Curriculum

The complete training program consists of three levels – Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced, where each level consists of 2 modules of 6 days each.


Introductory Workshop:
  • Theoretical and practical introduction to the trauma-healing approach of Somatic Experiencing (SE)®.
  • Working with the integral inner sensations (felt sense)
  • Understand the functioning of “biological completion”.

This Introductory Workshop is the prerequisite for the 3 year SE Training. At the end of the workshop the Trainer will approve eligibility to participate in an SE training.


Beginning:
  • Understanding the physiological basis of trauma.
  • The function of the nervous system.
  • Identifying signals and signs in the body and the nervous system
  • Teaching of basic SE techniques
  • SE Exercises for grounding, boundaries and containment
  • Practicing establishing defensive orienting responses
  • Working with sensation, impression, behaviour, affect, meaning
  • Working with fight, flight and freeze
  • Resource
  • Symptoms
  • Attaining skills to avoid pitfalls of re-traumatization and false memory
  • Somatic first aid

Intermediate:
  • Short repetition of the themes from the first year and integration
  • Examination of the different categories and causes of traumatic shock and approaches to treating each case:
    • Global high intensity trauma (early trauma, fever, drowning, foetal distress, traumatic birth…).
    • Inescapable attack (rape, physical abuse, mugging, incest…)
    • Physical injury (surgery, anaesthesia, burns, poisoning…)
    • High impact accidents, head injury
    • Emotional trauma i.e. severe neglect and abandonment, severe loss, ongoing abuse
    • Natural disaster (earthquakes, fires, floods, social dislocation…)
    • Horror i.e. seeing an accident, watching someone else be abused, raped, killed or tortured
  • the difference between shock-trauma and developmental-trauma

Advanced:
  • Short repetition of the themes from the first two years and integration
  • Working with Coherence
  • Polyvagal Theory and SE
  • Working with syndromes (chronic. fatigue, fibromyalgia, asthma, migraine)
  • Deepening of the practical work and techniques
  • Working with the eyes
  • Working with touch
  • Working with joints, diaphragms, viscera

Each year can be booked separately.

Participants also need to have completed either a training in psychotherapy resp. bodywork or be part of one of the following professional guilds: medical practitioners, dentists, physiotherapists, social workers, alternative practitioners, ergo therapists, logaoedics, educators.

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Somatic Experiencing Trainings in Europe