminate negative responses to stress as well as non-effective behavior. Once you have completed a Brook Institute training you can help your clients integrate through the body to release shock and help them take charge of their lives!
In our Perinatal Somatic Attachment trainings, you can expect to touch on multiple topics and hone in on many of your skills. This can include but is not limited to:
- Understanding the latest neuroscience: know whether you are treating shock or trauma
- Enhancing observation and intervention skills: finding the right tools for the right treatment
- Deepening body-mind awareness: learn to address the first impressions of identity
- Learning movements that help integrate identity and strengthen self-worth
- Address behaviors, expressions, and thoughts to interrupt cyclical dysfunctional patterns
Please click here to download a training program application.
- Enroll in a degree program! Take your training one step further and apply training toward an Academic Degree with University of Integrated Learning. wwwuil.org
- Why is your training $700/module? You will get your money’s worth. That cost is standard for most 5 day trainings. The depth of understanding from the inside out, the ability to watch a master clinician and trainer at work, and to be part of a group growing together is worth every penny. (We do have a payment plan).
- How large is the group? We limit the group to 24 people with 4 assistants. This means we can have large group, small group, partner work, and a full range of observation and learning.
- Does perinatal mean you only work with infants? Absolutely not! This work benefits all ages. It’s useful as a therapist to have a well rounded scope of practice. (specialty courses in couples therapy, play therapy, and infant therapy available).
- 5 days is along time. Won’t I be exhausted? Likely not. The reason is we use movement that empowers and refreshes. You also get to practice. You also get to observe. You also can receive skilled educative touch sessions to learn through your body.
- Really, why 5 days!? Our training is unique. We want you to drop out of your everyday reality in order to learn the skill sets through immersion. These are skills Annie has taken a lifetime to learn. If you have to come and go, your brain doesn’t settle to these deeper experiential learning levels.
- 2 years is a long time! Why 2 years? Working with early shock imprints takes time to repair. Step one is to access those encoded memories. Step 2 is to trust letting go of “compensations” without “falling apart.” Annie calls this “riding the waves and staying on the surf board.” Step 3 is learning to digest, and integrate your unique personal narrative (i.e. your life experiences) into a meaningful story. This is what you help clients to do. Clients of all ages.
- I am not so sure about emotional work. I don’t want to be in highly reactive re-stimulating group experiences. Neither do we! Learning to dissipate shock, to reassociate into the body, and to stay relational when you have an emotional charge transforms emotions into useful energy. Annie is extremely skilled at pacing and helping people ground their emotions so that energy becomes the potency you see in children at play.
- Do I have to be at every module? Yes, when at all possible. Expect to attend. Of course, life emergencies happen. You will be invited to make it up at another module the following year, and expected to check in with your assistant trainer.
- Do I get a refund if I drop out? No, you can join in again when the next training occurs. We want you to get the benefit. (of course, special circumstances will be worked with).
- Where is the training located? In beautiful Longmont, Colorado. Close to Boulder, Lafayette, Niwot.
- How do I get there? Fly to Denver (DIA airport). Take the RTD public transport directly to Longmont.
- What about housing? Many like to book an air bnb. That gives you a chance to share meals and discussions or play with your new friends in the evenings. Check that box on your application if you want to find other roommates.
- Do I get a certificate when I graduate? You will get a certificate of completion. To be evaluated for competency is a separate request and certification, with an additional cost).
- Are CEU hours available? We are in the process and hope to provide these. At the moment, not so.
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