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Hope for Treatment-Resistant Depression

The very nature of depression often thwarts efforts to treat it. After all, it’s difficult to change when you have no energy, no hope, and no capacity to concentrate. How can we challenge these chronic states?

Using interventions from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, this workshop recording will introduce ways to help clients relate to their depressive symptoms mindfully, rather than identifying with them, and to manage physical symptoms through changes in posture, breath, and energy.


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Janina Fisher, Ph.D.
2 Hours 43 Minutes
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Mar 24, 2019
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 2.75 hours CPD.



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Janina Fisher, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and instructor at the Trauma Center, founded by Bessel van der Kolk, MD. A faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, an EMDR International Association consultant, past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, and former instructor, Harvard Medical School, Dr. Fisher lectures nationally and internationally on the integration of the neurobiological research and new trauma treatment paradigms into traditional psychotherapies. 

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Janina Fisher is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Nonfinancial: Janina Fisher has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.

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What is “Major Depression”?

  • The neurobiology of depression
  • How biological depression becomes psychological

Depression as a Cognitive Schemas

  • What happens when we put words to a depressive state
  • How cognitive schemas reinforce depression

Introduction to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

  • Basic principles
  • Fundamental techniques

Sensorimotor Interventions for Treating Depression

  • Resources for increasing energy and mood
  • Movement, a somatic approach to negative cognitions

Depression and the Therapeutic Relationship

  • Contagion effects of depression
  • Making use of the social engagement system


  1. Explain depression as a somatic state, not just a psychological state in a clinical setting. 
  2. Identify cognitive schemas that reinforce depressive states. 
  3. Describe a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy approach to understanding depression. 
  4. Identify body-centered interventions that increase energy and focus in depressed clients. 
  5. Experiment with Sensorimotor interventions that counter depressive beliefs. 

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals.



Overall:      4.9

Total Reviews: 17


Linda V - MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota

"This was an excellent presentation. I learned a great deal that I will immediately put into practice as a psychotherapist dealing with clients experiencing treatment resistant depression."

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