Introduction to Somatic Regulation
Grounding, Orienting, Tracking, Titration & Pendulation
An experiential workshop
Michael Shiffman, PhD, LMFT
July 24, 2021
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
We often hear clients say that they feel like their body was hijacked in the face of a triggering event. They can’t think, their nervous system seems to have a mind of its own. They lose their sense of home with their sense of self compromised. Somatic practices that support regulation play a key role in supporting clients to form a secure experience of their felt-sense, a return home to safety and security.
Grounding, orienting, tracking, titration and pendulation are core observable processes involved in the organic movement toward somatic regulation. This workshop will emphasize recognizing and working with these observables.
This experiential workshop will start with a brief review of the autonomic nervous system and will introduce specific ways for clients to ground and orient. This will be followed by a demonstration to identify activation cycles, tracking and titration to deescalate, re-orient and ground. We will then do a series of dyadic exercises to practice tracking and the management of activation cycles. Successful management of activation is a bottom-up activity that can support our clients’ sense of agency.
A CE certificate is issued after the workshop evaluation is received.
Psychologists: The Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course is provides 4 CE units.
MFTs / LCSWs / LPCCs: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts APA CEs. This course provides 4 CE units.