We hope you are well! We've had a wonderful start to 2018 so far and thought to share with you some details of the recent USPBSP events that have just taken place. We're very proud and encouraged by the continued enthusiasm for PBSP and thank all who participated in both the training workshops and the 2nd Annual Conference.
The next upcoming event will be our five-day training experience at Lutsen Resort on the north shores of Lake Superior, on June 4 - 8. Please don't forget to sign up if you haven't already - there are still places available! More details below.
Warmest good wishes,
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Completion of Training Program 2017-18
We are thrilled to have recently completed the 2017-18 PBSP training program and congratulate the participants who travelled near and far to attend the workshops in Minneapolis, MN. Conducted by Jim Amundsen, PhD and Curt Levang, PhD the training began with the 2016-17 program and was designed to run as a three-year cycle.
Each year the program takes place over three, 3-day sessions, totalling nine days of training per academic year (fall to spring). The 'round robin' format however means that rather than having a consecutive sequence over the three years, interested participants can join in at anytime and attend until their learning goals are met. For those of you considering the training program, know that the class of 2017-18 had participants with a range of skills and experience (some only starting training this year whilst others have been in training for three years or more).
This year, newly certified trainer, Matt Fried, PhD, joined Jim and Curt on the 3rd weekend. Dates for the 2018-19 training program are posted below.
2nd Annual US PBSP Conference a Huge Success!
While Al Pesso was still living, the USA Trainers and Supervisors had met with him once a year in Boston, for continuing education, planning and fellowship. Since Al’s death, the group has continued to meet for a yearly retreat. Two years ago they formed the United States Pesso Boyden Association (USPBSPA) as a non-profit corporation and added the duty of conducting business as the Board of Directors for the USPBSPA. At the last meeting in Minneapolis, the group decided, since they would all be together, to conduct a day long conference with workshops on PBSP. This year the meeting was held in Atlanta, GA and a day and half conference was held at the Link Counseling Center on May 5 & 6. In addition to well received workshops and talks by the Trainers, participants were treated to a live video streaming presentation by Bessel van der Kolk.
There were strong emotions of gratitude and hope expressed as all who attended experienced the PBSP movement as “rising from the ashes,” and becoming a viable organization through the USPBSPA. Many of the attendees had been active in PBSP in the past and had thought that it may have died out, however on the contrary there was much excited energy to see PBSP on a new footing to grow into the future.
US PBSP Association Board Members (L-R): Matt Fried, Curt Levang, Debbie Willbur, Gus Kaufman Jr, Robin McInturff, Jim Cotton, and Jim Amundsen
Save the Dates!
Five Day PBSP Training
The next training session to be conducted by Jim Amundsen, PhD, LP, will be a 5-day program consisting of lectures on PBSP theory as well as experiential practice of PBSP techniques. This training will be open to those who are new to PBSP and those you are more advanced.
Dates: June 4 – 8, 2018 Cost:$500
Location: The Lutsen Resort on the north shores of Lake Superior is the oldest resort in Minnesota and has been voted the Best Resort on the north shore. The Lutsen Resort will be offering rooms at 3 days for the price of 2. For more information visit their website: www.lutsenresort.com.
For enquiries or to register, contact:
Jim Amundsen 651-649-0984 firstname.lastname@example.org
2018-19 US PBSP Training Program
Dates for next year's 2018-19 training program will be as follows:
1st weekend: September 21-23, 2018 2nd weekend: January 25-27, 2019 3rd weekend: May 17-19, 2019
All are welcome! The cost will be $500 per weekend or $400 per weekend for those who sign up for all three weekends.
Please direct all registration and general enquiries to Jim Amundsen (details above)
7th International PBSP Conference
On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the birth of Albert Pesso and Diana Boyden Pesso, the 7th International PBSP Conference entitled "Science and Good Practice" will be held in Prague. Preliminary conference details below, have been circulated by the Czech Association Pesso Boyden Psychomotor Therapy.