Touch is the most fundamental human experience. We learn safety and love through touch, but also abuse and violence. Clay Field Therapy is capable to repair interpersonal trauma. The focus is on haptic perception, which describes how we sense and perceive with our hands. The material will reciprocate every communication impulse. Every time children reach out with a motor impulse, they will receive sensory feedback from their own action pattern.
This sensorimotor feedback loop defines the essence of Clay Field Therapy. The approach does not ask for what happened, but will address trauma as developmental setbacks. In particular children who do not respond to cognitive and image-based approaches, can practice to process and order incoming information in an embodied way. At the Clay Field they learn to organise their implicit sensorimotor base, which gradually enables them to respond to relationships with their environment in an increasingly fulfilling way.
The course has been designed as professional development for mental health professionals and educators. Completion will enable participants to work with this groundbreaking approach. 12 modules of approximately 4 hours duration each will be released fortnightly over a period of 6 months. The high-quality videos are prerecorded and richly illustrated with over 300 Clay Field sessions with children and adolescents ranging from 2 to 18 years of age. Each module features an in-depth Practitioner Round Table discussion, sharing different perspectives and experiences on working with children and Clay Field Therapy.
The self-directed approach of this training is designed to allow participants to study in their own time - wherever they may be. Students are encouraged to engage with each other through the dedicated course community. Once per month a live Study Group with Cornelia Elbrecht will give space for questions and answers.
Peter A. Levine, PhD
Ronald P.M.H. Lay, MA, AThR, ATR-BC
Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD
Michael A. Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC
Dr. Joe Tucci
Laury Rappaport, PhD, MFT, REAT, ATR-BC
Heidi Chapman, BSc (psych), PhD
|This training has been developed in collaboration with Prof Heinz Deuser and his extensive, pioneering research and development in the Work at the Clay Field.