Pre-Conference Workshops

Venue:  Freie Universität Berlin, Silberlaube, Halbelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin.
Date: 5.09.2018
Time: 10 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm.

“Silberlaube” – view from Fabeck Street.

Hilarion Petzold

Time: 10 am to 1 pm

Self-perceptible, complex mindfulness and interoceptions: “Corrective personification andmentalization” in Integrative Leibtherapy

Central Positions: The concept of mentalization has come into fashion (Fonagy). But if one goes back to Luriya, Vygotsky, Moscovici, according to our tradition, one comes to the realization: without embodiment (today also Clarc, Freeman, Gallagher, etc.) no mentalization and vice versa. Cognitions, emotions, volitions of will are embodied, connected with interoceptions. Furthermore: no “embodiment” without social and ecological context, i.e. without “embeddedness”, according to neuroecology and ecopsychosomatic. We are dealing here with the current areas of neuroscientific, research-based theory formation and practice development – practice: work with interoceptive explorations, ecopsychosomatic explorations, ways of lifestyle change as “corrective embedding”.

The workshop will be held in English and German.

Hilarion Gottfried Petzold Prof. Dr. theol., Dr. phil., Psychologischer Psychotherapeut,  Founder of Integrative Therapy , Co-Founder of Fritz-Perls-Instituts. Von 1979 bis 2004 he was Professor für Psychologie, Klinische Bewegungstherapie und Psychomotorik at the Freien Universität Amsterdam. Author of many important publications.

Heiner Steckel

Zeit: 10:00 – 13:00 Uhr
Basic Emotions , Pulsation and self-regulation

It was Alexander Lowen’s credo, that a solid identity , based on a strong self requires three central capacities  of :
self-perception =    awareness and perception of the physical body , as the home of basic feelings
self-expression =    expressing feelings of pleasure as well as pain  and
 =      the ability to contain ( self-regulate ) feelings and express them appropriately

I will focus in this workshop on some “traditional bioenergetic tools” , e.g. the stool , kicking , racket, grounding and on the paramount importance of the vibratory response of the organism. I will explain and partly demonstrate , how each of these tools can be useful in the process of re-contacting and integrating the above mentioned  competencies.
I will also discuss how this re-integration and re-organization can be facilitated by co- and self-regulation in the therapeutic process, using the above mentioned tools and how this can be looked at in the shade of  the current knowledge of neurobiology, trauma and emotion research.
The workshop is designed both self-experiential and didactic.

The workshop will be held in English.

Heiner Steckel, Dipl.Päd. , Heilpraktiker für Psychotherapie, is an IIBA* Faculty Member since 1990 and a co-founder of the ‘North German Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis’ NIBA e.V. In 1979, private practice as bio-energetic therapist and supervisor. Since more than 25 years I coordinate IIBA professional training , as well as teaching post-graduate workshops in Europe and Southamerica. I also teach Bioenergetic Analysis and TRE® in various areas of psycho-social work and trauma-therapy.


Lidy Evertsen

Time: 10 am to 1 pm
A touch of voice

Touch is an important element within BP. We cannot only touch with our hands, but also with our gaze and voices. The effects of voices are not so often a subject in our teachings and therapies. This workshop will give a taste of how character structures [also of the therapist] can be heard and felt in the tone of voice and what effect it can have upon the communication and contact.
This is a mainly experiential workshop with some brief explanation of character structures that I work with.

The workshop will be held in English.

Lidy Evertsen, Body Psychotherapy practitioner in her own practice since 1993; modalities – Unitive Psychotherapy, Bodynamic Analysis; specialised in working with dissociation and DID; Bodynamic trauma therapist; trainer, supervisor and therapist for Body Psychotherapy students and practitioners; EABP president 2010-2016; active in the development of the profession of Body Psychotherapy in EABP Think Tank, Continuous Congress Content Committee and CPD committee.


Luciano Rispoli, Enrica Pedrelli

Time: 10 am to 1 pm

The challenge of health and well-being in today’s society. Scientific research, findings and innovations (new front) in Body Psychology in the treatment of anxiety and stress

