Transforming the Relationship with the Body Through Mindful Awareness in Body-Oriented Therapy (MABT)

Cynthia Price, PhD, MA, LMT

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Cynthia Price, PhD, MA, LMT

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This workshop combines experiential learning and presentation of clinical vignettes and research findings specific to interoceptive awareness training for people in medication treatment for opioid use disorder with co-occurring trauma. Learning and practicing somatic approaches can be challenging, particularly for individuals in substance use disorder treatment who have well-developed habits of experiential avoidance intensified by trauma, pain, and shame/stigma. Opioid use disorder and commonly co-occurring anxiety, depression, post-traumatic distress can lead to interoceptive dysregulation. This workshop presents the evidence-based mindfulness approach Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT) that helps people learn to attend to inner sensory/somatic experience, and to reduce avoidance tendencies. Also, the ability to manage daily stressors, and to engage in self-care of chronic conditions, is enhanced with body awareness as individuals can better listen for, trust, and attend to bodily cues about their physical and emotional well-being.The techniques presented are integral to MABT, an approach that targets interoceptive awareness currently being studied as an innovative behavioral therapy during Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) by Dr. Price through a NIH-funded HEAL Initiative clinical trial. This will be an interactive workshop and we will spend time on ways to develop, access, and assess inner body awareness. We will also discuss the integration and application of these techniques with people in MOUD, and others living with post-traumatic stress and/or chronic pain, based on our research and clinical experience.

Cynthia Price, PhD, MA,LMT is a Research Professor at the University of Washington and the Director of the nonprofit Center for Mindful Body Awareness. Her clinical and research expertise is focused on interoceptive awareness and its role in health and well-being. She developed Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT), a mindfulness-based approach designed to facilitate interoceptive awareness and related skills for self-care and emotion regulation. Dr. Price’s research is aimed at the study of MABT within community care, particularly for those in recovery from trauma, chemical dependency, chronic pain or other life stressors. She has co- authored two scales to measure interoceptive awareness: the Scale of Body Connection (SBC) and the Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness (MAIA). Cynthia is committed to increasing access to integrative health care for underserved populations through her research, teaching, and service

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