SE™ TODAY | APRIL 5, 2021

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SE™ TODAY | APRIL 5, 2021
Somatic Experiencing® International Newsletter


New Faculty Track Candidates

for North America Approved

With initial discussion and review of applications completed by SEI staff and the North American Faculty Accreditation Committee (NAFAC), SE International is pleased to announce the approval of six (6) new candidates for Faculty Track in North America with mentoring and co-teaching efforts to begin sometime in 2021 or 2022.

The new candidates are:

Debra Clydesdale, L.Ac., DNBAO, RSME/T, SEP, CDS, ACN
LMT, Los Angeles, CA
Sean Frankino, LCSW, SEP, Esq.
New York, NY
Houston, TX
Mahshid Hager, MFT, SEP
San Diego, CA
Francine Kelley, LCPC, SEP, E-RYT/RYT500
Chicago, IL
Shideh Lennon, PhD, SEP
Kingston, NY

All candidates are now in the process of developing plans to identify faculty mentors and to develop learning goals based on feedback received from North American faculty and staff.   These plans will be reviewed and discussed with NAFAC and staff in April 2021 for approval in order to establish dates and times for co-teaching/mentoring to start with Beginning program modules. 

“We are excited and pleased for the opportunity to begin the Faculty Track mentoring and learning journeys for six special individuals who have been long-time contributors to the SE training and professional community,” says Marv Tuttle, SEI Executive Director.  “Through an eventual larger cadre of professional trainers and teachers, we look forward to expanding our outreach to potential new markets and growing our ability to serve the professional communities seeking the unique educational experiences that the SE Professional Training Program can provide.”

For more information on the Faculty Track application process:

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Dr. Madeleine Lowman
Didem Caylak

Two Firsts for SE Research:

Announcing the 2021 Peter Levine Research Award Winners

In 2020, SEI established the first Peter Levine Research Awards – and we have our first winners! Dr. Madeleine Lowman is our dissertation/student-level winner and Didem Caylak is our professional winner. We are excited about these first winners and also very grateful for the time and dedication of our nine volunteer jurors and of Michael Changaris, PsyD, immediate past chair of the Board and chair of the Research Committee.

“On behalf of the SEI Research Committee, we are thrilled to honor outstanding research that expands the impact of SE in the world.  The quality of this work and potential to support those who face trauma globally are extremely high,” says Dr. Changaris.

Please read more about the Awards and the winners and look for interviews with them in the next SE Today:

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Please Welcome Our New Board Member

We’re excited to welcome our newest Board member – Carmen Casado, of Berkeley, California. Carmen joins our Board replacing Sabia Wade, who regrettably had to resign, with a term beginning immediately and concluding July 2023. Carmen becomes the seventh member of the SEI Board.

Carmen Casado

Carmen practiced law for more than 16 years and is a member of the California and New York State Bars. She is the founder of Carmen Casado Somatics (www.carmencasado.com ), is a Provisional SEP (P-SEP), a yoga therapist, and hosts and leads the SE study group for her SE East Bay cohort. Carmen has been on the Board of the Reciprocity Foundation, an organization that offers holistic support to under-served communities, since 2012. She is also a certified yoga teacher with the Veterans Yoga Project. Carmen is fluent in Spanish and has lived in four countries.

“I have recently transitioned out of a 16-year legal career and into my new role as a yoga therapist and Provisional SEP. I am seeking to combine my skill set to be of service in the most effective way,” says Carmen. “I’m a strong believer in SE and its power to transform lives and communities.  I can think of no better way of bringing my leadership, analytical, and practical skills to the SE community than to serve on the SEI board.”

Our International Focus is Growing – and So is Our Staff

Katie Kroll recently joined SEI as International Programs Administrator, a new position that allows us to better support our international community. Katie grew up in Colorado and loves the natural beauty of the Front Range.

