Somatic Experiencing Training - Register Your Interest Now


The SE Professional Training is a continuing education certificate program designed to enhance the skills of professionals to work more effectively with traumatised or stressed individuals. It is not a stand-alone counselling, psychotherapeutic or bodywork therapy nor does obtaining a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) Certificate provide the person with a licence to practice counselling, psychotherapy or bodywork. SE is a modality that is learned and used in conjunction with the participant’s existing therapeutic practice or work.

The program is designed to train professionals in working more effectively with client trauma. It is not suitable for those solely seeking a personal-growth experience. Applicants are expected to be working in orthodox or complementary fields of medicine, bodywork or therapy or be attending an internship in any of those areas.

Applicants are often a member of a professional and regulatory body with a code of practice and disciplinary procedure or to be in the process of attaining this at either a student or practitioner level.

Applicants who do not have practitioner status may be accepted depending on their individual circumstances.

  • Mental Health Professionals: psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, social workers, counsellors, marriage and family therapists, art therapists, etc
  • Medical and Alternative Medicine Professionals: medical doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, emergency medical workers, surgeons, obstetricians, midwives, acupuncturists, naturopaths etc.
  • Bodyworkers: massage therapists, Rolfers, Craniosacral and Polarity therapists, osteopaths, Feldenkrais practitioners, yoga therapists etc.
  • Other: first responders, crisis centre staff, clergy, chaplains, etc.

If you have any concerns or queries regarding the suitability of the training for you, please contact us using the details on the contact page of this website.

The training is designed to train professionals in helping clients deal with trauma or high anxiety states versus being a personal self-help course. However, due to the depth of the work and the practical nature of the training, we do advise participants that personal traumas may be triggered during the training, thus the experience may also become an integrative process for your own personal development. Personal SE sessions from the SEP assistants are available during the training week but further outside support may be required between modules.
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In order to help these inappropriate, fight/flight/freeze responses to come to an end, you need to work with people’s bodily responses. You need to help their body to feel like it’s over.
Bessel van der Kolk, MD