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Vancouver, BC, Canada – 2020

Training Overview

A somatic approach to supporting recovery from developmental trauma

This three-module program will focus on understanding the effects of trauma during early development. We will present techniques for working with both children and adults, including recognizing developmental trauma in its adult disguises. By understanding how trauma affects the developing child, we can better understand our adult clients' symptoms of early trauma and be more effective in our work with them.

This course is intended as an integrated somatic approach, which includes touch-based methods for supporting and restoring clients’ resilience and self-regulation.

There will be a combination of lecture/demonstrations and experiential practice of the specific somatic techniques presented.

In this three-module series, we will cover the following material:

  • How developmental trauma interrupts self-regulation, attachment, and physiology
  • The relationship of attachment and bonding to traumatic stress physiology
  • The somatic effects of developmental trauma
  • The interplay between the social engagement system, physiology, and attachment dynamics
  • Why the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) study is so important in generational and community healing
  • Using somatic techniques for supporting resilience, regulation, and repair
  • Ethics and protocols


Knowledge and experience in a bio-physiological model of trauma resolution, such as Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, or the Hakomi Method, is required. Completion of the Touch Skills Training, Transforming the Experience-Based Brain, the Somatic Experiencing Advanced year, or the equivalent, is a necessary foundation for this course.

Following is a list of topics that will be addressed in each module. We use an experiential and emergent design model for teaching, which means that topics evolve from the group exercises and discussion. The following gives an approximate order for the material presented, but there will be variation for each group experience.

Module 1

  • Overview of developmental trauma and its impact on physiological regulation
  • Four components of attachment and their relationship to survival
  • Introduction to attachment patterns: secure, anxious, avoidant, disorganized
  • Overview of the relationship between attachment patterns and survival
  • Understanding how your attachment pattern shows up in the therapy room
  • How neuroception and interoception affect attachment and traumatic stress responses
  • Looking at attachment and survival through the lens of the Polyvagal Theory
  • Introduction to the Window of Tolerance and its relationship to management strategies
  • Shame and its inhibitory impact
  • Common behavioral and physiological management strategies induced by early trauma
  • Intro to ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) study and its importance in treatment
  • Somatic techniques for supporting regulation and safety
  • Somatic/touch methods for supporting resilience and restoration of social engagement

Module 2

  • Auto-regulation, co-regulation and self-regulation
  • Closer look at anxious and avoidant attachment patterns and their relationship to regulation and survival response
  • Introduction to neurosequential development in developmental trauma
  • Window of Tolerance, and the “Faux Window” management strategies commonly used
  • Adaptive/maladaptive responses: threat response behaviors (immobilization, mobilization, social communication or engagement, submission), physiological dysregulation
  • ACE study: indications of dysregulation and lack of resilience
  • Understanding when social engagement is too much for your client
  • Applying somatic approaches to the repair of shame
  • Introduction to working somatically with low tone physiology (dorsal system)
  • Supporting increased regulation and capacity for social engagement/bonding

Module 3

  • Closer look at disorganized/disoriented attachment patterns
  • The overlap between disorganized attachment patterns and complex trauma
  • Somatic methods for working with severe dysregulation and highly sensitive survival physiology
  • Understanding the re-regulation that’s necessary in working with disorganized attachment and complex trauma
  • Somatic adaptive behaviors and their impact on the ANS and overall regulatory functions
  • Working effectively with the dorsal vagus system to promote re-regulation and greater access to the ventral vagus and social engagement system
  • The dorsal system in relation to somatic over- and under-coupling
  • Traumatic transference and counter-transference

When And Where


Module 1:
Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
154 E 10th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5T 1Z4

Module 2:
Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
154 E 10th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5T 1Z4

Module 3:
Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
154 E 10th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5T 1Z4


Module 1
November 6-9, 2020

Module 2
February 26 - March 1, 2021

Module 3
May 7-10, 2021


Friday-Sunday:  9:30am - 6:00pm

Monday:  9:00am - 1:00pm (no lunch)

Payment And Related Information:


$1155 US per module includes $1100 tuition plus $55 GST

Single-Module Early Registration: $945 US per module, includes $900 tuition plus $45 GST

when tuition is paid in full by:

  • September 6, 2020 for Module 1
  • January 26, 2021 for Module 2
  • April 6, 2021 for Module 3

A deposit of $210 US (includes $10 GST) or payment in full is required to hold your place in the first module. Students enrolled in Module 1 are automatically enrolled for Modules 2 and 3. No further deposit is required.

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Cancellation Policy:

  • Full refunds will be given if an applicant is denied acceptance into a training for any reason.
  • Full refunds will be given if a training is canceled by Resilience and Regulation, LLC.
  • A full refund, less a $100 cancellation fee, will be issued for students canceling at least 30 days prior to the start date of the training.
  • Students canceling within 30 days of a training start date will be refunded full tuition less $210 cancellation fee.
  • No refund will be issued for no‐shows or if registration is canceled after 4 pm US Central Standard Time the day before the training.
  • Partial refunds are not awarded for those who miss portions of the live training.

Information For Attendees:


Sunyata Calogeros-Smith - Sunyata@resilienceandregulation.com


Kathy L. Kain, PhD
Stephen J. Terrell, PsyD, SEP

Click here to learn more about Kathy and Stephen.

Continuing Education Information:

Continuing Education credits will be offered for this program through R. Cassidy. Please click here for details.

Alumni Discount:

Alumni (repeat students of a specific module) may receive a 50% discount off regular registration pricing. To receive your discount, please contact us for your coupon code and enter your code during checkout. To encourage early enrollment and save your space in a class, the coupon works for either early registration or regular registration and automatically adjust the amount due to 50% off of regular registration. Sorry, but no deposits are accepted for Alumni and full payment is expected at time of registration. Please note, there are no refunds available once payment is received unless Resilience and Regulation cancels the program due to unforeseen circumstances.


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