Renegotiating Developmental and Relational Trauma
Touch is at the foundation of our relational experience. Scientific evidence has shown that attuned, caring touch is critically important for normal brain development as well as for healthy emotional and cognitive maturation.
NeuroAffective Touch® is a professional somatic training that introduces psychotherapists and bodyworkers to the use of touch as a vital bridge to body-mind integration. The training addresses attachment, emotional, and relational deficits that cannot be reached by verbal means alone. NATouch™ techniques can be implemented with a client being either seated or lying on a table.
How do you quiet down the frightened animal inside of you? The answer to that is probably in the same way that you quiet down babies. You quiet them by holding and touching them, by being very much in tune with them, by feeding and rocking them, and by very gradual exposure to trying new things.
NeuroAffective Touch® is a polyvagal-informed model that uses intentional mindful touch to bring the unconscious memories held in the body into conscious awareness. Working with the polyvagal nervous system, NATouch™ helps establish a new somatic foundation from which to rework trauma-based unconscious behavioral responses and rebuild self-awareness and identity.
a change in your practice?
Integrating the body, brain, and nervous system with traditional psychotherapy is now at the forefront of clinical advances for healing attachment wounds and early developmental deficits. Experience how including the body and the therapeutic use of touch can enhance your practice and your perspective as a clinician.
NeuroAffective Touch® Foundation Training
To enhance your clinical outcomes by integrating body and mind in the resolution of attachment trauma and emotional/relational deficits.
- Develop the key somatic and bodywork skills necessary for working with attachment deficits
- Access pre-verbal and non-verbal states
- Move beyond the traditional psychodynamic understanding of identity as residing in the mind by working simultaneously top-down with the mind and bottom-up with the body
- Use neuroception, interoception, and proprioception to work with implicit procedural memory and resolve dissociative states
- Teach clients practical self-care touch exercises to stabilise their nervous system
Those who do not intend to use bodywork or touch within their practice will learn how to teach their clients interventions that connect and resource them in the body.
or when words get in the way…..
NeuroAffective Touch® works with early somatic deficits by communicating directly with the body to nurture clients at the non-verbal level where they received their first imprints. Attuned, resonant touch helps address the three essential developmental states necessary for emotional well-being:
“I am loved”
“My needs are important”
In cases of early emotional and relational trauma, the therapeutic use of touch establishes a non-verbal bottom-up foundation of SAFETY, TRUST, and CARE from which a new mindful top-down narrative can emerge.
The training includes a focus on personal psychobiological awareness to help practitioners develop an embodied presence that heightens their capacity for sensory attunement and resonance in their clinical work.
The curriculum is comprised of five parts, covered in a three x 3-day Online Program and one x 5-day in-attendance Touch Intensive Masterclass:
1. Healing Our Deepest Core – Nurturing Infant States
2. Touching the Emotional Body for Nervous System Regulation
3. Emergence and the Growth of Self
4. Re-negotiating Hypervigilance
5. Restoring Connection with the Developmental Blueprint
Visit the Curriculum for a complete overview of the training and learning objectives.
Hybrid Training Format
The training combines both an Online Program and a Touch Intensive Masterclass.
- three live-streamed online modules; each consisting of 3 days (5 hours per day).
- one in-attendance Touch Intensive Masterclass with 5-days of in-person experiential practice.
- three exchange practice sessions with a colleague, one after each online module, online or in-person.
- three online large group case consultations of 2½ hours each, facilitated by Dr. Aline LaPierre.
- two online study groups of 3½ hours each.
- a comprehensive 200-page training manual.
- access to the lecture key notes power point slides.
- video links to all the lectures and demos to review in your own time.
As many practitioners are now doing more sessions online, the content will bring an enhanced focus on self-touch and self-care protocols for clients, as well as guidance for establishing a somatic contemplative practice. This will give you in-depth interoceptive experience of your own body and help you teach your clients how to work with their bodies.
Online Program – Module Content
If you are unable to attend modules 1, 2 or 3 at the time of delivery and would like to join the training, please email email@example.com
19 – 21 March, 2021 with Group Case Consult: 18 April, 2021
- Learn to read and decode the body’s nonverbal messages.
- Meet a client’s tender attachment needs without creating dependency.
- Explore different touch intentions and connect with the body’s different systems.
- Deepen your somatic resonance and personal body awareness.
11 – 13 June, 2021 with Group Case Consult: 10 July, 2021
- Learn to work with emotional and relational shocks to the heart.
- Support the breath as it moves from fear-based contraction to life-affirming expansion.
- Connect with the gut brain and enteric nervous system.
- Release the shoulders, thoracic inlet, jaw, and cranial base to bring mind and body back in relationship.
24 – 26 September, 2021 with Group Case Consult: 5 December, 2021
- Help the ears stop listening for danger, and the eyes stop looking for threat.
- Open the throat for self-expression.
- Map and deconstruct somatic patterns of numbing, bracing, and collapse to reconnect with the developmental blueprint.
- Practice collaborative somatic languaging.
Touch Intensive Masterclass – Module Content
Brisbane: 8 – 13 February or Melbourne: 17 – 22 February, 2022
- A review of the material from the first three modules but with the focus on hands-on touch practice and protocols plus additional material.
