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Spring Workshop 2017: Using Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor
Central Congregational Church
2676 Clairmont Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM EDT
Category: Workshops

Spring Workshop: Using Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor (PBSP)

for Healing Attachment Wounds and Trauma

An Experiential Workshop for Therapists

Workshop presented by:

Gus Kaufman, Ph.D.

May 20, 2017

9 am - 12:15 pm (registration at 8:30)

3 CEUs approved by GAMFT, GALPCA, GSCSW, and GPA.


Base workshop rate is $75 with discounts applied for members, early registrations, and students. 

Register Now

Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor Therapy (PBSP) is a powerful, gentle, and flexible method for changing old, dysfunctional patterns. This workshop will present PBSP theory and help participants tune in to body signals and witness healing of deficits and wounds. The primary tool for this will be having participants role-play “ideal parents” who would have provided the client with the right input at the right age.

Presenter Information:

Gus Kaufman, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who works with individuals, couples, families and groups as well as providing clinical supervision, and training. Since 1978 Dr. Kaufman had been a trainer and supervisor both nationally and internationally of Pesso-Boyden System Psychomotor Therapy. His dissertation research Body Signals of Childhood Loss was a pioneering work in demonstrating how ‘the body keeps the score.’ Gus has been an adjunct professor and clinical field supervisor in the Department of Psychology at Georgia State University.

Dr. Kaufman has co-founded five nonprofits, including Men Stopping Violence, for which he conducted classes, training and public education (locally and nationally). He is a respected and renowned writer, fundraiser, and organizer of community action to end male violence toward women. Gus was instrumental in developing a 12-session curriculum on abuse, which was used for all prisoners (approximately 40,000) in GA correctional facilities. Gus co-founded the Rainbow Project: Ending Violence in Our Relationships which focused on public education and intervention aimed at ending abuse in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender relationships.

Workshop Objectives:

Attendees will be able to:


    • List the five basic needs of PBSP
    • Discuss how developmental deficits, attachment wounds, and trauma show up in the body.
    • Observe, practice, and discuss the presenter’s experiential exercises/interventions that demonstrate both:
      • the discovery of unconscious emotion and
      • the re-instatement of the ‘pilot’—forebrain/executive function
    • Experience and discuss the healing process of a PBSP structure.

Workshop Schedule:

8:30 - 9:00 AM Registration, Coffee, Light Refreshments
9:00 - 9:45 AM Theory: Basic Needs and How They Show Up in The Body
9:45 - 10:30 AM
  1. Tuning in Exercise
  2. Three Tiers—Not enough in, Too much in, Too much out too soon
10:30 - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 - 11:00 AM Meeting Basic Needs (Accomodation): Theory and Practice
11:00 - 11:50 AM Demonstration of a PBSP Structure
11:50 AM - 12:05 PM Discussion and questions
12:05 - 12:15 PM Debriefing and evaluations



Discount Pricing  

(ends 5-12-17)

Full Price




Students $15 $15



Things to Know:

  • 3 CEUs approved by GAMFT, GALPCA, GSCSW, and GPA.
  • Workshop start and end times are firm in order to provide CE credit. AGPS cannot provide CEs for participants who have arrived late or leave early from any part of the workshop.
  • Early registration cutoff date is May 12, 2017. No refunds for cancellations within 7 days of the event.
  • Base workshop rate is $75 with discounts applied for members, early registrations, and students. 
Register Now


Erin Hinek

AGPS Communications Chair


Workshop References:

  1. Winnette, P, Baylin, J. (2017) Working with traumatic memories to heal adults with unresolved childhood trauma: Neuroscience, attachment theory and Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor Therapy. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  2. Grayson, J. (2016) Landscapes of the heart: The working world of a sex and relationship therapist. Sleeping Mountain Press.
  3. Van der Kolk, B. (2014) The body keeps the score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma. Penguin Publishing Group.
  4. Pesso, A. (2013) Filling holes in roles of the past with the right people at the right time: A surprising new way to open door to happiness in present. International Body Psychotherapy Journal 12, 2, 63-87.
  5. Horáček, J., Pesso, A., Tintěra, J, Vančura, M., Lucká, I.Y., Kobrle, L., Kopeček,M., Spaniel, F. and Dockerey, C. (2005)The Effect Of Two Sessions Of PBSP Psychotherapy On Brain Activation In Response To Trauma-Related Stimuli. The Pilot fMRI Study In Traumatized Persons.  PSYCHIATRIE Supplementum 3 (Czech journal).
  6. Scarf, M. (2004) Secrets, lies, betrayals: How the body holds the secrets of a life, and how to unlock them. Random House. 

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