SE™ TODAY | AUGUST 17, 2021

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SE™ TODAY | August 17, 2021


Somatic Experiencing® International Newsletter




A Word from SEI Board Chair

Rebecca Stahl


“Recently, the Somatic Experiencing International Board of Directors had our first in-person board meeting since November 2019. Our hope for this meeting was that we would be able to have our international partners join us in person in Boulder, Colorado. Unfortunately, COVID-19 safety and restrictions made this impossible, but we had a wonderful hybrid meeting with several of us together in person and several others on Zoom from around the world. This conversation was the first step to open the space for what the word International means in our new name – Somatic Experiencing International.”

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SEI Annual Conference Update

October 22-24, 2021


I'm Here. Come Join Me.

SE is all around the globe.

And so is our virtual Conference.

Come join us as we honor the legacy of Dr. Peter Levine and as leaders in SE share how it’s being used around the world.

Two sessions you won’t want to miss at the SEI International Virtual Conference:

Alanis Morissette
Peter Levine


Alanis Morrisette: Internationally known recording artist, wife, mother, and mental health advocate. Join Alanis and Peter as they discuss stress and trauma recovery, resilience, and the power of SE. Please watch your email for a clip from this one-hour conversation, which will be available exclusively to Conference attendees in October. Listen to this 2016 podcast with Peter, hosted by Alanis:

LISTEN to the podcast

Dr. Edith “Edie” Eger
Dr. Edith “Edie” Eger: Psychologist, prolific author, faculty member at the University of California, San Diego – and survivor of Auschwitz. “In Auschwitz I chose not to listen to the guards. I did not allow them to touch my peace of mind. Positive thinking must be followed by positive action.” Edie’s conversation with Peter is available exclusively to Conference attendees.


READ MORE about Dr. Eger, her incredible story, and her latest book –

The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life


In addition to live, interactive sessions, the Conference includes 8 pre-recorded on-demand sessions and daily opening movement practices and ending dance parties. There is something for everyone from any time zone.

Special Early Bird All-Access Pass for as low as $249

MEMBERS: Get a $100 discount on the Early Bird All-Access Pass by logging in through the Member Portal.

Register Now


Addressing Ancestral Trauma in Malaysian Chinese

New SE Trainings Approved for Malaysia

Hsu Hsing Chiao, SEP, and Chih Jung Lai, SEP


Please welcome Wei Kang of New Age Life Coaching as the organizer of new SE training in Malaysia and Chih Jung Lai, SEP, and Hsu Hsing Chiao, SEP, both co-founders of New Age Life Coaching, as the new trainers. The training, scheduled to begin in December 2021, will be in Petaling Jaya, about 15 minutes from the city center of Kuala Lumpur. According to Wei Kang, “Mr. Lai and Ms. Hsu believe that SE will be important for the Chinese community, whose ancestors were from mainland China and who make up about 23% of the Malaysian population. The struggles and the traumatic experiences that the ancestors of the local Chinese have been through are still affecting them today. As both instructors have instilled the core of SE into their teachings in the past few years, we saw encouraging and positive response to our idea of offering SE training to others.”

The training will be in both English and Chinese and Wei Kang expects a full cohort of about 30 participants in the first training, with expansion and introduction of SE training to more regions in Malaysia in the near future.


Believe in Our Mission? Here is Your Chance to Help


Volunteers are the lifeblood of every non-profit – SEI included. You help us lighten the load, amplify our efforts, make a bigger impact, and reach our strategic planning goals.

We have big plans for better communications from SEI, including podcasts, more videos, and rich and robust content on our website that will help us tell the many stories of SE. Specifically, we are currently looking for people who’d like to join a new Communications Advisory Committee to advise and help us with these plans. If you have both an interest and skills in communications planning and implementation, we’d love to hear from you. We envision a small but dedicated group of volunteers for this new Committee. Your support of our Communications team can really make a difference.

Please complete the Committee Application and email it to setoday@traumahealing.org.

Committee Application


An Update on Our CE Process

Please read the latest on our efforts to maintain and re-establish Continuing Education (CE) approvals.

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Online Training Cohort for Members of Black Therapists Rock


Black Therapists Rock is an organization that is focused on addressing and resolving the lifelong impact of racial trauma. SEI is partnering with Black Therapists Rock to offer a 60% tuition discount to participants who are members of the Black Therapists Rock community. Membership is required to attend this online cohort. The Beginning I module will take place September 9-13, 2021. To learn more about Black Therapists Rock and become a member, visit their webpage. To learn more about the SEI training cohort and fill out an application, please visit the training information page.

Training Information


Black Therapists Rock MEMBERSHIP




Lifting Heavy Things

Part 3

Laura Khoudari

Using Strength Training To Support Trauma Healing Part 3

August 25, 2021

11:00 AM-12:00PM MT

Presented by Laura Khoudari

$29 for members

$79 for nonmembers

Register Now


Information on more SEI Webinars in the next issue of SE Today


What is Psycitecture?

An Interview with SEP Rachel Melvald

Rachel Melvald
Watch Josephine McNary interview SEP Rachel Melvald about her innovative approaches to couples therapy and trauma informed design on the MindStories vlogcast.


Melvald discusses the birth of Psychitecture, a therapeutic approach that explores the connection between the relational struggles that couples encounter and the environment they interact with.

Watch Interview


“Dealing With Trauma? Somatic Experiencing Can Help You Heal”

from Fertility Road Magazine


“All of us have experienced some sort of trauma, although the type and extent can vary from person to person. Many people carry the burden of unresolved or unaddressed trauma for years, if not their whole lives—which is a frustrating and limiting way to live.”

Read More


Join SEI and Access Past Webinars for Free

Our learning and knowledge library has a wealth of valuable, relevant webinars from leaders in the SE field. All webinars in the membership portal are free for members to stream. To take advantage of this learning library, join SEI.

Join SEI Today


VIEW OUR TRAINING CALENDAR for a full list of webinar offerings.







SE Community Conversations


SE Community Conversation:  Mental Wellness In the Line of Duty: Supporting Public Safety Professionals


September 10, 2021 | 12pm MT

In this month’s SE Community Conversation, we recognize the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Come hear a dynamic panel discuss the unique neurophysiology of emergency responders, hear about the hidden challenges emergency responders face, and learn about resources available. This community gathering will focus on how SE, a neurobiologically based trauma resolution method, can be a resource to public safety professionals such as fire fighters and law enforcement, as well as to mental health professionals who work with these communities.

This event is free and all are welcome.

Register Now

Share Your Story

We’re developing a library of SE case studies and stories for our website.

If you’d like to be part of this, please email:


and we’ll send you some guidelines.


Stay Connected

Find us – and engage with us – on our social media channels or by email. We’d love to connect.









Somatic Experiencing International is dedicated to supporting trauma resolution and reliance through culturally responsive professional training and education, research, and outreach around the globe.

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