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Introduction to MindBody Therapy

About the Course

This course will give an overview of the theories, research, and frameworks that comprise a holistic methodology and philosophy of mind-body therapy. Particular focus will be given to: where MBT is positioned in the history of psychology and modern medicine, core principles of MBT, the role of the therapist in MindBody Therapy, and commonalities and differences amongst MindBody therapy methodologies. 

This course is taught by Dr. Scott Lyons & Christine Caldwell.

Teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

with Scott Lyons
This module will offer an introduction to the framework of healing and MindBody therapy. An overview of the history of the field will be offered, as well as the position of MindBody therapy in relation to other models of therapy. We will utilize case studies/ examples from faculty of bodymind therapy sessions to demonstrate the significance of this approach in therapy. evolved from its first textual evidence in the Upanishads to its ultimate classical formation.
with Christine Caldwell
This module will cover the common core principles that structure the field of MindBody Therapy. Drawn from various somatic disciplines such as body psychotherapy, dance therapy, sensory awareness, bodywork, and movement education, this module will look at the common theories and beliefs that unite these various domains, as a way to construct an overarching view of MindBody Therapy.
with Scott Lyons
This module will address the qualitative characteristics that are inherent in a practitioner of Mindbody Therapy and provide practices to cultivate these qualities. Key perspectives and core values from humanistic-transpersonal psychology will be distilled in order to support students in their application of working in a holistic and client-centered approach.
with Christine Caldwell
MindBody Therapy disciplines share many core practices that can be traced back to the core principles. This module will examine five important commonalities of practice, examining why they are valued, how they are used, and their hoped for results. In addition, we will practice at least one technique for each of the five common practices.

Students who take this course will:

  • Describe seven core principles of mindbody therapy, along with their roots and applications
  • Apply one simple practice associated with each of the seven core principles
  • Analyze current lens of viewing the relationship between client and practitioner 
  • Apply humanistic principles in order to empower clients to take an active role in their processes of healing and well being
  • Explain the essentials of various relational exchange practices, and how they are used in treatment
  • Explain the essentials of various somatic awareness practices and how they are used in treatment
  • Describe the essentials of various conscious movement practices, and how they are used in treatment
  • Describe the essentials of various breathwork practices, and how they are used in treatment
  • Explain the essentials of various emotional processing practices, and how they are used in treatment

About Christine Caldwell

Dr. Christine Caldwell, Ph.D., BC-DMT, LPC, NCC, ACS, is the founder of and professor emeritus in the Somatic Counseling Program at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, USA, where she taught coursework in somatic counseling theory and skills, clinical neuroscience, research, and diversity issues. Her work began forty years ago with studies in anthropology, dance therapy, bodywork and Gestalt therapy, and has developed into innovations in the field of body-centered psychotherapy. She calls her work the Moving Cycle. This system goes beyond the limitations of therapy and emphasizes lifelong personal and social evolution through trusting and following body states. The Moving Cycle spotlights natural play, early physical imprinting, bodily authority, and the transformational effect of fully sequenced movement processes. She has taught at the University of Maryland, George Washington University, Concordia, Seoul Women’s University, Southwestern College, Pacifica, and Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, and trains, teaches and lectures internationally. She has published over 30 articles and chapters, and her books include Getting Our Bodies Back, Getting In Touch, The Body and Oppression, and Bodyfulness.

About Scott Lyons

Dr. Scott Lyons is a Clinical Psychologist, Osteopath, and MindBody Medicine practitioner who specializes in therapies for infants, youth, and adults. Additionally, Dr. Lyons holds a BFA in Theater/Psychology, and an MFA in Dance/Choreography.Scott is the co-creator of Embodied Flowª – a school of yoga and therapy, and developer of Somatic Stress Releaseª – a process of restoring our biological adaptation system. Scott has had the privilege of teaching Embodied Flowª, Somatic Stress Releaseª, and Body-Mind Centering¨ workshops and trainings throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. He was an adjunct professor at New York University from 2007-2010 where he co-taught the Viewpoints Studio with Mary Overlie.

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