Introduction to Reichian Character Structures & Developmental Trauma
4 x 90 min
Webinar in english
Wilhelm Reich is considered the Western originator of the science of Body Mind Psychotherapy. Reich explored how the early patterns of relating and attaching to others, if problematic, interrupted, or subject to trauma, can get “wired” into the brain and the body. This webinar series covers the life and work of Reich, the development of Bioenergetic Therapy, an overview of Attachment Theory, and a detailed discussion of each of the 5 Character Structures.
Experiences around birth and early childhood form imprints in a person’s posture, body shape and muscular development, and with it emotional and mental defences or adaptations towards life. This is what Reich called Character Structure. This class, held in 4 parts, is designed for therapists of all body-based modalities (Breath workers, yoga instructors, bodyworkers, etc) as well as for anyone wanting an understanding of the formation of the 5 basic body types from the perspective of developmental trauma.
Students will understand the psychological process by which these structures develop, and the muscular and energetic patterns that form as a result. There will be additional information provided on how to integrate that knowledge into working with people from a non-pathologizing character type perspective.
Webinar recommended for:
- BBTRS training participants – it is part of the required curriculum for BBTR certification
- therapists of all body-based modalities
- Breath workers
- yoga instructors
- anyone wanting an understanding of the formation of the 5 basic body types from the perspective of developmental trauma
Topics covered in this webinar are:
- The contributions of Reich, Alexander Lowen, and modern somatic psychology to the development of the Character Structure model.
- Attachment Theory
- Schizoid structure
- Oral structure
- Psychopathic structure
- Masochistic structure
- Rigid structureYou get:
- Video material – 4 parts
- PDF copy of the slides used in the webinar
- short quiz that all BBTRS students need to complete in order to receive credit towards their certification.