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Webinar 1 - October 10, 2023

Scott Baum

Narcissism: The Drive for Recognition and Self-esteem

Scott Baum, 07:00pm – 09:00 pm (CEST)

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He, she, they are a ‘narcissist’ has become a term of contempt in modern society. We are all ‘narcissists’. Narcissism is the set of developmental dynamics, structures, and processes by which people develop, sustain, and manage self-esteem. There are pathological forms of narcissistic functioning, and deformations of narcissistic structures. Bioenergetic analysis gives us a very direct way to contact the effects of healthy and unhealthy forms of inspiration and deflation, corresponding to self-esteem and adjustments to self-esteem, or chronic self-denigration, or even absence of self-valuation.

This workshop will examine and contact these phenomena directly. We will also discuss the implications of the somatopsychic organization of these dynamics and structures for the understanding of personality organization.

Scott Baum, Ph. D. ABPP is a bioenergetic therapist and clinical psychologist practicing in NYC. He is a member of the International Faculty of the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis, and is on the faculties of the NY Society, the Israel Society, and the Swiss Association. He is Adjunct Full Professor of Psychology in the Psy. D. program at Pace University.

Webinar 2 - November 07, 2023

Robert Coffman

Shock, Trauma, and Contemporary Bioenergetic Analysis

Robert Coffman, 07:00pm – 09:00 pm (CEST)

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This webinar is going to talk about shock, trauma, and contemporary bioenergetic analysis.

Many psychodynamic psychotherapists are becoming somatically informed in their work through learning somatic trauma regulating techniques. These trauma techniques do not integrate easily into psychodynamic models of therapy. Our contemporary bioenergetic model of therapy is the next training these psychotherapists will need.

Many bioenergetic theories and techniques used in bioenergetic therapy are very useful in working with patients who suffer from shock trauma, however there are other bioenergetic theories and techniques that are not applicable and can create problems when working with the dissociative state of these clients.

In this webinar we’re going to explore what works and what doesn’t work in treating clients who have single incidents and complex developmental trauma. We will explore how shock trauma is held in the body and in the autonomic nervous system. We will explore the dangers of rapid adrenalization of the body, of mistakenly confusing dissociation with repression, of the special type of tracking awareness in the client and the therapist necessary to treat shock trauma, and the importance of an attuned and genuine caring two-person relational model of therapy.

Robert Coffman, PhD, is a California licensed Clinical Psychologist, a certified Bioenergetic Therapist, and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, with private practices in Redondo Beach, California. He has been in private practice for over 48 years. Bob was trained as a humanistic psychologist, turning to clinical psychology in the late 70’s while studying with Dr. Althea Horner, an object relations psychoanalyst. After he completed his PhD he worked for 10 years as a clinical psychologist at Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Hospital. He became interested in Bioenergetics during his schooling at USC, which led to him training with Dr. Robert Hilton, in the first Bioenergetic training group in Southern California in 1973. He has been an international trainer in bioenergetic analysis since 1992, training and supervising students in somatic psychotherapy. As a professional clinical psychologist, specializing in psychoanalysis, he integrates the body into his therapeutic work with all his patients.

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