A Somatic Approach to Supporting Recovery from Developmental Trauma

Somatic Resilience and Regulation focuses on understanding the effects of Developmental Trauma on the child, as well as the developing adult. The program opens the door to working in the milieu of nonverbal trauma. By understanding the neurochemistry of early trauma, and rebuilding developmental platforms through regulation, clients begin to move from a high-cost-of-doing-business system to a smoother and less stress-oriented system.

The Somatic Resilience & Regulation Training

Please note that this training is presented as a hybrid online format.

There is a combination of pre-module self-paced lecture and demonstration video viewing, online Q&A segments plus online Skill Building experiential practice of the specific somatic techniques presented. Study groups may be formed for optional post-module in-person practice.


This three-module program focuses on understanding the effects of trauma during early development. We present techniques for working with both children and adults, including recognising 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 for supporting and restoring clients’ resilience and self-regulation. The primary orientation is on more deeply understanding the impact of developmental trauma.

The techniques we practice include the use of what we call ‘intentional touch’ methods, which can be applied with or without the direct use of touch, making them applicable for both in-person work and online work.

The program consists of pre-recorded videos of lectures and demonstrations, with Q&A time and experiential practice of the specific somatic techniques during the live portions of the program.

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


The 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 variations for each group experience.

Module One
  • 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, disorganised
  • 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
Lecture Videos
  • Window of Tolerance, Faux Window of Tolerance, Defensive Accommodations
  • Normal Birth Sequence
  • Attachment Styles – Overview
  • Bowlby’s Four Points and Attachment Styles
  • Parent Attachment Styles
  • Neuroception, Interoception, and Safety Memory
  • Polyvagal Theory, Homeostasis, Allostatic Load
  • Feeling of Threat
Demonstration Videos
  • Working with Body Layers session
  • Kidney and Adrenal/Safe Haven session
  • Identifying our Attachment Style (small group discussion)
  • Brainstem within Safe Haven/Secure Base session
Module Two
  • 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
Lecture Videos
  • Adverse Childhood Experience Study
  • Allostatic Load and Dorsal Vagus
  • Microbytes
  • Pace and Regulation
  • Neurosequential Development
  • Shock vs Developmental Trauma
  • Neuroception Review
Demonstration Videos
  • Allostatic Load session
  • Microbytes session
  • Building Regulation/Relationship session
  • Neuroception practice
Module Three
  • 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
Lecture Videos
  • Romanian Orphanage Study (2 videos)
  • Deeper Dive into Attachment
  • Comparing Disorganized Attachment and Syndromal Clients
  • Transition from High to Low Tone Dorsal
  • Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis and Developmental Trauma
  • Signaling and Neurotransmitters and Trauma
  • Thymus and Trauma
  • Mediastinum (lecture and demo session)
  • Traumatic Transference and Countertransference
Demonstration Videos
  • Transition from High to Low Tone Dorsal
  • Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis
  • Sternal Stimulation/Thymus
  • Mediastinum
Bonus Videos
  • Disorganised Attachment
  • Trauma and Neurotransmitters
  • Demo of Pre-HPA/Brain Stem

Who May Attend?

Somatic Resilience & Regulation is a program to provide clinicians and practitioners with an orientation specifically to developmental trauma. Prior knowledge and experience at the practitioner level in a bio-physiological model of trauma resolution is required as a pre-requisite for this training. It is presumed that clinical skills are already present.

Prior experience or training as a bodyworker is NOT required.

Having education in how trauma impacts someone emotionally and psychologically is helpful, but the emphasis is for participants to already have a grounding in what happens in the physiology during traumatic stress.

Please note: The SRR program does not teach the bio-physiology of trauma nor provide the basic clinical skills for working with trauma. Participants are presumed to already have a working knowledge, at the practitioner level, of working with traumatic stress.

What is a Bio-Physiological Model of Trauma Resolution

In order to work with the material covered in the Somatic Resilience & Regulation training, participants are required to already have a working knowledge of how trauma impacts the autonomic nervous system, as well as other physical systems.

An understanding and experience of a bio-physiological model of working with trauma would include:

  • Knowledge of the impact of traumatic stress on the autonomic nervous system, including the basics of stress chemistry.
  • Knowledge of how the threat response occurs in relation to stressing events, the impact on neuroception and how the threat response and self-protective systems can be altered by traumatic stress e.g.how hyper-vigilance can be a side-effect of trauma.
  • Practice in observing the effects of trauma in the physical systems: autonomic nervous system, breathing, hear rate, protective responses.
  • Professional practice in supporting people through traumatic stress responses towards some level of stability.

This could include modalities such as:

  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Hakomi Method

Also suitable is the completion of a relevant somatic based trauma resolution training such as:

  • Touch Skills for Therapists Training – Kathy Kain
  • Transforming the Experience-Based Brain – Stephen Terrell
  • NeuroAffective® Touch Foundation Training – Aline La Pierre

If you have attended any other equivalent trauma resolution training that is not listed above, or any relevant online webinars, please provide details and any queries on the application form.

