Somatic Practice

Trainings with Kathy L. Kain

Somatic Resilience and Regulation: Early Trauma
with Kathy L. Kain
& Stephen Terrell, PsyD, SEP

A somatic approach to supporting recovery from developmental trauma

This three-module program will focus on understanding the effects of trauma during early development. We will present techniques for working with both children and adults, including recognizing developmental trauma in its adult disguises. By understanding how trauma affects the developing child, we can better understand our adult clients' symptoms of early trauma and be more effective in our work with them.

This course is intended as an integrated somatic approach, which includes touch-based methods for supporting and restoring clients’ resilience and self-regulation.

There will be a combination of lecture/demonstrations and experiential practice of the specific somatic techniques presented.

In this three-module series, we will cover the following material:

  • How developmental trauma interrupts self-regulation, attachment, and physiology
  • The relationship of attachment and bonding to traumatic stress physiology
  • The somatic effects of developmental trauma
  • The interplay between the social engagement system, physiology, and attachment dynamics
  • Why the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) study is so important in generational and community healing
  • Using somatic techniques for supporting resilience, regulation, and repair
  • Ethics and protocols

Following is a list of topics that will be addressed in each module. We use an experiential and emergent design model for teaching, which means that topics evolve from the group exercises and discussion. The following gives an approximate order for the material presented, but there will be variation for each group experience.

Module 1

  • Overview of developmental trauma and its impact on physiological regulation
  • Four components of attachment and their relationship to survival
  • Introduction to attachment patterns: secure, anxious, avoidant, disorganized
  • Overview of the relationship between attachment patterns and survival
  • Understanding how your attachment pattern shows up in the therapy room
  • How neuroception and interoception affect attachment and traumatic stress responses
  • Looking at attachment and survival through the lens of the Polyvagal Theory
  • Introduction to the Window of Tolerance and its relationship to management strategies
  • Shame and its inhibitory impact
  • Common behavioral and physiological management strategies induced by early trauma
  • Intro to ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) study and its importance in treatment
  • Somatic techniques for supporting regulation and safety
  • Somatic/touch methods for supporting resilience and restoration of social engagement

Module 2

  • Auto-regulation, co-regulation and self-regulation
  • Closer look at Anxious and Avoidant attachment patterns and their relationship to regulation and survival response
  • Introduction to neurosequential development in developmental trauma
  • Window of Tolerance, and the “Faux Window” management strategies commonly used
  • Adaptive/maladaptive responses: threat response behaviors (immobilization, mobilization, social communication or engagement, submission), physiological dysregulation
  • ACE study: indications of dysregulation and lack of resilience
  • Understanding when social engagement is too much for your client
  • Applying somatic approaches to the repair of shame
  • Introduction to working somatically with low tone physiology (dorsal system)
  • Supporting increased regulation and capacity for social engagement/bonding

Module 3

  • Closer look at disorganized/disoriented attachment patterns
  • The overlap between disorganized attachment patterns and complex trauma
  • Somatic methods for working with severe dysregulation and highly sensitive survival physiology
  • Understanding the re-regulation that’s necessary in working with disorganized attachment and complex trauma
  • Somatic adaptive behaviors and their impact on the ANS and overall regulatory functions
  • Working effectively with the dorsal vagus system to promote re-regulation and greater access to the ventral vagus and social engagement system
  • The dorsal system in relation to somatic over- and under-coupling
  • Traumatic transference and counter-transference

Prerequisites

Knowledge and experience in a bio-physiological model of trauma resolution, such as Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, or the Hakomi Method, is required. Completion of the Touch Skills Training, or Somatic Experiencing Advanced year, or the equivalent, is a necessary foundation for this course.

About the Instructors

Kathy L. Kain

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Stephen J. Terrell, PsyD, SEP

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2016
Victoria BC, Canada

Dates

Module 1

October 21-24, 2016

Module 2

March 17-20, 2017

Module 3

May 5-8, 2017

Times

9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Location

Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites
345 Quebec Street
Victoria, BC V8V1W4
Canada
+1 250-385-2405
Central Reservations: +1 888-673-7565
(Toll Free in Continental North America)

Tuition

US$750.00* per module
Single-Module Early Registration: US$700.00* per module

when tuition is paid in full by:

  • August 22, 2016 for Module 1
  • February 15, 2017 for Module 2
  • April 5, 2017 for Module 3

*Due to the unfavorable exchange rate between Canadian and U.S. dollars, the tuition amount has been discounted to more accurately reflect the actual cost to our Canadian students, and will be collected in US dollars.

A deposit of $150.00 or payment in full is required to hold your place in the first module.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by the upcoming module’s Early Registration deadline will receive a full tuition refund; cancellations received after the deadline will receive a tuition refund less the $150.00 deposit.

Registration

Please Note: This workshop is now full. Registration is open only to students who are returning for Modules 2 and 3, have been admitted from the waiting list, or have already reserved their space by paying a deposit. However, it is possible that space may become available, so you may join our waiting list, and we will contact you to complete your registration. Please click the link below to be added to the waiting list.

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Information for Attendees

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Inquiries

David de Rosenroll
+1 (250) 216-9914