In today’s society, several factors contribute to raising the level of anxiety and stress with which people face their lives. Problems related to the acceleration of stimuli, to the speed with which we face daily life and with which we come to confront problems but also possible opportunities. Globalization constantly and quickly makes new information available, it pushes us to dial with a multitude of opinions and possibilities, to face up the need to move and change rapidly.
We will examine what these new conditions produce in today’s society in the comprehensive organization of the Self. We will observe what can be done to rebalance the alterations produced, without demonizing or to delude that we can turn backwards.
Fortunately, the various scientific disciplines have new findings on the various systems of functioning in human beings, with important confirmations to the concept that  mind-body are not divided but are one complex reality. Other findings, for example, in Neuro Science such as ‘mirrow neurons’ demonstrate that the motorial system is also a fundamental cognitive system and not just an effector of commands that come from above.
Furthermore, research carried out over the years within Body-Psychology by Neo-Functionalism, have brought about important new discoveries in theory and practice in the various areas of human functioning; in pregnancy and childbirth, childhood, the elderly, roots of violence, stress and helped Medicine to have many positive and encouraging results in the management of serious illness such as oncology, cardiovascular and autoimmune.
The challenge of the new society is a challenge to complexity. We can no longer keep separate fields of knowledge;  the Body-Psychotherapy is and will be called upon to understand the complex functioning of mankind, to understand the relations between the various systems that are formed (Central nervous and Peripheral, Neuro vegetative, Endocrine, Emotional, Cognitive and Sensory motorial ) and how to operate with these to realize interventions in cure and efficient preventions on a large scale, to recuperate well -being and health on all levels, individual and social, psychological and clinical moving forwards the frontier of this challenge.
In the Workshop we will focus on anxiety disorders and chronic stress.  We will go through theoretical part first, and then we’ll get time to experiment new Functionalist techniques.
The workshop will be held in English and Italian


Genovino Ferri

Time: 3 pm – 6 pm
Body Sense – The Body Code
Clinical Application of Body Psychotherapy

The “Body Code” is a navigational aid for travelling in each person’s life-story, linking character traits, evolutive stages, relational bodily levels and cerebral areas. Revealing our Embodied Intelligence and the dialogue between the central nervous system and the body’s “peripherical interfaces”, informs us of  acquired “Body Sense”, even in Psychotherapy and Psychopathology.
This theoretical, experiential workshop provides operative grammar-system which maybe integrated by participants in their own practices.
During the session, they will see and experience embodied activation (actings), and clinical-analytical Supervision suggesting Appropriate Embodied Activations for that patient, their life-story, trait mind and trauma.

The workshop will be held in English and Italian

Genovino Ferri, PhD, Psychiatrist, S.I.A.R. Analyst, Director of S.I.A.R. (Scuola Italiana di Analisi Reichiana), Member of the Academy of Science of New York, Member of the International Scientific Committee of Body Psychotherapy, President of Italian Association of Body Psychotherapy (A.I.P.C.).


Alan Fogel

Time: 3 pm to 6 pm
The Therapist’s Body:  
Using our own Embodied Self-Awareness as a Guide to Working with Clients

What happens when we bring our own embodied self-awareness into our work with clients? What might the client be experiencing when we feel despairing or hopeful, irritable or pleased, bored or interested, sleepy or excited, distracted or attentive, tense/anxious or relaxed? The goals of this workshop are: (1) To recognize when we and our clients are genuinely in our embodied self-awareness rather than in a thought process about ourselves or the other;  (2) To understand how the psychophysiology of embodied self-awareness aids recovery; and (3) To accept and expand the therapist’s embodied self-awareness to create a therapeutic somatic resonance with clients.

The workshop will be held in English.

Alan Fogel, Professor of Psychology Emeritus, University of Utah, USA, Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner and Senior Teacher, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA


Judyth Weaver

Time: 3 pm to 6 pm


How do we feel our alienation? How do we experience our own vitality? Can we feel our energy flow?
The work of Elsa Gindler influenced Wilhelm Reich.
Charlotte Selver brought it to the U.S. This presentation will be experiential.
“Gindler Work” or “Sensory Awareness,” is the simple, active practice of “being more whole”.
Without any techniques, it encourages us to feel and work freely with what we experience — with our whole beings.
This work can easily be integrated into psychotherapeutic practices.  It can help ground other various work that can be used with any age and in myriad situations.

The workshop will be held in English.

Judyth O. Weaver, Ph.D. in Reichian Psychology, is a Somatic Psychotherapist, certified in Somatic Experiencing, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, and Prenatal and Birth Therapy.  She is a Gestalt therapist, a Rosen Method practitioner and senior teacher.  She began studying with Charlotte Selver in 1968.  Certified to teach T’ai Chi Ch’uan, she created the t’ai chi program at Naropa Institute.  Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) for over 25 years; she co-founded Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and created its Somatic Psychology doctoral program.  She maintains a private practice in the u.s., and teaches internationally.

Clover Southwell

Zeit: 15:00 – 18:00 Uhr

A key technique in Biodynamic Psychotherapy is helping a client notice the sensations and impulses arising as he speaks.  We invite him to ‘Feel your hand…’ then ‘See what it wants to do…’.  What ‘it’ wants to do may feel safer, far less shaming, than what ‘I’ might want to do. By postponing the ego we bypass the superego, and having permitted that impulse, our client may then be ready to acknowledge it as his own.
After a demonstration, participants work in small groups to experiment with this unusual ‘it-level’ language.

The workshop will be held in English and German.

Clover Southwell – I studied Biodynamic Psychotherapy with Gerda Boyesen and her family in the 1970s and was heavily involved in the development of her Centre in Acton Park. After Gerda’s death, I was a founding director of the new Centre for Biodynamic Psychotherapy. Having taught this work worldwide, I am now mainly in London, writing and giving therapy and supervision.