The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) addresses attachment, relational and developmental trauma by working with early, unconscious patterns of disconnection that deeply affect our identity, emotions, physiology, behavior and relationships. Integrating a body centered and psychodynamic approach, within a context of interpersonal neurobiology, and grounded in mindfulness and a non-western orientation to the self, NARM offers a comprehensive theoretical and clinical model for working with complex trauma.

The NARM Practitioner Training is an advanced clinical training for mental health and somatic practitioners who work with developmental trauma. The training consists of three 3-day modules per year of a two-year period. There are also 4 online webinars, as well as other individualized and group learning opportunities as part of this dynamic training program.

In the NARM practitioner training you will learn:

• The different skills needed to work with developmental versus shock trauma; when and why shock trauma interventions may be contraindicated in working with developmental trauma.
• How to address the complex interplay between nervous system dysregulation and identity distortions, such as toxic shame and guilt, low self-esteem, chronic self-judgment, and other psychobiological symptoms.
• How to work moment-by-moment with early adaptive survival styles that, while once life-saving, distort clients’ current life experience.
• When to work ‘bottom-up’, when to work ‘top-down’, and how to work with both simultaneously to meet the special challenges of developmental trauma.
• How to support clients with a mindful and progressive process of disidentification from identity distortions.
• A new, coherent theory for working with affect and emotions, which aims to support their psychobiological completion.

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“Attending the NARM training was one of the best personal and professional decisions I have ever made. In my opinion NARM provides the missing piece for the trauma practitioner’s toolbox, enabling us to skillfully support people in navigating the complexities of developmental trauma by marrying the cognitive and the somatic and thereby acknowledging each client as a whole, fully empowered adult. I find myself enjoying my work in private practice more than ever as I witness my clients come alive while they deconstruct lifelong patterns which recede into the past as they experience a new level of presence and agency in the here and now.”

~ Suzie Gruber, MA, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Sebastopol, CA


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NARM Practitioner Training North American Faculty:

Dr. Laurence Heller
Brad J Kammer, LMFT, LPCC (707) 462 2133