Online International Introduction in
   Basic Body Awareness Therapy (BBAT)

   - for English-speaking authorized physiotherapists


Liv Helvik Skjærven, PT, PhD, Professor Emerita,

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen, Norway.


WELCOME to BBAT Introduction

to get an overview of BBAT principles, refining movement quality through body and movement awareness, participating in an international network, meeting physiotherapy colleagues with the same interest in mental health physiotherapy, worldwide, and learning a movement vocabulary. Course material is provided. Information on the academic education is provided.



BBAT has been accepted as physiotherapy approach in Norway since late 1980ties. BBAT is a movement awareness approach, focusing on simple daily movements, lying, sitting, standing, relational, walking, use of voice and massage. BBAT is person-centred, process-oriented and health-directed, including a multi-perspective approach to human movement. Accordingly, BBAT provides bio-psycho-social and existential movement aspects. Education, post-graduate courses and research have been developed since mid 1980ties, presented in peer-reviewed journals. Shorter and longer courses are provided through the International Association of Teachers in BBAT (IATBBAT). BBAT aims to strengthen professional PT`s knowledge, skills and attitude in movement awareness principles, to gain competence in the role as PT within mental health and psychiatry.


Target Group

BBAT is used in multiple clinical settings, in psychiatry, in primary health care, pain rehabilitation, health promotion and preventive health care. BBAT can be used in individual and/or group physiotherapy; its principles can be applied to patients in multiple ages. BBAT is designed for patients suffering from muscle-skeletal problems, balance problems, psychiatric illness, psycho-somatic problems, long lasting pain, life-style problems, eating disorders, violence, and: to PTs who wants to develop professional and personal, deepening knowledge on human movement, the key in PT.


Organization of BBAT Introduction Course

A BBAT Introduction course, is provided January 16th -19th, 2023, including 16hrs, structured in 4 sessions/days, each of 4 teaching hours: 60min x 4. The course is online through zoom, including 2 hrs Floor-work (practical movements) + 1hrs Theory + 30min reflection. Course-time is 1300 till 1700pm, Norwegian time, adapted to the international community. It is expected that participants follow the course, fully, from start till end.


Application: Deadline is Friday 16th of December 2022 to Denne e-postadressen er beskyttet mot programmer som samler e-postadresser. Du må aktivere javaskript for å kunne se den.. The course is limited to 10-14 participants on a first come first served basis. All applications will be registered, available for later participation. To register, contact LH Skjærven, and submit information: (1) name (mark first and last name), (2) address (mark country/region), (3) email address, (4) attach signed copy of physiotherapy authorization.

Payment: 275euro pr. participants, paid latest Tuesday 3rd of January, before course: Invoice is sent and bank-information provided. If cancelation later than 8 days before course-start, there will be no refund of participation fee.  


Short on BBAT

BBAT provides training of more stable, free and functional movement quality, lying, sitting, standing, walking, use of the voice, relational movements and massage - through movement awareness. Body Awareness Rating Scale Movement Quality and Experience (BARS-MQE), is introduced, including (Part 1) the PTs evaluation of MQ and (Part 2) the patients descriptions of immediate movement experiences. The evaluation tool has been studied for reliability and validity. BBAT Clinical models for therapeutic implementation are provided.


To be authorized with Clinical competence as PT in BBAT, you can follow the International Clinical Master of Physiotherapy in BBAM (60 ECTS), University of Almeria, Spain; see application address.  


Apply to the Introduction Course:

Liv Helvik Skjærven:

Member of IATBBAT and NIBK (Norwegian Institute in BBAT). 



Denne e-postadressen er beskyttet mot programmer som samler e-postadresser. Du må aktivere javaskript for å kunne se den.



Master of PT in BBAM, University of Almeria, Spain:

Photoes 1, 2, 3, 4: by LH Skjærven, Bergen, Norway. Copyright  


For your information: Course-Time can be adapted if requested by a group of 10-14 PTs from same continent: then, a specific time-adapted-schedule is provided.