What if you could break the cycle of traumatic memories and help your clients to fully heal?
When you learn how memories contribute to trauma, you will be empowered to help your clients to heal from severe or mild trauma quickly and effectively.
This training program will give you a comprehensive understanding of the seven memory types, based on the latest research in Somatic Experiencing, to facilitate powerful healing protocols f and foster beneficial outcomes for your clients.
You’ll discover how procedural and emotional memories form the structure of trauma so you can help your clients escape the trap of an automatic brain response and move toward empowered everyday living.
What is even more exciting is that you’ll be able to teach your clients how to identify their OWN somatic patterns and memories, to give them more control over how they identify in the present moment with circumstances, friends and family.
A Complete System for
Working with Traumatic Memories
Explicit Vs. Implicit Memories
Most trauma therapy focuses primarily on “explicit” memories, overlooking how the body itself stores “implicit” memory. Most memory actually comes to us through our interoceptive bodily sense. By learning how to better understand this complex interplay of past and present, brain and body, we can adjust our relationship to past trauma and move into a more balanced, relaxed state of wholeness.
How to Determine the
Accuracy of Memories
Can we trust the memories of our clients? The developing science of memory has made it abundantly clear that our “common sense” understanding of memory is fundamentally incorrect. When we recall the imprint (or engram) of an experience, we discover that these memories are in continual flux, changing in content and structure throughout the course of our lives -- for better or for worse.
Resolve Traumatic Memories
Treatments aimed at “putting back together” disjointed memories involve gently coaxing individuals to begin to feel and tolerate the sensations that once overwhelmed them. This allows traumatic memories to coalesce, reconnect, and transform. Renegotiation allows you to revisit past trauma with your clients in a safe and constructive way that promotes deep healing.
SIBAM: Sensation, Image, Behavior, Affect, Meaning
Therapeutically, renegotiation and transformation is guided by a map of your clients' inner experience. The SIBAM Model incorporates the neurophysiologic, somatic, sensory, behavioral, and affective aspects of an individual's experience, whether traumatic or triumphant. Learn how Insula and aMCC can support a state of ecstasy for your clients.
Hero’s Journey: Disempowered to Episodic Narrative
Trauma transformation is like a 'rite of passage' for your clients. In other words, your clients are on a personal hero's journey and you are playing the role of the 'mentor'. The work is to help your clients master their disempowered memories, allowing them to evolve from procedural /emotional memory into an episodic narrative that supports their true Self.
The Spiritual Side of Transforming Trauma
As a therapist, you recognize the primal capacity of your clients to meet adverse challenges and transcend their traumatic experiences. Therefore, your primary role is not to "counsel", "cure", or "fix" your clients, but rather to support their innate drive for preserving and triumph. How do you facilitate the fulfillment of this instinct?
Why Memories are Essential for Trauma Therapy
When you understand how persistent maladaptive memories and emotions form the foundation of all trauma (as well as many problematic social and relationship issues), you can begin to heal trauma at the source rather than just scratching the surface.
Learning to access the ‘felt sense’ of memories opens up the possibility of getting to know the danger signals that lurk deep inside, so your clients can gain mastery over them.
Because before it’s safe to feel and heal from the sensations associated with past trauma, you first have to get in touch with what inner strength and healthy aggression feel like.
Allowing yourself to observe your inner process activates brain pathways that connect the rational and emotional parts of the brain, and this is the only known pathway through which a person can consciously rearrange the perceptual system of the brain.
The result is a new sense of self born out of deep emotional and sensory states that serve to restructure the present meaning of past experiences.
Somatic Experiencing’s slow, meticulous, mindful attention to inner sensations and subtle movements is very different than most expressive therapies that usually are focused on outwardly directed action rather than the felt sense of self.
What You'll Receive in the Program
1. Complete Training Program in Five Interactive Modules plus Bonuses
You will gain instant access to the first module, which contains downloadable videos and transcripts. We start by focusing on the different memory types so you can begin to unravel the mystery of traumatic memory. In weeks two to five you will learn how to work with Memory, Emotion and Trauma to help your clients heal and achieve beneficial outcomes.
2. Written Transcripts of the Online Training Videos in the program
Each week, along with the training videos, you will get transcripts as well – because we know many people prefer not only to watch material, but also to have the written copy. You can download the transcripts and use them for reference and note taking.
3. 5 LIVE Q&A and Mentoring Calls with Diane and Peter
For each of the five weeks we will be on calls together and we will review the week’s teachings. At the end of the calls, there will be time for questions and answers. If you cannot make any of the live calls, they will be recorded and posted to the private member area.