Please be aware that it is not sufficient that an applicant has received sessions in a modality that works with traumatic stress, or has completed a trauma related training, without having actually practiced the tools learned by working with traumatic stress in a professional setting.

It is recommended to read the book ‘Nurturing Resilience’. The authors are the SRR trainers Kathy Kain and Stephen Terrell.


Program Format

The training is presented over three modules using a hybrid online format. Each module has three components:

1) Distant learning provides pre-module online lecture and demo videos for studying in your own time prior to attending the Skill Building Experience.

2) For each module, there are two days of Skill Building experiential triad practice to integrate the theory plus there will be opportunities for sharing your experiences with other students and to ask questions of the trainers. The Skill Building Experience is attended ‘live’ during real-time on the Zoom platform.

3) Prior to each module’s Skill Building Experience weekend there are two ‘live’ online Q&A segments with the trainers, one a week before and the other one day prior.

Lecture & Demonstration Videos
For each module there are 5 – 6 hours of lecture and demonstration videos to view. Lectures and demos are presented by Kathy and Steve.
  • 6 hours of pre-recorded videos to watch at your own pace
  • the videos go LIVE 5 weeks before the online Skill Building Experience
  • the videos are to be viewed in their entirety prior to attending the Skill Building Experience
  • the videos remain available to review for up to one year following the completion of each module
Skill Building
For each module, there are two days of Skill Building experiential practice. Students must attend the Skill Building Class during real-time on Zoom. Attendance is required for the full weekend.
  • experience and learn the work first hand through experiential triad practice
  • an opportunity for sharing experiences with other students and to ask questions of Kathy and Stephen
  • students will remain with the same triad throughout the two days
  • the Skill Building Experience days are not recorded
Q&A Segments
Kathy and Steve offer two Q&A segments each module, prior to each Skill Building weekend; one segment a week before, and the second on the day before.
  • two x 1.5 hrs hours of Q&A for each module
  • the segments are recorded and posted
  • attendance is expected and strongly recommended


Attendance at all three modules comprises the complete Somatic Resilience & Regulation program. All modules are to be completed in sequential order.

Please note: students are required to attend both days of the Skill Building Experience, in their entirety, to complete a module.

Please be aware that places are limited. Students who have completed modules in other cohorts may take the opportunity to enrol in module 2 or 3 with the Australian cohort.


Watching the Training Videos

This training includes Distant Learning access. Distant Learning provides online lectures and demo videos you can view at your own pace and in your own time. Videos go live 5 weeks prior to the Skill Building Experience.

NOTE: A password is required to view the videos. Password access is provided after full payment has been made for the module.


Professional Development Hours

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements vary across Professional Associations. Please contact your Association for specific requirements.

For each module a Certificate of Attendance is provided for 18 hours of professional development.

  • Online ‘real time’ Skill Building Class Attendance – 10 hours
  • Distant Learning Lecture & Demo Videos – 5-6 hours
  • Online ‘real time’ Q&A – 3 hours

To receive a CPD Certificate of Attendance, participants are required to pay the module’s tuition fee in full, complete the distant learning component by viewing all lecture/demo videos, attend the Q&A segments and the Skill Building Experience plus complete an online evaluation form by a set submission date.

Those completing all three modules will receive a Certificate of Completion for the Somatic Resilience & Regulation training program.

Referral Network

After completion of all three modules, you can apply to be listed on the Co-Regulating Touch referral network. There is no charge for the listing.


Module Dates

Module One
Skill Building Experience:
Sat/Sun 16 – 17 Sep 2023
8:30am – 3:00pm AET
Lecture Videos Open:
Sat 12 Aug 2023
available for 1 year
Q&A Segment 1 (Steve only)
Sat 9 Sep 2023
8:30am – 10:00am AET
Q&A Segment 2
Fri 15 Sep 2023
8:30am – 10:00am AET
Module Two
Skill Building Experience:
Sat/Sun 9 – 10 Dec 2023
8:30am – 3:00pm AET
Lecture Videos Open:
Sat 4 Nov 2023
available for 1 year
Q&A Segment 1 (Kathy only)
Fri 1 Dec 2023
8:30am – 10:00am AET
Q&A Segment 2
Fri 8 Dec 2023
8:30am – 10:00am AET
Module Three
Skill Building Experience:
Sat/Sun 24 – 25 Feb 2024
8:30am – 3:00pm AET
Lecture Videos Open:
Sat 21 Jan 2024
available for 1 year
Q&A Segment 1
Sat 17 Feb 2024
8:30am – 10:00am AET
Q&A Segment 2
Fri 23 Feb 2024
8:30am – 10:00am AET

Costs & Registration Options

* Places are limited *
Full 3 Module Program
Sep, Dec 2023 & Feb 2024
Earlybird – enrol by 22 August 2023
Standard – enrol by 12 September 2023

