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WELCOME TO The ONLINE INTERNATIONAL INTRODUCTION IN BASIC BODY AWARENESS THERAPY (BBAT) 
for English-speaking authorized, graduated physiotherapists 

SEE attached POSTER describing the BBAT INTRO COURSE 

The introduction will provide overview and initial experiences in the BBAT movement principles, its theory, clinical implementation and core literature.

An Online Introduction Course in BBAT will be arranged November 2021, Monday the 8th till Thursday the 11th. Application date: as soon as possible, but with deadline October 26th, 2021: liv.skjaerven@gmail.com, submitting: (1) Your name, (2) address, (3) email, (4) signed copy of physiotherapy authorization. You are welcome to take contact if application date is passed, asking if participation is still possible. Max 12-14 participants. Payment: 250euro pr. participants; Invoice and bank-information will be sent you. Deadline for payment 1st November. No refund after that date. 

The online introduction includes 16 hours, during one week, four sessions/days, each of 4 hrs, 1300-1700, Monday till Thursday, Norwegian time. The course is presented through the zoom-online system: The zoom-address is sent to you about one week before start. Download the zoom application before start. 

To get Certificate: You must follow the total 16hrs course, from start till end, fully participating in the BBAT movement awareness practice in floor-work.

Practical details concerning the floorwork of self-experiences in lying, sitting, standing, relational movements, walking  will be provided.  

For general information regarding course-content, (1) see attached POSTER. In addition, (2) a specified time-schedule is sent before start together with references etc. Course material is sent about 1weeks before course start.

For future planning: The course can be adapted according to time-zone. In addition: The 16hrs can be organized during two weeks, 2 days (8hrs) pr. week.   

Be welcome to join the Introduction Course in BBAT! 

For further questions, contact: liv.skjaerven@gmail.com. 


Kind regards 

Liv Helvik Skjærven, PT, PhD, Professor Emerita

Second Online International Introduction in BBAT, April 2021 - 16hrs

Responsible: Liv Helvik Skjærven, PT, PhD, Teacher in BBAM, Professor in Physiotherapy Emerita, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen, Norway; Master of Physiotherapy in BBAM, University of Almeria, Spain. 


Fourteen highly motivated Physiotherapists from 11 Countries and four Continents participated in the four days Online International Introduction Course in BBAT April 19th – 22nd 2021, all through zoom-communication. The participants were from: United Arab Emirates, Germany, Hong Kong (2), Estonia (2), Singapore, Greece (2), Spain, US, UK, Denmark, Canada. See photo below, followed by a personal description from one of the course-participants. (26.04.21, lhs)



Reflection from Online International Introductory BBAT Course April 2021

“I recently discovered Basic Body Awareness Technique, BBAT by accident while doing a google search on body awareness. I was looking to get some inspiration for a mindful movement group I was facilitating and our theme for that month was awareness. I discovered that a 16 hour course was starting in 2 weeks. I signed up and I am so glad I did! BBAT is a physiotherapy approach that encompasses so many elements of being human, more than just the physical, which is primarily the focus in Physiotherapy. It was amazing to see the years of research that have gone into developing this method and it was wonderful to discover that there were other Physiotherapists around the world interested in this holistic style of practice. We were 15 PTs coming together virtually via Zoom for 4 hours, 4 days in a row. The daily agenda for the course allowed us time to learn, experience, discover and share together which added a richness to each session. I was able to pay for the course through my bank as an international wire transfer. I wish to thank Liv for creating this virtual introductory course to allow PTs from all over the world to participate from the comfort of their own homes and save us all travel time and expenses. Thank you!!!”

Bonnie Doyle, Nova Scotia, Canada


Apply now!: for the second online introduction course in BBAT (April 2021)

Welcome to the ONLINE INTERNATIONAL INTRODUCTION IN BASIC BODY AWARENESS THERAPY (BBAT) for English-speaking authorized, graduated physiotherapists 

(See attached Poster describing the BBAT intro course and read the experiences from the first course in the message below)

The introduction will provide overview and initial experiences in the BBAT movement principles, its theory, clinical implementation and core literature.

