Program Overview

The coronavirus pandemic has required many practitioners to move to an online format in working with their clients. Many of those same practitioners anticipate continuing with online work, even when it’s possible to meet with clients in person again. This has provoked many requests from our community for an online training program that is compatible with working somatically online. 

We are excited to offer that training program! 

Adapted from the Touch Skills Training program, the new 3-module Somatic Skills Online program will provide online-compatible methods for working somatically with clients to support their recovery from trauma, as well as supporting their somatic change process.  Mental health providers, touch therapists, and other somatic practitioners will find this training useful for increasing their somatic skills in an online context, as well as for in-person work with clients.

This is your chance to join a learning cohort with other professionals who are expanding and deepening their skills in similar ways. The program is designed for learners to move together through their training experience, so participants are strongly encouraged to stay with the same cohort throughout their training.

This program will use a combination of pre-recorded lectures and demonstrations, live Q&A sessions, and live, online skill building practice sessions with others in your learning cohort. The Q&A and  live portions of the program will also be recorded for participants to review after the program.

The skills developed in each module build on material presented in previous modules, so modules cannot be taken separately or out of order.


Completion of the Somatic Experiencing Beginning year, or equivalent.

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Continuing Education

Continuing Education credits may be offered for this program. Please click “Learn More” below to see our Continuing Education page, or see the registration page for scheduled trainings, for further information.


Daily Class Schedule

Learning Objectives

  • Introduction to a regulation-based approach to working somatically with traumatic stress
  • Developing somatic presence
  • Expanding your somatic vocabulary and capacity for somatic resonance
  • Supporting clients in developing their somatic awareness and skillfulness
  • Supporting clients in embodying changes gained in an online practice setting
  • Monitoring client responses via somatic observation and tracking
  • Developing your ability to focus on specific body systems: skin, muscle, bone, fascia
  • Supporting client resilience and capacity for regulation using somatic awareness, guided imagery/focus, and intentional touch methods.
  • Applying the polyvagal theory somatically: working with the kidney/adrenal system, brain stem, and digestive system to support bottom-up regulation
  • Understanding the somatics of threat response
  • Sensory-motor development and its relationship to the threat response
    • Self-protective responses
    • Perception of threat and non-threat
  • Understanding the role of interoception in perception of threat and safety
    • Interoceptive recalibration
      • Supporting greater accuracy in perception of threat, non-threat
    • Neuroception: building a felt sense of safety
    • Enhancing the interoceptive/somatic vocabulary of the client
  • Alignment/matrix
    • Practitioner’s focus of attention
    • Honing your capacity to remain regulated and focused in the online milieu
    • Working with a larger matrix of attention while working online
  • Coupling Dynamics – somatic patterns
    • Supporting differentiation
    • Supporting unification and wholeness
  • Somatic titration
  • Working with a localized somatic focus
  • Working with a more global somatic focus
  • Developmental/complex trauma and somatic symptoms
  • The somatics of trauma structures
  • Alignment/matrix – client
  • Tracking subtle traumatic stress cycles
  • Understanding the dynamics of traumatic stress and somatic symptoms in varied physical systems
    • Visceral Systems
    • Endocrine system
    • Immune system
    • Digestive system
    • Reproductive system
  • Relationships between different body systems – coherence