prospective students

Admission Standards

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. * 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. See “How to Apply” to start the process.

Have further questions about how to apply and you’ve already attended Online Basics Principles of SE™?

Join our Prospective Student Information Session, offered monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month for free and facilitated by the Constituent Services team at SEI. We will help you begin the SE™ training program by sharing an administrative overview of the training program, how to apply, and what to expect after admission to the program. *We will not be addressing curriculum questions. Use the link below to read more about this free service and register for the upcoming info session.


Become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP™) via our professional training program. Our educational model is highly experiential, offering you tangible skills that can be immediately integrated into your professional practice.


Application for US trainings only. For all other trainings, please contact your local training organizer. How to Apply for the Professional Training Program 

Application Process 

  1. Find the Beginning I trainingView Training & Events Schedule.
  2. Submit our Application for the three-year Somatic Experiencing® Professional Training Program
  3. Attach your updated professional resume when prompted in the application.
  4. 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: Please note: If the training is on a waitlist we encourage you to still apply as we often see movement through these lists. 



To view the PDF of the FAQs below, click here. If you still have questions, please email:

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 cohort location 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.

My cohort is not listed on the application, nor is the waitlist, what should I do?

If a cohort or waitlist is not listed on the application it is because the cohort and waitlist is full and closed. In that event, please select your second-choice cohort for your application, then reach out to for more information or help finding a new cohort.

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

Where can I apply?

You may apply at this link here. There is no cost for applying and you are under no obligation to participate upon your acceptance.

I have not received an email about my application. What’s going on?

We send out emails about your application and status from Please search your inbox for an email from as sometimes our emails end up in spam or promotions inboxes.

I was on a waitlist and was offered a spot! How do I register for the training module?

You may start the registration process outlined in your offer email or fill out a registration form or payment plan form to ensure your spot in the training. Please keep in mind that you have a limited time to secure this opportunity before we move down the waitlist.

I have registered and paid for a Beginning I training module but have decided I would like to switch into a different cohort. 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.

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

Still have a question?

Please email If you have already sent an email, please allow one – two business days for a response before emailing again!