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SE™ Community Conversations

The State of Men’s Mental Health

The State of Men's Mental Health 
Friday February 12, 2021
12 – 1:30pm Mountain

Welcome to another section of SE Trauma Insititute’s Public Health series, “SE Community Conversations” Where we gather to create robust conversations about relevant topics that affect the realm of health outcomes and the world of mental health and wellness. The audience for these events is everyone from therapists and coaches, to the specified subject groups, and anyone interested in exploring more ways to access resilience and mental health and wellness for these times. We have a particular focus on neurobiological methods of resolving and supporting people in crisis, in this case, the many varied crisis facing men and male identified persons.  

Featured Guests:  

Michael Kane has trained and studied intensively with many of today’s most insightful teachers. In his private practice, Michael is a trained mindfulness, personal development coach and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) specializing in trauma resolution (both shock and developmental trauma), body centered Somatic therapy, SE healing touch and is an Emotional Connection Facilitator. 

Michael has also completed many courses and trainings including Kathy Kain's SE Touch Skills training, Raja Selvam's Integral Somatic Psychotherapy (ISP) Training, Body Work & Somatic Education (BASE) training with Dave Berger, Master Classes with Peter Levine, yearlong Non-Dual Teacher and Therapist Training with Peter Fenner, Emotional Connection Certification with Raphael Cushnir and Meditation and Psychotherapy Training Program by Tara Brach. 

He has over 15 years of experience as a meditation teacher and is the founder and facilitator of the Natural Meditation Community.  Michael is also the author of the book “Pointing To Nothing” (2015). You can view Michael's book at: pointingtonothing.com or purchase at Amazon.com 
www.naturalbodhi.com 

Burt Rogers, LPC, SEP specializes in mental health and substance use concerns. He enjoys helping others gain insight into their problems and empowering them to make positive changes in their lives. He is a graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor's in Psychology and completed his Master's in Counseling at Stephens College. He predominantly works with homicide survivors in the inner city of Kansas City, using a combination of DBT skills and his training as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). 

Burt was born and raised in the inner city of Kansas City, and his experiences give him a unique insight into the concerns of people from backgrounds like his. The Somatic Experiencing Truma Institute is also proud to call Burt an advisor to of internal work group of Somatic Experiencing Practitioners who are developing adapted SE curriculum with inclusivity of lived experiences in mind. www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/burton-rogers 

Thayer Kyusan Case (he/him) has been practicing Somatic Experiencing for 12 years and has assisted all over the country. He weaves SE into all his clinical, coaching, supervision and consulting work with organizations. He works with all ages and identities, as well as families and couples and organizations.  

These days, Thayer is especially drawn to exploring the work around resilience, cultural trauma, all forms of shock trauma, military veterans/law enforcement, helping heal the wounds of sexual violence, near death experiences, disasters, parenting (and child-ing), spirituality, attachment patterns, aggression, masculinity, and play. Thayer has also been working with Somatic Experiencing Training Institute in the development of a disaster response and crisis stabilization curriculum. During the onset of the COVID-19 crisis he assisted on a team that developed the new Somatic Experiencing SCOPE Crisis Stabilization Safety Aid: traumahealing.org/scope. 

Thayer (Kyusan is his Buddhist name) has been practicing Zen Buddhism for 23 years and is a senior student in the Mountains and Rivers Order.  His spiritual practice in addition to his practice of Brazilian Jiujitsu deeply informs his SE work. Thayer is also Co-Director of Maverick Psychotherapy Group, a New York group of over 30 psychotherapists who are deeply informed by SE.  www.maverickpsychotherapygroup.com 

Sergio Ocampo is a Board Director of the Somatic Experiencing institute and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner based in the financial core of Downtown Los Angeles, California. 

