The Somatic Experiencing® Professional Training is a continuing education certificate program designed to enhance the skills of professionals working with traumatized or stressed individuals.
To be considered for admission, applicants must be professionals with an active practice so that the techniques learned in the training can be immediately applied and developed throughout the course of the program. Exceptions may be granted to graduate students participating in an internship program. Applications are approved on a case-by-case basis.* 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.
This program is designed to train professionals in working more effectively with client trauma. It 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. * The Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute 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. See “How to Apply” to start the process!
Curriculum & Timeline
The Somatic Experiencing® (“SE™”) Professional Training curriculum is delivered through a combination of lecture, demonstration, and guided practice sessions with other students. Course material is taught in 8 training modules of 4 to 6 days in length, spaced out over 2½ to 3 years. Training modules may be structured differently in countries outside of the USA. Training modules must be taken in sequence. In exceptional cases, where a student is unable to attend one of the live training modules, we offer supplemental video training modules for our Beginning and Intermediate classes so that students may continue with their local training group (certain restrictions may apply).
Develop foundational skills in the SE™ biophysiological model for the resolution of trauma. Typically consists of three 4-day live training modules, spaced 2 to 4 months apart.
- Analyze the physiology of traumatic stress and its effect on the autonomic nervous system (ANS)
- Practice the fundamental SE™ method of tracking sensation to access responses in the ANS
- Assess the neurophysiology of each aspect of the threat response: defensive orientation, fight/flight/freeze, deactivation and completion, and exploratory orienting
- Develop skill in working with the SE™ model of tracking sensation to support completion of the threat-response cycle and incomplete survival responses
- Demonstrate how to “titrate” (modulate) the SE™ trauma-renegotiation process to ensure healthy integration of experience
- Begin to integrate Porges' Polyvagal Theory of ANS function
- Explain the SE™ model of SIBAM (Sensation, Image, Behavior, Affect, Meaning) and its significance in trauma
- Explore coupling dynamics—the over- and under-association of the elements of SIBAM and elements of physiological responses to traumatically-stressing experiences
- Support clients in re-establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries
- Identify, normalize, and stabilize traumatic reactions
- Acquire brief intervention skills that provide long-term solutions to acute and chronic symptoms of trauma
- Explore the integration of SE™ into ongoing professional practice
- Explore the appropriate use of touch in the context of SE™
Assess the different categories of trauma as addressed in the SE™ model. Identify the primary characteristics and hallmarks of each category of trauma, as well as specific approaches and interventions for working with each category effectively. Typically consists of three 4-day live training modules, spaced 2 to 4 months apart.
- Global High Intensity Activation (GHIA): pre- and peri-natal trauma, early trauma, anesthesia, suffocation, choking, drowning
- High Impact/Failure of Physical Defense: falls, traumatic brain injury, motor vehicle accidents, and other high-impact accidents
- Inescapable Attack: assault, animal attack, rape or sexual abuse, inhibited escape
- Physical Injury: surgery, poison, burns, physical injury due to accident
- Natural and Man-Made Disasters, Horror: natural disasters (e.g. earthquake, fires, etc.), war, terrorism, torture, ritual abuse, horror (e.g. witnessing abuse, causing harm to another
- Emotional Trauma: severe neglect, severe loss, ongoing abuse
Assess how to work with complex trauma and syndromes. Expand on the use of touch in SE™ practice. Typically consists of two 6-day live training modules, spaced 4 to 6 months apart.
- Explain the importance of stabilization when working with complex trauma
- Explore the SE™ concept of “coherence” in working with complex trauma
- Refine touch skills for supporting containment and coherence
- Explain the interrelationship between dysregulation of the ANS and the SE™ model of syndromes (non-reciprocal relationship between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems)
- Analyze the Polyvagal Theory as it relates to working with syndromes
- Refine the necessary SE™ skills of “titration” and “pendulation” when working with highly sensitive and syndromal clients
- Apply the SE™ model for working with the eyes
- Develop SE™ touch-based skills for working with different categories of trauma
- Explain how SE™ uses joints, body diaphragms, and the viscera to access ANS responses and to support completion of incomplete survival responses
- Explore scope-of-practice issues relating to the integration of SE™ and SE™ touch into professional practice
HOW TO APPLY
Application for US, South Korea, and India trainings. For all other trainings, please contact your local training organizer. How to Apply for the Professional Training Program
- Find the Beginning I training. View Training & Events Schedule.
- Submit our Application for the three-year Somatic Experiencing® Professional Training Program
- Attach your updated professional resume when prompted in the application.
- When the application process is finished, you will be prompted to sign the Student Informed Consent and Release Agreement. It is imperative that you sign and submit this before your application can be considered 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 contact: firstname.lastname@example.org . Please note: If the training is on a waitlist we encourage you to still apply as we often see movement through these lists.
Special Instructions for taking your Beginning I module by video:
We STRONGLY encourage you to take all training modules in person. Half of every 4 day module consists of practicing what you are learning in small groups. When you take a module by video you are still getting high-quality instruction presented by a faculty member, but you miss the opportunity to practice what you are learning.
We realize that there may be circumstances where it is not possible to take a training in person. We allow you to take one module in your Beginning year, and one Module in your Intermediate year by video. Consecutive modules MAY NOT be taken by video– in other words, you may not take Beginning III and Intermediate I by video. Advanced year trainings are not available to be taken by video.
If you take Beginning I by video, you must also complete a review session with an Approved Review Session provider BEFORE you can take Beginning II. This review session is included in your registration fee and can be done via phone, Skype, or in person. Click here for a list of approved video review session providers.
If you cannot take your Beginning I training in person, please complete the electronic application and indicate where you anticipate taking the Beginning II module.
*You must have an intended Beginning II location in order to apply for Beginning I by video. You will be expected to register for your Beginning II course concurrently with Beginning I by video.
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PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS FAQ
How do I apply as a new student for the SE Professional Training?
SE™ International manages applications for trainings in the USA. For non-US trainings, you may find local contact/registration information on our Training & Event Schedule or visit our International Organizers page.
To begin your 3 year professional training program, please complete the following steps:
1. Find the Beginning I training you wish to take by searching the Training and Event Schedule.
2. You must include your updated resume with your application.
3. When you are ready to apply, please complete and submit our electronic application.
(Note: Once you complete the online application you will receive a link to the Student Informed Consent and Release Agreement form. You will need to sign
and submit this in order for your application to be processed. Contact email@example.com for application technical difficulties.)
How long will it take for my application to be reviewed?
Please allow 3 – 4 weeks for your application to be reviewed. We will only review complete applications, so please be sure you have submitted all application materials. You will be notified by email regarding your acceptance into the program.
What are the requirements for being accepted into the SE Professional training?
Please top of this page to review our admissions requirements.
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.
How can I get on a waitlist for a sold-out training?
To join a waitlist for a sold out training, you will need to submit a complete training application and indicate the training for which you would like to be waitlisted. Once reviewed and approved you will be placed on a waitlist in the order in which applications were received.
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.
I have a disability. Are your facilities ADA compliant?
Yes. All of our facilities are ADA compliant or offer easy access for all students. Please email us if you have special needs and we will do our best to accommodate you. Or you may call us at +1 303 652-4035
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.
What will I learn at each level of the training?
Please see above in the Curriculum & Timelines section.