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Contemporary Somatic Psychology: Research & Applications

About the Course

Join the President of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy, Dr. Chris Walling,
for a special two-part series on modern psychotherapy research & skills application. Dr. Walling
is a licensed clinical psychologist, Certified-Yoga Therapist, and Somatic Experiencing
Practitioner based out of Los Angeles California. Dr. Walling is a Clinical Research Fellow at Dr.
Steve Porges’ lab at the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium at Indiana University,
Bloomington.

Dr. Walling will present a summary of his qualitative study into Somatic Experiencing (SE) as an emerging third wave somatic psychotherapy. He will illustrate how SE along with other contemporary models of somatic psychotherapy promote greater health, growth, and restoration. His presentation will demonstrate the viability of somatic psychotherapy as a useful emerging paradigm in treatment of traumatic stress and its role in promoting resilience and post-traumatic growth. Dr. Walling will discuss his interviews with Dr. Peter Levine, and other faculty of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, and how SE has emerged within the multiple lineages of somatic psychotherapy.
The skills that help harness the innate healing potential of the vagus nerve will be explored using a poly-vagal informed approach to Yoga Therapy. Dr. Walling will discuss various skills applications in many popular somatic techniques that can be used by yourself or with another to help restore safety and greater stabilization amidst recurrent stress responses. He will demonstrate ways to use breath and mindfulness exercises that promote greater self regulation so that we might engage in greater co-regulation with the ones we love.
two previously recorded Q&A sessions on modules 1 & 2

Students who take this course will:

  • Practice exercises that facilitate balanced neuroception (safety detection of the nervous system) through mindfulness and sensory awareness.
  • Explore features of breath and sound that calm the vagus nerve, and generate greater autonomic stabilization.
  • Explore the role of movement and embodied self awareness (proprioception,
  • interoception) in helping navigate challenging experiences.

About Chris Walling

Dr. Chris Walling, PsyD, MBA is a licensed clinical psychologist and an active leader in the biobehavioral sciences. His work integrates the developmental, neurobiological, and somatic aspects of the lifespan. His work in academic medicine has included the administration of multidisciplinary leadership teams in hematology-oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and geriatric psychiatry at some of the top academic medical centers in the United States. Dr. Walling is the President of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy, the hub of somatic psychology, and Associate-Deputy Editor for the International Body Psychotherapy Journal. His clinical focus in the behavioral sciences has examined the intersections of neuro-psychotherapy, affect regulation, and body psychology. Dr. Walling is a Clinical Associate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, California. He is currently a Clinical Research Research Fellow at the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University where he is working with the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium on advancing the science of body psychotherapy and trauma psychology.

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    Certificate of completion available for all courses (+ earn Yoga Alliance credits & CEs on select offerings)
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    Includes 250+ hours of our original series, lectures, talks & workshops—accessible on the website or through our App (Apple TV, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Roku)
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    Premium articles, curated content, mini-trainings & practice resources.
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