Sergio focuses on renegotiating the effects of anxiety, depression and trauma emerging from physical, sexual or emotional difficulties. His work includes both somatic and cognitive interventions such as Somatic Experiencing, Generational Trauma Resolution, Narrative Therapy, Affective Neuropsychology, and EMDR. Sergio’s approach is gentle and humanistic in permanently resolving trauma and emotional overwhelm. 

Sergio researches and writes about how early life adversity, overwhelming experiences and generational trauma affect the nervous system and emotional wellness. Sergio proposes that anyone can achieve happiness, not matter how difficult or traumatic their lives have been. Sergio’s moto is:  Anxiety and Depression are not a life sentence, but a temporary discomfort. 

Having immigrated at an early age from México, Sergio has a lived experience of poverty and marginalization. Having worked and studied abroad for several years, acquiring four languages fluently, Sergio brings a worldly and experienced approach to therapy and connection to others. Being of a varied and well-travelled cultural perspective, Sergio is able understand diverse points of view and lifestyles, being open to diversity, non-vanilla, LGBTQIA+ and those feeling marginalized.  

Sergio holds a Master’s degree from Antioch University Los Angeles Clinical Psychology program with a focus on Narrative and Depth Psychology. www.somaticandemdrtherapy.com  

Host:   Amie Leigh, Director of Public Health Inititives  

Donate: www.traumahealing.org/SECC 

See other SECC events: www.traumahealing.org/conversations 


Body-Based Trauma Resolution in Times of Distress … like now!

Friday January 8, 2021

We offer these SE™ Community Conversations as an extra resource for all of you, free of charge. Please consider donating to us: https://traumahealing.org/SECC

Featured Guests:

Ilene Antelman, RCST, RPP, LMT, SEP centers her practice on Biodynamic Craniosacral & Polarity Therapy. Her work readily gravitates across the spectrum from Polarity and Craniosacral work to soft tissue release, structural alignment, reflexology, Ayurvedic-based meridian and point manipulation and assisted-stretch and release techniques. By focusing on how the body moves, how it holds patterns of old injuries or traumas in the physical, mental or energetic dynamics of the body she addresses not just the symptom of pain but detects the root cause for effective results; unwinding patterns of tension, chronic pain, injury or stress to restore the body to its natural balance and ease. www.SomaticDetective.com

Dan Rindler Dan Rindler GCFP, SE™ Student, is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner since 2006, with a passion for using SE to inform his work with clients from infants through elders. Dan focuses on leading people to refine body awareness, alignment, and coordination as an approach to addressing chronic pain, neurological conditions, balance issues, anxiety or trauma and for improving overall wellbeing. In addition to private practice with the general public, Dan also routinely works with musicians and dancers with injuries. Dan’s Feldenkrais-based program for babies and new parents, “We Grow Together,” has been attended by over 2,500 families, and was the subject of a research study through Vassar College with results published in the Infant Mental Health Journal. The program aims to lead parents and caretakers to bond with their infants through touch that supports development, as they become more attuned to their baby’s bodies and their own somatic experience as a new parent. Dan is currently in the Philadelphia SE training, and will finish Intermediate III in January 2021. www.brooklynfeldenkrais.com www.wegrowtogether.com

Nikita Gupta, MPA is a Certified Health Education Specialist, Registered Yoga Instructor who specializes in Transforming Trauma through Healing and Resiliency in educational as well as public and private settings. She is a recognized leader and educator and has worked nationally with at-risk communities, educational leaders and community service providers. Nikita is the founder of the innovative GRIT Coaching program at University of California, Los Angeles. The GRIT (Guidance, Resilience, Integrity, and Transformation) Program is nationally recognized as a model for excellence in mental health promotion, advocacy, and transformation for students, staff and faculty. As a 2020 Fellow of the National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement, Nikita designed educational frameworks that are adaptable to various contexts for engaging communities in Trauma-Informed Practice and Embodied Leadership. Nikita’s methodology is interdisciplinary and includes Neurobiology, Positive Psychology and Somatic Education through prisms of Community Health and Social Justice. www.nikitagupta.com