Katie Kroll

She also has a passion for travel that spurred her early interest in language study. Katie earned her BA in French at Colorado State University, followed by an MA in translation at Kent State University. She has studied abroad in Paris, France, worked in Osaka, Japan, and speaks French and Japanese fluently. We welcome Katie and her talents to SEI.

Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice and Grievance Procedure

The SE Institute is pleased to announce that the Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice and Grievance Procedure will go into effect on April 15.

“We will soon announce members of an independent Ethics Committee, who will oversee the Code, Standards and Grievance Procedure and have responsibility to review, investigate and make grievance decisions. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at listening@traumahealing.org . Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this process.” – Rebecca Stahl, Board Chair

READ the new Code of Ethics

READ the new Grievance Procedures

We are still accepting applications from individuals interested in serving our Ethics Committee.  We have received several to date but will keep the application process open until April 12 to ensure all who have an interest can apply.

Ethics Committee Application


Helping with One Voice:

Therapy Aid Coalition and SEI Sponsor Crisis Counseling in Boulder

After the killing of 10 people in Boulder, Colorado, at the King Soopers grocery store, community members rallied around victims’ families and other Boulder residents.

Part of that effort included The Therapy Aid Coalition (TAC) and SEI co-hosting drop-in crisis counseling at the Unity Church of Boulder, on March 27 and 28. Jennifer Silacci, a Boulder native and founder of TAC, coordinated with mental health partners, the department of health, two local SEPs – Robin Athey and Lisa Ladue – and with local VOADs (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters). The group also had a certified therapy dog on-site and N95 masks donated by Frontliners Med. Prior to the weekend counseling, SEI offered a Crisis Stabilization and Safety micro-session for local responders and therapists. More than 40 attended and discussed practical resources to help with the crisis. They were also connected with two of SEI’s CSS working group members – Thayer Case and Burt Rogers – who have extensive experience in the aftermath of gun violence. 

SEI and TAC began partnering in December 2020 to provide meaningful mental health and wellness resources to frontline workers and emergency responders affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and for recent survivors of natural disasters, such as the fires in the west and hurricanes in the south.

READ the press release about our partnership

LEARN MORE about Therapy Aid Coalition


SE Community Conversations

Medical Professionals: Mental Health Matters
April 9, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm MT

“Medical professionals are under tremendous stress today.  Some are even exhibiting classic symptoms of trauma. How can SE help?”

Please join us for this very important and timely discussion on trauma and medical professionals. Our panelists from the medical profession have backgrounds in mental health and therapeutic practices: Mary Jane Beavis, MA, RP, CCC, SEP; Russel Kennedy, MD, RYT 200; Kathy Allen, RN, HN-BC, HTCP/I, SEP; Aimie Apigian, MD, MPH, SEP

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All our Community Conversations allow time for your questions. We invite you to take part in this important discussion. The replay of our most recent Community Conversation on Men’s Mental Health, and other conversations can be found on our website.

Watch Replay


“I'm Here!
Somatic Experiencing® in 2021 & Beyond”

International Conference Keynote Speakers Announced

For the first time ever, SE Institute will be convening a virtual international conference, on June 11-13, 2021, to celebrate the evolution and current applications of Somatic Experiencing™. This international conference is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the many innovative and unique ways SE is being used. We’re excited to announce three of our confirmed keynote speakers: Dr. Peter Levine, the founder of SE; Dr. Stephen Porges, distinguished university scientist at Indiana University, founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute, and author of The Polyvagal Theory; and Dr. Ruth Lanius, professor of psychiatry and director of the PTSD research unit at the University of Western Ontario.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Peter Levine
Dr. Stephen Porges
Dr. Ruth Lanius

Dr. Levine’s keynote address is “An Autobiography of Trauma: Mapping the Complex Fabric of Developmental and Shock Trauma Through Curiosity and Engagement.” He will be sharing the stage with Efu Nyaki, one of our faculty members. 

