What trauma therapies and mindfulness can teach us about deepening and expanding psychotherapeutic practice.

Psychoanalysis is an incredibly powerful tool, but in some ways it is incomplete and the field has expanded to include Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, and Mindfulness. Discover for yourself how these diverse modalities can seamlessly integrate with your current psychotherapy practice to better help clients when talk therapy hits its limits.

**43 Social Worker CEUs**


Courses in:

Somatic Experiencing

In this course psychoanalytically trained psychotherapists will learn Somatic Experiencing (SE) as a theoretical model. Although SE was developed for healing trauma, somatic understanding and interventions can be successfully woven into the fabric of any type of psychotherapy. The instructor will teach theory and technique to enhance the student-therapists work with clients.


This course will introduce students to EMDR Therapy, the Accelerated Information Processing model that is at its heart, the standard protocol, its rationale and the concept of memory reprocessing. This course will also introduce students to Coherence Therapy, the Therapeutic Reconsolidation Process that is at its heart, the concepts of anti-symptom and pro-symptom position, juxtaposition experiences, pro-anti synthesis and experiential shift. Techniques for bringing positions forward into consciousness will also be presented.

Internal Family Systems

This course provides an overview of Internal Family Systems (IFS). Basic IFS techniques are taught. Emphasis is on integrating IFS technique with psychodynamic technique. Each class of the course will include a didactic section covering IFS theory and an IFS technique. This will be followed by a demonstration of the technique through presenter role-play and or videotape. This will be followed by discussion of similarity and differences with psychodynamic theory and how to integrate the technique. Each class will end with participant case presentations and class discussion.


This course will explore the application of mindfulness in a psychotherapeutic context. We will examine the role of mindfulness practice of the practitioner and how this relates to communication with patients in session, presence in the midst of suffering, and self-care. We will also explore the value of mindfulness therapeutically to cultivate cognitive flexibility, acceptance and compassion, and a more embodied way of living. Specific practice and experience with different forms of mindfulness meditation and mindful attention in daily life as well as readings will serve as the foundation for these explorations.


Gregory Carson, LCSW is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and a Certified Therapist in EMDR. He is a graduate of the Somatic Experiencing Institute's 3-year training program in SE, and a graduate of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society's 1-year training in Group Psychotherapy. Greg has trained in Coherence Therapy and is in regular consultation with its creator, Bruce Ecker. He is currently in his 2nd year of a 3-year training in Internal Family Systems conducted by the Center for Self Leadership. Gregory sits on the Executive Committee of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies Training Institute's Integrative Trauma Treatment Program where he has served as faculty and currently serves as Coordinator of both the program's Clinical Affiliates and its Saturday Clinical Seminar. Greg maintains a private practice with offices in the Flatiron District of Manhattan and in Montclair, New Jersey where he offers individual, couple, and group therapy, as well as individual & group consultation.

Jennifer Egert, PhD is a clinical psychologist with a background in health psychology and palliative care. She specializes in mindfulness based clinical approaches to managing medical and emotional life challenges. She maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan, focused on mindfulness based psychotherapeutic interventions. Dr. Egert completed teacher training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Worcester Medical Center and studied mindfulness based approaches to psychotherapy with a number of teachers including Doctors Ron Siegel, Dennis Tirch and Kelly Wilson. She has been engaged in her own contemplative practice and study since 2002. For further information, please see her website at:

Michelle Lepak, LCSW, with 25 years experience, integrates trauma models with each other, and into analytic work. She trained in NIP's 4 year adult analytic program. Michelle is an IFS therapist, a level 2 EMDR therapist, an Advanced level Somatic Experiencing therapist, a level 1 AEDP therapist, and trained in Structural Family Therapy at Minuchin's Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. She has presented her work "Integrating IFS and EMDR" at NIP. Michelle practices in Montclair, NJ.

Shelly Rosen, LCSW is a psychotherapist with 30 years clinical experience. She maintains a private practice in Manhattan and offers individual and group consultation. She is trained in Relational/Interpersonal Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Family Therapy and Internal Family Systems. She is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, an EMDRIA Approved EMDR consultant, and a Certified EMDR therapist. Shelly is a member of the Executive Committee at the ICP Trauma Studies Program where she teaches and supervises. Her most recent publication is Cults: A Natural Disaster-Looking at Cult Involvement through a Trauma Lens. She is interested in the intersections and relationships between psychoanalysis, trauma therapies and neurobiology.


Fee: $1,500 for 27-week course.

This class is only open to students who have completed, at least, a 3-year training program in psychoanalytic therapy.

To Register online or by phone a $200 deposit is required.

For more information, please contact the Director of Training, Jason Kurtz, at


Photography by: Charlie Szymanski