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Beginning Level

  • Understand the physiological basis of trauma. 

  • Learn about containment, resourcing and empowerment. 

  • Study tracking skills, titration and establishing continuity through the felt sense. 

  • Practice establishing defensive orienting responses, completion and discharge. 

  • Explore coupling dynamics, the elements of internal experience (SIBAM), and integrating experiential polarities, in order to restore creative self-regulation. 

  • Be able to identify, normalize, and stabilize traumatic reactions. 

  • Attain skills to avoid pitfalls of re-traumatization and false memory. 

  • Learn to uncouple fear from immobility; re-establish and maintain healthy boundaries. 

  • Investigate the transformative qualities of trauma. 

  • Integrate trauma work into ongoing therapy. 

  • Acquire short-term solutions to acute and chronic symptoms. 

Advanced Level

Two six day modules

  • Learn about the relationship of trauma to various clinical syndromes. 

  • Further integrate SE theory and practice into the specialty area of the therapist. 

  • SE bodywork in working with the different categories of trauma. 

  • Application of research in the psychophysiology of trauma. 

What You Learn

Intermediate Level

Examine the different categories and causes of traumatic shock and approaches to treating each case including:

  • Global High Intensity Trauma i.e. surgery, electrocution, hallucinogens, drowning, suffocation, strangulation, fetal distress, traumatic birth, intrauterine stress, and invasive medical procedures in utero. 

  • Inescapable Attack i.e. by wild animals, rape, war, bombings, physical abuse, mugging, incest, molestation. 

  • Physical Injury i.e. surgery, anesthesia, burns, poisoning, hospitalizations, stabbing, gunshot wounds. 

  • Failure of Physical Defense i.e. falls, high impact accidents, head injury. 

  • Emotional Trauma i.e. severe neglect and abandonment, severe loss, ongoing abuse. 

  • Natural Disasters i.e. earthquakes, fires, tornadoes, floods, social dislocation from the natural world and community. 

  • Horror i.e. seeing an accident (especially with blood, gore), watching someone else be abused, raped, killed or tortured, killing or hurting someone yourself. 

  • Torture and Ritual Abuse i.e. war torture, repeated rape in war, concentration camp, and systematic abuse (sometimes with the person drugged). 

SE Curriculum

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