Certificate in Somatic Embodiment & Regulation Strategies

Strategies for managing the nervous system that can help us deal with anxiety, overthinking, emotional flooding, and being overwhelmed.

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Level I: May 23rd, May 30th, June 6th, June 13th
Level II: June 20th, June 27th, July 4th, July 11th
Level III: July 18th, July 25th, August 1st, August 8th

Continuing Education Credits
Live and Home Study CEs:

Licensed Massage Therapists (NCBTMB, NCBTMB-NY) & Yoga Alliance (YACEP)

For APA & ASWB Home Study CEs, please reach out to [email protected]

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60 minute presentation/experientials + 30 minute Q&A
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Experiencing trauma can cause us to respond by entering into a state of survival. Even after the traumatic event or events have ended, we may find that the actions of truncated survival become integrated into the nervous system and can lead to long-term side effects on the body. Eventually, the strategies that kept us alive can keep us from fully living.

In this three part, 12-session certification course, you will learn to recognize and safely resource the tension patterns of these survival responses. This course provides strategies for managing the nervous system that can help us deal with anxiety, overthinking, emotional flooding, and being overwhelmed.

As we develop an understanding of how to regulate the nervous system through various strategies, new choices become available for the neuro-muscular system, which can allow us to cultivate self-awareness around past behaviors, thoughts, and emotions. This gives us the opportunity to bring the nervous system's functionality back online so we can fully embrace life.


This program will focus on how the cascade of activation and immobilization, which is designed to help us survive overwhelming experiences, can be addressed to facilitate enhanced quality of life. Strategies will emphasize bottom-up self-regulation, co-regulation, expanded window of tolerance, and interoceptive awareness. Resourcing techniques will be practiced to facilitate bridging the gap between external safety and internal safeness.


Class 1 - May 23rd

Stored trauma creates a dysregulated nervous system

  • Neuroception of danger & life threat: Animal survival responses
  • The autonomic impact of trauma on physical and mental health
  • The link between traumatic stress and nervous system dysregulation
  • Window of capacity as a model for mapping the autonomic nervous system
Class 2 - May 30th

Gaining control over how you feel

  • The three main branches of the autonomic nervous system
  • Blended autonomic nervous system states
  • Common autonomic nervous system loops
  • What is Neuroception?
  • Neuroception, trauma and social justice
  • How the state of your autonomic nervous system drives your story of the world
Class 3 - June 6th

Co-regulation as a neurobiological imperative for survival

  • The cranial nerves that drive the social engagement system as a neurobiological imperative for survival
  • How dysfunction in the social engagement system may manifest
  • Co-regulation through connection and reciprocity
  • In the absence of co-regulation from a self-regulated care-giver, an infant/child learns how to self-regulate from a place of fear and self-protection
Class 4 - June 13th

Neuroception, trauma and social justice

  • Deconstructing the trauma of class, race, sex and other -isms within the context of psychotherapy and neuroception of safety
  • Fawning: giving up authenticity in order to belong
  • Appeasement: self-snuffing life force energy in order to survive


Class 5 - June 20th

Finding safety through the orienting response, and releasing anxiousness through the fidgeting response

  • Safety is to be found in the external environment. “Safeness” is what we feel on the inside, when there is safety. For many trauma survivors, there is a “gap” between safety and safeness.
  • Orienting to our environment through the eyes (and then through the body), allows the nervous system to land in safeness
  • Practice a simple vagus nerve reset exercise
  • Working with rising sympathetic energy of anxiousness: recognizing and releasing the fidget and find responses
Class 6 - June 27th

The vitality of the hands, face, ears, and scalp….and additional exercises for dissociative responses

  • The somato-sensory neocortex of the brain has a disproportionate number of nerve endings to the hands, face, and feet.
  • The fright and freeze responses can cause tension in the face, ears, jaw and neck in order to maintain a visage of unperturbed stillness in the face of possible danger
  • By releasing tension in the hands, face, scalp, ears, jaw, and feet, we are able to not only come out of a low-grade dissociative response and fright-freeze response, we also able to reconnect to the vitality of our ventral vagal nervous system (social engagement system) which emotes and connects through facial expressiveness.
  • Engage bilateral cross-body responses in order to help ourselves come out of low-grade dissociative responses
Class 7 - July 4th

Releasing tension in the neck, shoulders and diaphragm

  • One of the areas that initiates sympathetic activation is the area between the shoulder blades. Low grade sympathetic responses can manifest as chronic tension in the shoulders and neck, ears and jaw.
  • The other areas that initiate sympathetic activation are the outer hips and the inner core muscles (ilia-psoas). These muscle groups not only connect the lower body to the upper body, they are also the prime movers, initiators of fight and flight.
  • The diaphragm is a core stabilizer muscle that is also the engine for sympathetic activation. Gently connect to and resource diaphragm tension to restore well-being.
Class 8 - July 11th

