Why Somatic Practice?

Somatic Practice describes a body of work and an educational approach that can’t be simplified into a definable method or a predetermined set of techniques. Practitioners choosing this training path engage in ongoing learning and practice which gradually changes their way of working – and being. Thus, it is more accurate to call this work a “practice” rather than naming it as a particular method or modality.

Why Somatic Practice?

Somatic Practice describes a body of work and an educational approach that can’t be simplified into a definable method or a predetermined set of techniques. Practitioners choosing this training path engage in ongoing learning and practice which gradually changes their way of working – and being. Thus, it is more accurate to call this work a “practice” rather than naming it as a particular method or modality.

Kathy L. Kain, Ph.D.

Kathy L. Kain has practiced and taught bodywork and trauma recovery skills for nearly 40 years. She teaches in Europe, Australia, Canada, and throughout the United States.

Kathy’s trainings cover various interwoven focus areas, including trauma recovery, somatic touch, self-regulation skills, and resilience. These focus areas ultimately weave together into a unified somatic approach to touch, awareness, and relationship. Her educational approach encourages students to engage an ongoing practice that deepens their skills and expertise as they gradually embody the work and make it their own.

Kathy is a senior trainer in the Somatic Experiencing training program, an adjunct faculty member of Sonoma State University, and was a senior trainer for 12 years in the Somatic Psychotherapy training program based in Sydney, Australia.

Kathy L. Kain, Ph.D.

Kathy L. Kain has practiced and taught bodywork and trauma recovery skills for nearly 40 years. She teaches in Europe, Australia, Canada, and throughout the United States.

Kathy’s trainings cover various interwoven focus areas, including trauma recovery, somatic touch, self-regulation skills, and resilience. These focus areas ultimately weave together into a unified somatic approach to touch, awareness, and relationship. Her educational approach encourages students to engage an ongoing practice that deepens their skills and expertise as they gradually embody the work and make it their own.

Kathy is a senior trainer in the Somatic Experiencing training program, an adjunct faculty member of Sonoma State University, and was a senior trainer for 12 years in the Somatic Psychotherapy training program based in Sydney, Australia.

Co-Facilitators

Tony Richardson

Somatics of Emotions Co-Facilitator

Tony was one of the original trainers and exponents of Somatic Therapy in Australia in the late 1970’s. He is also a medical practitioner and psychiatrist. For the past 25 years, Tony has taught his Buddhist inspired Somatic Therapies in Australia, the US, and Europe. He has an interest in working with chronic pain, and continues to supervise medical students, trainee pain specialists, and psychiatrists at a major hospital in Sydney, Australia.

Co-Facilitators

Tony Richardson

Somatics of Emotions Co-Facilitator

Tony was one of the original trainers and exponents of Somatic Therapy in Australia in the late 1970’s. He is also a medical practitioner and psychiatrist. For the past 25 years, Tony has taught his Buddhist inspired Somatic Therapies in Australia, the US, and Europe. He has an interest in working with chronic pain, and continues to supervise medical students, trainee pain specialists, and psychiatrists at a major hospital in Sydney, Australia.

Training & Workshop Locations

Online
Los Angeles, California
Portland, Oregon
SF Bay Area, California
Sydney, Australia
Vancouver, Canada

FAQ

Somatic Practice trainings are generally intended as professional development for established practitioners in the fields of somatics, psychotherapy, trauma recovery, and physical care. The focus of our programs is to provide training in the use of touch for trauma recovery and for deepening somatic awareness. Most of our trainings do presume knowledge and practice in these fields – prerequisites vary, can be viewed on the general information pages for each class

In general, the usual sequence is that people start their training at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (SETI) in Boulder, or have equivalent training in other biophysiological models of trauma. You can get information about what SETI offers and how to apply at their website, here.

Once you have completed the Beginning year at SETI (or the equivalent), you would be able to take Kathy’s Touch Skills Training. The Touch Skills training does presume that you have a working knowledge of:

  • the impact of trauma on the autonomic nervous system
  • traumatic stress physiology
  • practice and experience in working with activation/deactivation cycles, and
  • practice and experience in supporting orientation and self-protection impulses in clients

Another path you might take would be to look into Steve Terrell’s Transforming the Experience-based Brain program – to understand the qualifications for that class you would need to reach out to Steve via his website, here, for more information.

From there, we generally consider the Touch Skills training (or Stephen Terrell’s TEB class) to be a prerequisite for the three-module Somatic Resilience and Regulation class, although completing SE through the advanced year would also prepare you.

If you have questions about other work you’ve done that might be equivalent, you can also reach out to the local coordinator listed on the info page for the training you’re interested in. The coordinators are also practitioners and can possibly help assess whether your background is a good fit.

We recently updated our Registration Policies to reflect the growth in interest for our programs. We offer flexible options for transferring your registration to the same class at another location, and staggered payment deadlines to ensure that when your plans change, we can manage our class lists efficiently. For details about deposits, deadlines, cancellations, and transfers, please review our policies, here.

Due to her heavy teaching and writing schedule, Kathy is not offering individual consults or supervision sessions for at least the next few months. We don’t yet have an estimate as to when she will be available for consults, but will announce via our newsletter when she resumes offering them. You may join our newsletter list via our Contact page, here.

Kathy closed her private practice some years ago to focus on teaching her skills to other practitioners, and no longer sees clients for sessions. Please see below for information on referrals.

Due to the many referral requests we receive, we are no longer able to provide direct referrals, but here are some resources that might point you in the right direction.

You should be able to find someone if you check the SE Institute practitioner directory – Kathy is on the faculty there and has trained many of their graduates. The directory can be found on their website, here, and is searchable by location and specialty.

We do not have our own practitioner directory, however one is being developed by some members of the community. This directory will list people who have completed Kathy Kain’s Touch Skills Training, Steve Terrell’s Transforming the Experience-Based Brain training, or the Somatic Resilience and Regulation class that they teach together. You can check here for possibilities, and bookmark the address for later reference.

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