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For Professionals

As a part of supporting therapeutic professionals in our community, as well as furthering the movement toward involving somatics in therapeutic modalities, Studio A is pleased to host various gatherings and groups for professionals. Check out what we have available, and if you would like to start a discussion about other possibilities, contact us here.

Indiana Somatically-Oriented Practitioners' Association (I-SOPA)

This is a free group that meets quarterly for professionals in Indiana trained in and actively employing somatic interventions with their clients, or current students of somatic modalities. Professionals may include mental health therapists, addiction counselors, bodyworkers, life/health coaches, movement therapists, music therapists, and others.

 

The goal of this association and the meetups is to foster connection between somatically-oriented practitioners, support each other's implementation of somatic work, and help expand the reach of somatic work here in Indiana. If you are a somatically-oriented professional, a student currently in a program for somatic modalities, or a professional interested in somatics who wants to join a meetup as a guest, please join us!

Networking Event

We alternate between in-person and Zoom meetups, to give everyone in Indiana, even in the far corners of the state, a chance to join.

  • January and July meetups are via Zoom and typically take place on the last Thursday of the month, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

  • April and October meetups are in-person at Studio A, usually on the last Sunday of the month, from 3:00 - 5:00 pm.

 

Registration is required for all meetups, so click the button below to see upcoming meetups and to register. We'd love to see you there!

If you are unable to attend the next meeting, but want to be on the text list about future meetups, please enter your info here. (It will not be used for any other purpose.)

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Virtual Team Meeting

Healthy Helpers: Developing Therapeutic Longevity

(8-week Zoom learning group)

coming later in 2024

Designed for therapists and other helping professionals that are at risk for experiencing secondary/vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout from chronic and repeated exposure to others' trauma stories, this group program seeks to:

  • Learn how to recognize and tend to your own nervous system's responses to traumatic material in real-time.

  • Gain practice tracking self-awareness in a safe environment with other professionals.

  • Discover healthy emotional boundaries and what caring for others AND caring for oneself looks like.

  • Develop greater capacity in your role as a helping professional.

We will be working our way through the book "Help for the Helper" by Babette Rothschild (updated and expanded edition published in 2022) and practicing the implementation of principles brought forth in the book, namely of gaining awareness of what's taking place in our own body in real-time as we work with clients. Purchase book here. 

 

This program is led by Allie Whitney, Licensed Massage Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and founder/owner of Studio A Body Therapy, who has years of experience in the realm of experiencing vicarious trauma and developing her own self-care strategies for managing empathy, tracking nervous system activation in real-time, recognizing patterned responses, and processing the grief, anger, and other emotions that can accompany working first-hand with a traumatized population. Read her full bio here.

"Healthy Helpers: Developing Therapeutic Longevity" is best suited for mental health clinicians, addictions counselors, bodyworkers, coaches, social workers, youth workers, clergy, first responders, educators, or other roles that involve working directly with or helping to bring healing to those who have been through trauma. Also may be suitable for parents who have adopted or are raising children who have experienced trauma, and are seeking to learn how to care for themselves in the midst of it.

 

If you find yourself feeling stressed or overwhelmed by the material that your clients bring up, and want to develop more capacity for doing your role without the after-effects in your own mind/body/system, I encourage you to join us. Invite your colleagues and learn effective ways of being with your clients and their trauma stories without carrying it in your own system and suffering for it, and find renewed vitality and enthusiasm for your work as a result. I hope to see you there!

 

Details

This group will meet weekly via Zoom for 8 weeks, midday Eastern Standard Time. Feel free to eat lunch if needed during the calls. Active participation is expected, as participants will be engaging in nervous system exercises and practicing skills with one another. Be sure to purchase the 2022 edition of Babette Rothschild's Help for the Helper before the program begins. There will be approximately 30-45 pages of reading per week. A schedule will be sent out via email before the program begins. All 8 sessions of the program will be recorded and sent out each week within 48 hours of the completion of that week's session.

Pricing Options

There are 3 pricing tiers to choose from, based on your income and financial resources as a professional. All must be paid upfront, at the time of booking. Each registration is for one individual alone and is not to be shared with others in your organization; each person attending must register separately.

  • Tier 1  -  $160  ($20/session)



     

  • Tier 2  -  $128  ($16/session)



     

  • Tier 3*  -  $96  ($12/session)
    *Reserved for those working for charities, nonprofits, or other scenarios where financial resources are extremely limited. 

coming later in 2024!

Bodyworkers Becoming Trauma-Informed

If you work with bodies, then you work with trauma, whether or not you realize it. So it is crucial that massage therapists and other bodyworkers develop skills to spot fight/flight and freeze responses when they happen in our clients, and know how to safely and effectively navigate a session when this occurs. This program will teach you that and more.

 

This program is coming in fall 2024. Stay tuned for more info by signing up for our newsletters (below).

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