Experiments for resourcing fight, flight and frozen-ness

  • The freeze response has been described as being stuck between our needs and our fears. When there has been stillness in terror, still in safety is near impossible, and the action systems of daily life is back dropped with anxiety and fear.
  • We will cover some exercises to compassionately move the frozen-ness through the body.
  • A truncated flight response can be experienced in the body as anxiety, easy distractibility or simply as too much energy in the body. I will share with you a simple exercise to discharge a truncated flight response which can then reset the nervous system and restore the thoracic diaphragm’s capacity for fuller, more restful breathing.
  • In order to survive, many of us may have learned to suppress our anger, the life force energy underneath the fight response. Others of us may have learned to react instinctively and immediately. Either way, these habitual conditioned responses may be inhibiting aliveness and/or safety. We will learn how to safely connect to anger in order to move a truncated fight response and/or an over-active fight response gently out of the nervous system. By learning to recognize the physical tension patterns of our low-grade fight responses emotionally, mentally and somatically (e.g. irritability, wanting space), we can effectively restore the nervous system to a peaceful, embodied aliveness.


Class 9 - July 18th

Beyond the childhood, the adulthood. Beyond the child, the family

  • The interactive dynamics of alcoholic, dysfunctional and/or environmentally-unsupported families which results in the formation of unmet developmental needs
  • The adaptive survival strategies developed by an individual, family system or culture
  • An alternative adaptive strategy
Class 10 - July 25th

The truncated attachment cry

In order to survive, many of us needed to be silent. Trauma recovery involves reconnecting to our capacity for vocalization in an embodied way. This class will explore:

  • Polyvagal-informed attachment theory
  • A history of body-based psychotherapy
  • Characterological expressions and the neuromuscular patterning of a truncated attachment cry
  • Resources for individuals who identify with challenges around receiving support and nourishment
Class 11 - August 1st

Actions of attachment

In order to maintain a connection with the caregivers in our early lives, many of us had to learn to inhibit or have fearful relationships to certain developmental actions of attachment - reaching, grasping, pulling and having.

These actions of attachment form the basis for embodied asking, receiving, giving and letting go that underscore our relationships

  • Explore these truncated actions of attachment with curiosity to gain some insight into the missing relational experiences that carry forth into current relationships
  • Explore with curiosity the somatization of the truncated attachment cry
  • Reshape the nervous system with somatic self-gestures of support
Class 12 - August 8th

Actions of nourishment

In order to not let in unpleasant experiences and/or survive toxic environments, many of us needed to create a “nourishment barrier”. This nourishment barrier can also prevent us from letting in the good stuff: acknowledgement from others, kindness, safeness, opportunities for engagement and reciprocity.

  • Discuss Pierre Janet’s psychology of action and Ron Kurtz’s barriers to action
  • Appreciate the role and function of the nourishment barrier in order to survive unpleasant/unpredictable/toxic environments
  • Reshape the nervous system with small sips of nourishment

In the spirit of addressing historic and systemic barriers to participation, there are several equity pricing scholarship spaces available for this training. Priority of access for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ individuals, individuals living with disabilities, and individuals living with lower income. Please contact: [email protected] with your request.

In order to receive a Certificate of Completion, participants do not need to attend live.

Continuing Education

CE Learning Objectives

Level I:

  • Discuss trauma and addictive processes within the context of hyper- and hypo-arousal and Polyvagal Theory
  • Describe current methods for self-regulation and co-regulation in order to create a map of one’s autonomic nervous system
  • Apply techniques for Polyvagal-Informed self-regulation
  • Discuss how Polyvagal Theory can be applied in a way that is inclusive of the lived experiences of BIPOC and those with marginalized identities

Level II:

  • Discuss and apply bottom-up strategies to facilitate self-regulation as it applies to addiction and trauma recovery
  • Discuss ocular activation exercises for the orienting response, and ocular tension resource exercises, as well as whole body orienting responses to facilitate client safeness
  • Analyze techniques for working with dissociative responses and hyper-arousal
  • Apply somatic techniques that help to resource autonomic tension patterns and facilitate interoceptive awareness

Level III:

  • Analyze the truncated developmental actions of attachment
  • Apply techniques for Polyvagal-Informed self-regulation that facilitate experimentation with truncated developmental actions of attachment
  • Apply techniques related to vocalization and truncated attachment cry
  • Demonstrate techniques related to interpersonal connection, expression, reciprocity and nourishment

Collectively Rooted has been approved by NCBTMB as a Continuing Education Provider, AP #: 1000629. Please check with your credentials board or state license board to ensure that any courses you take can be applied for credential renewal. It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. CE credits for this course has been approved for Live and Home Study! Please direct any questions to [email protected]

Cancellation Policy

We will honor cancellation requests submitted by email [email protected] if an attendee cancels at least 7 Days in advance.

Cancellation requests submitted after the above dates will not be accepted. There will be a $25 fee taken out of all refunds issued.


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