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
Generative Somatics Goals
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.
$3450 first year students
$2950 senior students
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail it to Generative Somatics at 6033 Buena Ventura Ave., Oakland, CA 94605.
City, State, Zip Code:
How did you hear about us?
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.