An Online Introduction Course in BBAT will be arranged APRIL 2021, Monday the 19th till Thursday the 22nd. Application date: as soon as possible, and not later than Wednesday 24th of March 2021: liv.skjaerven@gmail.com, submitting: (1) Your name, (2) address, (3) email, (4) signed copy of physiotherapy authorization. You are welcome to take contact if application date is passed, asking if participating is still possible. Max 12-14 participants. Payment: 250euro pr. participants; Invoice and bank-information is sent you.  

The online introduction includes 16 hours, during one week, four sessions/days, each of 4 hrs, 1300-1700, Monday till Thursday, Norwegian time. The course is presented through the zoom-online system: The zoom-address is sent to you about one week before start. Download the zoom application before start. 

To get Certificate: You must follow the total 16hrs course, from start till end, fully participating in the BBAT movement awareness practice in the floor-work.

Practical details concerning the floorwork of self-experiences in lying, sitting, standing, relational movements, walking  will be provided.  

For general information regarding course-content, see attached POSTER. A specified time-schedule is sent before start together with references etc. Course material is sent about 1-2 weeks before course start.

For future planning: The course can be adapted according to time-zone. In addition: The 16hrs can be organized during two weeks, 2 days (8hrs) pr. week. 

Be welcome to join an Introduction Course in BBAT! 

For further questions, contact: liv.skjaerven@gmail.com. 

Liv Helvik Skjærven, PT, PhD, Professor Emerita


The first online international BBAT introduction course is completed!

In this special time, during the global pandamic of COVID-19, we are all challenged in our liveson many levels. In these times with limitations and restrictions it was time to turn on the heel and find a way to meet the need of the society. In January 2021 Liv Helvik Skjærven, on behalf of the NIBK, organized the first online BBAT introduction course. And it is to be considered to be a succes!

Online International Introduction Course in 

BASIC BODY AWARENESS THERAPY (BBAT)

Norwegian Institute for Basis Body Awareness Therapy (NIBK), 

within the Specialty of Mental Health Physiotherapy

Monday, 11th – Thursday, 14th of January, (16hrs) 2021

The Online Introduction course was the first in 2021 and 14 PT s from different European and Asian counties participated in the 16hrs course spread on four days. The course showed BBAT to be possible to be presented online through zoom – when paying attention to several technical, camera and mic-aspects. 

PHOTO; Screenshot by: Agnieszka Czapnik, PT Poland/Belgium 

One of the 14 participants was so kind to share her experiences, which you can all read below:

Online International Introduction in Basic Body Awareness Therapy (16hrs), January, Monday 11th  – Thursday 14th, (16hrs), 2021. 

Course leader: Liv Helvik Skjærven, PT, PhD, Norway, NIBK/IATBBAT. The Intro-course had 14 participants: from Greece, Poland, Belgium, UK, Finland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Estonia, Latvia, the Netherlands. 

Reflection from participant in the BBAT Introduction Course

Working as a physiotherapist in mental health care, I often observe in my patients lack of body – mind connection. Since schizophrenia affects all domains of daily functioning, the treatment cannot be restricted to only one of them. It has to address a whole human being. I asked myself, how do I work towards “the whole” of the segmented body? Also, am I present in my body as a therapist? Applying for the Online International Introduction in BBAT, I was searching for answers to those questions. I was also looking for structure, a concrete tool to use in my daily clinical practice. 

Signing up into an online course can be risky, especially if floor – work is a dominant component! I was hesitating about the digital formula influencing the quality of the (practical) experience. It surprised me how intimate connection we created as a group, although each of us was alone thousands of kilometres away. Despite of the computer wall, we related to each other, although in such a different way! 

