Australian Institute of Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy


SAVE! Super Early Bird Registration till Friday 28 June 2024!

“My personal experience with psychotherapy for traumatized clients spans over a period more than 30 years. However, as my career progressed I grew more critical of my own intervention strategies. I became aware of the fact that in executing clinical interventions, I was only addressing the traditional conceptualization of the mind in a “skull-based” cognitive manner, rather than viewing the mind as imbedded within the self and embedded within the world around me. This made me realize that treatment should not only be viewed as an intrapsychic cognitive intervention strategy but rather as a strategy embedded within the therapeutic relationship with the main purpose to create and communicate a sense of safety to me clients. I realized that for decades the therapeutic and hypnotic fraternity have turned a blind eye to the body and the role of the nervous system in their quest for therapeutic excellence. This was a huge mistake.  I changed that and increasingly started to incorporate bodywork and somatic approaches in my clinical work. To my surprise I discovered that combining the Polyvagal Theory of Stephan Porges and bodywork allows me to re-set the incoherent autonomic nervous system response in traumatized clients in order to assist them to self-regulate adequately again.”
-Woltemade Hartman PhD


Advancing flow, embodiment and self-regulation in your traumatized clients: 


Seminar 1:

Combining Polyvagal Theory and the Somatic Experiencing Approach with Live Demonstrations


With Live Demonstrations


Online Training Event



22-23 August 2024


Training Times: 14h00 to 19h30 (AEST)


Platform: Zoom

Body Psychotherapy will teach safe body interventions and re-setting the incoherent autonomic nervous system for traumatized individuals and increase the effectiveness of your clinical work.  The approach combines the Polyvagal approach of Dr Stephen Porges, the techniques of the Somatic Experiencing Approach developed by Dr Peter Levine, and contemporary somatic and clinical approaches and strategies. This combined approach re-establishes a sense of wholeness and advance flow, internal coherence, a sense of safety and self-regulation. In this workshop Dr Hartman will address ways how to use body interventions such as the “pendulation technique” amongst others, with traumatized individuals in a safe manner by combining Polyvagal Theory, the techniques of the Somatic Experiencing Approach developed by Peter Levine and modern somatic and clinical approaches and strategies. The goal of this workshop is to introduce you to Polyvagal Theory and its application in clinical work. You will discover how using Polyvagal Theory in therapy will increase the effectiveness of your clinical work with clients suffering from trauma experiences.  The workshop will consist of clinical demonstrations and practical exercises.  Participants will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions during the workshop.


Educational Objectives:

At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the neuro-physiological basis of trauma, dissociation, self-regulation, and its interconnectedness.
  2. Understand the principles of bodywork and self-regulation methods
  3. Understand the Polyvagal Theory of Stephan Porges and its relevance in the treatment of trauma
  4. Understand the dynamics of a somatic approach to stabilize traumatized clients and how to elicit body-orientated resources.
  5. Understand the River of Life and The Ladder of Life Models: Consilience towards a new intervention model for trauma and related disorders
  6. Understand traumatic stress and Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) dysregulation
  7. Understand how the combination of somatic techniques could facilitate flow, embodiment, coherence and self-regulation allowing clients to experience wholeness again.
  8. Understand the use and application of the pendulation technique to self-regulate and to re-create internal balance within the nervous system of traumatized individuals.
  9. Manage traumatic activation through various grounding exercises and breathing techniques
  10. To apply specific somatic techniques and how to integrate it into your work with traumatized clients

Super Early Registration till Friday 28 June 2024:  $ 500

($ 250 Full-time Students and Interns)

Early Registration till Friday 26 July 2024: $600

($ 300 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)

Full Registration: $ 700

($ 350 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)


Dr Woltemade Hartman

Woltemade Hartman (Ph.D) is a Clinical and Educational Psychologist, and psychotherapist in private practice in Pretoria, South Africa.  He received his training as an Ericksonian psychotherapist at the Ericksonian Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.  Dr Hartman also trained as an Ego State therapist with Prof J.G. Watkins and Mrs H. Watkins in Missoula, Montana, USA.  He is the author of “Ego state therapy with sexually traumatized children” and “Einführung in die Ego-State Therapie”, as well as various scientific articles on the topic of hypnosis and psychotherapy. Dr Hartman is the Founding Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institutes of South Africa (MEISA). He currently serves as Secretary and Treasurer of Ego State Therapy International (ESTI). Woltemade is an executive board member of the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH) and also serves as Chairperson of the Council of Representatives on this board. Dr Hartman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Psychology at the University of Johannesburg and lectures in South Africa, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Singapore, South Korea and Japan. He has been a Keynote Speaker at various international congresses. Dr Hartman is the recipient of the 2009 Early Career Award for Innovative Contributions to Hypnosis from the International Society of Hypnosis. He is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Eye Movement Integration (EMI), EdxTM (Energy Psychology), Impact Therapy, Mindfulness Techniques, Soma and Somatic Experiencing (SE).