Intensive Training

The Whole Person: Embodied Early Developmental Movement & Attachment Therapy Intensive

Program in Somatic Movement Education

Co-directed by Margery Segal and Mark Taylor

(formerly Whole Person Somatic Movement Therapy Intensive)

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.

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.



Course Outcomes

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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 Embodied Early Developmental Movement program, you will receive a certificate of completion from the Whole Movement Center and Center for BodyMindMovement. You may use the 250 hours of EEDM training as credits toward completion of the 500-hour Somatic Movement Educator training of the Center for BodyMindMovement. (www.bodymindmovement.com) That certificate enables you to register as a Somatic Movement Educator and/or Therapist with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (www.ismeta.org). The additional BodyMindMovement courses will be offered at Texas State University San Marcos, beginning in October 2018.


Course Outline

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: February 21-25, 2019

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

In this video, Margery demonstrates a principle that will be covered:

Unit Two: June 20-24, 2019

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



Unit Three: September 5-9, 2019

Prenatal psychology approached through the study of primitive reflexes and the development of tone.

In this video, Margery demonstrates a principle that will be covered:

Unit Four: February 6-10, 2020

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

In this video, Margery demonstrates a principle that will be covered:

Unit Five: June 11-15, 2020

How we relate to the world through the Satisfaction Cycle of yield, push, reach, grasp, and pull, and the study of vertebral movement patterns. 

We will refine the applications of Attachment Therapy and the role the principles of yield, push, reach, grasp, and pull and the vertebral movement patterns play in bonding and connecting.

In this video, Margery demonstrates a principle that will be covered:

Unit Six: September 10-15, 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.

Cognitive and Experiential investigation of the neurobiology of early development, the environment, and the relationships that build the foundations for resilience in the face of challenges (working with clients with physical and psycho-physical challenges)

In this video, Margery demonstrates a principle that will be covered:

Unit Seven: TBA

Charting developmental progress during the first year of life and beyond, incorporating tools for observation and redirection of the individual, child and family. Integrating and developing a personal and professional embodied early developmental movement and attachment-therapy practice

In this video, Margery demonstrates a principle that will be covered:


Meet the Instructors 

The intensive workshop is led by margery segal and mark Chandlee Taylor.

 Margery Segal

Margery Segal

 Mark Chandee Taylor

Mark Chandee Taylor


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