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At SE International, we train healing and helping professionals like you in Somatic Experiencing (SE). Most people will have traumatic experiences in their lifetime, which can have major impacts on their health and well-being. Through our SE Professional Training Program, you can join a uniquely multidisciplinary field that brings together therapists, social workers, researchers, first responders, medical providers, and others into a vibrant community to address this challenge from all sides.
The SE community is a home for all those who hold an expansive view of the human potential for healing and resilience. We’re changing lives with SE. And we’re doing it together, as a community. We hope you'll join us!
The Somatic Experiencing® Professional Training is a continuing education certificate program designed to enhance the skills of professionals working with traumatized or stressed individuals
BASICS OF SE
Attend a live workshop to learn the basic principles and theory of the SE model and about the training program
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Admission to the SE Professional Training Program requires you to have a certificate, certification, or license and an ongoing client base in order to practice SE skills during the entirety training program. To be considered for admission, applicants must be certified professionals with an active practice so that the techniques learned in the training can be immediately applied and developed throughout the course of the 8-module training program. Exceptions may be granted to students in a related field.
Applications are approved on a case-by-case basis. Some examples of such professions include licensed mental health professionals, yoga teachers, massage therapists, coaches, etc. Students in graduate programs supervised by a licensed professional will also be considered. Students in other programs may also be considered.
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, coaches, etc.
SEI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization that provides valuable training for professionals in the fields noted above. This training teaches techniques as well as providing students the time and space to embody Somatic Experiencing, and the combination of the two translates to a well-rounded modality to work with clients. While SEI is not a regulatory or licensing entity, it is committed to supporting students as they develop their skills and knowledge within their scope of practice and professional license.
It's important to note that SEI's mission focuses on education and providing opportunities for professionals to enhance their skills and knowledge. SEI does not offer clinical supervision, psychotherapy, or individual recommendations. Instead, the emphasis is on promoting excellence through quality, experiential education. As SEI trainings cannot be entirely confidential, students must be mindful of their professional responsibilities and exercise discretion when sharing information during the training. This ensures that their clients or students receive the highest level of care possible while maintaining the integrity of the educational process.
This program is designed to train professionals to work more effectively with clients who experience nervous system dysregulation and/or trauma. While students who attend the training often experience personal healing, this training 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.
Somatic Experiencing International 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.
HOW TO APPLY
Application for US trainings only. For all other trainings, contact your local training organizer.
- View the Training & Events Schedule to find the Beginning I training you would like to take
- Submit your application for the SE Professional Training Program
- Attach your updated professional resume in the application
- Sign the Student Informed Consent and Release Agreement at the end of the application; you must sign and submit this for your application to be complete
Only complete applications with an updated professional resume and a signed Student Informed Consent will be processed and considered for admission. If you are having application technical difficulties, please refer to our contact page. Please note: If your first choice of training is on a waitlist we encourage you to still apply.
What is the Admissions team?
The Admissions team processes your applications and invites you to your training cohort (or location) for the US SE training. They will be your point of contact for getting registered for Beginning I. After you have registered for Beginning I, your account moves into a new team. Please send questions about application status or Beginning I to this department.
I do not see a location or time that works for me, what do I do?
Since your acceptance is valid for five years, you may choose to wait until the right opportunity becomes available to you. By signing up for our mailing list you will receive notifications on when a cohort will be opening in your area and stay informed on other potential opportunities. To do so, please fill out the signup sheet on the bottom right corner of the home screen of our website, in the orange block.
Why do I need to submit my resume?
Your resume allows us to see your career experiences to determine eligibility. We are looking at it for work history, synopsis of job roles, and education history. It is imperative to our decision process.
I started my application, but the screen timed out or I accidentally closed the tab out. Can I return to my application?
Yes! Every time you click next, your application saves. If you need to return to your application, please click on this link and enter the SAME name and email address used. This will take you to your incomplete application where you can finish the application.
How long will it take to process my application?
Please allow 1 – 3 weeks for us to process your application. A decision from the organization will be sent from email@example.com
I have not received an email about my application. What’s going on?
I have registered and paid for a Beginning I training but have decided I would like to switch into a different one. How do I go about doing this?
Since you have already registered and paid for a Beginning I training module, you will need to complete a transfer request form to transfer your registration to another cohort. You can submit that form here. Because you are just beginning the program, you do not need to receive written permission from faculty. However, if you decide to transfer after you have completed your Beginning I training module, you must receive written permission to transfer cohorts.
What if I do not have an active practice but wish to join the SE Professional Training?
The SE Professional Training is a continuing education program for those already working with traumatized individuals. The course is designed for clinicians to implement and practice SE techniques with their clients in between training modules for maximum skills integration. It is not designed as a stand-alone training for those just entering the helping professions nor for those seeking personal growth or healing. At this time we do not offer courses for non-clinicians. However, you may wish to visit our Resources page to find other educational resources related to Somatic Experiencing. Additionally, if you are seeking personal healing, you may wish to visit our SE Practitioner Directory to find an SE-trained professional to do private work with you.
What if I missed the Beginning I training in my area? Can I still join the class?
If you missed the local Beginning I training, you may join the class by either taking Beginning I in an alternate location or by taking Beginning I by video. In the case of a sold-out Beginning I class, those in the local, live, Beginning I training will be given priority registration for the local Beginning II. You may be invited to join the Beginning II class if there is still space after the live Beginning I students have registered. Please contact us for more information on joining a class after the first module has completed: +1 303 652-4035 or email us.
How long are the classes each day?
Each Beginning and Intermediate training module in the US consists of 4 days (24 hours of course instruction time). Advanced courses consist of 6 days (36 hours of course instruction time). Training times vary from location to location, depending on training facility availability. Typical class times are 9:30 am-6:00pm each day, with sufficient time for breaks and lunch. Please check the training schedule for your specific class times. For non-US classes, Beginning and Intermediate training modules may be 6 days in length instead of 4.