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Relational Somatic Transformation of Trauma

JIBC - New Westminster
November 19, 2020 - November 20, 2020 9:00 AM to 04:30 PM

This two-day event will focus on the development of advanced relational somatic principles, therapeutic practices and specific, precise skills in the journey from trauma to wellness. The learner will come to understand the relationships of the body, mind and soul involved in different forms of trauma and discover ways to access previously repressed and unrepressed implicit memories. We will explore the relevance of these concepts, practices and skills for diverse groups of people. The event is designed for counsellors and psychotherapists at a Masters level.


Somatic Transformation is a healing modality that uses relational and bodily-centered practices to help people change the imprint of trauma. Whether in the form of early emotional neglect or overwhelming adverse events, trauma alienates people from others, themselves, even their own bodies, generating a profound sense of loneliness and separation from humanity.

Inspired by neuroscience, developmental psychology, and somatic healing practices from traditional societies, Somatic Transformation seeks to identify and then integrate an individual’s bodily-based, intuitive wisdom with the abstract knowledge of the mind through six therapeutic practices: Somatic Empathy, Embodiment, Somatic Awareness, Somatic Inquiry, Somatic Intervention, and Somatic Reflection. The term somatic comes from the Greek word soma, which refers to unity between the body and mind.


About the instructor:Sharon Stanley is psychotherapist with a private practice on Bainbridge Island, Washington. she began developing and teaching Somatic Transformation in 2004.  Since then, she has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe helping mental health professionals learn how to access the innate wisdom of the body for healing trauma. The neurological research principles and six practices of Somatic Transformation are described in her book, Relational and Body-Centered Practices for Healing Trauma: Lifting the Burdens of the Past.


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Last updated February 20, 2020