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A Sense of Self: The Intersection of Embodied and Expressive Practices in Psychotherapy

Date: 9:00am - 1:00pm PDT September 21, 2013 Location: South Chapel, Graduate Campus

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South Chapel, Graduate Campus

In this four-hour workshop we will be exploring the intersection of embodied and expressive practices in psychotherapeutic work with adults and children.  

We will particularly focus on how one engages a client’s senses in a manner that both enlivens the therapeutic process and helps clients to experience a richer sense of themselves. This better developed sense of contact with their thoughts, feelings, sensations, and intentions enables clients to more resourcefully and effectively address the challenges they face.

Workshop participants will leave with both an appreciation for the enormous utility of incorporating somatic and expressive interventions into one’s clinical practice and with an understanding of the theory that supports its use.

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013

Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Instructors: Peter Mortola, Ph.D. and Daniel Schiff, Ph.D.

Noncredit/CEU: 4 hours, $75 by 8/29, $90 after. Students $40.

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About the Instructors

Peter Mortola, Ph.D. is Professor of Counseling Psychology at Lewis and Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling. He is the author of Windowframes: Learning the art of Gestalt play therapy the Oaklander way (Routledge/Gestaltpress, 2006), the culmination of 10 years of inquiry and research on Violet Oaklander’s methods of both child therapy and adult training. Windowframes has recently been translated into both German and Spanish. He is also the co-author of BAM! Boys Advocacy and Mentoring: A leader’s guide to facilitating strength-based groups for boys (Routledge, 2008). Both these texts focus on relational methods of working with children and youth in therapeutic settings. For more information, please visit and

Daniel Schiff Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (Oregon and Washington State) in private practice in Portland, Oregon specializing in the practice of Reichian based somatic psychotherapy. He has been an adjunct faculty member in psychology at Seattle Central Community College, Antioch University, and the Argosy University, Seattle, and currently teaches a course in somatic psychology at Lewis & Clark. He has lectured widely on topics related to emotions, psychotherapy, and Reichian and Gestalt therapy to both public and professional audiences, and provides clinical seminars, training and supervision to mental health professionals. More information about Dr. Schiff and his work can be found on at:

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