Online platform was used efficiently not only as a connecting tool. Besides the community experience, it also delivered a quality experience (of BBAT). We built up a significant foundation of a theoretical framework, getting to know specific vocabulary and evaluation scale. The most important knowledge came though from the experience – from smooth gliding movements up and down, from rhythmical bouncing and switching off the busy mind, tuning into the body instead.

It was a process, where I learnt from my own experience as much as from the others, listening to diversity of their stories. Although we represent a set of universal characteristics as a human kind, we differ person to person. We experienced unity in different perception of the same movements. 

It was also a process, where I observed how familiarity and structure allowed me to freely experience the movement (itself). Although simple and repeated in daily life, the movements tasted new to me. They were new to me on Monday, then again on Tuesday and they still surprised me on the very last day of this course!

It takes time and effort to get in touch with yourself. It takes attentive listening to your body. It finally takes courage to trust that the movement is within you. 

BBAT brings along the opportunity to self – development and in the same time, a very concrete tool to be implemented in a clinical practice. Above all, it works even through an online platform. Connection with a group is important but the most important is the one you made – tuning your body and mind.

21.01.2021 Belgium/Poland, Agnieszka Czapnik (s)



NIBK - Online introduction course in BBAT!

On behalf of NIBK WELCOME TO:

ONLINE INTERNATIONAL INTRODUCTION IN BASIC BODY AWARENESS THERAPY (BBAT) 


for English-speaking authorized, graduated physiotherapists. 

The introduction will provide overview and initial experiences in the BBAT movement principles, its theory, clinical implementation and core literature.

First Online Introduction Course in BBAT will be January 2021, Monday the 11th till Thursday the 14th of January. Application date: Thursday 10th of December 2020: liv.skjaerven@gmail.com.  Max 12 participants.

The online introduction includes 16 hours, during one week, four sessions/days, each of 4 hrs, 1300-1700, Monday till Thursday, Norwegian time. It is presented through the zoom-online system. You will get an address for this to join. 

It is expected that you follow the total 16hrs course, from start till end, fully participating in the BBAT movement awareness practice in the floor-work. Practical details concerning the floorwork of self-experiences in lying, sitting, standing, walking, massage  will be provided before course start.  

For general information regarding course-content, course-schedule, application, and price, see the attached POSTER. 

For future planning: The course can be adapted according to time-zone. In addition: The 16hrs can be organized during two weeks, 2 days (8hrs) pr. week. 

Be welcome to join the Introduction Course in BBAT! 

For further questions, contact: liv.skjaerven@gmail.com. 


Kind regards 

Liv Helvik Skjærven, PT, PhD, Professor Emerit                                                                               Bergen, Norway 02.10.2020



NIBK - News APRIL 2020: Two more New International Teachers in BBAM

After Jordy den Engelsman became a teacher in Februari 2020, two more teachers passed their exam in a special way. During the most intensive weeks of the world-wide Covid-19 pandemic, when societies were closed down, the first online exam of six full hours, the final oral exam, gaining Pedagogical Competence in BBAT, was organised from Bergen, Norway. 

It was the two physiotherapists from Faro Island, Liv Egholm and Jorun Simonsen, both working at the Psychiatric Hospital in Thorshavn, who had prepared their Portfolio and Essay. Together these papers were overviewing and describing more than 6 years of studying the pedagogy of teaching physiotherapy, Basic Body Awareness Therapy (BBAT) - individual and group therapeutic settings -, the evaluation tool of Body Awareness Rating Scale- Movement Quality and Experience (BARS-MQE), and the models of the phenomenon of Movement Quality and the Therapeutic Components. 

The experience from fulfilling an oral exam, qualifying as Teacher in BBAM through online communication, with the diversity of facets to be included, showed to be dynamic and fully possible.

We congratulate the two candidates and wish them good luck in the future teaching of physiotherapy in the broad spectrum of human movements principles.

