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The USPBSPA Presents: The 2nd PBSP National Conference: Healing Trauma & Attachment Wounds With PBSP

  • 5 May 2018
  • 9:00 AM (EDT)
  • 6 May 2018
  • 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • The Link Counseling Center,348 Mount Vernon Hwy Atlanta GA 30328


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Dates: Saturday May 5, 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday May 6, 9 AM to 1 PM

Cost: $175 for Mental Health Professionals (1/2 price student discounts available).

10 CE's available (at extra cost) through R. Cassidy Seminars (fee paid to them).  Click here for more info:

Target Audience

Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance abuse Counselors and Students in these fields.

Cancellation Policy: Full refund less $25 administrative fee through April 30, 2018.  No refunds after that date.  To get a refund contact (Jim Amundsen).

Presentations, Workshops, Live Demonstrations with:

Deborah Willbur, LCSW. Certified PBSP Therapist, Supervisor & Trainer, Orlando, FL

Live PBSP Teaching Structure.

Gus Kaufman, PhD. Certified PBSP Therapist, Supervisor & Trainer, Atlanta, GA & Matt Fried, PhD, Certified PBSP Therapist, Supervisor & Trainer, NYC, NY.

Recent Developments in PBSP.

Jim Amundsen, PhD. Certified PBSP Therapist, Supervisor & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN

Holes in roles and Affect Regulation.

Matt Fried, PhD. Certified PBSP Therapist, Supervisor & Trainer, NYC, NY

PBSP Contributions to Relational Therapy.

Curt Levang, PhD. Certified PBSP Trainer, Minneapolis, MN.

Parenting Fundamentals from a PBSP Perspective.

Plus a special video presentation by Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Boston, MA

Using Experiential Therapy in Three Dimensional Space to Rescript Internal Maps Based on Abuse and Neglect.

Presenters Bio's

Jim Amundsen, PhD first started training with Al Pesso in the early 1980's.  After acheiving Certification as PBSP Therapist he and fellow PBSP therapist, Curt Levang, formed the North Central Psychomotor Society and started organizing PBSP Training programs.  In 2005 Jim organized the international PBSP Congress in Minneapolis.  When the USA Trainers and Supervisors formed the USPBSPA, Jim became the first President.  Jim has presented papers at many of the International PBSP Congresses.

Matt Fried, PhD has been practicing psycotherapy for over four decades.  He is in private practice in Manhattan, working with individuals, couples and groups.  He is a Certified PBSP Trainer, Supervisor and Therapist.  He is on the board of the board of the USPBSPA and a co-chair of the USPBSPA Certification committee.  He has been involved with PBSP since 1988.  He has presented at various PBSP International Conferences.  He leads PBSP groups and workshops in NYC and Ithaca, NY and he coordinates PBSP activities in the NYC area.

He is also a certified AEDP Therapist and Supervisor and Coordinates the AEDP Communties in Toronto and NYC.  He co-chairs the AECP Dirversity Committee, which extends low-cost and no-cost AEDP Training to therapists working with or from marginalized or under-represented populations, including therapists working in agency settings with severely compromised patients.

Gus Kaufman, Jr., PhD, senior US PBSP Trainer, is a psychologist in private practice in Decatur, GA and a social activist.  His dissertation research on PBSP, Body Signals of Childhood loss, was outlined in the book, Moving Psychotherapy.  Gus has trained therapists in PBSP around the USA, Europe and Israel and has presented at all of the International PBSP conferences.

Bessel van der Kolk, MD,is a clinical psychiatrist whose work integrates mind, brain, body, and social connections to understand and treat trauma.  His research ranges from the impact of trauma on development and brain imaging, to the use of yoga, neurofeedback, EMDR, and theater for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.  Bessel is a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, and medical director of the Trauma Center in Boston.  Bessel is the author of more than 150 peer reviewed scientific articles and several books including the New York Times best-seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

Curtis A. Levang, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  In addition, he is certified as an Adlerian Therapist, Level II EMDR practitioner, and a PBSP Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer.  He has been a therapist for more than 35 years and currently is the owner of Levang and Associates, and a Clinical Supervisor at Careprofiler.  He is the author of Looking Good Outside. Feeling Bad Inside, and has authored several articles on human behavior, and lectures on topics related to trauma, depression, and the mind/body connection.  He wa published in the Spring, 2017, International Body Psychotherapy Journal, titled, "LIFE Questionnaire Development and factor analysis of the Levang Inventory of Family Experiences: A new way to operationalize and validate PBSP."

