I recommend that you read something before the start of class. Start with:
SomatoEmotional Release by John Upledger to get a sense his influential work in this field. One of Dr. John’s most important legacies has been the development of techniques to support clients’ emotional release.
Then, I recommend:
The Insightful Body by Julie McKay. It’s a straightforward, step by step, easy to understand introduction to some of the dialoging techniques we use in this work.
Next, I recommend:
Embracing Ourselves by Hal Stone and Sidra Stone. The dialog tools presented in this book are great for beginners and also more advanced practitioners alike. It’s a valuable guide for helping us make peace and harmony among our many “selves”.
Interviewing for Solutions by Peter DeJong and Insoo Kim Berg will teach you plenty about how to ask the right questions to efficiently get to the core of what needs to be done.
Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss may seem like an unlikely book for bodyworkers to read. I, however, loved it. When we are supporting therapeutic dialog we are often acting as co-negotiator with our clients as they negotiate agreement between parts of themselves. This book has amazing tools for empathy-based negotiating. It will also help you buy a car, negotiate a lease, get a raise and live peacefully with your teenagers.
Last, but not least, I would read about trauma. I recommend:
Waking the Tiger by peter Levine. This is a groundbreaking book about transforming and healing trauma.
Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease by Robin Karr-Morse and Meredith Wiley is a must-read. This very readable and sobering book is a round-up of cutting edge research that explores the relationship between perinatal, infant and childhood stress and disease later in life.
Getting to Yes Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher. Much of what we do with therapeutic dialog is mediating agreement between various parts of our clients. This book is a valuable resource.