Boulder Psychotherapy Institute

Advanced Training in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP)

An Experiential Psychodynamic Gestalt Approach   •   Boulder, Colorado

Training Links



BPI Workshops for Therapists

Sat, Jan 16 2016 - Sat, Sep 10 2016. AEP Dream Training, Robyn Chauvin, BPI - 303 494 0393

Sat, Nov 5 2016 - Sat, Jun 3. Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP): Module I Individual Therapy, Robyn Chauvin, BPI - 303 494 0393

Sat, Oct 7 - Sat, May 5 2018. AEP Group Training: Module III, Robyn Chauvin, BPI - 303 494 0393

Ongoing Groups: Practice Groups, Process Groups, Supervision/Consultation Groups.

Trainings and Distinguished Guest Workshops

Workshops in individual, group or couples therapy may be taken separately or as part of our 300-hour program leading to Advanced Certification in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP). Each workshop offers a Certificate of Completion for that class. Some distinguished guest workshops are open to the general public as well as to mental health professionals and graduate students.

Sat, Jan 16 2016 - Sat, Sep 10 2016. AEP Dream Training, Robyn Chauvin, BPI - 303 494 0393
This training provides practitioners with hands-on experience working with their personal dreams and facilitating others. We will demonstrate dream work and review the AEP dream process as well as coach participants in facilitating one another's dreams. Professional issues in dream work are discussed alongside the existential, personal and transpersonal scope of the dream. We will explore various creative approaches in working with dreams. Prior experience with AEP or Gestalt is recommended. Learn More. Sign Up.

Sat, Nov 5 2016 - Sat, Jun 3. Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP): Module I Individual Therapy, Robyn Chauvin, BPI - 303 494 0393
AEP is an experiential therapy that interlaces the insights of contemporary existential and psychoanalytic/psychodynamic approaches with techniques inspired by Gestalt therapy and other experiential approaches. Many psychoanalytic approaches ignore the body, while many experiential approaches fail to take into account defenses, transference and countertransference issues. AEP takes into account the full spectrum of human experience - body, meaning, emotion, the impact of the past, and the choices that need to be made to create a different future. Module I offers intensive experiential training in AEP individual therapy. Learn More. Sign Up.

Sat, Oct 7 - Sat, May 5 2018. AEP Group Training: Module III, Robyn Chauvin, BPI - 303 494 0393
Working with groups is both an art and a science. This workshop combines techniques drawn from Gestalt, existential, psychodynamic, body-oriented and systems approaches to group. Group members observe and experience groups and practice leading the group in a safe learning environment. Learn More. Sign Up.

TBA. AEP Approach to the Body, Character Strategy and Trauma, Betty Cannon and Robyn Chauvin, BPI - 303 494 0393
**The Workshop:** AEP works with the lived body to explore ways in which meaning shows up in body stance, movement, gesture, facial expression and voice. We will explore Reichean/bioenergetic approaches to character strategy--looking at the ways in which our ways of living our lives show up in and help fashion our bodies. We will explore various modalities for working with trauma, adding to these an existential perspective on trauma as loss of meaning. We will also focus on integrating work with the body and trauma within a broader therapeutic perspective. We will pay particular attention to choosing appropriate levels of intervention (body, emotion, meaning) in working with clients with different character structures. We will also consider the question of when cathartic work is appropriate and when it is not - a question that students studying trauma approaches frequently ask. Learn More.

TBA. AEP Relational Training: Module II: Both Sections Full, Betty Cannon and Reed Lindberg, BPI - 303 494 0393
Research shows that couples and relationship counseling is the least effective form of therapy. 
We offer an approach, based in a profound philosophy, that avoids the pitfalls of other therapies. Applied Existential Psychotherapy supports and elaborates the conclusion that John Gottman came to through longitudinal research with couples: Facilitation and support for individual and mutual meaning-creation is (or ought to be) at the heart of relational therapy. Using Jean-Paul Sartre's existential phenomenology, we teach you to invite clients to explore the twin poles of human existence: freedom and facticity (the circumstances of our lives) as these impact our relationships and ourselves. Learn More.

