SR – Body Reading for Psychotherapists Workshop

SR – Body Reading for Psychotherapists Workshop

Body Reading for Psychotherapists

Living experiences are Embodied experiences. Without a body there is no life, as we know it. If the body is indeed central to living experience, then it surely must have significant value in the psychological healing process. While there are many different methods for engaging the body as part of the psychotherapeutic process, they all share the common belief that the postures, movements, and tension patterns of a person’s body both reveal and influence deeply held habitual patterns that form the foundation of self perceptions on the physical, emotional and psychological levels.

This is a skill-building workshop for licensed psychotherapists, interns, and trainees wishing to develop their ability to work somatically with clients. The focus will be on reading a client’s physical patterns of organization as they relate to the psychological issues he or she is bringing to therapy. The workshop will include the development of body tracking skills and the assessment of existing and missing physical resources that are revealed in the client’s presenting psychological issues.

The course learning objectives:

  • Skills for tracking and articulating physical patterns of organization as they influence a client’s postures, gestures, and movements.
  • A basic anatomical understanding of the musculature system and how it influence posture, gesture, and movement.
  • Assessment skills for determining how physical organization relates to psychological material.
  • Assess which physical patterns offer effective access routes to core psychological material
  • Working collaboratively with clients in interpreting “psycho-physical” material.


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CEs Available: 6 hours

Craig Toonder, MFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFT’s, LPCC’s, LCSW’s. Craig Toonder, MFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and it’s content. CEPA Provider Number: 60285.

Space is limited! To register for this workshop contact the organizer at ctoondermft [at], or phone 510-499-7137 to reserve your space. You will also need to fill out the application below and mail it with your payment to: 3637 Grand Ave., Suite B, Oakland, CA 94610.



This workshop will be taught by CRAIG TOONDER, MFT. Craig Toonder is a somatic psychotherapist in private practice in Oakland, CA. He has trained in Formative Therapy, Hakomi Body Centered Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, and Psycho-Physical Therapy. He has studied a variety of massage therapy modalities at the McKinnon Institute of Massage and the Chi Nei Tsang Institute. Additionally, he has studied visceral manipulation with the Barral Institute. He created and taught curriculum for the Psycho-Physical Therapy Institute with Bill Bowen and is now continuing Bill’s work. In his private practice he specializes in a somatic-based approach to couples therapy. For more information on Craig’s private practice please visit:

Refund Policy:

Credit towards a future workshop or refund minus a $25 cancelation fee will be provided when the program administrator receives notice of cancellation by phone, writing, or email 30 days prior to the start date of workshop. Credit, but no refund is available if less then 30 days notice is provided. No refunds or credit will be given without prior notification. Course registration signifies agreement with the terms of the cancellation policy. Somatic Resourcing Training agrees that if a course is cancelled the student will receive 100% refund of tuition. Refunds will be issued within 5 business days of the request being received. For more information can be found under the Policies and Procedures menu tab.

ADA and other Accommodation Requests:

Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact the Program Administrator, Craig Toonder, MFT at ctoondermft[at] or 510-499-7137. Please allow as much advance notice as possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your needs. For more information can be found under the Policies and Procedures menu tab.

Complaints & Grievances:

If you would like to discuss or file a complaint or grievance, please contact the Program Administrator, Craig Toonder, MFT at ctoondermft[at] or 510-499-7137. For more information can be found under the Policies and Procedures menu tab.