Kirsten (Kaye) Wilkinson, MA, TCTSY-F, E-RYT, RCYT, Mind/Body Practitioner Executive Director, Legacy Motion Legacy Motion is a 501(c)3 organization that promotes sustainable, collaborative programs for survivors of trauma worldwide through restorative movement-based practices. Projects and work are global. If you want to start a yoga, dance, or somatic program in your community contact us at director@legacymotion.org Kaye is also owner of Healing Motion, a place where together we will discover your innate wisdom, restore your embodied strength, and transcend to holistic wellbeing through private sessions, community classes, and free offerings of yoga, somatic practices, and breath work. www.legacymotion.org www.healing-motion.org

Elyn Selu, PhD, is an SEP in training and SE™ Member. Selu began her studies in Chinese medicine, and then switched to Somatic Depth Psychology to further explore the connection between psyche and symptom. In her practice, Selu combines Somatic Experiencing, Authentic Movement, Reiki, acupressure, and Jungian dream and image work. She has taught qi gong, creative writing, Authentic Movement, Reiki, and has created movement meditation classes for those with multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diagnoses. Having studied with Indigenous and Afro-Caribbean teachers and healers, Selu combines epigenetics and ancestral medicine to help clients and students heal family patterns and trauma through a combination of Somatic Experiencing, movement, and mesa work. www.seluhealing.com

Host: Amie Leigh

This episode was a lively and entertaining gathering of SE Practitioners, Body-work professionals, and SE Students who discussed and led us through various methods useful in their professional practices, especially during these many months of “online” treatments.


Dealing with Disasters, Bringing Relief to a World of Distress

Tuesday October 20, 2020
12pm – 1pm Mountain

Featured Guests:
Aaron Titus of Crisis Cleanup and Mountain West VOAD Chair
Lisa LaDue of LionPath International & Team Rubicon
Dr Jen Riegle & Jenny Harrow of IHAN, Integrative Healers Action Network
Jen Silacci, Founder, Therapy Aid Coalition
Amie Readdy-Leigh, SE Trauma Institute


Telehealth in COVID19 Times

Featured SE™ Faculty Speakers:
Dr. Glyndie Nickerson, MA, PhD, SEP
Dave Berger, MFT, LCMHC, PT, MA, SEP
Linda Stelte, MEd, CCC, SEP
Dr. Joshua Sylvae, PhD, LMFT, SEP
Efu Nyaki, MEd, SEP
Berns Galloway, MEd, CCC, SEP
Dr. Abi Blakeslee, PhD, LMFT, CMT, SEP
Dr. Kathy Kain, MA, PhD, SEP

The SE™ Trauma Institute is offering this free 6 week series to be a resource to Wellness practitioners everywhere who are making the transition to providing telehealth services to adapt to the current conditions of being in a worldwide pandemic that limits our ability to offer in-person mental health and wellness support. This is not a seminar on how to start a telehealth program, nor is it about laws and regulations. It is designed to be a complement to our partner associations who are offering those outstanding programs.

At this time we wanted to gather colleagues to share wisdom and to resource one another for the changes we are all making. This series is a community gathering around robust conversations between our esteemed faculty, who are full of wisdom, experiences, and insights as to how the neurobiological principles and the practical applied practice of SE™ supports and enhances a provider's connection with self and with clients in an online context. It is designed to assist therapists, body workers, coaches, wellness practitioners, and the array of people drawn to the deep embodied wisdom of Somatic Experiencing® to be able to regulate nervous systems and restore a sense of safety and wellbeing.

Attend one or all sessions. Each is 90 minutes long, and will include an in-depth Q&A. See our Facebook page for the topic of the week.

This is a free offering because we recognize and regret that many peoples' incomes are compromised right now. We welcome any donations that may assist us in providing assistance for these times, as we continue to explore ways to be a resource to help the world heal. Thank you for your participation and support. May you also feel supported and encouraged.







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