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Using PBSP for healing attachment wounds and trauma: An experiential workshop for therapists

  • 11 Mar 2022
  • 6:00 PM
  • 13 Mar 2022
  • 5:00 PM
  • Denver, CO

Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor Therapy (PBSP) is a powerful, gentle, flexible method for changing old, dysfunctional patterns. This workshop will present PBSP theory and help participants tune in to body signals and witness healing of deficits and wounds. The primary tool for this will be having participants role-play “ideal parents” who would have provided the client with the right input at the right age.

PBSP therapy is a particularly useful approach for providing transformative and healing experiences for people who have experienced wounding and trauma within their attachment relationships. We know that “what fires together, wires together”, and that painful experiences, particularly those that are repeated throughout our lifetime, become ingrained patterns and maps for our ways of moving through the world. Deconstructing these patterns and creating new maps can be incredibly challenging, as well as powerfully liberating.

PBSP provides opportunities for us to see in the present moment the structure of the ‘old map’ that has been written into our bodies, minds, nervous systems and hearts, as well as the possibility of what a new map can look and feel like.

To read an overview of PBSP and learn more about it in practice, read Chapter 18 in the Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk. Additional resources to learn about PBSP are: and

Workshop learning objectives:

Learning Objectives:  

1. Learn the five basic needs addressed by PBSP

2. See how developmental deficits and attachment wounds and trauma show up in the body

3. Gain exposure to exercises/interventions that a) help discover unconscious emotion and b) help re-instate the ‘pilot’—forebrain/executive function

4. Experience the healing process of a PBSP structure

About the Trainer

Gus Kaufman, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who works with individuals, couples, families and groups as well as providing clinical supervision, and training. Since 1978 Dr. Kaufman had been a trainer and supervisor both nationally and internationally of Pesso-Boyden System Psychomotor Therapy. His dissertation research Body Signals of Childhood Loss was a pioneering work in demonstrating how ‘the body keeps the score.’ Gus has been an adjunct professor and clinical field supervisor in the Department of Psychology at Georgia State University.

Dr. Kaufman has co-founded five nonprofits, including Men Stopping Violence, for which he conducted classes, training and public education (locally and nationally). He is a respected and renowned writer, fundraiser, and organizer of community action to end male violence toward women. Gus was instrumental in developing a 12-session curriculum on abuse which was used for all prisoners (approximately 40,000) in GA correctional facilities. Gus co-founded the Rainbow Project: Ending Violence in Our Relationships which focused on public education and intervention aimed at ending abuse in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender relationships.


Please note this training is intentionally small in size and is only open to 12 participants. All participants will be required to provide proof of full COVID vaccination along with. a booster prior to the training. Additionally, proof of a negative test within 24 hours will be required. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe and healthy!

  • When:

    • Friday, March 11, 6-8p (Friday evening will be a lecture and demonstration and will be open to the local psychotherapy community)

    • Saturday & Sunday, March 12-13, 9-5p (this is open only to full weekend participants)

  • Where: Denver, CO (exact location details to be provided)

  • Cost:

    • $525 for 7-8 participants who will receive an experiential structure during the training

    • $425 for 4-5 participants who are “accommodators” and will not receive a structure during the training

    • Payment can be made via PayPal or Venmo

  • Accommodations:

    • If you are not local to the Denver area and will require accommodations during the workshop, there will be very limited accommodations available at the location where the workshop will be held. A shared room will be $150 per person and a private room will be $225 for two nights. Please note that the accommodations will be quite lovely and full amenities will be available, including access to a full kitchen and outdoor spaces.

    • If you stay in these accommodations and would also like to stay Sunday evening, that is an option for a small additional cost. Please let Mariah know when registering or inquiring if this is desirable for you.


Please contact Mariah Rooney, workshop host, at with any questions or to inquire about availability for registration.


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