Power dynamics pervade all of our interpersonal relationships, and the therapeutic relationship is no exception.
This course will provide students with critical information about how power dynamics play out in the context of body-to-body interactions, with special emphasis on how the ongoing dance of nonverbal communication between therapist and client can support trust, rapport, and empathy.
Using an intersectional approach, students will have an opportunity to experience and practice working with key concepts such as kinesthetic empathy, asymmetrical nonverbal interactions, performativity, and body norms.
Dr. Rae Johnson, Ph.D., RSMT, is a scholar/activist and registered somatic movement therapist who chairs the Somatic Studies in Depth Psychology doctoral program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. The author of several books, including Elemental Movement, Knowing in our Bones, and Embodied Social Justice, Rae teaches and trains internationally on embodied activism, somatic research methods, and the poetic body.