Generative Somatics | Somatics & Trauma Practitioners Training 2011

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Somatics and Trauma: Practitioners Training 2011 Transformation and Action

In 2011, Generative Somatic’s Somatics and Trauma training will support you in learning to transform trauma through the body with somatic awareness and embodiment processes, somatic skills building and specialized somatic bodywork.  Both the historical roots of this work as well as its modern grounding in neuroscience will be included in the course of study.  Individual experiences of trauma are inseparable from the social context in which trauma occurs. You will learn to work effectively to address the impact of both personal and social trauma, creating change, healing, and the ability to take new actions in yourself and those you work with.

The mind and body are as inseparable in people’s experiences as the social context in which we live. The Somatics and Trauma training integrates this understanding in the work. The course will enhance your ability to work with multiple forms of trauma and the impact on an individual’s mind and body (or psycho-biology), relationships and actions. Somatics and Trauma explores how trauma “shapes” us, from our identity and reactions, to our worldview; and how we “re-shape” ourselves by working through the body, de-armoring, supporting resilience, and developing new practices.

From the Somatics and Trauma orientation, the aim of healing is to create more choice, more well being and the ability to take more powerful and effective action in our lives and in the world.  We don’t see healing as separate from our participation in our communities, the world, and social change, but rather as an essential part of it.  Somatic healing and practices support flexibility and boundaries, deepen resilience, increase trust and connection, and inspire meaningful action toward justice in our own lives and our broader world.

The 2011 training is designed for practitioners who are committed to addressing the intersections of personal and social trauma and the role of healing in broader social change work.  We also want to support practitioners who are committed to offering access and healing to communities facing both individual trauma and institutional oppression. Licensed mental health practitioners, community-based healers, therapists and coaches will benefit from this course. It is important for participants to have an awareness and understanding of systemic oppression and a commitment toward social, racial, and environmental justice.

Finally, an approach to healing which gets to the multiple sources of and impact of violence. Somatics and Trauma has the power to identify the deep, intimate spaces where personal and political experiences have shaped our bodies, minds and spirits. More importantly, it offers us a pathway towards new liberatory ways of experiencing and changing our lives.”

Mimi Kim, Creative Interventions

Somatics and Trauma Course Details

  • The training will consist of four, four-day intensive sessions from April – September 2011 in the Bay Area, each building upon the last.  Participants are expected to attend all sessions.
  • The course will be taught though presentation, modeling somatic interventions and processes, experiential exercises and ongoing somatic practices.  As a participant, you will learn theory, practice somatic interventions, receive ongoing feedback, and engage in your own healing process.
  • Between sessions we ask you to commit to daily somatic practices, reading, writing and partner discussions.
  • You will have access to a practice circle with your peers to debrief your work and deepen your own practices.
  • Senior students (usually second year students) will be partnered with a community-based organization during the course where staff and/or constituents will serve as practice clients.  By working 1:1 with a practice client you get the opportunity to apply the skills you are learning and social justice organizations get access to support and exposure to somatic work. Participant organizations include local groups that serve youth, survivors of sexual and domestic violence, people with HIV/AIDS, and those working for social change in environmental, racial justice and violence prevention work.  The practice client sessions are guided by session outlines and goals.

Learning Goals

  • Learn to recognize and work with symptoms of trauma including dissociation, numbing, hyper vigilance, lack of boundaries, control, physiological “armoring”, as intelligent responses to trauma.
  • Learn somatic processes for redeveloping safety, protection and alliance.
  • Learn the somatic processes of releasing how the body holds trauma, and processing the emotional and traumatic response.
  • Integrate specialized somatic touch as an essential aspect of healing from trauma.
  • Develop a somatic understanding of the overall process of recovery from trauma and the ability to guide another through the process.
  • Learn the somatic processes of relearning connection, boundaries, mutuality, empowerment, contradiction, intimacy and being present in the unknown.
  • Develop a somatic understanding of the impact of trauma including both personal trauma as well as traumas caused by social oppression.
  • Develop an understanding of the individual and social context of trauma and its relevance to the healing process.
  • Learn to look at yourself and others from a somatic vantage point.  This will offer new interpretations of people’s behavior, of the change process and create different opportunities for transformation.
  • Develop your capacity to be present amidst deep emotion and transformation.
  • Discover and support the resilience in your client and yourself.
  • Work with your own history of trauma, if that is your experience, and develop it as a resource in your own work.
  • Learn to take care of and resource yourself as a practitioner who interacts with personal and social trauma intimately.

