SE™ TODAY | February 22, 2021

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SE Today Feb 22 2021


FEBRUARY 22, 2021

  • Letter from SE Institute Board Chair Rebecca Stahl
  • Board Update: New Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
  • We’re Hiring for a Director of Training and Faculty Relations
  • 2020: A Year of Transition and Transformation
  • Sabia Wade Resigns from SE Institute Board
  • Call for Presentations for June Virtual Conference
  • Webinar Spotlight: Natural Intersections: SE and Ecopsychology, a Webinar with Andrea Bell
CONVERSATIONS: The State of Men’s Mental Health
  • Share Your Story


Letter From SE Institute Board Chair

Rebecca Stahl

“This past year has been the most impactful year for trauma that I would guess we have ever experienced collectively in our lifetimes. My question to all of you is this: After a year of it, how are you doing?”

-Rebecca Stahl



“A Significant Milestone”:

The SE Institute Board Approves a New Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

At its January 22 monthly business meeting, the Somatic Experiencing Institute Board of Directors approved a final draft of a new organizational Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, with an implementation date of April 15, 2021.  The action follows a 60-day review and comment period provided to the SE community to offer feedback on the proposed documents. The review period ended on December 14, 2020.

The ethics and standards provisions will be accompanied by a Grievance Policy, proscribing the establishment and authority of an independent Ethics Committee and how grievances may be filed in alignment with the SE Institute Code of Ethics.  An amended Whistleblower policy was also approved by the Board and will be made available for community access.  The search for members of the Ethics Committee will begin later this month.

“This is a significant milestone in the history of our organization,” says Rebecca Stahl, chair of the SE Institute Board.  “It has been a work in progress for several years by volunteers in our community who are devoted to enhancing the quality and professionalism of the Institute.  We give our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to those who worked diligently and persistently to achieve this major effort.”

In other action taken by the Board last month, the Institute’s 2021 organizational budget was approved, forecasting revenues of $6.5 million and expenses of $6.36 million, with a $140,000 return to reserves used to stabilize the organization during the pandemic.


SE Institute is Hiring!

Director of Training & Faculty Relations

A key member of the staff leadership team, this position serves as chief staff liaison for all faculty-supported committees and projects and works collaboratively with all global faculty, staff, and the Board to advance and sustain the mission, vision, values, and strategic priorities of the organization.

Review the description and apply today!



A Year of Transition and Transformation

From a Special Report on our organization: As we found ourselves at the closing stretch of 2020, the word transition percolated up more and more. Many of the various definitions of the word “transition” almost always include the words “passing” and “change.”



Sabia Wade

Resigns from Institute Board

We are saddened to announce the departure of one of our board members, Sabia Wade. Sabia joined the SE Institute Board of Directors in July 2020 and has resigned to focus more exclusively on her growing and thriving businesses. We send her our heartfelt gratitude for her dedication and commitment to the Institute. Please join us in congratulating Sabia for her business success, thanking her for her commitment to SE Institute, and wishing her the best in her continued endeavors. 
The Board of Directors will be looking to fill the remainder of Sabia’s term immediately.


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

Call for Presenters for Our International Conference

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 highly encourage you to apply to present at this conference. There are multiple ways in which you can participate, as described in the Call for Applications, linked below. We also strongly encourage applications highlighting research on SE that demonstrates scientific evidence and that helps us better understand how and for whom SE is effective. This virtual conference will be an important precursor to our anticipated in-person conference in 2022 to celebrate the life and works of Dr. Peter Levine.

Deadline to apply is Friday, February 26, 11:59pm EST.

We look forward to hearing from you!


SE Institute Special Webinar

Natural Intersections: SE and Ecopsychology


Online Webinar with Andrea Bell, LCSW, SEP

Thursday, March 4, 2021
11am-1pm MST | Online via Zoom

Featuring the work of special guest: Nature photographer Jerome Gaw, LCSW

How can adding an ecopsychological lens deepen your existing SE practice – and support your own well-being? How can you prepare professionally for the contemporary challenges of climate change, loss of biodiversity, and the traumas accompanying these events?

Join us on March 4, 2021, 11am-1pm MST, for a special webinar on the intersection of SE and Ecopsychology, from Andrea Bell, LCSW, SEP, along with her special guest, nature photographer Jerome Gaw, LCSW.


Also Coming Up

Returning Home: Advancing Somatic Experiencing Based Research and Treatment for Military Veterans

with Dr. Peter Levine and Dr. Alexandra Whitney, SEP
February 28  | 12pm-2pm MST

Please view our complete Training and Events Schedule for all upcoming webinars and events.



Talking About

Men's Mental Health

“Too often, there is shame around human emotion, particularly because of the way men are socialized about ‘masculinity.’ As a man, there’s a narrow range of what’s ‘acceptable’ and ‘normal’ as far as expressing emotion.”

A replay of our recent Community Conversation: The State of Men’s Mental Health will be posted soon at www.traumahealing.org/conversations, which includes all previous Community Conversations. The men’s mental health conversation featured panelists Thayer Case, Michael Kane, Sergio Ocampo, and Burt Rogers, all SEPs.

These public health conversations will continue each month on the second Friday of the month at 12pm MST. And, if you’d like to participate in future public health conversations, please sign up for our speaker roster so we can learn more about you!


In Honor Of

Black History Month

Meet Mamie Phipps Clark and Kenneth Clark, the first African Americans to obtain their doctoral degrees in psychology from Columbia University. The Clarks established the first full-time child guidance center offering psychological and casework services to families in the Harlem area of New York. They were also influential to the Civil Rights movement, including serving as expert witnesses in the landmark Supreme Court case Brown vs. Board of Education, in 1954.

The Clarks are featured psychologists of the Ethnicity and Health in America Series through the American Psychological Association, raising public awareness about health concerns among people of color and encouraging psychologists to take a leading role in combating disparities in health.


New SE Library

Share Your Story

We’re developing a library of SE case studies and stories for our soon-to-be-launched new and improved website.

If you’d like to be part of this, please email: SEToday@traumahealing.org and we’ll send you some guidelines.




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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