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Somatic Experiencing®: A Body Oriented Approach to Trauma Resolution

  • Friday, November 17, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • National University, Carlsbad
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Speakers: Nicola Ranson, LCSW,  & Natalie Cooney, LMFT

Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing®(SE) approach draws upon our body’s innate capacity to return to balance and recover from trauma.  

Sponsored by: REDFIN
Pre-registration is required.
Members $0, Non-Members $20

Speakers Nicola Ranson, LCSW, SomaticExperiencing® Practitioner & Natalie Cooney, LMFT,  also a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner will focus on the practical contributions provided by this approach in order to enhance therapists' understanding of how trauma impacts the nervous system and how this knowledge can increase the effectiveness of our interventions.


  • We will provide a brief background on Levine’s creation of the SE® model which is rooted in our biological ability to handle threat by going into the survival states of fight, flight and freeze.
  • We will emphasize one major contribution of the Somatic Experiencing® approach: how it addresses the dissociative or “freeze” state that accompanies trauma.
  • We will teach at least one technique that therapists will be able to apply with their own clients. We will demonstrate how interventions can be enhanced by attending to clients’ nervous system responses.
  • We will address vicarious traumatization when working in this field, and how an increased understanding of one’s own nervous system responses can promote therapist resiliency.


  • You will be able to describe how Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing® approach evolved from the study of animal biology.
  • You will understand the role that the dissociative or “freeze” response plays in trauma and increase your ability to assess this in a client.
  • You will learn an intervention that can be used to address dissociation.
  • You will learn how the volume of your voice, your position in the room, or even your decoration can impact your client’s nervous system, and how to use this information to better help your client.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Psychotherapists and students in the field.

This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  SDNC-CAMFT CEP#128622

SDNC-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. CEP#128622. SDNC-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

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Bio Ranson

Bio Cooney

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