Program Overview

The primary focus of this workshop series is on developing tactile skills, somatic awareness, and other touch-related skills in the context of working with the resolution of trauma. Mental health providers, touch therapists, and other somatic practitioners will find this training useful for increasing their skills for more directly including the body in the resolution of traumatic stress symptoms.

The workshops are designed to progressively build the participants’ understanding and confidence in being able to incorporate different types of touch, different body systems and tissues, and different somatic practices into their trauma recovery practice.

While the course presumes that participants are open to incorporating touch into their practice in some form, the same skills can be adapted for use in practice settings that do not support actual physical contact with clients.

The following topics will be covered in the course of the three modules of the training, in this approximate order:

Prerequisites

Completion of the Somatic Experiencing Beginning year, or equivalent.

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Continuing Education

Continuing Education credits may be offered for this program (30 Hours per Module). Please see the Registration page for each training to see whether CEs are offered.

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Daily Class Schedule

Class Learning Objectives

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  • Different types of touch, palpation skills
  • Monitoring activation via touch
  • Refining skills for touching different body layers and structures
  • Legal, ethical and scope of practice issues
  • Resilience, resourcing, building capacity for self-regulation
  • Polyvagal theory and the enteric nervous system
  • Somatic metaphors

Trauma Categories addressed in this module:

  • Scars/surgery
  • Physical injury
  • Stabilizing highly activated/dysregulated physiologies
  • Sensory-Motor Development and its relationship to orienting and defensive responses
  • Alignment and the client/practitioner’s matrix of attention
  • Titration and pendulation in physical forms
  • Palpatory literacy
  • Coupling dynamics in somatic form
  • Keystone systems

Trauma Categories addressed in this module:

  • Falls
  • High-velocity injury
  • Global High Intensity Activation (GHIA) and the Threat Response Cycle
  • Fluids – poisoning, other fluid-based traumas
  • Visceral systems and deep shock
  • Body diaphragms and deep shock
  • Mediastinum
  • Trauma structures
  • Immune response and traumatic stress
  • Coherence between different body systems
  • Working with somatic shame
  • Treatment planning

Trauma Categories addressed in this module:

  • Complex medical and physical injury, complex trauma structures
  • Early trauma, developmental disturbances at the somatic level
  • Syndromes

This class is designed to be completed with all modules in sequence, at the same location. While it is sometimes possible for students to start with earlier modules at one location and then complete in a different location, we ask that you contact us to request special scheduling of this type. 

In a case where Module 1 is full with a waiting list, we reserve space in Modules 2 and 3 for students who started the training at that location. We cannot guarantee space for students who did not begin Module 1 in the same group.

Program Overview

The primary focus of this program is on developing tactile skills, somatic awareness, and other touch-related skills in the context of working with the resolution of trauma. Mental health providers, touch therapists, and other somatic practitioners will find this training useful for increasing their skills for more directly including the body in the resolution of traumatic stress symptoms.

The program is designed to progressively build the participants’ understanding and confidence in being able to incorporate different types of touch, different body systems and tissues, and different somatic practices into their trauma recovery practice.

While the program presumes that participants are open to incorporating touch into their practice in some form, the same skills can be adapted for use in practice settings that do not support actual physical contact with clients. It is designed primarily for Somatic Experiencing providers who have completed the Intermediate year or beyond, but other types of practitioners will be considered for the training.

The following topics will be covered in the course of the three modules of the training, in this approximate order:

  • Different types of touch, palpation skills
  • Monitoring activation via touch
  • Refining skills for touching different body layers and structures
  • Legal, ethical and scope of practice issues
  • Resilience, resourcing, building capacity for self-regulation
  • Polyvagal theory and the enteric nervous system
  • Somatic metaphors

Trauma Categories addressed in this module:

  • Scars/surgery
  • Physical injury
  • Stabilizing highly activated/dysregulated physiologies
  • Sensory-Motor Development and its relationship to orienting and defensive responses
  • Alignment and the client/practitioner’s matrix of attention
  • Titration and pendulation in physical forms
  • Palpatory literacy
  • Coupling dynamics in somatic form
  • Keystone systems

Trauma Categories addressed in this module:

  • Falls
  • High-velocity injury
  • Global High Intensity Activation (GHIA) and the Threat Response Cycle
  • Fluids – poisoning, other fluid-based traumas
  • Visceral systems and deep shock
  • Body diaphragms and deep shock
  • Mediastinum
  • Trauma structures
  • Immune response and traumatic stress
  • Coherence between different body systems
  • Working with somatic shame
  • Treatment planning

Trauma Categories addressed in this module:

  • Complex medical and physical injury, complex trauma structures
  • Early trauma, developmental disturbances at the somatic level
  • Syndromes

Prerequisites

Completion of the Somatic Experiencing Intermediate year, or equivalent.

About Kathy L. Kain

Learn More

Continuing Education

Continuing Education credits may be offered for this program (30 Hours per Module). Please see the Registration page for each training to see whether CEs are offered.

LEARN MORE

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Training Locations

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