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We are pleased to provide the SE Australia Event Schedule for 2017 and 2018. It includes a combination of Somatic Experiencing Intro Days, SE Professional Trainings and a variety of stand alone workshops.  Plus, don't miss the extra links at the bottom ...
  • SE Introduction Day
  • SE Professional Trainings - BNE, MEL, AUK
  • Couples Engagement  - Ariel Giarretto
  • DARe Somatic Attachment - Patricia Meadows
  • Integrated Somatic Psychlogy - Raja Selvam
  • Somatic Touch Workshops - Kathy Kain
  • Holding Space For Others plus tips on how
  • An uplifting way to go ventral !

Somatic Experiencing, developed by Peter A. Levine, PhD, author of “Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma,” and "In An Unspoken Voice", is a potent psycho-biological approach to resolving the symptoms of trauma and chronic stress. 

SE aims to identify what is interfering with a person's internal threat-recovery process to address the root cause of trauma symptoms. In the process, clients develop tools for restoring their innate capacity to rebound from overwhelming experiences.  

Composed of lecture, demonstration and experiential exercises, the SE Intro day gives an appreciation of some of the concepts and tools used within this effective approach to trauma resolution.

  • Melbourne 20th April, 2017

Attendees at this workshop (as a sole event) will receive a tuition credit towards future enrolment within any Australian or New Zealand SE Professional Training Program.

An Introduction to SE

Dr. Peter Levine’s somatic-based trauma resolution training uses an educational model that is both theoretical and highly experiential. It offers effective skills for restoring nervous system regulation and resolving trauma that can be immediately integrated into your professional practice. 

How SE May Benefit You

Learn practical and effective skills that help resolve trauma and anxiety: These gentle yet powerful interventions will inspire and empower your clients, restoring resilience and providing them with a greater capacity to enjoy life.

Improve clinical outcomes: Enhance the depth and effectiveness of therapy by including body based awareness, somatic interventions and knowledge of the nervous system's response to trauma. 

Have an extraordinary life experience: Many students find the SE training both professionally and personally transformative. Experience the power of compassionate healing and meaningful growth for yourself and those you serve. 
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Couple's Engagement - Ariel's Giarretto

Ariel is presenting another workshop from her embodiment series.  Couples Engagement is a 2-day workshop that is designed to explore: “What happens in myself, my body and my being in relation to others?”

Ariel utilises proven methods that solidify a connection to our core/authentic self, facilitate genuine self-love and secure a new and dynamic relationship with our bodies—especially essential as we face engagement with others!

  • Date: Sat 29 - Sun 30 April, 2017
  • Venue: St Joseph's Hall, Port Melbourne
  • Cost: $500
** All the workshops within the Embodiment series may be attended as a stand alone event.
Couple's Engagement Workshop
EARLY BIRD DATE: 30th April, 2017
Presented by Patricia Meadows, the DARe program for Somatic Attachment created by Diane Poole Heller, is coming to Melbourne in a new format - two x 6-day intensive modules.

DARe presents a unique blend of psychotherapeutic modalities, somatic strategies, neuroscience, and spiritual perspectives, all of which can help you to address your clients’ recovery needs – and your own – in an effective way, by tapping into our natural and vast potential for recovery and growth.

The program aims to bring in an experiential dimension and focus to your learning, emphasising the practical, clinical applications of this knowledge, whilst you are provided with strategies that include working with the relational field and the nervous system as a new dimension for approaching attachment wounds and trauma.  You will confidently be able to address your clients’ attachment style and the relational dynamics of Secure, Avoidant, Ambivalent/Anxious, Disorganized Adult Attachment Styles.

Take the opportunity to bring in social engagement and attunement for the practice of repair and corrective experiences that is essential for learning to work with and resolve attachment issues.  Also, attending the event offers the opportunity to explore one’s own attachment patterns either within the experiential exercises or by receiving a personal session.

To support this format, and included as a bonus within the program fee, all participants will be given one year of online access to the DARe video material.

Usually retailing for $650 AUD per intensive module, this is an amazing, unprecedented offer for the DVDs that is available only in Australia and provides many benefits.

DARe Information

Early Bird Date: 30th April, 2017
  • DARe 1&2: 25 Aug - 30 Aug, 2017
  • DARe 3&4: 28 Sep - 3 Oct, 2018
  • Venue       : Holy Cross Centre, Tempestowe, VIC
  • Cost          : please refer to the SE Australia website
For full details about the DARe: Somatic Attachment program, please click on the button below.
DARe Information and Enrolment
Dr. Raja Selvam is bringing his Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP) to Australia. It will be in the 2 x 6-day intensive format.

ISP draws from Western and Eastern psychology, scientific research on the neurology and physiology of psychological experiences, empirical research from body psychotherapy schools plus bodywork, movement and energy work traditions. 

With a mix of theory and practice, ISP offers experienced therapists a training for how to further increase one’s clinical effectiveness, through helping clients to embody more levels of their psyche.

  • ISP Module 1: 9 - 14 Feb, 2018
  • ISP Module 2: 8 - 13 Feb, 2019
  • Location: Melbourne
  • Cost: TBA
The web pages will be up soon - we will let you know when they are there.

Kathy Kain

Kathy Kain is coming to Australia in 2018 and 2019 !

Kathy is well known for her touch-based workshops that are open to a wide audience of bodyworkers, psychotherapists, counsellors, educators and others in trauma recovery work.

Her educational approach encourages students to engage an ongoing practice that deepens their skills and expertise as they gradually embody the work and make it their own.

Kathy's many years of experience in the Somatic Psychotherapy, Bio-orthonomy and SE fields covers a gamut of subjects including somatic resilience & regulation, early developmental touch work, complex trauma & syndromes and more.

She will be presenting two 4-day workshops on each visit, the content of which will be decided over the next couple of months. What we do have right now are the dates and locations....

  •   9 Nov - 12 Nov, 2018  Melbourne
  • 15 Nov - 18 Nov, 2018  Melbourne
  • 16 Mar - 19 Mar, 2019  Sydney
  • 30 Mar - 2nd Apr, 2019 Brisbane
We will let you know as soon as we have confirmation of the topics being covered on Kathy's visits.

Holding Space for Others plus Tips 

by Heather Plett

One of the aspects that participants appreciate about the SE Professional Trainings is that there is always a full team of assistants on hand who are all qualified SE practitioners. Travelling in from USA, Canada, Europe and from around Australia, with there being one assistant for every three participants, participants benefit from in-the-moment support and guidance when practicing new skills in experiential triad exercises.  

Not only do the assistants facilitate the learning, they also have an important role of holding space for the group. Just as those in the helping professions holds space for their clients.

What does it mean, to hold space ? One of our trainers, Joshua Sylvae, directed the team to the insightful website of Heather Plett. It includes this touching article about Holding Space For Others with 8 tips for doing it well.

Go Ventral !

Many trauma professionals are now familiar with Stephen Porge's Polyvagal Theory and the positive impact that social engagement can have on a person's nervous system. Here is a fun video that Maggie Kline often shows in her workshop and brings a smile to our faces. It brings in elements of the social engagement system which links our bodily feelings and thought processes with facial expression, vocal intonation, and gesture.
Somatic Experiencing: Using Interoception and Proprioception as Core Elements of Trauma Therapy.

Published 4th Feb, 2015, the article discusses a clinical model of how SE is used with reference to neuroscience. Read more
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