TBA. AEP Theory: Roots, Philosophy, and Clinical Theory, Betty Cannon and Reed Lindberg, BPI - 303 494 0393
This training meets once a month on Friday afternoons, 4 to 8:15, November to October (no class in January or July). Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP) interlaces the insights of contemporary existential and psychoanalytic approaches with techniques inspired by Gestalt and other experiential therapies. We will explore the theoretical background of AEP - including roots, philosophy and clinical theory. Sources will include Betty's book on Sartre and Psychoanalysis along with many articles and book chapters on existential philosophy, psychoanalysis and Gestalt. New material will include chapters in progress from the book Betty is writing with Reed Lindberg, In the Spirit of Play: Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP). Videotapes and experiential exercises will demonstrate didactic material. Learn More.

TBA. AEP Video Review Group, Betty Cannon, BPI - 303 494 0393
For some time now, students at BPI have been asking for a video review group. This is it! You will bring in videos of portions of sessions with clients and/or fellow classmates for review in the group. You are encouraged to bring in material that you would like to consider for improving your AEP/Gestalt skills. Moment by moment feedback will give you some great ideas for fine-tuning your AEP/Gestalt skills. We will role-play alternative interventions and consider countertransference issues live. If appropriate, Betty may share some of her own videos as well. This is an ongoing group with a limit of 12 members. If you wish to sign up for ten sessions in advance, you can get a 10% discount. There is one free miss per calendar year. Learn More.

TBA. Affect Regulation, Attachment and Trauma: A Sensorimotor Approach, Pat Ogden, BPI - 303 494 0393
This workshop is co-sponsored by the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and the Boulder Psychotherapy Institute. It is designed for psychotherapists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and allied professionals who want to learn about somatic approaches to trauma treatment. It serves as an introduction to the Level One: Training for the Treatment of Trauma starting in March (www.sensorimotor.org for details). Sensorimotor Psychotherapy™ integrates cognitive and somatic interventions in the treatment of trauma, emphasizing body awareness, practicing new actions and building somatic resources. Learn More.

TBA. Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP) Training - 5-day modules, Betty Cannon and Robyn Chauvin, BPI - 303 494 0393
AEP is an experiential psychodynamic therapy that interlaces the insights of contemporary existential and psychoanalytic/psychodynamic approaches with techniques inspired by Gestalt therapy and other experiential approaches. Learn More.

TBA. Applied Existential Psychotherapy Training (AEP) - Gestalt and Beyond, Betty Cannon, BPI - 303 494 0393
AEP is an experiential therapy that interlaces the insights of contemporary existential and psychoanalytic/psychodynamic approaches with techniques inspired by Gestalt therapy and other experiential approaches. Many psychoanalytic approaches ignore the body, while many experiential approaches fail to take into account defenses, transference and countertransference issues. AEP takes into account the full spectrum of human experience - body, meaning, emotion, the impact of the past, and the choices that need to be made to create a different future. Learn More.

TBA. Applied Existential Psychotherapy Training (AEP): Individual, Relational, and Group Modules, Betty Cannon, BPI - 303 494 0393
AEP is an experiential therapy that interlaces the insights of contemporary existential and psychoanalytic/psychodynamic approaches with techniques inspired by Gestalt therapy and other experiential approaches. Many psychoanalytic approaches ignore the body, while many experiential approaches fail to take into account defenses, transference and countertransference issues. AEP takes into account the full spectrum of human experience - body, meaning, emotion, the impact of the past, and the choices that need to be made to create a different future. This is our flagship class. It offers 180 hours of AEP training in individual, group and relational therapy. Learn More.

TBA. Authentic Self-Presentation - A One Day Workshop for Therapists, Lee Potts, BPI - 303 494 0393
Effective presentation can help you recruit and retain clients. Communication behaviors such as body language, vocal tone, and style send significant messages about you and affect all of your professional interactions. Learn More.

