Somatic Practice

Trainings with Kathy L. Kain

Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists
with Stephen J. Terrell

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 are in their Advanced 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 four modules of the training, in this approximate order:

Module 1

  • Different types of touch
  • 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

Trauma Categories addressed in this module:

  • Scars/surgery
  • Physical injury
  • Stabilizing highly activated/dysregulated physiologies

Module 2

  • 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
  • Body metaphors

Trauma Categories addressed in this module:

  • Falls
  • High-velocity injury
  • Global High Intensity Activation (GHIA) and the Threat Response Cycle

Module 3

  • Coupling dynamics in tissues
  • Trauma structures
  • Keystone systems
  • Coherence between different body systems
  • Working with somatic shame

Trauma Categories addressed in this module:

  • Fluids – poisoning, developmental disturbance
  • Global High Intensity
  • Complex medical and physical injury, intro to early trauma

Module 4

  • Visceral systems and deep shock
  • Body diaphragms and deep shock
  • Touching the chemistry of traumatic stress
  • Treatment plans

Trauma Categories addressed in this module:

  • Early trauma/early shock states
  • Syndromes
  • Complex trauma structures
  • Developmental disturbances at the somatic level

Prerequisites

Knowledge and experience in a biophysiological model of trauma resolution, such as Somatic Experiencing or Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a foundation for this program. Enrollment in the Somatic Experiencing Advanced year (or equivalent), or permission of instructor.

About the Facilitator

Stephen J. Terrell, PsyD, SEP

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2015-2016
New York, NY, United States

We're sorry, this training has been cancelled. If you have registered and not yet received a refund, please contact us. Our intention is to reschedule this program once the Continuing Education issues for New York LCSWs is resolved. Please let us know if you are interested in the training so you can be informed of the rescheduling.

Inquiries

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Alternate Dates

Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists Prereqs
Victoria BC, Canada
October 1-5, 2015 Module 1
Kathy L. Kain
Victoria BC
Canada
February 25-29, 2016 Module 2
Kathy L. Kain
Victoria BC
Canada
June 2-6, 2016 Module 3
Kathy L. Kain
Victoria BC
Canada
Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists Prereqs
San Diego CA, United States
December 4-7, 2015 Module 1
Kathy L. Kain
San Diego CA
United States
March 11-14, 2016 Module 2
Kathy L. Kain
San Diego CA
United States
June 17-20, 2016 Module 3
Kathy L. Kain
San Diego CA
United States
August 26-29, 2016 Module 4
Kathy L. Kain
San Diego CA
United States
Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists Prereqs
Denver CO, United States
April 20-24, 2016 Module 1
Kathy L. Kain
Denver CO
United States
September 28-October 2, 2016 Module 2
Kathy L. Kain
Denver CO
United States
February 8-12, 2017 Module 3
Kathy L. Kain
Denver CO
United States
Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists Prereqs
Seattle WA, United States
June 10-13, 2016 Module 1
Kathy L. Kain
Seattle WA,
United States
September 16-19, 2016 Module 2
Kathy L. Kain
Seattle WA,
United States
October 28-31, 2016 Module 3
Kathy L. Kain
Seattle WA,
United States
January 27-30, 2017 Module 4
Kathy L. Kain
Seattle WA,
United States
Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists Prereqs
Chicago IL, United States
February 27-March 2, 2015 Module 1
Stephen J. Terrell
Chicago IL
United States
June 5-8, 2015 Module 2
Stephen J. Terrell
Chicago IL
United States
September 25-28, 2015 Module 3
Stephen J. Terrell
Chicago IL
United States
January 8-11, 2016 Module 4
Stephen J. Terrell
Chicago IL
United States
Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists Prereqs
Silver Spring MD, United States
May 15-18, 2015 Module 1
Stephen J. Terrell
Silver Spring MD
United States
October 9-12, 2015 Module 2
Stephen J. Terrell
Silver Spring MD
United States
January 22-25, 2016 Module 3
Stephen J. Terrell
Silver Spring MD
United States
April 8-11, 2016 Module 4
Stephen J. Terrell
Silver Spring MD
United States