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ABOUT US

We have a simple, but bold, vision:
Transforming lives through healing trauma.

We do that through our mission: Support trauma resolution and resilience through culturally responsive professional education, training, research, and outreach in diverse global communities. 

Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence. That is a guiding principle of Somatic Experiencing® International (SEI). We exist to bring education and training to those who can help heal people with trauma, hope to those living with trauma, and awareness of trauma to related professional communities and the general public. SEI is dedicated to comprehensive public awareness of Somatic Experiencing® and how it can help heal trauma. We “help the helpers”those directly involved with people experiencing traumaby training them in the practice of Somatic Experiencing (SE™). 

SE is a body-oriented therapeutic model applied in multiple professions and professional settingspsychotherapy, medicine, coaching, teaching, and physical therapy. Trauma impacts physical health, mental health, learning, education, and multiple aspects of an individual’s life. Rates of trauma exposure can be as high as 60% in the general population.   

We also help those in related professions recognize and understand secondary traumaan umbrella term for the trauma that results from repeated compassionate engagement with traumatized populations. It is a very real and very serious issue. It is a natural consequence of working to help those who have been traumatized and is not just “normal” work-related stress. It is an occupational hazard that can affect professionals in various settings and occupations. Our decades-long experience in helping people heal from trauma can help institutions and communities of professionals who may experience secondary trauma.  

We invite you to contact us for more on how we can develop a customized program on Somatic Experiencing and trauma resolution for your organization.  

Read more about our SE training that leads to becoming a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP).

Learn more about the story and symbol of the tiger in SE™

FAST FACTS

 

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1994 and governed by a seven-member Board of Directors
  • Based on the foundational work of Peter A. Levine, Ph.D.  (please read more about Dr. Levine)
  • Based in Boulder, Colorado with trained Somatic Experiencing Practitioners working around the world
  • Training offered includes: a three-year curriculum designed to lead to the Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Certificate, short courses on the basic principles of Somatic Experiencing, and assistant and provider programs
  • More than 120,000 professionals in more than 30 countries on 6 continents have been trained in SE
  • Our organization includes more than 1,400 staff, faculty, coordinators, and training assistants.

OUR MISSION

Support trauma resolution and resilience through culturally responsive professional training, research, education and outreach in diverse global communities.

OUR VISION

Transforming lives through healing trauma.

OUR CORE VALUES

Support

Foster and nurture hope and empowerment.

Compassion

Lead with empathy and understanding.

Excellence

Deliver quality professional education in a spirit of innovation, creativity and research

Community

Cultivate trust and safety through acceptance, equity, inclusion, and unity.

Vitality

Inspire new possibilities and restore resilience through increased organizational capacity and self‐regulation.

resolving trauma worldwide

SE™ International provides training directly, or through affiliate relationships, in 40 countries around the globe.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Somatic Experiencing® International is under leadership of an engaged and active Board of Directors who—on the basis of their specific knowledge, skill, and experience—make valuable contributions to our current functioning and future development. The Board, with members from both within and outside of the SE™ community, collectively holds responsibility for stewardship of SEI. The Board seeks guidance as necessary from advisors recommended by and including Peter A. Levine, PhD; from a number of committees addressing various aspects of SEI's work; and from expert consultants in a variety of disciplines. 

REBECCA STAHL, JD, LLM, SEP

BOARD CHAIR

MICHELE SOLLOWAY, PHD, MPA, SEP, LMT/BCMBT

BOARD CHAIR ELECT

MICHAEL CHANGARIS, PSYD

PAST BOARD CHAIR

SANGEETA FERNANDES, PHD

BOARD DIRECTOR

SERGIO OCAMPO, BEng., MA, LMFT, SEP

BOARD DIRECTOR

CARMEN CASADO, P-SEP, JD, RYT

BOARD DIRECTOR

YADIRA VELAZQUEZ, MD

BOARD DIRECTOR

DEFNE ERDUR, MA, PHD

BOARD DIRECTOR

SCOTT PALMER, PHD, SEP

BOARD DIRECTOR

“Welcome to Somatic Experiencing International. This work has been life changing for each and every one of us on the board of directors, and we want to welcome you to this community. We want to thank Dr. Peter Levine, our global faculty, coordinators, assistants, and students for their ongoing work bringing SE out into the world. For more than 25 years, all of you have been our greatest ambassadors. Together, we aim to bring more awareness to individual and collective trauma and healing, and we hope the information on our website, in our trainings, and through our practitioners can bring you closer to every aspect of who you are. These are difficult times for the world, but we know that together we can find individual and collective healing, and we invite you to share that with us. Thank you.”

REBECCA STAHL, JD, LLM, SEP 

SOMATIC EXPERIENCING® INTERNATIONAL BOARD CHAIR 

our faculty

Our experienced faculty come from diverse professional backgrounds and teach Somatic Experiencing® on six continents. Our faculty are held to the highest professional and ethical standards and are monitored through regular class evaluations.  

our team

Meet the committed team behind the scenes that drives SEI's mission to support trauma resolution and resilience through culturally responsive professional training, research, education and outreach in diverse global communities.

committees & workgroups

SE™ International has 10 Workgroups and Committees dedicated to important initiatives that support our community and advance our strategic plan: from Curriculum development to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), SE Research, Scholarships, and more. Read about all of them here.

TAKE A DEEPER DIVE

Review annual plans and reports and stay up to date on the latest SEI news.