Upcoming Trainings

Relational Somatic Healing Module One
Fall Dates Announced:
Weekly Fridays, 10a-1p for 8 weeks:

Sep 10
Sep 17
Sep 24
Oct 1
Oct 8
Oct 15
Oct 22
Oct 29
with Nov 12th as a potential add-on in case of an unexpected class cancellation.

In Module One we will teach key methodology and principles of Relational Somatic Healing. Module one is an online prerequisite to our touch training, and is also valuable as a stand alone training for those interested in transformative relational somatic practice without the use of touch.

What will you learn?

• Core principles of Relational Somatic Healing and our theory of transformation
• How to work with the internal state of the practitioner as a powerful aid in the healing process
• Shifting from a hierarchical, role based perspective to a relational, experiential perspective in therapy
• Tools of receiving and perceiving information
• Deepening connection through statements and questions
• How to utilize countertransference to assess the client’s relational habits in order to form more accurate interventions.
• How to recognize open and closed systems
• How to form healing relational experiences in the here and now
• The five relational bonding needs
• The map of the methodPlease make sure you are available for most of these dates if you would like to join us. If you need to miss one or two we will record them.
Course Description Relational Somatic Healing integrates mindfulness practices, somatic therapies, and character models to address attachment and developmental trauma as it appears in the clinical relationship.

 Research shows chronic, early ruptures in relationship can affect a person’s sense of safety, identity, relational connection, physical and emotional regulation. Module 1 presents a theoretical and experiential practice designed to facilitate a co-regulative field between therapist and client. This coregulation process draws on the right hemisphere of the brain where nonverbal, social communication, and unconscious processes take place. In the experiential practice, you’ll apply learned skills to fully receive and attune to your client. Through connection statements and questions, you’ll immerse them in mindful awareness of their habitual relational patterns as it presents itself in the client-therapist relationship. Using the theory of countertransference and developmental trauma you will recognize five relational bonding needs, how to attune to these needs and offer a new healing experience in the present moment.

 Relational Somatic Healing is a clinical training appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients. Please note, this course does include activities that are not offered for CE credits. These include meditations, groundings, and small group connections and discussions.


The Details When: 10 AM – 1 PM; Every Friday from September 10th – October 29th, 2021 Where: Live Online via Zoom. Faculty: Shirley Dvir, LMFT; Erica Berman, LMFT; Traci Uchida, LMFT, and Jacki Hull, LMFT, Lu Jackson, AMFT Cost: $1800 and $50 for 14 CE credits Participants need to cancel up to 2 weeks in advance to receive 100% refund. If cancelled after the 2-weeks-in-advance period they can use the credit for a future training or receive 50% refund.

Program Admin: relationalsomatichealing@gmail.com

Learning Objectives

1. Describe and apply the core principles of relational somatic healing to create a safe and loving space, supporting your client’s unconscious to open to the therapeutic process.

2. Use our ‘internal state’ method to create a co-regulating, loving, relational field between you and your client.

3. Describe the components of the relational field.

4. Utilize the practice of receiving your client to create a relational connection and attune to their psychological orientation and relational needs.

5. Assess the client’s open or closed system.

6. Utilize connection statements and questions to bring the client’s awareness to their present relational experience.

7. Describe Immersion into the relational field 8. Apply Immersion into the relational field to discover old, unconscious relational patterns.

9. Identify your own countertransference and use it to assess the client’s internal state of awareness to form accurate interventions.

10. Describe developmental trauma and its connection with the polyvagal theory, explaining the significance of touch for healing.

11. Describe 5 developmental needs in secure relating.

12. Assess developmental need presented in therapist-client relationship.

13. Offer a new present moment opportunity for relating.

14. Utilize the relational somatic healing map to guide the flow of your session.

Target Audience This course is designed for mental health professionals – PsyDs, PhDs, LMFTs, LMSWs, LPCC, and LEP.

Accommodations for the Differently Abled We are committed to making every accommodation we can outside of the physical limitations of zoom. Individuals needing special accommodations are encouraged to contact Erica Berman at relationalsomatichealing@gmail.com.

Grievance Policy We seek to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to relationalsomatichealing@gmail.com. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals • CE credits for psychologists are provided by Polaris Insight Center, which is co-sponsoring this program. Polaris Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Polaris Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Relational Somatic Healing

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Berkeley CA, 94703

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