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The Somatic Child & Family Practitioner Training

The Somatic Child & Family Practioner Training: Embodied Early Developmental Movement & Attachment Therapy Intensive


In-Depth Embodied Learning Summer Training!!!!

The First Two Foundational Courses of

The Somatic Child & Family Practitioner Training:

It’s About Love: Embodying Secure Attachment July 16-20

The Developmental Movement Intensive: Applications in Learning & Therapy July 22-29

Take One Course or Both Courses!



The training is designed to progress through


  • ·       Relationship building blocks = Attachment behaviors

  • ·       Earliest developmental movement = ABC's of our movement ability

  • ·       Sensory and perceptual development= Emotional health

  • ·       Emotional intelligence= Foundations learning

  • ·       Cognitive learning ability= Perception/meaning/action

  • ·       Magic= The surprising power of embryology & birth psychology

  • ·       Expressive therapies= Neurobiology of delight

  • ·       Somatic play family therapy= Repairing and re-birthing the family

  • ·       Personal transformation = Self

  • ·       Personal transformation= Body

  • ·       Personal transformation= Competancy


We are finding that each module is valuable on its own for our attendees, offering many new somatic insights and psychophysical openings. It seems, naturally, we can enter the mind and movement of growth and development at any stage.

New students are welcome to join us onsite for the new training on the banks of the  lovely Aqua spring-fed San Marcos River, in San Marcos, Texas July 16-29, 2023


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A highly Experiential Applications PROGRAM In Early Developmental

Psycho-Physical and  Family Somatic Movement Education and Pre/Perinatal Attachment Therapy 



The Somatic Child & Family Practitioner Training

  • This 250 hour course series trains psychologists and therapists, movement professionals (yoga, dance, martial arts, OT, PT), educators, and body workers and to incorporate developmental movement principles into their work

  • The course is specifically designed for professional healers, those who work with clients in a variety of modalities from psychotherapy and psychology to bodywork, dance, health and yoga.

  • This experiential training will provide you with a deeper understanding of how to use somatic movement in healing practices with your clients and incorporates opportunities to heal and rejuvenate your own practice and self. 

  • The program is based on the knowledge that human development, both physical and relational, occurs first through the language of movement and touch. It provides a psychophysical model to support motor development and to repattern behavior. It includes instruction in movement facilitation, touch skills, creative expression, and psychodynamic facilitation.


1.     You will understand the normal sequencing of motor patterns and acquire skills to support them in others.

Participants will learn tools to encourage motor development patterns through touch, movement facilitation, and personal embodiment. The methodology does not impose or demand specific movements, but entices new patterns to emerge through a person’s curiosity, integrating the patterns into the matrix of body, mind, and spirit. Skillful facilitation of movement patterns arising from conception through the first year of life allows children to explore the world with ease and adults to fulfill their potential.

2.     You will refine your personal and interpersonal skills to sustain a full and nurturing therapeutic presence.

Personal dysregulation (psychological and/or physiological) results in dysregulated responses in your clients, dependents, and loved ones, which can interrupt the developmental or healing process. You will learn 1) to acknowledge when you are not fully present, 2) to identify strategies and tools to self-regulate and 3) to acquire skills to support others in doing so.

3.     You will refine your awareness of family systems or relational contexts while working with the needs of children and adults.

Embodied Early Developmental Movement and Therapy utilizes a systems approach to development, emphasizing how the environment, the family, and the culture shape the development of the individual. Change in any part of the interpersonal or family system engenders transformation for all within the system.


4.  Credit for Certification

Upon completion of The Somatic Child & Family Practitioner Program: Embodied Early Developmental Movement program, you will receive a certificate of completion from the Whole Movement Center.

 If you’re a Mental Health Therapist, we are working on providing Continuing Education Credits.

What’s Included

The 250-hour program consists of seven 5-day modules over the course of two years, with additional hours of practice, observation, and self-reflection. Topics addressed in the program will be:

  • The role of the senses and perceptual processing in development, attachment, and bonding

  • The Basic Neurological Patterns: automatically developing motor patterns that form the vocabulary of normal movement and influence brain development

  • Reflexes, righting reactions, and equilibrium responses

  • Attachment theory and practice

  • The role of neurobiology in development

  • Embryology

  • The importance of eliciting delight in the process of relationship: parenting, caregiving, and therapy.


These videos are from a previous course but give you a good sense of upcoming content in The Somatic Child & Family Practitioner Course

below is an overview of the topics we'll cover over the 250 hours of training. be sure to reach out if you have any questions about any of the sessions.

Unit One

embodiment of the senses and perception with a focus on attachment theory.

Unit Two: June 20-24, 2019

embryological psychology approached through the study of intra-uterine motor development patterns.

Unit Three: September 4-8, 2019

prenatal psychology approached through the experiential study of prenatal psyche, primitive reflexes and the development of tone

Unit Four: February 5-9, 2020

how to facilitate the development of personal power through understanding the birth experience and the study of vertebral movement patterns.

Unit Five: June 10-14, 2020

birth, attachment and how we relate to the world through the satisfaction cycle of yield, push, reach, grasp, and pull, and the study of vertebral movement patterns.

Unit Six: September 9-14, 2020

mapping the embodied anatomy and physiology of the human nervous system to develop skills to support well-being, trauma resolution, and facilitate healing of early developmental trauma.


if you’re ready to heal and rejuvenate your own practice and self, book now! places are limited!

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Meet the Instructors

the intensive workshop is led by margery segal


Margery Segal


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