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Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) Certificate Requirements
Only those participants who complete the full training and all requirements to receive an SEP certificate may be called a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner or SEP and claim to practice Somatic Experiencing®, which is a legally protected trade name.

Participants who do not meet the requirements listed below retain their status of ‘students in training’. All Somatic Experiencing Practitioner’s (SEPs) worldwide, who have earned the SEP certificate, have completed ALL of the following in-class hours PLUS all additional personal and supervision hours.

Classroom Attendance
There are three training levels – one level for each year of the training. Each training level consists of two 6-day modules, providing 12 days of classroom attendance per level and 36 days for the whole training.

Each module of six days awards 6 attendance credit hours per day for a total of 36 hours per module, totaling 216 attendance credit hours for the entire training.

Additional Requirements for an SEP Certificate
A participant is required to receive 12 personal sessions credits and 18 case consultations (supervision) credits from SETI approved providers if they wish to become a certified SEP.

The required sessions are accumulated by the participant during the three year training period.

It is required that 4 personal sessions are received during each training level i.e. 2 per module.

It is acceptable for the total number of case consultations to be met up to one year after completion of the Advanced II module. However, the participant will not receive an SE certificate or be considered an SEP until the full requirements have been met.

Once you have started the next level of training, all sessions received will be counted at the new training level and must be given by a Provider approved to give sessions or consults at your current level of training i.e. if you are attending the Intermediate level, any sessions received by providers who are approved only for the Beginning level will not be counted towards your session requirement totals.

Before booking sessions, please verify on the SETI website that the Provider is approved at your current training level.

All sessions are to be recorded on a participant session log provided at the start of the training; each session entry must be signed off by an approved session Provider.

The cost of personal sessions and case consultations is the responsibility of the participant and is based on private agreement between the participant and the session provider. Session costs are not included in the tuition fee. Details of personal and case consultation session costs can be found under Tuition Fees.

Personal Sessions: 12 hours of personal sessions

To be provided by an approved SEP session provider in person or via skype, giving access to SEPs worldwide.

Assistants will be offering individual SE sessions in the mornings before the training, during lunch breaks, and in the evenings. Session sign-up sheets will be available at the training. Many participants find individual sessions helpful at this time in order to process material that may come up during the training.

Case Consultations: 18 hours of case consultations
Case consultations must be received from an approved consultation provider in person or via skype.  They may include a mix of individual and group sessions. A minimum of 6 of the required 18 hours must be with a Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute™ faculty member in either the group or individual case consultation format.

Case consultations will be offered during the training by those assistants who are approved to do so. Case Consultation costs are not included in the tuition fee.

Individual Case Consultations:
For individual case consultations, 1 consult hour equals 1 credit hour.

A minimum of 4 hours of the required 18 hours of Case Consultation must be received in the Individual Case Consultation format. This will ensure that all case requirements will be met with a participant personally presenting at least 4 cases.

Group Case Consultations:
For group case consultations of 3 or more people, 3 consult hours equal 1 credit hour for each participant.

Approved Providers
A list of current approved providers is available on the SE Trauma Institute website. The list is updated on a quarterly basis.

Participants are encouraged to obtain the required number of personal sessions and case consultations from a variety of approved session providers. In receiving sessions from approved providers who have been taught by different faculty members, you have the potential to enhance your learning experience as each faculty member brings unique gifts to their teaching. It is possible to receive these hours via Skype as well as in person during training times.

At each training, there will be SEP assistants who are qualified to give you personal and case consultation sessions which can be signed off on your session log sheet. Usually, the SEP assistants are available for personal and case consultation sessions via sign-up sheets put out on day one of each module. Sessions are before class begins, during lunchtime (which is usually one and a half hours duration, to ensure time for a session and lunch for those opting for lunch-time sessions), and after class each day.

If you would like to take the training but are not interested in receiving an SE certificate or becoming an SE Practitioner then the case consultations are not mandatory.

However, we do request that you take advantage of the personal sessions offered during the training to experience the SE modality personally as a client and also to help support you to process any activation of your own personal process which may arise during the training.

Without an SE certificate, you do not qualify to be included on the SE Australia practitioner register nor are you entitled to use the letters SEP.

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