5/4/2024: Group Therapy Training Program Spring Symposium- From Sensation to Relation: Bringing our Bodies into Process Groups

Dr. Carlos Canales, Psy.D., CGP, FAGPA, SEP™

Saturday, May 4, 2024, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm PST. Live Webinar.

Group Therapy Training Program

Spring Symposium

From Sensation to Relation:
Bringing our Bodies into Process Groups

This year's GTTP Symposium will explore the inherent, organic, and restorative wisdom of the body as it relates to interpersonal relationships, intrapsychic dynamics, and group processes. The voice of the body is often subtle, unspoken, and particular to each individual. Our bodies are in constant relationship with their immediate environment, assessing for safety and guiding our every behavior. Prioritizing the body allows for wholesome, validating, and satisfying connections. Conversely, ignoring the body leads to dissociative, intellectual, or partial communication and compromised living. From a Somatic Experiencing frame, our bodies signal sensations, affects, images, movements, and felt senses; all neuroceptive, proprioceptive, and cognitive experiences that authenticate group process.

Through didactic and experiential learning, this symposium will focus on the use of somatic awareness and tracking to support regulated, congruent, and embodied interactions in group work. In addition, the potential effects of sociocultural power differentials and identity differences will be examined.

Course Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe the somatic experience of felt security, as an attachment precursor.
  • Participants will be able to assess aliveness, connection, disconnection, freeze/fight/flight in group experience somatically.
  • Participants will be able to evaluate and apply Somatic Experiencing concepts such as orienting, pendulation, titration, SIBAM, settling, and various forms of freeze responses.

Dr. Carlos

Dr. Carlos Canales, Psy.D., CGP, FAGPA, SEP™,  is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Group Psychotherapist, and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner in private practice since 2011. He is fluent in Psychodynamic Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Dr. Canales has worked at multiple counseling centers, inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, and community mental health centers. He is bilingual and bicultural and has developed an emphasis in the treatment of Latino/Latina clients and working with affect.

He has served on the board for the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society (NCGPS), the Iowa Hispanic Educational Resources (HER), and the Iowa Psychological Foundation (IPF). He is a clinical member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), which gave him the honor of fellowship in 2019. Currently, he is a co-chair of the Fellowship Committee at AGPA. In 2022, the Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy, Division 49 of the American Psychological Association, recognized him with the “Excellence in Group Practice” award this year for his outstanding contributions to the practice of group psychotherapy and applied group interventions.

Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 2024, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm PST. Live Webinar.
Zoom invite will be sent out a few days before the course date.

Location: Virtual format—Zoom

 Attendee Status: Pricing
TPI Members $75
Nonmembers $90
Prelicensed Students/Associates and Community Mental Health Workers $40

CE: 4 Credits. $5 additional fee per CE credit (i.e. 4 CE credits are $20 total). Attendees must participate in live sessions to receive CE's. The Psychotherapy Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs (provider number PSY005). The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts continuing education credit granted by the California Psychological Association or by any of its Approved Providers. The Psychotherapy Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. (see Registration and Course Policies).

Contact the Administrative Coordinator with any questions or concerns: sbrown@tpi-berkeley.org.

Registration Closes: 
Friday, May 3, 2024 - 3:00pm
$5 fee per CE