Click here to read about the lived experiences about the exam from Jorun and Liv.

Kind regards 

Mary Anne Sundal and Liv Helvik Skjærven  

Norwegian Institute of Basic Body Awareness Therapy (NIBK)


The IOPTMH International Conference 12-14 of May in Helsinki

The IOPTMH International Conference 12-14 of May in Helsinki

Come to meet colleagues from a diversity of countries and continents, to connect, relate, share, present, experience, explore, learn, enjoy, reflect, discuss, move, being present in building and shaping the future Physiotherapy in Mental Health, see attached file of Program and invitation to the 8th International Conference in Physiotherapy of Psychiatry and Mental Health. 

This Conference is for you - Welcome! 


As Chair of ICPPMH 2020 Organising Committee and on behalf of the Finnish Association of Psychophysical Physiotherapy it is my great pleasure to welcome you all to the 8th International Conference of Physiotherapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health in Helsinki, Finland in May 2020.

This is the biannual conference of the International Organisation of Physical Therapy in Mental Health (IOPTMH): http://www.ioptmh.org/

The theme of this year, Linking Body and Mind - the Key to Effective Physiotherapy, highlights the direction of the physiotherapy field and research around the world. How can this new research and knowledge be implemented into clinical work?

Physiotherapy in mental health is person centered and process-related work. We as physiotherapists study and work with the moving and living body. We study the movement quality, reflect the movements and promote new movement opportunities to our patients.

Do we support or suppress patients willingness to move? We need to meet and treat the whole person, not just one body part. We can't just do "tricks". We need to include something more, and that something is presence.

We work in a world where depression, anxiety and chronic pain are increasing. What do we know about the evolution of mind and body, i.e. why do we have emotions like depression or anxiety, or why is pain an important sensation? We face many kinds of new challenges that science cannot yet explain. We work with patients with different types of functional disorders, unexplained pain, traumatizing backgrounds etc.

Unfortunately we have to approach and work with the ugly parts of life too. For example, the after effects of school shootings, wars, torture and exile on the person. We need to consider the body as well as the mind when treating these people. Today we know that all the feelings and emotions are bodily experienced. Facing these issues daily at work, it’s truly important also to take care of ourselves as professionals.

The conference provides a forum for physiotherapists to meet and share knowledge of education, research, clinical practice, and to discuss important professional issues within the field of Physiotherapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health.

You are all warmly welcome to Finland in May 2020!

Tanja Balk,

Chair of the Finnish Association of Psychophysical Physiotherapy www.icppmh2020.com

Call for abstracts is open! 

https://www.icppmh2020.com/copy-of-abstracts 

Get to know the keynote speakers https://www.icppmh2020.com/speakers 

You can find the event also in facebook: Icppmh 2020

Master program Basic Body Awareness Methodology 2019, apply now!

This is a unique possibility in physiotherapy! 

Welcome to University of Almeria, SPAIN, building an International Network, meeting physiotherapy colleagues with interest in Mental Health, providing a deepened insight in Human Movement, through the Clinical Master program in Physiotherapy in Basic Body Awareness Methodology (BBAM).    

Application for the study is NOW - during spring 2019 - click here to apply!

(the one coming first to apply, will be preferred)

Start of the study program is January 2020. 

You are welcome to contact Liv Helvik Skjærven for more information, lhs@hvl.no or +47 91305158.



New Book


Our dear colleagues Kent, Amanda and Inger wants to tell that their book on Basic Body Awareness Therapy now is available in both English and German!

The book is a little revised and the title now is:

Basic Body Awareness Therapy - embodied identity

and in german:

Basic Body Awareness Therapie - embodied identity, Die körperlich verankerte identität

Writers: Amanda Lundvik Gyllensten, Kent Skoglund, Inger Wulf



The books are available on amazon.com, bokus.com ,adlibris.com

ISBN 978-91-88809-58-2 and ISBN 978-91-88809-21-6



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