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SE™ TODAY | November 2, 2021


Somatic Experiencing® International Newsletter





SEI Leadership Attends Recent EASE General Assembly

In mid-October, Board Chair Rebecca Stahl and SEI Director of Legal Affairs and International Relationships Ana Paula Bastian traveled to Portugal to be guests at the European Association of Somatic Experiencing (EASE) General Assembly. “Our role was to listen and learn – with open hearts and a collaborative spirit.”

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SEI Is Hiring!

Director of Strategic Communications


As SEI continues to expand, so does our team! We are looking to hire a new Director of Strategic Communications. If you are interested in this position, please follow the link to view the job description and apply.

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Welcome Our Newest Staff Members!

Paul Beverly, Director of Fundraising and Business Development
Paul is accountable for the development and execution of SEI’s philanthropy and enterprise development strategy. In his role, Paul supports grants management, strategic oversight of private support and identification of individual, corporate, and foundation funding sources, coordinates the eventual Major and Planned Gift programs, and oversees the annual fund program.


“I'm from a small town in Upstate New York called Cortland (famous for their apple namesakes and for their fly-fishing reels) and am currently living in Rochester. I have a one-year-old daughter named Mabel and a very smart wife, Rachel, who is in the technical writing field. I have a Master's in English and love to read – mostly science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary literature these days but I sometimes page through a non-fiction book. I'm a huge Star Wars fan, an avid player of retro video games, enjoy watching baseball (go Yankees!), and have a proclivity for hiking when I'm not relaxing. I’m always happy to learn, talk, and listen. Feel free to reach out, my door is both digitally and physically open.”

Katy Neisler, Constituent Services Manager
 As Constituent Services Manager Katy will be focused on continually strengthening our communication standards and fortifying our relationships with all our constituents through empathy, transparent guidelines, and a consistent point of contact. 


“I began my professional career as a fine art photographer, which taught me presence, self-reflection, and creative problem solving. Along with those skills, my passion for leadership and growth drives my professional life. When not at work, you can find me painting, writing, hiking in the Front Range, spending time with my loved ones, and reading tarot.” 

Abigail Hofweber, Marketing & Membership Assistant
As the Marketing & Membership Assistant, Abigail will work to cultivate passion, creativity and excellence. These values nurture the ability to provide a positive and supportive experience for our students, members, practitioners and SE community. The foundation for this success will be built upon community, communication, and interconnectedness.


“I grew up in Northern Michigan, where I developed my passion for nature, art and skiing. After spending 4 years traveling the world, teaching art, nannying and farming, I moved to Boulder, Colorado to study art therapy at Naropa University. As I begin the process of grad school, I am very excited to be a part of the SE community and team.”







On a Mission For Civilians in War and Disaster Zones

Beth Cole, SEP

“These people just keep going to the next disaster or the next war but they’re not getting the help they need. That’s why I became an SEPto bring help to this group of people.”

Please read our profile of Beth Cole, a veteran of conflict and disaster zones worldwide during the last 30 years and member of the SEI National Disaster Response Working Group.

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2-Day Experiential Trainings for P-SEP Community Coming Soon


Tentative dates and locations for all future 2-day experientials are now available. They will be opened for registration as soon as all arrangements with training facilities, training coordinators and faculty have been finalized. When 2-day trainings open for registration, every P-SEP will be notified via email. We continue to require participation in one of these trainings to officially complete the program and to be awarded the SEP credential and certificate.

Please note, 2022 6-day Advanced trainings will be opening soon but we encourage all in the P-SEP community to attend 2-day trainings as there will be limited spots available in the 6-day Advanced II trainings.

Atlanta, GA with Lael Keen

January 12-13, 2022 and January 15-16, 2022

San Diego, CA with Abi Blakeslee, PhD

January 28-29, 2022 and January 30-31, 2022

Chicago, IL with Raja Selvam, PhD

April 21-22, 2022 and April 23-24, 2022

Silver Spring with Dea Parsanishi, MEd

Mid-July 2022









SE Meets Humanual

How Trauma Affects Support, Suspension, and Breath: 2 Day Workshop

Betsy Polatin, MFA, SEP, AmSAT


November 5 – 6, 2021

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM MT

Presented by Betsy Polatin, MFA, SEP, AmSAT

$169 for members

$219 for nonmembers

Register Now


Tips on Encouraging the Most Body-Phobic/Reluctant Clients to Willingly Become Embodied

Ariel Giarretto



November 11, 2021

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM MT

Presented by Ariel Giarretto, MS, LMFT, SEP, CMT, SSE

$29 for members

$79 for nonmembers

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SE Research Salon:

SE-Informed Mentoring for Research


November 17, 2021


9 – 10:30 MT

Presented by Mary Giuffra, PhD, Frank Olsen, Ben Boyarko, and Patricia B. Sikora, PhD

This event is FREE.

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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.

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


A Monozygotic Twin Study Assessing the Efficacy of Somatic Experiencing and Attachment Focused-Somatic Experiencing

By Joseph P. Riordan, SEP, CCLP, MAPS


“Monozygotic twins offer a unique opportunity to examine the contagious nature of trauma in attachment dyads when one twin experiences trauma, but the other does not. Dyadic trauma is suboptimal and antagonistic to the dynamics of secure phylogenetic attachment (SPA). Attachment perturbations due to trauma may be complicit in widespread psychopathology, loneliness, social isolation, and loss of social cohesion. Somatic experiencing (SE) is an effective treatment for PTSD and attachment focused-somatic experiencing (AF-SE) resolves dyadic trauma.”

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Healing Racial Trauma Through Embodiment with SE Student Becky Carter

Transforming Trauma Podcast from NARM Training Institute

Becky Carter

“Somatic healing work has been helpful for Becky not only with her clients, but also in her own healing. ‘To be able to listen to my body as a woman of color and to connect with it and know that it has something to tell me, and has its own wisdom — that has been transformative,’ Becky says.”

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SE Community Conversations

Heartbeat of the Heartland – Taking the Pulse of Rural Mental Health


November 12, 2021


Rural communities across North America and around the world are home to some of the strongest, most resilient people. Cultural roots, social expectations, and shared mindsets create distinct rural identities. There can be unique challenges when it comes to mental health in rural communities both in terms of access and interest, as mental health stigmas can run high in remote communities favoring self-reliance. In this special session we have assembled practitioners who live and work in these communities to share their experience:

Laura Symon, SEP, MSW, LCSW, CSAT

Amanda Huffman, SEP, LCSWS

Myndi Hemphill, MSW, LCSW

Diane Stadnichuk, MSW, RSW


This event is FREE.

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Our most recent Community Conversation was Mental Wellness in the Line of Duty: Supporting Public Safety Professionals. You can watch replays of all SE Community Conversations here.


SEI Global Town Hall

November 9, 2021 11:30 AM MT


The town hall format offers an additional live opportunity to ask questions and share perspectives about the direction, strategic priorities, and current projects underway at SE International. After opening updates and comments from representatives of the SE International Board of Directors, the remainder of the Town Hall session will be devoted to your questions and comments.

This event is FREE.

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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

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