Reading Assignments

Furthering Solidity & Containment Training Year

The following books have significantly informed and shaped how we think about ‘body and mind’, and the impact of the unconscious processes of the ‘psyche’.

These works are deeply relevant to our style of depth work and process facilitation in our training, and they are contributions to both our understanding of PsychoEnergetic work, as well as is application to what unfolds moment to moment in practicum session.

The readings you will encounter will support your ‘Working With ‘The Solid Ground of Being’ to Provide Process Containment as well as your ability to use Embodiment and Mindfulness to Allow Depth Processes To Unfold – our two central themes for this year of training!

Week 1 Readings

Week 2 Readings

Week 3 Readings

Other Recommended Reading

The particular books listed in this section were directly or indirectly influential in shaping the content for our Furthering Solidity and Containment training year. They are highly regarded in their fields of expertise, and they are excellent sources of clinical knowledge.

Recommended Books

Primary Reading

The Mindful Therapist: A Clinician’s Guide To Mindsight & Neural Integration, by Daniel Siegel.

We return to this text this year as an essential PSEN Training resource, to deepen our appreciation for the importance of ‘practitioner’s presence‘ as one of the most crucial factors that affect a client’s healing and development.  This text dives deeply into how the mind interacts with the brain,  how disorders can be transformed into integration, and how to actively cultivate mindfulness in process session work.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body In the Healing of Trauma, by Bessel Van Der Kolk.

We are excited to offer this book as a new and fundamental support to our training work.  This book offers a new understanding of the causes and consequences of trauma.  Van Der Kolk shows how the terror and isolation a the core of trauma literally reshapes both brain and body.  It offers new healing opportunities as a result of recent advances in brain science, attachment research, and body awareness to free individuals from the tyranny of the past.  It will support your capacity to embrace resilience in your own humanity, and encourage you to embrace the healing power of relationships – both personally and professionally.

Recommended Books

Secondary Reading

Forms of Vitality: Exploring Dynamic Experience,  by Daniel Stern.

This book by a celebrated psychologist and psychiatrist explores the force of power manifested by all living things: Vitality. Stern traces vitality to real physical and mental operations – including movement, time, and perception of force – as well as spacial aspects of movement, and its underlying intention.   Having a better understanding of vitality functions can help depth processes move, as we pay closer attention to how they unfold in present moment time. 

Eastern Mind, Western Body: Psychology of the Chakra System as a Path to Self, by Anodea Judith. 

This book is offered as to support a review of the fundamental teachings of the first chakra – being on solid ground within the self; being able to establish a deeper sense of rootedness of being incarnate, here and now; being able to take in and absorb a sense of safety and nourishment from other living beings; growing a sense of trust in the flow and process of life; and growing one’s capacity to manifest useful and meaningful outcomes for their lives.

Audio Files

This section holds all of the audio recordings for each of the training weeks, including the meditations and the lectures.

Word Documents

This consists mostly of lectures, essays and poems, and perhaps an occasional article, that are sources used during the training weeks.

Other Resources

This may include video files, links to websites, and anything else we feel will support your practice and deepen your learning.

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