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August 2020      

08. - 11.

From Survival to Existential

The SE approach of providing support to individuals in distress

Dr. Peter A. Levine (USA)



For Peter A. Levine, learning to assist clients therapeutically can be compared to taking piano lessons. Through one-on-one encounters with well-trained specialists, participants learn how they can live and reshape their lives in a new and credible way. Just like in the case of piano lessons, however, not everyone will be equally successful—not all students will turn out to become piano virtuosos. Instead, much too many might give up playing the piano altogether at some point. Therefore it is tremendously important that in providing therapy for individuals in distress we do not only focus on what they experience while in our own practice, but also on discovering and demonstrating ways to integrate what has been learned into everyday life.

In many therapies or coaching contexts, this aspect tends to be overlooked even by otherwise seasoned experts, which is why it needs to become a key point of focus in SE. If we want to fully empower human beings, we need to offer them a new embodied existence which will also last after the person leaves the treatment room. When individuals experience trauma, their nervous system will shift to an emergency program and be in survival mode. In a particular moment of great danger or even a real threat to life, this capacity is a valuable asset. However, once exposure to these sources of threat ceases to exist, another part of the human being wants to come to the surface – the part intent on curiously exploring, shaping and filling up life, thus finding deep existential fulfillment.

As long as the person's ability to really show up, including their own needs and interests, is significantly compromised outside of the therapist's practice, the movement towards existential Being will be delayed or not happen at all. If we succeed in guiding somebody from survival mode to connecting with their profound inner longings and visions, we pave the way from "Survival to Existential". SE differs from various other forms of trauma-, psycho- and body therapy in that, rather than just focusing on stabilizing the survival mode, it consciously seeks to come closer to the Existential in the facilitated transformation process.

If we want to build the bridge from survival to existential, we must deliberately envision and perform the step from the therapy zone into everyday life. It is our everyday life which provides the credible testimony of our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual being, and this way we enrich the world in which we are living and to which we are contributing. The way to get there is strongly impacted by our capacity to embody threat signals inside of us – whether they consist in pain, emotions or a mental concept. In SE, SIBAM provides us with the tool to consciously get closer and closer to this goal.

The minimum prerequisite for participating in this training is the completion of the first year of the SE training, but the course will also consider the needs of more experienced students or SE practitioners.

Course language: English with translation into German

Prerequisites: SE-Beginner level completed

Cost: CHF 1140.--

Dates, times and place:
August 08 - 11, 2020
Times: starting on the first day at 10.30 am, ending on the last day at 1.30 pm

Location: Hotel Rigi in CH-6353 Weggis, Tel: +41 (0)41 392 03 92,
info@hotelrigi.ch, www.hotelrigi.ch
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Teacher: Dr. Peter A. Levine (USA)

Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. (USA) is the originator and developer of Somatic Experiencing® and the President of the Foundation for Human Enrichment. He holds doctorate degrees in both Medical Biophysics and Psychology. During his forty plus year study of stress and trauma, Dr. Levine has contributed to a variety of scientific, medical, and popular publications. His best selling book, Waking the Tiger; Healing Trauma, is available in 24 languages. He is author of "It Won't Hurt Forever", a guide to the prevention and healing of trauma with children. Together with Maggie Kline he published: "Trauma-Proofing your Kids", a parents' guide to instilling confidence, joy and resillience. The culmination of his life's work you find in "In An Unspoken Language", where he explains the nature and transformation of trauma in the body, brain and psyche. His latest book "Trauma and Memory" tackles the most difficult and controversial question whether we can trust our memories or not. Peter was a consultant for NASA during the development of the Space Shuttle, and has taught at hospitals and pain clinics in both Europe and the U.S., as well as at the Hopi Guidance Center in Arizona.

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