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Mindfulness-based Clinical Training Starting in June: Working with Developmental Trauma (for psychotherapists and somatic practitioners who work with trauma) July 21, 2015

Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community EVENTS.

CONNECTION: Our Deepest Desire and Greatest Fear:

The NeuroAffective Relational Model™ (NARM™) addresses relational and attachment trauma by working with early, unconscious patterns of disconnection that deeply affect our identity, emotions, physiology and behavior. NARM, which is both a psychodynamic and body centered approach, works simultaneously with identity distortions and nervous system dysregulation, and how each reinforces the other. It works with the link between psychological issues and the body, integrating shock trauma skills into a coherent approach for working with developmental trauma. Working relationally in the present moment, NARM draws on psychodynamic models such as attachment and object relations theory, elements of Somatic Experiencing®, and a non-western orientation to the nature of identity. Learning how to simultaneously work with these elements is a radical shift that has profound clinical implications for healing relational and attachment trauma.

There are continual loops of information going in both directions – from the body to the brain and from the brain to the body. There are similar loops within the lower and higher structures of the brain, that is between the brain stem, limbic system, and cortex. NARM uses both bottom-up and top-down styles of mindfulness to provide a greater depth of exploration and understanding for clients.
• Mindful Awareness (top down) – emphasizes awareness of thoughts and emotions.
• Somatic Mindfulness (bottom-up) – focuses on the felt sense of the body and our instinctive responses as they are mediated through our brain stem toward higher levels of brain organization.

In this two-year clinical training you will learn:
• How to work moment-by-moment with early adaptive survival styles that, while once life-saving, distort clients’ current life experience.
• The different skills needed to work with developmental versus shock trauma. When and why shock trauma interventions may be contraindicated in working with developmental trauma.
• How to address the complex interplay between nervous system dysregulation and identity distortions, such as toxic shame and guilt, low self-esteem, and chronic self-judgment.
• When to work ‘bottom-up’, when to work ‘top-down’, and how to work with both simultaneously to meet the special challenges of developmental trauma.
• How to support clients with a mindful and progressive process of disidentification from identity distortions.
• A new, coherent theory for working with affect and emotions, which aims to support their psychobiological completion.

Watch a 2-HOUR VIDEO INTRODUCTION to the NARM training: http://insightcenter.org/NARM.
Dr. Heller provides an overview of his approach for working with relational and attachment trauma, including misattunement. He covers five adaptive survival styles, their corresponding identity distortions, how aggression becomes split off and internalized in each style to protect the attachment relationship, and how early environmental failures cause distortions of the life force and dysregulation in the nervous system.

DR. LAURENCE HELLER is founder of the NeuroAffective Relational Model, and co-author of Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image and the Capacity for Relationship. Heller has been teaching somatically-based psychotherapy for over 35 years. He speaks several languages and for the past 15 years has been conducting NARM seminars and trainings in Switzerland, France, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Norway, and throughout the United States. Heller has been senior faculty for Somatic Experiencing® for many years, and is co-author of Crash Course, a book on auto accidents and the basics of shock trauma. Dr. Heller co-founded the Gestalt Institute of Denver and later the Rocky Mountain Psychotherapy Institute where he trained hundreds of mental health professionals. He has provided thousands of case consultations for therapists in the United States and Europe.

CEU’s are available from the American Psychological Association, the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Module 1: June 10-13, 2016 — Early registration ends May 10, 2016
Module 2: August 19-22, 2016 — Early registration ends July 19, 2016
Module 3: January 27-30, 2017 — Early registration ends January 1, 2017
Module 4: July 14-17, 2017 — Early registration ends June 14, 2017
Module 5: December 1-4, 2017 — Early registration ends November 1, 2017
Module 6: February 9-12, 2018 — Early registration ends January 9, 2018
(East Bay location – to be announced)

• Full Tuition Rate — $845/module
• Early Registration Rate — $795/module

TO REGISTER and for more information contact:
Abby Rose, SEP, HSE
Coordinator/Bay Area NARM



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