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SE™ TODAY | September 20, 2021


Somatic Experiencing® International Newsletter







Letter from the Board Chair

Rebecca Stahl

Monica Simionato, MA, SEP
Board Chair Rebecca Stahl welcomes SEI's newest board members: Yadira Velasquez, MD,  Defne Erdur, MA, PhD, and R. Scott Palmer, PhD, SEP and gives a heartfelt farewell to Monica Simionato who has served on SEI's board for seven years. Although she will be missed by the Board of Directors, she will continue to serve as a vital member of the SE community.
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Meet Our New SE International Board Members

Yadira Velazquez, MD
Defne Erdur, MA, PhD

Scott Palmer, PhD, SEP
You can view the profiles of all members of the SEI Board of Directors here. 







2021 Virtual Conference


Your Questions Answered: Part 1

An Interview with Board Chair-Elect Michele Solloway

Communications Coordinator Amanda Lormand recently interviewed Board Chair-Elect Michele Solloway in a two-part discussion about the upcoming virtual conference. In Part 1 of the interview, Michele discusses the process that the conference committee used to build the conference agenda and choose presenters, what attendees can expect from the experience and which presenters they can expect to see.


Special Early Bird All-Access Pass for only $249 Expires Soon:

Please register by 11:59pmMT on Wednesday, September 22 to take advantage of this discount.


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

CE information coming soon!

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Responding to Hurricane Ida

“It’s devastating there.”


Amie Leigh, Director of Public Health Initiatives for SEI, recently worked with a group of disaster response organizations in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Ida in south Louisiana. Ida caused immense tragedy and destruction from Louisiana all the way up through New England. During this time of a lengthy and worldwide pandemic, multiple natural disasters, and areas of extreme social and political unrest, many of us wonder what we can do to support or relieve distress. SEI is actively in the process of creating crisis stabilization programs and other ways to support disasters utilizing the expertise and compassionate involvement of SEPs.  In a future issue of SE Today, we’ll share more about Amie’s time on the ground and the organizations involved in disaster relief after Ida.









The Tuning Board and SE

Darrell Sanchez, PhD, LPC,

Certified Craniosacral Therapist

October 1, 2021


11:00 AM – 12:30 PM MT

Presented by Darrell Sanchez, PhD, LPC, Certified Craniosacral Therapist

$29 for members

$79 for nonmembers

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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.


In Touch with the Trauma in Afghanistan:

Coping for Professionals

Beth Cole, SEP
Professionals in development, conflict, peace building, humanitarian assistance, media, and other fields – all are exposed to trauma through their hands-on assistance to those being traumatized. If you’ve been a “helper” with the situation in Afghanistan – or other conflict and crisis areas – please take advantage of the free replay of this webinar presented by Greenleaf Integrative, including panelist Beth Cole, SEP, a member of SEI’s Crisis Stabilization and Safety (CSS) Work Group. In a future issue, we’ll feature more on Beth Cole’s 30 years of disaster response around the world.
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The Proactive Twelve Steps: A Mindful Program for Lasting Change

By Serge Prengel, LMHC, SEP

The Proactive Twelve Steps, by Serge Prengel, LMHC, SEP

“The Proactive Twelve Steps outlines how you can take a proactive approach to life, gradually stepping up from feeling stuck and powerless to enjoying a balanced and happy life. They are a new take on the original Twelve Steps. They describe the steps as a mindful program instead of a mystical experience in which change somehow happens to you.

This book reflects a deep understanding of behavior change, codependency, stress, and trauma. It presents a clear roadmap for self-compassion and mindful self-discovery. It provides specific step-by-step instructions and a broader context that helps readers make sense of the healing process.”

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Wisdom of the Body and Mindfulness

A video series with Kathy Cherry, PSEP



“In this series, you’ll learn techniques to restore the nervous system’s innate strength and resilience. As founding member and meditation teacher at DharmaPunx NYC and practitioner of Somatic Experiencing, Kathy Cherry offers a body-based approach to the mindfulness of the buddhadharma.”

Watch Full Series


Transgender and LGBTQIA+ Mental Health

Inside Mental Health Podcast with David Cato, LCSW, TCT, SEP


“Gender affirming care can mean something as simple as having gender neutral bathrooms. It can mean having additional support or knowledge around people who are LGBTQIA+. It’s about having a team or staff members who can be able to use the correct pronouns for someone who identifies as something other than the gender they appear to be. For example, if somebody is non binary, they might use pronouns like they/them or somebody who might be transgender, who is beginning a transition process, and we want to avoid the gendering piece.”

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SE Community Conversations


October 8, 2021

12:00 – 1:30 PM

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.

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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. 

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