TBA. Authentic Self-Presentation Using Theatre/Communication Skills, Lee Potts, BPI - 303 494 0393
This 10-session class was born from a request by participants in the October 24, 2010 Presentation Skills for Therapists; they asked that an entire course be offered focusing on the principles and techniques of authentic self-performance. Together we will create a safe, playful environment that allows you to try on expanded ways of expressing who you are; the goal is for you to feel comfortable and confident in putting your unmasked self out into the world. You will also explore a variety of ways to assist clients by employing some of these principles and techniques. Learn More.

TBA. Broken Bonds: From Stabilization to Transformation, Pat Ogden, BPI - 303 494 0393
Traumatic experience leaves behind not only a legacy of posttraumatic symptoms but also a burden of fear and mistrust that affects all future relationships, including the therapeutic one. Learn More.

TBA. Character Structure, Developmental Issues and Shock Trauma, , BPI - 303 494 0393
We are pleased to have Larry Heller return for the second part of this Distinguished Guest Workshop. He has agreed to do a review of the material in the first workshop for those who were unable to attend (and previous participants who would like a review). The workshop presents a unifying approach to psychotherapy and trauma work. It adds significant new elements to the character structure work that Dr. Heller has been teaching for twenty-five years. Participants in the first part of the workshop found it both eye-opening and ground breaking. They are enthusiastic about the second part. Please register early as space is limited. Learn More.

TBA. Creativity and the Veil of Addiction, Linda Schierse Leonard, Jungian Analyst, BPI - 303 494 0393
Probably no one is better suited to help us explore the edge of creativity and addiction than Linda Leonard, world-renowned author, lecturer and workshop presenter, recovering alcoholic and Jungian analyst. This workshop looks at addiction from a Jungian perspective. We live an age of addiction to power, control, speed, money, codependency, food, alcohol, drugs, romance, sex and even the Internet. Underneath all these particular addictions lie archetypal patterns. Facing addiction takes us deep into the realm of the shadow, into the heart of darkness. Yet, paradoxically, it is in these shadows that we can find the light that brightens the path to healing and recovery. Discussing the parallel between the twelve steps of recovery and the creative process, Linda will describe the archetypal characters within us – characters whose energy can be turned either toward creativity or destruction. Learn More.

TBA. Existentialism, Psychoanalysis and Gestalt, Betty Cannon and Susan Nimmanheminda, BPI - 303 494 0393
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TBA. Film and the Unconscious, Linda Schierse Leonard, Jungian Analyst, BPI - 303 494 0393
Like dreams, myths and fairy tales, film is an expressive medium that reveals the deep archetypal patterns of the unconscious. Learn More.

TBA. Gestalt Dream Training, Deborah Bowman, BPI - 303 494 0393
This training provides practitioners with hands-on experience working with their own dreams and facilitating others. The workshop leader demonstrates dream work and reviews the facilitation process as well as coaches participants in facilitation with one another. Professional issues in dream facilitation are discussed alongside the personal and transpersonal scope of the dream. Learn More.

TBA. Gestalt Therapy and the Child Within, Deborah Bowman, BPI - 303 494 0393
Gestalt practice naturally leads to the spontaneous, loving and creative child within all of us. This workshop focuses on methods that heal childhood wounds blocking the full potential of our birthright. Learn how to integrate Gestalt with diverse approaches to inspire imagination and lasting change. Learn More.

TBA. Group Therapy Training, Betty Cannon, BPI - 303 494 0393
Working with groups is both an art and a science. This workshop combines techniques drawn from Gestalt, existential, psychodynamic, body-oriented and systems approaches to group. Group members observe and experience groups and practice leading the group in a safe learning environment. Learn More.

