Developmental Movement for Trauma Therapists

Next Module: Silver Spring, MD,

April 5 - 7, 2019

Unit II: The Vertebral Movement Patterns

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Coherence in Motion:

Developmental Movement for Trauma Therapists

Drawing from Somatic Experiencing and Body-Mind Centering®, Coherence In Motion trains students and practitioners to incorporate principles of human developmental movement into trauma healing.


Embodied somatic movement is a vital tool for trauma resolution. It will expand your knowledge of the sensation and behavior aspects of SIBAM, as experienced in context of movement. Because the reflexes and movement patterns develop in utero and in the first year of life, they are largely sub-cognitive. Therefore Coherence In Motion is particularly helpful in working with pre and perinatal trauma, attachment disorders, and people living with global high intensity activation. 

The courses are taught in studio settings and assume that you are comfortable with explorations moving in space and lying on the floor, as well as in chairs. Each unit:

  • Presents an central aspect of developmental movement theory and embodiment

  • Offers practice working with movement from an SE perspective, integrating such principles as self-regulation, titration, pendulation, coupling dynamics, and the threat response cycle

  • Allows participants to recognize movement patterns and reflexes that emerge within sessions and track the autonomic nervous system response to those movements


Mark Chandlee Taylor, whose background is in dance, choreography, and movement education, directs the Center for BodyMindMovement, with certification programs in Somatic Movement Education located in Pittsburgh, PA, São Paulo, Brazil, Mexico City, and Santiago, Chile. Mark served the School for Body-Mind Centering® (Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen) as U.S. Program Director; taught in the school’s programs in Massachusetts, Germany, Slovakia, and France; and co-directed the Embodied Performing Arts Program in London, U.K. He is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and trained in Craniosacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute and as a yoga teacher with the Himalayan Institute. Taylor has been inspired by being the parent of a son with developmental disabilities and supported by thirty-nine years of meditation practice. He maintains a private movement therapy practice in Pittsburgh and serves on the board of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA).

Debra Clydesdale

Debra Clydesdale integrates bodywork, movement, and touch into her Somatic Experiencing practice, specializing in early life trauma resolution, head injuries, medical trauma and syndromal trauma patterns. She has a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with a board specialization as a Diplomate in Acupuncture Orthopedics, with additional certifications in Hellerwork and Acupuncture Detoxification and Addiction (NADA). With a background as a dancer and professional vocalist, Debra trained as an electrical engineer at Penn State University and worked for corporations such as Eastman Kodak, IBM and GTE before moving into the field of trauma resolution, health and healing. She currently serves as Somatic Experiencing Basics provider for the Southwestern US region; as an Advanced Assistant, Advanced Consult and Advanced Group Case Consult Provider for the SE US Program; and coordinates the Los Angeles Somatic Experiencing Training. She is enrolled in an MA in Psychology MFT/PhD Program and is interested in bringing trauma resolution and resiliency to the local community through groups and integrating the work with movement and acupuncture. She maintains a private practice in West Los Angeles and Manhattan Beach California. 


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