Trauma, Development, and Attachment | ISP Training

Trauma, Development, and Attachment

Workshop with Raja Selvam, PhD

How to work with the effect of trauma on development and attachment with greater efficiency through emotional embodiment and inter-personal resonance

October 12 – 15, 2023
in Vienna (English with German translation)

Knowing different kinds of developmental traumas can be of help in improving outcomes in all therapeutic modalities. This four-day workshop will describe and demonstrate how to work with adult relationship difficulties differentiated in terms of attachment styles and various developmental tasks in four later stages of childhood development using clinical strategies of inter-personal resonance and emotional embodiment from Integral Somatic Psychology™ (ISP™), a modality based partly on emerging paradigms of embodied cognition and emotion in cognitive neuroscience and psychology. It will integrate classical attachment theory (Bowlby, Ainsworth, Main, and Fonagy) with the most developed somatic theory of stages of childhood development and character structure formation (Marcher et. al.).

Combining live demonstrations and theory, Raja Selvam will illustrate the concepts of ISP™ and among others cover the following topics:

While Workshop 1 “Trauma, Development, and Attachment” was concerned with three early stages of development (Existence, Need, Autonomy), this workshop covers issues directly resulting from traumas in four later stages of childhood development (Love/Sexuality, Will, Opinion, and Solidarity/Performance).

Workshops 1 and 2 can be taken separately.

Intended Audience

This workshop addresses all graduates and trainees of Somatic Experiencing (SE™) and Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP™), and all professionals engaged in treating relationship and attachment difficulties caused by developmental and shock traumas. ISP™ graduates and trainees and SE practitioners will learn advanced knowledge and skills for applying their expertise to the specific areas of trauma, development, and attachment. Participants without previous knowledge in ISP™ or SE™ will gain valuable insights into working with ISP™.

Every participant attends on his/her own responsibilty. A normal mental and physical stress tolerance is an obligatory prerequisite for attending.

DDr. Raja Selvam, Ph.D., Ph.D.

Raja Selvam, Ph.D.

Raja Selvam, PhD, is the author of The Practice of Embodying Emotions and developer of Integral Somatic Psychology™ (ISP™), a new paradigm in body psychotherapy based on state-of-the-art research in neuroscience, affect theory, cognitive psychology, and emotion. He has helped over 1,500 therapists in 20 countries graduate from his ISP Professional Training.

His articles on trauma, embodiment, and spirituality have appeared in several journals. He is the author of the best-selling book The practice of embodying emotions: A guide for improving cognitive, emotional, and behavioral outcomes.

Raja is also Senior Faculty at Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute and works as a licensed clinical psychologist with a PhD in Psychology.

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October 12 – 15, 2023 iCal


Kardinal König Haus,
1130 Wien, Kardinal-König-Platz 3 Karte » directions
For room reservations, please contact +43 1 8047593 or [Kontakt].

English with German live translation
Workshop times:
Thursday 10:00 – 18:00
Friday and Saturday 9:30 – 18:00
Sunday 9:30 – 16:00
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The registration is binding. A cancellation has to be provided and confirmed in written form. For cancellations before August 1, 2023 a handling fee of € 100 is charged. After that, a cancellation can only be accepted when an alternate participant steps in. If the workshop has to be cancelled on short notice (e.g., due to too few participants, illness on the part of the instructor, or CoViD-19 restrictions), the full fee will be refunded. All other claims on the hosts are excluded.


Gerlinde Wawra-Pölzl
A-1130 Wien, Trauttmansdorffgasse 50/4
+43 (0) 676 / 300 67 88