Generative Somatics Goals

  • Develop trained somatic practitioners with the skills and understanding of a somatic change process, healing individual and social trauma, and the importance of both personal and social change.
  • Form a cadre of expert somatic practitioners that are able to work in diverse, community-based settings and within the social and environmental justice movements.
  • Increase the reach of somatics in the mental health field and serve clients in more holistic and effective ways.
  • Bring innovative somatic healing work to diverse communities, communities without access, and people and organizations that are committed to social and environmental justice work.  Build community-based organizational capacity to heal.

About the Teachers

The 2011 Somatics and Trauma: Practitioners Training will be taught by Staci Haines, Liu Hoi Man CMT, Elizabeth Ross, Vassi Johri LCSW, Lisa Thomas-Adeyamo, and Jennifer Ianniello MFT.

The training is a course of study designed by Staci Haines, a national leader in the field of Somatics, specializing in healing trauma and applying somatics to movement building. Her work emerges from the Somatics tradition of Richard Strozzi Heckler and Strozzi Institute, integrating Polarity Therapy, Gestalt, meditation and Aikido.  Staci also includes extensive study in personal and social change, trauma and recovery and Neuro-Linguistic Programming in the course work.  Staci is the founder of generationFIVE, an organization whose mission is to end child sexual abuse within five generations.

Course Cost

$3450 first year students

$2950 senior students

  • Partial scholarships and work trades are available.  Please fill out the related section on the application.
  • Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) are available for the completion of this course through the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

How to Apply

We tend to have more applicants than spaces in the training. Our commitment is to offer the training to a diverse group of practitioners who are committed to working somatically with the intersections of personal transformation and social change.  Applications follows.

Somatics and Trauma: Practitioners Training 2011 Application Form

Thank you for your interest.  Please apply by February 18, 2011. Cut and paste this application into a document and email the completed form to:, or mail it to Generative Somatics at 6033 Buena Ventura Ave., Oakland, CA 94605.



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Please answer the following questions:

GOALS: What do you want to gain from the S&T training? How do you want to grow in your skills as a healer, coach, or therapist?  What kind of change do you want to be able to help facilitate?

What personal transformation do you hope to gain by the end of the course?

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: What communities do you personally identify with? How do you see the social context impacting you and your communities?

How do you think your own experiences of individual and/or social trauma will add to your participation in the course?  How might these experiences be a challenge?

WORK EXPERIENCE: How would you characterize your work? What clients and communities are you currently working with? How do you see yourself in relation to your clients?

COMMUNITY/SOCIAL JUSTICE WORK: What social justice values, principles and/or analysis do you apply to your work?  What community-based organizations have you been connected to and in what capacity? What social or environmental justice movements/work have you been a part of?

COMMITMENT: The training goes over a 6-9 month period.  To participate in the s&t course, we ask you to commit to attend all days of the training, work with practice clients as relevant, do all homework, participate in a small group and daily somatic practices. Can you do this?  What challenges and benefits do you anticipate?

FINANCES: We hold a strong commitment to making this training accessible to folks regardless of monetary resources.  Simultaneously, we need to cover the significant costs of the space rental and supplies, as well as the trainers’ travel and stipends.  The cost for 2011 Somatics and Trauma Course is $3450.00, and $2950.00 for senior students.

When deciding what you can pay, consider both your current access to resources and your experiences with class privilege and/or oppression.

Please let us know your class background, your current class, and your current access to financial resources:

Considering all of these factors, how much will you pay for this training? $___________

If you are unable to afford the fee, let us know if you would like to request Solidarity Funds amounting to 25%, 50% or 75% off the base fee for this course.

Yes, I’d like to request solidarity funds in the amount of _______% off the base course fee.

Finally, please let us know if you are able to support low or no-income participants with an additional donation to the Generative Somatics Solidarity Fund, ensuring access to a broad range of participants.

Yes, I’d love to donate to solidarity funds in order to help a broad range of participants access this work. I can donate $_______________.

Thank you very much for your interest and application!  We will be following up with either a phone call or email.


  1. Hi I am very interested in this work and training are you doing another one in 2012? If so I would love the information on that one please thankyou 🙂 Kristin


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