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SE™ TODAY | October 5, 2021


Somatic Experiencing® International Newsletter






Maggie Phillips, PhD, SEP

Maggie Phillips, PhD, SEP
Saying goodbye to a community member is one of the most challenging things we do. Maggie Phillips passed away recently, at her beloved lake home in Maine. Maggie touched every single person in the Somatic Experiencing community, whether we knew her or not. She was one of the first SE faculty members, and in that role, she taught countless students and mentored new faculty members. 


She integrated Somatic Experiencing into her work in hypnosis and chronic pain, writing a book with Dr. Peter Levine called Freedom from Pain: Discover Your Body’s Power to Overcome Physical Pain.

Maggie’s professional bio is, of course, incredible, but her compassion and kindness and heartfelt connection to others were her guiding light. Everyone who met her could feel her compassion in everything she did. She embodied a Somatic Experiencing presence that touched everyone who interacted with her. Her loss will be felt in this community, and in the profession, forever. We will miss you, Maggie. Thank you for your support, your expertise, and your heart.

“As I reflect on Maggie’s life, our teaching together, our comradeship, and her quick wit and love of teaching, I feel such gladness and appreciation. She was one of the cleverest of SE teachers and therapists … really a psychological aikido master … and always with a pervasive compassion and gentle kindness. Maggie, we will miss your bright and playful spirit.” – Peter Levine, PhD


2021 Virtual Conference


Your Questions Answered: Part 2

An Interview with Michele Solloway PhD, SEP, Board Chair-Elect

The conversation continues with Michele Solloway, Board Chair-Elect, as she answers your questions about the upcoming SEI Virtual Conference. Listen to this engaging conversation as Michele and Amanda discuss the conference's international focus, attendee expectations, and more. 


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Amie Leigh, director of public health initiatives for SEI, recently spoke at the annual conference of the National Organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA) on Crisis Stabilization and Safety (CSS), presenting to 1,300 victim advocates from around the country across the array of social services, from domestic violence and sexual assault advocates to military and public safety partners. Kianna Pierson and Caroline Thompson, part of Amie’s team, were also on site with a booth and materials on SEI and CSS. They were joined by Kimberly Lowe, SEP, who works with firefighters in Idaho. “It was an honor to be invited to this conference and thrilling to present SE to groups not familiar with it,” says Amie. “We expect some meaningful relationships to come from the connections we made there.”









Myths and Faulty Beliefs About the Standard of Care in Psychotherapy

Ofer Zur, PhD


October 12, 2021

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM MT

Presented by Ofer Zur, PhD

$29 for members

$79 for nonmembers

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How To Support Embodied Connection With Nature

Andrea L. Bell, LCSW, SEP,

California Naturalist


October 14, 2021

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM MT

Presented by Andrea L. Bell, LCSW, SEP, California Naturalist

$29 for members

$79 for nonmembers

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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

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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.


Dave Berger and Joshua Sylvae to Speak About Trauma Therapy at Free Online Event

Trauma Healing & Empowerment Summit 2021

Dave Berger, MFT, LCMHC, PT, SEP

Joshua Sylvae, PhD, LMFT, SEP


Dave Berger, MFT, LCMHC, PT, SEP and Joshua Sylvae, PhD, LMFT, SEP will be speaking at the Trauma Healing & Empowerment Summit: October 18 – 22, 2021. This event is FREE and features more than 50 experts on trauma healing and personal empowerment.

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SEP Ian Macnaughton Speaks About Healing Trauma for Those With ADHD

Proudly ADHD at Work and in Business Podcast with Cathy Rashidian

Ian Macnaughton, MBA, PhD, FEA, SEP

Cathy Rashidian


“There’s a brilliance to having this pattern in the brain. An actual gift. But there’s also this incredible downside. And so you end of with kind of a social trauma, as well as struggle for learning, your own self-worth, and a sense of your connectedness with other people. And the ability to connect things that other people can’t connect. And to be able to talk about it and realize, ‘Oh! This other person who doesn’t have this pattern I have doesn’t know what I’m talking about.’ And now as kids, and even as an adult, we start to feel a sense of shame.”

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Interoception: The Hidden Sense That Shapes Wellbeing

By David Robson


“If you’re sitting in a safe and comfortable position, close your eyes and try to feel your heart beating in your chest. Can you, without moving your hands to take your pulse, feel each movement and count its rhythm? Or do you struggle to detect anything at all? This simple test is just one way to assess your ‘interoception’ – your brain’s perception of your body’s state, transmitted from receptors on all your internal organs.”

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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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SE Community Conversations Postponed


Rural Resilience: Mental Health in Rural Communities


New Date: November 12, 2021


12 PM MT


Rural communities experience unique challenges when it comes to mental health on both the individual and community levels. At the same time, rural communities are incredibly hard working, resilient, and well connected. Despite their complexity, rural communities are often excluded from traditional conversations on mental health. In this special session,  practitioners who live and work in these communities share their experience. This event is FREE to attend.

In every SE Conversation series, you can count on lively discussion, tips and tools, and group exercises. The insights and perspectives on this topic of mental health for medical professionals, the challenges, opportunities, and specific issues prevalent to this field all promise to be more worthwhile than ever, worldwide.


Registration for this Conversation will be opening soon. Keep an eye out for the next SE Today for the updated link. 


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.

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