Deborah Ann Willbur, LCSW, P.A, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Winter Park, FL for the past 33 years.  She has been a Certified PBSP Trainer since 2007 and is a member of the Membership/Certification Committee for the USPBSPA.  She, along with Sandy Canfield, LMFt and Certified PBSP Trainer, organized and supervised the four year, Florida PBSP Training Group in early 2000.  She presented at the 5th International PBSP Congress on: Understanding and Working with Eating Disorders Using PBSP.  She again presented at the 1rst Annual USPBSPA Conference in 2017: An Experiential Introduction to PBSP.

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTIONPesso Boyden System Psychomotor Therapy (PBSP)is considered one of the premier treatment modalities for trauma and attachment wounds. Conference presentations and workshops will explicate and teach the work didactically, and via demonstration and experiential exercises. Presentations will connect PBSP to relational therapies, such as AEDP, describe and demonstrate new developments in PBSP, and detail its use with abuse and trauma.


Day 1 Saturday, May 5, 2018

8:30-9am              Registration/Coffee-Tea

9:00-9:10am        Welcoming and Opening Remarks

9:00-11:00am       Deborah Willbur, LCSW:   PBSP Today: Introduction to PBSP and Live Demonstration

11:00-11:15am     Break

11:15-12:30om    Jim Amundsen, Ph.D.:       Holes in Roles and Affect Regulation.

12:30-1:45            Lunch Break

1:45-3pm             Curt Levang, Ph.D. Ph.D.  Parenting Fundamentals from a Pesso Boyden System

                                                                          Psychomotor (PBSP) Perspective

3:00-3:15pm        Break

3:15-4:30pm        Gus Kaufman, Ph.D. &Matt Fried, Ph.D. Recent Developments in PBSP.

4:30-5:00pm        Large Group Q & A and Processing


Day 2  Sunday May 6, 2018

8:30-9am             Snacks-Coffee-Tea

9:00-10:45am      Bessel van der Kolk, MD: Using Experiential Therapy in Three Dimensional Space to Rescript                                                                                                              Internal Maps Based on Abuse and Neglect.    

10:45-11:00         Break

11:00-12:15         Matt Fried, Ph.D.  PBSP Contributions to Relational Therapy

12:15-12:30         Break

12:30-1:00           Closing: Panel Discussion, Q&A, Large Group Processing




Participants will be able to:

1. Identify manifestations of unmet basic developmental needs as they arise in the therapy session.

2. Review PBSP principle of Ideal Parenting as a healing response to unmet needs and how to teach it to the client.

3. Utilize the techniques of witnessing and “voices” when working with clients in the early stages of a PBSP session or in relational therapy.

4. Practice helping their clients use symbolic action and satisfying interactions with ideal parent figures to create new and more positive, experientially anchored internal maps.

5. Utilize PBSP tools, focused developing, and maintaining safety, respect and careful limits when working with abused and traumatized clients.


CE Information for Healing Trauma & Attachment Wounds With PBSP, May 5 and 6, 2018

Co-Sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, PO Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402,

Satisfactory Completion
Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. (10) hours.

 R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005. (10) clock hours.

Social Workers
R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Approval Period: April 15, 2018-April 15, 2021. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers will receive (10)continuing education clock hours in participating in this course.
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers 
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0006. This program is approved for 10 contact hours live.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (10)clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors and MFTs.
IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141.  (10) hours.
NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. (10) contact hours.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (10) clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. (10) credit hours. Provider #151

Creative Arts Therapists
R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0005. (10) contact hours

Chemical Dependency Counselors
CA: Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0220 for (10)CEHs. CCAPP is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states.
TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (10) hours general, Expires 3/31/2019.  Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297

CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12228.5, (10) contact hours. (some states are reciprocal with other state nursing boards, check with your board to see if this applies.)

TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (10) CE Hours.

Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.



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