Division of Continuing and Extended Education
Cleveland State University

Listening to the Body Talk: An Introduction to Somatic Psychotherapy



Course Information

Title: Listening to the Body Talk: An Introduction to Somatic Psychotherapy


Course start date: Friday, October 6, 2023 1:00 PM to 4:15 PM




Registration & Payment



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Registration cost: $79.00


Last day to register: 10/6/2023 9:00 AM




Course Description

As mental health practitioners, we have often been faced with the limitations of traditional talk therapy in working with clients with a history of trauma. Somatic psychotherapy provides an integrated, holistic model which also includes the responses of the client’s nervous system in renegotiating trauma. This program will introduce the concepts and tools of somatic therapy and provide resources for further learning.




After this program, participants will be able to:

1. Identify the components and functions of the autonomic nervous system.

2. Employ the concept of dual awareness in working with trauma.

3. Recognize symptoms of traumatic stress.

4. Identify stages of the threat response cycle.




Scott A. Whipple is a clinical social worker who has specialized in helping clients renegotiate trauma since 2003. He is a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and a lead teaching assistant for Somatic Experiencing International. Mr. Whipple is also certified in EMDR. He graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater/English, magna cum laude, received a Master of Fine Arts degree with honors from Case Western Reserve University, and received an MSW degree from New York University. He was an Adjunct Associate Professor at NYU's Silver School of Social Work for 15 years before relocating to Cleveland in 2020.


CEU: Units - 3


Please note that attendees must be present for the entirety of the course to obtain credit.

  • Check-in will start at 12:30 P.M.


Professional Approvals

CASAL is a Sponsored Provider for continuing education through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist Board. Our Approved Provider # is 50-33189.

CASAL is also approved as a provider of continuing education for psychologists by the Ohio Psychological Association Office of Mandatory Continuing Education (OPA-MCE). Our Approved Provider # is 340966056.

CSU Alumni

Contact your College or School for information regarding available Alumni discount programs. Email cecasal@csuohio.edu


Disability Services

Cleveland State University serves hundreds of students with a variety of disabilities, including learning disabilities, chronic health issues, attention deficit disorders, psychological conditions, visual impairments, mobility impairments, and hearing impairments. Anyone requesting accommodations due to a disability should make her or his request through the Office of Disability Services. Cleveland State University is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Refund Policy

Cleveland State University Division of Continuing and Extended Education Cancellation Refund Policy.


Refund to original payment is made at 100% when a registrant cancels attendance at least two business days before the start of the first class. There are no refunds for a cancellation with less than 48 hours' notice. After class starts, there are no changes or cancellations. Credit card refunds take 7-10 business days to show up on your credit card statement. Cash refunds by check take 10 to 14 business days to process.

Contact Us

Questions regarding the course email cecasal@csuohio.edu or call (216) 523-7234.



This course is a live webinar.

The webinar information will be included in the confirmation email. You should receive a confirmation email within 15 minutes of completing registration.


If you need any assistance the day of the event please call the event organizer at 216.387.2142


Thank you very much for your registration to the course.