In these challenging times our clients, as well as our friends, family and colleagues, are probably needing extra support. As a Craniosacral Therapist, you are accustomed to providing support through hands-on touch. With social distancing, this is not possible. Even as it does become possible again, we are likely to encounter upset, anxiety, depression, fear, overwhelm and confusion generated by the pandemic and all the unknowns and changes related to it. Our ability to talk with our clients in calming, reassuring, settling and healing ways has become perhaps even more essential.
Verbal skills are an essential aspect of working with clients. In teaching Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, it is not unusual to have students who are uncomfortable with this aspect of our work. As bodyworkers, they are used to working with their hands but may be less adept at speaking during session work. After graduation, some practitioners forget or avoid practicing these important skills.
If you find yourself feeling challenged in this area of skill, or would like more ways to support your clients in settling deeper, or meeting challenges or trauma arising in session work, this webinar class is for you!
The course is set up in three 1.5 hour classes on Zoom. Each includes a settling meditation, review of the topic, a live demonstration of Cherionna working with one of the students in the class, handouts for specific verbal skills, a chance to practice with a partner in Zoom meeting rooms during the class, with time for questions and discussion.
Classes are Sundays, 5 – 6:30 p.m. UK time (12 – 1:30 p.m. East Coast USA, 9 – 10:30 a.m. West Coast USA, 18:00 – 19:30 CET)
June 7th, June 21st, July 5th
Please plan to attend all three classes if possible. If you miss any, you will be able to stream the video after the event by returning to this page after you have logged in to the website.
The cost is £55 for the 3-part series. The early bird price of £40 is available until June 2nd. £40 is about $48 USD, $67 CAD, €44
Class 1: June 7th: Basic Body-Centred Mindfulness-Based Verbal Skills
The importance and value of verbal skills in bodywork to support relational field settling, social engagement nervous system, resolving vs reinforcing trauma
Body-centered mindfulness-based language
Orienting to resource and support
Demonstration with participant
Practice with partner
Class 2: June 21st: Hyper-arousal Verbal Skills
The importance of slowing things down – maintaining the window of tolerance
Body-centered comments and questions for calming
Demonstration with a participant
Practice session with partner
Class 3: July 5th: Hypo-arousal Verbal Skills
Presence vs. Dissociation or freeze
Supporting relational presence and safety during dissociative episodes
Actions and questions to increase ability to ground and sense the body
Demonstration with participant
Practice Hypo-arousal verbal skills with partner
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The video recording will be available on this page (see below) once it has processed after each class, usually 1 o 2 days after the class.
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Download handouts here
View Video Recording for Class 1 Here 01 hour 30 min
View Video Recording for Class 2 Here 01 hour
View Video Recording for Class 3 Here 01 hour 30 min
Cherionna Menzam-Sills is a prenatal and birth therapist, movement therapist and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist. Drawing on 40 years experience, her background includes an M.A. in Somatic Psychology (Dance/Movement Therapy) and a Ph.D. in Pre- and Perinatal Psychology, as well as Occupational Therapy, Massage Therapy, intensive study of BMC and Body-Mind Psychotherapy with Susan Aposhyan and 10 years intensive study with prenatal and birth psychotherapy pioneers, William Emerson and Ray Castellino. She worked intensively with founder of Continuum, Emilie Conrad for the last decade of her life. Emilie authorized her to teach Continuum in 2007. Her work is further informed by years of intensive Vipassana meditation practice and other mindfulness practices.