TBA. Imago and Gestalt Relational Therapy Training, Jaylynne Chase-Jacobsen, BPI - 303 494 0393
Imago Therapy is a technique developed by Harville Hendrix to work with couples in a dialogical context that allows the couple to face and help heal their own and each other’s childhood wounds. It can also be used by singles to enhance their capacity to create healthy relationships. Gestalt Therapy has long been recognized as a lively and effective technique for integrating body, mind and spirit in an interpersonal context of increasing awareness and contact. Integrating the two provides powerful and effective tools for helping couples confront their interpersonal issues and enhance their relationship. Learn More.

TBA. Satir and Jung: Ways of Working and Understanding, , BPI - 303 494 0393
Laura Dodson: "I studied with and co-worked with Virginia Satir for many years - and later became a Jungian analyst. A big part of my personal and professional journey has been to understand the similarities and differences of these two profound people - and to integrate their philosophies and ways of working into my practice and my life." Learn More.

TBA. Summer International Institute in Applied Existential Psychotherapy, Betty Cannon and Reed Lindberg, BPI - 303 494 0393
Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP) is an experiential psychodynamic therapy that interlaces the insights of contemporary existential and psychoanalytic/psychodynamic approaches with techniques inspired by Gestalt therapy and other experiential approaches. International and local students are welcome. We are happy to provide information about Boulder and suggestions for accommodations. Learn More.

TBA. The Art of Aging, Linda Schierse Leonard, Jungian Analyst, BPI - 303 494 0393
Approaching middle age and beyond, we begin to face questions regarding aging. Of course, we are all aging - and the question of what it means to age well is important to all of us. Learn More.

TBA. The Call To Create, Linda Schierse Leonard, Jungian Analyst, BPI - 303 494 0393
The workshop celebrates the recent publication of the paperback edition of Linda's book, *The Call to Create*. It combines lecture and discussion with experiential exercises. It should benefit mental health professionals and psychology graduate students as well as artists, writers, and others interested in the creative process. Learn More.

TBA. The Dream as an Existential Message - A Weekend Workshop, Betty Cannon, BPI - 303 494 0393
Fritz Perls, the founder of Gestalt therapy, was fond of saying, “The dream is an existential message.” What he meant was that the dream presents me with a picture of my existence - and hence is a way of understanding my way of being in the world. It also challenges me to live more fully and creatively in the present. Participants are invited to bring a dream or several dreams to the workshop. Learn More.

TBA. The Role of Rhythm and Action in Brain Development, Attachment, and Trauma, Pat Ogden and Bessel van der Kolk, BPI - 303 494 0393
Current research is showing major breakthroughs in what happens in the brain following trauma, indicating that insight and understanding may have a limited influence on the operation of subcortical processes and the resolution of trauma. In the wake of this emerging understanding, the Trauma Center in Boston, Massachusetts in collaboration with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute in Boulder, Colorado, is studying the use of collaborative movement, action and rhythm in the treatment of PTSD in children and adults. This includes a variety of group and individual approaches, including theater groups, rhythmic and action-oriented interventions, yoga groups, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Learn More.

TBA. The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy: Advances in Regulation Theory, , BPI - 303 494 0393
The first day of this two-day seminar will focus on developmental neurocience. The second day will focus on affect regulation therapy with relational trauma and psychoanalysis. Learn More.

TBA. Therapeutic Journal Writing & Existential Therapy: An Intimate Relationship, Kate Thompson, BPI - 303 494 0393
Classic journal writing techniques provide opportunities for client work, self-supervision and existential practice. Journal writing offers opportunities to extend the therapeutic experience beyond the face-to-face encounter and to provide clients with a self-sustaining method of support after the contract has ended. In addition journal writing offers the practitioner techniques for self-supervison and reflective practice. Participants will have the opportunity to experience for themselves this kind of reflective process in the moment. There will be some opportunities (but no obligation) to read aloud what is written during the day. Learn More.

Ongoing. Practice Groups.

Ongoing. Process Groups.

Ongoing. Supervision/Consultation Groups.

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