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Integrated Mind/Body Practices

Faculty Instructor

William H. Watson
William H. Watson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology

Institute for the Family
Department of Psychiatry
300 Crittenden Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14642
(585) 275-0322

The University of Rochester's Institute for the Family is pleased to announce the 2019 fall semester post-graduate training course.

The Integrated Mind-Body Practices course is designed to meet the learning needs of clinicians who are interested in the developing medical family therapy practice skills in the treatment of somaticizing patients. The course focuses on developing the theoretical framework and skills necessary for the treatment of patients with a wide variety of somatoform disorders such as psychogenic non-epileptic attacks, functional movement disorders, psychogenic pain, AMPS, and other medically unexplained symptoms. In addition to considering medical family therapy and family system approaches to working with the family contexts of such patients, particular emphasis will be placed on emotion-focused treatment approaches such as Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy and related experiential therapies. In light of the fact that trauma can be a major driver of somatoform symptoms, we will also touch on trauma-focused treatments such as Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories. The training for this course takes place within a learning environment that permits particular emphasis on clinical application of theory and the development of clinical skills. In addition, self-of-therapist skills will be developed by various methods, including discussion of countertransference, attending to the experience of affect-laden stimuli, and relevant readings. Course materials and readings are integrated into a skills-based approach that covers the essentials of medical family therapy approaches to the treatment of somatoform disorders.

Registration Information

Registration opens on August 1. The deadline for processing is August 19.

Course Information

PSI 417
CRN: 96682


Non-Credit: $975
Academic Credit: $5,154 (University Tuition Benefits Apply)


Tuesdays, September 3 - December 10
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Registration or Questions

To register, or for questions, email Diana Julian or call (585) 275-2532.