The Conference Committee is currently reviewing more than 90 – yes, 90! – presentation proposals for the Conference, which will showcase the many innovative and unique ways SE is used. Read more about the Conference line-up and register at the link below.

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Listen to this podcast interview with Dr. Stephen Porges, keynote speaker, by SEP Kimberley Johnson, in which he discusses why we’re still able to co-regulate when we’re all wearing masks, cultural interpretation of facial muscles, the importance of in-person community for parents and children, and other fascinating perspectives.


Charles Doublet

How to Answer “So, What Do You Do?”

To Draw People in and Not Push Them Away

April 20, 2021
4pm – 6pm PT 

with Charles Doublet

This is the second webinar in our new Practice Management Series and is presented by Charles Doublet, a certified Book Yourself Solid™ coach with more than 20 years of coaching practice.

Read More and Register

An SEI Research Salon:

Michael Changaris, PsyD
Jennifer Frank Tantia, PhD, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT

A Paradigm Shift in Research: Embodied Validity – The Art and Science of Embodied Research Design

April 23, 2021

1pm  MT 

Presented by Michael Changaris, PsyD, and Jennifer Frank Tantia, PhD, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT

This Research Salon is free to members ($25 for non-members). We respectfully request that members donate to our Research Fund so that SEI can continue its vital research effort regarding SE modality's efficacy and to help us continue becoming a globally recognized evidence-based treatment for trauma.

Read More and Register

DONATE from outside the U.S.

Anti-Oppression Series:

Hala Khouri, M.A., SEP, E-RYT

Somatics and Social Justice: Embodied Critical Consciousness as a Foundation of Healing


April 27, 2021

10:30am – 12:00pm  MT 
Presented by Hala Khouri, M.A., SEP, E-RYT

This webinar is free, although donations are appreciated.

Read More and Register

Moving Out of the Chair

Mark Kelly

Fun Nourishing Somatic Experiencing Workshop, Part 2

May 27, 2021
11:00 am MT

with professional dancer and provisional SEP Mark Kelly

Registration link coming soon. In the meantime, listen to this podcast from Dancers’ Workshop, which features Mark.



An SEI Research Salon:

Dr. Chris Walling and Dr. Jacek Kolacz recently presented SE™ Research Salon: A Discussion of the Kinsey Institute Traumatic Stress Research Consortium (TSRC) Trauma Therapists Survey – SE and SEP Insights. If you missed it, you can access the recording at the link below.

Watch Replay

We respectfully request that members donate to our Research Fund so that SEI can continue its vital research effort regarding SE modality's efficacy and to help us continue becoming a globally recognized evidence-based treatment for trauma.

DONATE from outside the U.S.

Additional Knowledge

Groundless Ground Podcast:

In this episode of the Groundless Ground podcast, learn from Kathy Kain, PhD, a long-time trauma recovery therapist, about her perspective on what somatic interventions work and don’t work and the kind of patients that may benefit or be underserved when the medium of contact is screen-only.

LISTEN to the Podcast

The Balancing Act with Pandemic Fatigue

“Many of us are hitting a wall at this point in the pandemic, and it makes perfect sense that people are looking for a way out . . . our familiar standbys are falling short for pandemic-coping.” Read article from Rebekkah LaDyne, MS, SEP. Rebekkah has a new book out, The Mind-Body Stress Reset: Somatic Practices to Reduce Overwhelm and Increase Well-Being, and will be doing a series of webinars for SEI later in 2021.

READ the Article

Join SEI and Access Past Webinars for Free

Our learning and knowledge library has a wealth of valuable, timely webinars from leaders in the SE field, including Part 1 of Mark Kelly’s webinar. All are free for members to stream through the membership portal. To take advantage of this learning library, join SE Institute.

Moving Out of the Chair: Fun Nourishing Somatic Experiencing Workshop Part 1, with Mark Kelly, professional dancer and provisional SEP. Stream through the member portal.

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