Touch Skills For Therapists

Develop tactile skills and somatic awareness for the resolution of trauma.

Kathy Kain provides touch and trauma recovery work trainings for bodyworkers, psychotherapists, psychologists, educators and others in the mental health and healing professions. Her educational approach encourages participants to engage in an ongoing practice that deepens their skills and expertise as they gradually embody the work and make it their own.

Touch Skills For Therapists: a series of 4 modules

The primary focus of the Touch Skills for Therapists program is on developing tactile skills, somatic awareness, and other touch-related skills in the context of working with the resolution of trauma.

The program consists of four modular workshops and 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 various 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 may be adapted for use in practice settings that do not support actual physical contact with clients. Please refer to ‘Who May Attend’ for further information.

Attendance at all four modules comprises the complete Touch Skills For Trauma Therapists program.

As each 4-day module is designed to be self-contained, subject to some pre-requisites, it may be possible to attend specific modules rather than the whole program.

Dates & Locations

Touch Skills for Therapists – All 4 modules

A Discounted Fee applies when enrolling for all 4 modules.
Please refer below for the location and dates of each module.

UPDATE – 26 April 2018: All modules of this workshop are now full and waitlisted. Please join the waitlist if you are interested in attending one or more modules as there is a possibility that several places could become available.
Module 1:
Resilience & Self-Regulation

Foundation Module

9 – 12 Nov
Module 2:
Complex Trauma: Touch-Based Methods for Early Trauma & Trauma Structures
15 – 18 Nov
Module 3:
Visceral & Deep Shock Patterns
24 – 27 Mar
Module 4:
Coupling Dynamics & Syndromes
30 Mar – 2 Apr

Costs & Options

Full 4 Module Program

November 2018 & March 2019

Super Earlybird – enrol by 18 May 2018
Earlybird – enrol by 18 July 2018
Standard – enrol by 18 October 2018
Individual Modules 1 & 2

November 2018
(cost per each module)

Super Earlybird – enrol by 18 May 2018
Earlybird – enrol by 18 July 2018
Standard – enrol by 18 October 2018
Individual Modules 3 & 4

March 2019
(cost per each module)

Super Earlybird – enrol by 18 August 2018
Earlybird – enrol by 18 November 2018
Standard – enrol by 28 February 2019

PAYMENT PLANS: A variety of payment plan options are available for anyone who registers for either an individual module or the full program. The Super or Early Bird Payment Plans are 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 how many instalments you would like to have. A $77 administration fee applies to any payment plan option. Conditions apply.

when enrolling for all 4 modules

Receive a special discount if you enrol in the entire program. Please use the multi-module enrolment button provided.

Attendance Options

Attendance at all four modules comprises the complete Touch Skills For Trauma Therapists program. As each 4-day module is designed to be self-contained, subject to some pre-requisites, it may be possible to attend specific modules rather than the whole program.

  • Those with education and experience in a bio-physiological model of trauma healing, such as completion of Somatic Experiencing Intermediate I-II, have the option to enrol for either individual modules or for the entire program.
  • Those without prior experience or awareness of a bio-physiological model of trauma healing are required to attend the foundation module of ‘Resilience & Self Regulation’ as a pre-requisite for any of the other modules.
  • There is the opportunity to note any prior experience and include any query you may have on the enrolment form.

Please refer to the individual module’s description for the specific pre-requisites that apply to each module.

IMPORTANT: Module 1 – Resilience & Self Regulation

Resilience & Self Regulation is the foundation module of the Touch Skills program. It is strongly recommended to attend this module in preparation for any of the other modules within the series. The class contains material that supports the content of the following modules and differs to that presented within the Somatic Experiencing Professional Training.

Who May Attend?

The program is open to professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds including mental health providers and somatic practitioners, including psychologist, psychotherapists, counsellors, social workers, body-workers, medical personnel and others in the helping and healing professions will find this training useful for increasing their skills for more directly including the body in the resolution of traumatic stress symptoms.

The term “touch” as used in this course covers a wide range of possible types of contact and interventions. On one end of the touch spectrum is actual physical touch, with the practitioner making contact with different regions of the client’s body, with different types of tissues, and with different types of touch. On the other end of the touch spectrum is what might be called “touch awareness”: the practitioner is not physically touching the client, but is using a deepened body awareness to enhance their observation of the client’s change process.

Some course participants may elect never to use physical touch with their clients. With that in mind, non-touch methods for using the material from this course will be presented when appropriate. Students who are not planning to use touch with their clients are still encouraged to participate in the touch-oriented class practices, as this will contribute greatly to their understanding of what they will observe later by other methods than touch.

Program Format

The format for learning will be a mixture of lecture and experiential activities.

Highly recommended reading: Scared Sick, The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease, by Robin Karr-Morse

Program Information

An information pack containing the class timetable, venue residential information, and facilities in the area will be provided upon payment for either the full program or an individual module.

Morning and afternoon tea with gluten free and vegetarian options will be provided.

Professional Development Hours

For each module a Certificate of Attendance is provided for 24 hours of professional development. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements vary across Professional Associations. Please contact your Association for specific requirements.

Those completing all four modules will receive a Certificate of Completion for the Touch Skills for Trauma Therapists program.

Nurturing Resilience

Kathy’s new book, co-authored with Steve Terrell is out on May 8th.

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. Experts in the physiology of trauma, the authors present an introduction to their innovative somatic approach that has evolved to help thousands improve their lives. Synthesizing across disciplines–Attachment, Polyvagal, Neuroscience, Child Development Theory, Trauma, and Somatics–this book provides a new lens through which to understand safety and regulation. It includes the survey used in the groundbreaking ACE Study, which discovered a clear connection between early childhood trauma and chronic health problems. For therapists working with both adults and children and anyone dealing with symptoms that typically arise from early childhood trauma–anxiety, behavioral issues, depression, metabolic disorders, migraine, sleep problems, and more–this book offers fresh hope.

Kathy KainKathy Kain MA, SEP
Somatic Practitioner, Educator, Developer of Touch Skills for Therapists
Kathy Kain has been practicing and teaching bodywork and trauma recovery skills for over 30 years. She teaches in Europe, Australia, Canada, and throughout the US.

She is a senior trainer of the SE Professional Training, an adjunct faculty member for Sonoma State University, former adjunct faculty for Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, former director of training and education for the SE Trauma Institute, and was a senior trainer for 12 years in the Somatic Psychotherapy training program based in Sydney, Australia.

Kathy is the developer of both the Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists and Somatic Resilience and Regulation: Early Trauma plus other somatic based workshops.

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 has co-authored two books; Nurturing Resilience: Helping Clients Move Foward from Developmental Trauma-An Integrative Somatic Approach and Ortho-Bionomy: A Practical Manual.

She is currently working on a third book with a working title of The Tao of Trauma: East meets West for Integrative Healing. The focus is on using the Five Elements from Traditional Chinese Medicine to explain trauma.