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Somato-Emotional Perspective in Osteopathy

March 3, 2024 - March 5, 2024

This course aims to build upon our already existing understanding of anatomy and physiology through a more complete perspective and rediscover what was always in front of our eyes and under our hands: emotion. The course will explore the duality of emotion and the somatic system in which it stores itself to form one integral, simultaneous, unconscious process. Concepts of Gestalt Therapy for interviewing and treatment will be emphasized to understand the importance of keeping the patient in the present moment for healing to take place. Physicians will be trained to identify stored emotions in the somatic system to diagnose and treat more efficiently, as well as experience a richer doctor-patient relationship.

Course Director: Travis Gordon, DO, MHP

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Activity Sponsor

American Academy of Osteopathy


The Broadmoor
1 Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906

Anticipated Credits

24 AOA Category 1-A


Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine

Additional Details

Course Objectives: 1. Understand specific physiologic mechanisms responsible for the interplay between emotions and the somatic system; 2. Describe differences between the conscious and unconscious with examples that pertain to the somatic system; 3. Comprehend basic concepts of Gestalt and be able to effectively use them during medical interview, diagnosis and treatment; 4. Recognize the 5 characterologies in patients from both behavioral and structural perspectives; 5. Perceive myofascial strain patterns characteristic of each characterology and develop appropriate treatment plans based on prioritization of the patient’s specific needs; 6. Be able to relate the concepts of direct and indirect osteopathic techniques to psychotherapeutic strategies.

Highly Recommended: Successful completion of an approved 40-hour Introductory Course in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field.