Join the Leading Edge in Trauma Resolution

As a helping professional, you care deeply about the people you serve. The SE Professional Training is a dynamic continuing education certificate program designed to support you in making a profound difference with those suffering from trauma or chronic stress. As SE interventions can be effectively implemented either verbally or hands-on, the SE training benefits a variety of professionals, including mental and medical health professionals, addictions counselors, first responders, bodyworkers, and others. (See our admission requirements.)

How SE May Benefit Your Practice

  • Join the leading edge in trauma resolution. SE is becoming recognized as a premier method for resolving trauma symptoms. Our graduates are increasingly sought out for referrals based on their SE training.
  • Learn practical and effective skills that help resolve trauma without re-traumatization. These gentle, powerful interventions will inspire and empower your clients, restore resilience, and provide them with a greater capacity to enjoy life.
  • Have an extraordinary life experience. Many students find the SE training professionally and personally transformative. Join our joyful and compassionate healing community, and experience meaningful growth for yourself and those you serve.
  • Reduce compassion fatigue. The SE training helps increase your own resilience as a provider so that you have more energy and stamina for your work and experience greater pleasure and satisfaction in serving.

SE Training Program

The SE Professional Training provides a rich theoretical framework for understanding and addressing trauma physiology. Our educational model is highly experiential, offering you tangible skills that can be immediately integrated into your professional practice. The training is delivered through a combination of lectures, live demonstrations, guided practice sessions with fellow students, audio-visual case studies, and suggested readings. Because competent practice of SE requires direct clinical experience, as well as a refined somatic awareness and capacity for self-regulation, becoming an SE Practitioner (SEP) also entails receiving personal SE sessions to deepen your experiential knowledge of SE, and case consultations.


Admission Requirements

The SE Professional Training is a continuing education certificate program designed to enhance the skills of professionals working with traumatized or stressed individuals. To be considered for admission, applicants must be professionals with an active practice so that the techniques learned in the training can be immediately applied and developed throughout the course of the program. Exceptions may be granted to graduate students participating in an internship program. Applications are approved on a case-by-case basis.*

Examples of professionals who may qualify for the SE Professional
Training program

  • Mental Health Professionals: psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, expressive arts therapists, etc.
  • Medical and Alternative Medicine Professionals: medical doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, emergency medical workers, surgeons, obstetricians, midwives, acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors, etc.
  • Bodyworkers: massage therapists, Rolfers®, Craniosacral and Polarity therapists, Feldenkrais practitioners, yoga therapists, etc.
  • Others: first responders, crisis center staff, educators, mediators, clergy, chaplains, etc.

This 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 or for those who do not have an active professional practice.

Acceptance into the SE Professional Training does not ensure that all SE methods will be appropriate for inclusion in your professional practice. Training participants are responsible for operating within their professional scope of practice and for abiding by state and federal laws.

* The Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute reserves the right to approve or deny any application, and/or accept or reject the participation of any person in its sole discretion and in accordance with its policies and the law.

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Somatic Experiencing Curriculum

Beginning Level

Develop foundational knowledge and skills in the SE biophysiological model for the resolution of trauma. Typically consists of three 4-day live training modules, spaced 2 to 4 months apart.

  • Understand the physiology of traumatic stress and its effect on the autonomic nervous system (ANS)
  • Practice the fundamental SE method of tracking sensation to access responses in the ANS
  • Learn the neurophysiology of each aspect of the threat response: defensive orientation, fight/flight/freeze, deactivation and completion, and exploratory orienting
  • Develop skill in working with the SE model of tracking sensation to support completion of the threat-response cycle and incomplete survival responses
  • Learn how to “titrate” (modulate) the SE trauma-renegotiation process to ensure healthy integration of experience
  • Begin to integrate Porges' Polyvagal Theory of ANS function
  • Understand the SE model of SIBAM (Sensation, Image, Behavior, Affect, Meaning) and its significance in trauma
  • Explore coupling dynamics—the over- and under-association of the elements of SIBAM and elements of physiological responses to traumatically-stressing experiences
  • Support clients in re-establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries
  • Learn to identify, normalize, and stabilize traumatic reactions
  • Acquire brief intervention skills that provide long-term solutions to acute and chronic symptoms of trauma
  • Explore the integration of SE into ongoing professional practice
  • Explore the appropriate use of touch in the context of SE

Intermediate Level

Learn about the different categories of trauma as addressed in the SE model. Learn the primary characteristics and hallmarks of each category of trauma, as well as specific approaches and interventions for working with each category effectively.

Typically consists of three 4-day live training modules, spaced 2 to 4 months apart.

  • Global High Intensity Activation (GHIA): pre- and peri-natal trauma, early trauma, anesthesia, suffocation, choking, drowning
  • High Impact/Failure of Physical Defense: falls, traumatic brain injury, motor vehicle accidents, and other high-impact accidents
  • Inescapable Attack: assault, animal attack, rape or sexual abuse, inhibited escape
  • Physical Injury: surgery, poison, burns, physical injury due to accident
  • Natural and Man-Made Disasters, Horror: natural disasters (e.g. earthquake, fires, etc.), war, terrorism, torture, ritual abuse, horror (e.g. witnessing abuse, causing harm to another)
  • Emotional Trauma: severe neglect, severe loss, ongoing abuse

Advanced Level

Learn to work with complex trauma and syndromes. Expand on the use of touch in SE practice. Typically consists of two 6-day live training modules, spaced 4 to 6 months apart.

  • Learn about the importance of stabilization when working with complex trauma
  • Explore the SE concept of “coherence” in working with complex trauma
  • Refine touch skills for supporting containment and coherence
  • Learn about the interrelationship between dysregulation of the ANS and the SE model of syndromes (non-reciprocal relationship between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems)
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the Polyvagal Theory as it relates to working with syndromes
  • Refine the necessary SE skills of “titration” and “pendulation” when working with highly sensitive and syndromal clients
  • Learn the SE model for working with the eyes
  • Develop SE touch-based skills for working with different categories of trauma
  • Understand how SE uses joints, body diaphragms, and the viscera to access ANS responses and to support completion of incomplete survival responses
  • Explore scope-of-practice issues relating to the integration of SE and SE touch into professional practice