Module 5. Somatic Psychology

Tutor: Linda Hartley

Dates: Part A: Weekend 1: September 15-18, 2017
Part B: Weekends 2, 3, 4 and 5: November 17-19, 2017; January 19-21, March 23-25, May 18-20, 2018
Times: Fri. and Sat. (and Sun. in September) 10:30am–6:00pm; Sun. (and Mon. in September): 10:00am–5.30pm
Cost: Parts A and B: £1,250 (£1,180 if full payment for both part A and part B is received eight weeks before the course begins
Part A only: £312.50
Part B only: £937.50
Registration: View form
Venue: Ashdon, near Cambridge


This Module can be taken as CPD by professionals and students in related fields of practice. Participants will have either completed Module 1 of the Diploma Programme: Infant Movement Development; or will have studied for at least 100 hours in some other approach to somatic movement or dance movement therapy. Please apply with details of relevant study and professional practice.

It is possible to take Part A or Part B alone, but together they form a complete course of study.

Those who have taken the Embodiment of Spirit workshop previously may repeat this for half the current fee (£156.25).

The module

In our work with the body we experience the deep interrelationship between soma, psyche and spirit. Somatic Psychology seeks to give language and meaning to the fluid and organic experiences of somatic process, enabling us to dialogue and interact meaningfully with material arising from the unconscious in bodywork and movement therapy practice.

Part A of the module will explore:

Part B will explore:

See below for full details.

Photo by Christian Kipp

Part A. Embryology and Attachment

1. Embodiment of Spirit: an Embryological Journey

Part B. Psychological Models: Theory and Practice

 2. Body, Feelings, Mind: Embryology and the Body Systems

3. Perinatal Process: Development of Sub-personalities

4. Development of the Sense of Self: Neuroscience and Trauma work

5. Movement Process Work: the Body as Shadow

The other Diploma modules