Tuition Fees & Enrolment
If you are unable to attend an online module at the time of its delivery and would like to join the training, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The NeuroAffective Touch® Training welcomes health professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds within the mental health, somatic and bodywork fields including: psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counsellors, bodyworkers, massage and somatic therapists, art, movement or breath therapists, nurses, health practitioners and coaches.
This training will be valuable to those who wish to integrate body and mind to assist in the resolution of emotional trauma and relational deficits. Learn to use body-mind collaborative languaging to cognitively integrate changes in bodily states and assist your clients in connecting non-verbal states to verbal narratives.
Talk Therapists progressively build their confidence in integrating bodywork and body-focused interventions in their clinical practice.
Bodyworkers and body-centred practitioners expand their awareness of psychological developmental aspects.
Applicants should have a professional qualification in a health-related field and have either an active therapeutic practice or a workplace setting where they intend to use NA Touch beyond their personal process.
Upon registering, please use the application form to describe your professional background. All applications will be reviewed as it is our goal to provide a safe and proficient learning environment for all participants by having an awareness of each individual’s professional experience.
For attendance at each 3-day online module an Attendance Confirmation is provided for 15 hours of professional development. The Touch Intensive Masterclass provides 30 hours of professional development.
Participants must have paid a tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire module, completed an evaluation and signed out in order to receive a CPD certificate.
CPD requirements vary across Professional Associations. Please contact your Association for specific requirements.
Upon completion of each NATouch™ component a participant will receive the relevant Certificate of Completion. After completing both the Online Program and the Touch Intensive Masterclass a Certificate of Completion is issued for the NeuroAffective Touch Foundation Training.
If you have a question that requires immediate assistance, first check our FAQs. All Frequently Asked Questions are listed with a detailed answer.
NeuroAffective Touch Foundation Training FAQ
Upon registering, please use the application form to describe your professional background. If you are unsure whether your present work would benefit from NATouch, please contact email@example.com to discuss your application.
Email your local training coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request, and specify which module you would like to review.
- Requests for transfers are to be made at least 30 days prior to a training start date.
- Requests for transfers are not available for no-shows, or if the transfer request is made within 29 days prior to a training start date.
- Participants making a request for transfer to a different training location need to send a request for transfer to email@example.com
- Training location transfer requests are not applicable for a different country.
• If an applicant is denied access to the training, for any reason, a full refund will be issued.
• If a training is cancelled by NeuroAffective Touch or SE Australia, a full refund will be issued.
• If a participant cancels a training before the early bird date of a training module, a full refund will be issued, less the initial non-refundable deposit.
• If a participant cancels a training afer the early bird date and more than 30 days prior to the start date of a training module, a 50% refund will be issued for the tuition for that module; if the participant paid in advance tuition for additional future training modules, a 50% refund will be issued for those additional future training modules.
• No refunds will be issued for no-shows or for cancellations within 30 days of the training module start date.
• No refunds are issued to participants who miss a portion of the live training.
How to submit a request for cancellation and/or refund:
All requests must be submitted in writing, via email, to firstname.lastname@example.org A request for cancellation is officially granted once you receive a confirmation of cancellation, either by phone or by email.
If your question has not been answered please email email@example.com Please allow up to seven business days for a response.
Aline is passionate about exploring how body and mind work together and reflect one another. She has been actively involved in the field of somatic psychology and body psychotherapy for over 35 years, and specialises in the integration of body-based approaches with relational psychodynamic psychotherapy and energy approaches.
Dr. Aline LaPierre is past faculty in the somatic doctoral program at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute (2000-2010), a clinician, author, artist, consultant, speaker, and teacher. She is currently Vice-President of the United Sates Association of Body Psychotherapy (USABP) and Deputy Editor of the International Body Psychotherapy Journal (IBPJ).
In the field of somatics, she has studied Somatic Experiencing® (SE™), Postural Integration, Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CST), Reichian Therapies, Bodynamics Analysis, Continuum, BodyMind Centering (BMC), and EMDR.
In the field of psychotherapy, Dr. Aline LaPierre is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute which intimately connected her with Jungian and Archetypal psychologies, and of The New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP) focusing on the full range of psychoanalytic evolution from Object Relations to Relational and Inter-Subjective approaches. She was a member of the Allan Schore Affective Neuroscience study group for several years and maintains a private practice in Brentwood~West Los Angeles.
Dr. Aline LaPierre is a Marriage and Family Therapist, California License 31838. Her current interests include developing NeuroAffective Touch® programs for couples and families.
Books and Publications
In addition to a variety of papers published in the International Journal of Body Psychotherapy, the USA Body Psychotherapy Journal, the Journal of the American Psychological Association and the Hakomi Journal, Aline has also written two e-books:
Healing Touch: Honoring the Somatic Dimension of Psyche
Touch and Sexual Healing: Touch as the Primary Element of Sensual and Erotic Expression.
Dr. Aline LaPierre is also the co-author with Dr. Laurence Heller of the bestselling Healing Developmental Trauma: How Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship; a groundbreaking book in developmental psychology now available in 12 languages.