$3,800 AUD
$4,100 AUD
Package Deal: A $736 deposit is payable within 7 days of enrolment to hold your place with the balance of payment due by the relevant early bird date.
Single Module only
(cost per each module)
Earlybird – enrol by 1 month prior
Standard – enrol by 1 week prior

$1,340 AUD
$1,440 AUD
Single Module: A $315 deposit is payable within 7 days of enrolment to hold your place with the balance of payment due by the relevant early bird date.
Early Bird Payment Plan
A variety of payment plan options are available for anyone who registers by the Early Bird date for either an individual module or the full program. A payment plan is ideal if you would like to receive the offered discount of the Early Bird but prefer to pay the tuition fee in regular monthly or fortnightly instalments. You may start a payment plan as early as you wish and nominate your preferred number of instalments.

A $77 administration fee applies to any payment plan option. Conditions apply.


Apply early to avoid disappointment.
Full 3 Module Program
Module 1 only
Module 2 only
Module 3 only

Cancellation Terms

To request a cancellation, please email info@seaustralia.com.au and include ‘SRR CANCELLATION’ in the subject line of the email.  It is your responsibility to ensure that the notice of cancellation has been received by the Organiser. If a confirmation of cancellation reply is not received via return email within 48 hours please re-send the cancellation request.

  • A full refund, less a $150 cancellation fee, will be issued for students cancelling at least 35 days prior to the start date of a training module
  • No refund is issued for an upcoming module after the video lectures are made available for Hybrid Online Classes. Video lectures are available 35 days prior to each module.
  • No refund will be issued for no‐shows.
  • Partial refunds are not issued for those who miss portions of the live training
  • Full refunds will be given if a training is cancelled by Resilience and Regulation, LLC.

Support & Queries

If you have any queries please email info@seaustralia.com.au
Please allow up to seven business days for a response.


The Trainers

Kathy KainKathy Kain MA, PhD, SEP
Somatic Practitioner, Educator, Developer of Touch Skills for Therapists
Kathy Kain has practiced and taught bodywork and trauma recovery skills for nearly 40 years. She teaches in Europe, Australia, Canada, and throughout the United States.

Kathy’s trainings cover various interwoven focus areas, including trauma recovery, somatic touch, self-regulation skills, and resilience. These focus areas ultimately weave together into a unified somatic approach to touch, awareness, and relationship. Her educational approach encourages students to engage in an ongoing practice that deepens their skills and expertise as they gradually embody the work and make it their own.

Kathy developed her Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists as a way to support professionals in more fully integrating a somatic and touch-oriented approach in their practices.  She also co-created the Somatic Resilience and Regulation: Early Trauma training program with Stephen J. Terrell, which was the basis of their book together; ’Nurturing Resilience: Helping Clients Move Forward from Developmental Trauma’.  

In addition, Kathy is a senior trainer in the Somatic Experiencing training program, and was a senior trainer for 12 years in the Somatic Psychotherapy training program based in Sydney, Australia.  

Kathy also co-authored ’Ortho-Bionomy; A Practical Manual’ and ’The Tao of Trauma: A Practitioner’s Guide for Integrating Five Element Theory and Trauma Treatment’. The Tao of Trauma: East meets West for Integrative Healing, has a focus on using the Five Elements from Traditional Chinese Medicine to explain trauma.

Stephen TerrellStephen Terrell PsyD, SEP

Stephen J. Terrell is a single parent with two sons, living and practicing in Austin, Texas. Stephen is a known authority in the Attachment, Adoptions, and Developmental Trauma fields.

Through personal life experiences and the lives of clients, Stephen developed ’Transforming The Experience-Based Brain: An Integrative Neurodevelopment Approach to the Treatment of Developmental Trauma utilising Transforming Touch®’ and teaches the program worldwide.
Stephen co-created Somatic Resilience and Regulation; Early Trauma with Kathy Kain. Together, they teach students internationally.
Stephen created and facilitates Experiential Groups for clinicians working in the field of attachment and trauma to have a safe place to do their own work and learn from each other.
Stephen practices at the Austin Attachment and Counseling Center in Austin Texas, a center he founded for the specific training and treatment of Developmental Trauma.


Nurturing Resilience: Helping Clients Move Forward from Developmental Trauma–An Integrative Somatic Approach
Kathy L Kain, Stephen J. Terrell

Offers an introduction and practical, integrated approach for therapists working with people (both adults and children) who have been impacted by developmental trauma and attachment difficulties

Kathy L. Kain and Stephen J. Terrell draw on fifty years of their combined clinical and teaching experience to provide this clear road map for understanding the complexities of early trauma and its related symptoms. Synthesizing across disciplines–Attachment, Polyvagal, Neuroscience, Child Development Theory, Trauma, and Somatics–this book provides a lens through which to understand safety and regulation. Nurturing Resilience is a practical, integrated approach for therapists working with people (both adults and children) who have been impacted by developmental trauma and attachment difficulties.



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