4. Access to a Private Online Therapist Member Community
We are thrilled that we have the opportunity to create an online community of people using this work. This will be a place for discussion, sharing and support.
What's Inside the Training Modules
The Lay of the Land and the Map of Memory
Just What is Memory and when can it be trusted? These important questions are essential in making sense of our lives and our relationships. They are also crucial in dealing with the effects of trauma and in helping us move forward in our lives. We will begin this exploration/study by understanding the different types of memory, both explicit and implicit and how each affect our lives.
✓ Confronting the tyranny of the past
✓ The Illusion of Memory
✓ A walk down Memory Lane
✓ Traumatic memory: A Unique Memory System
✓ The Fragility or Security of Memory
Unraveling the Mystery of Traumatic Memory
There is much confusion about how to work with traumatic memory. In order to tease apart this mystery, we need to understand how these different memory systems are each affected by trauma. In this segment we examine the four basic types of memory and how they interact.
✓ Explicit memory systems
✓ Declarative (most conscious memory system)
✓ Episodic or autobiographical memory
(remembrances of things past)
✓ Implicit memory systems
✓ Emotional memory including “flashbacks.”
✓ Procedural (“body”) memories
Memory systems and the Hero’s journey
Discovering the unique hero’s journey for each client is key for understanding the innate drive for completion, empowerment, and wholeness.
✓ Harnessing the innate drive to empowerment and completion
✓ Utilizing procedural and emotional memory systems to activate these innate drives
✓ Moving from implicit to narrative (autobiographical/episodic) memory systems in “making sense” and integrating the past into here- and-now conscious experience.
Navigating the Implicit Memory System with Real-life Examples
Utilizing the same case videos of Ray- Iraqi Vet and Baby Jack from the book, Trauma and Memory, we will see these concepts put into practice, and how it affects attachment in the infant and the adult.
✓ Preverbal memories
✓ Distinguishing between shock (procedural memories) and emotional and narrative ones
✓ How narrative memories emerge out of emotional ones
✓ The veracity trap and the avoidance of “false memories” and the “blaming of others
Transgenerational trauma (how far in space and time)
We want to look at generational transmission, but also understand the evolutionary adaptivity in this amorphic field to make use of important information from the past. Dr. Levine will walk us through a session with a woman who survived a near death experience as a 18 month old.
✓ Clinical observations of Transgenerational engrams
✓ Epigenetic understanding of transgenerational transmission
✓ Possible evolutionary advantages of transgenerational transmission
✓ Practical methods of working with the traces (the echoes) of these submerged memories
Meet Your Teachers
Peter A. Levine, PhD.
Peter A. Levine, PhD, holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. The developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and founder of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, which conducts trainings in this work throughout the world and in various indigenous cultures, with twenty-six faculty members and over five thousand students.
Dr. Levine was a stress consultant for NASA on the development of the space shuttle project and was a member of the Institute of World Affairs Task Force of Psychologists for Social Responsibility in developing responses to large-scale disasters and ethno-political warfare.
His recent interests include the prevention of trauma in children, and he has co-written two books, with Maggie Kline, in this area: Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids. His most recent book: In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness, was released to rave reviews.
Levine’s original contribution to the field of Body-Psychotherapy was honored with the Life Time Achievement award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP).
Diane Poole Heller, PhD.
Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D., is an established expert in the field of Adult Attachment Theory and Models, trauma resolution, and integrative healing techniques. She is a trainer, presenter, and speaker offering workshops, teleseminars and educational materials on Trauma, Attachment Models and their dynamics in childhood and adult relationships, as well as many other topics.
She has lectured and taught around the world as both a Somatic Experiencing trainer and Special topics presenter, most recently with her very popular DARe (Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning Experience) series on Adult Attachment.
Diane is noted for her ability to communicate complex topics with humor and clarity. She is available for workshops, speaking engagements and private phone consultations.
Dr. Heller began her work with Peter Levine, founder of the Foundation for Human Enrichment (FHE, now Somatic Experiencing Training Institute – SETI) and the “Somatic Experiencing” (SE) method of trauma resolution in 1989. As a Senior Faculty member for SETI she teaches Somatic Experiencing based on Peter Levine’s ground breaking work in the US and worldwide, including Denmark, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Israel, Germany and Australia.
Polyvagal Theory and The New Brain
Author Dancing with Yin and Yang & co-founder of Colorado School of Energy Studies.
He gives us a brilliant presentation on the 'Triune Autonomic Nervous System' to capture the main ideas of the Polyvagal Theory, based on the work of Stephen Porges, who also vetted the presentation.
You will come away with a deeper understanding of the New Brain Theory and how this affects your work.