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10 Week Program

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: April 5th, 12th, 19th

Level II: April 26th, May 3rd, 10th, 17th

Level III: May 24th, 31st, June 7th

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All lectures will be recorded and shared for 30 days.

Each lecture ends with time for Q&As.
Those who cannot attend live can submit questions by email.

All participants in this course will be invited to attend complimentary Community Gathering events throughout the year.

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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, 10-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.

Level I

In this level we will explore:

Class 1: Stored trauma creates a dysregulated nervous system
April 5th

∞ 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: Gaining control over how you feel
April 12th

∞ 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: Co-regulation as a neurobiological imperative for survival
April 19th

∞ 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

Level II

In this level you get to:

Class 4: Finding safety through the orienting response, and releasing anxiousness through the fidgeting response
April 23rd

∞ 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 5: The vitality of the hands, face, ears, scalp, and feet….and additional exercises for dissociative responses
May 3rd

∞ 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.

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Class 6: Releasing tension in the neck, shoulders and hips
May 10th

∞ 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 7: Experiments for releasing fight, flight and frozen-ness
May 17th

∞ 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.

Level III

In this level we will

Class 8: The truncated attachment cry
May 24th

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

∞ Polyvagal-informed attachment theory

∞ Characterological expressions and the neuromuscular patterning of a truncated attachment cry.

∞ Entertaining the idea of the possibility of receiving support

∞ Play with making sounds! And then explore sighing, sound-based non-verbal expression, humming, toning, singing, and laughter, and finish with embodied, gentle, soundful self-soothing.

Class 9: Actions of attachment
May 31st

∞ 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 10: Actions of nourishment
June 7th

∞ 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

To earn the Certificate in Somatic Embodiment & Regulation Strategies, all three levels of the course must be completed. However, if individual levels of the course are more relevant to your practice or healing, Levels I, II, or III may be purchased individually. Recordings of the sessions will be provided.


1. Level I

Program Only

Included features:

  • Individual Course
  • April 5th, 12th, 19th

2. Level II

Program Only

Included features:

  • Individual Course
  • April 26th, May 3rd, 10th, 17th

3. Level III

Program Only

Included features:

  • Individual Course
  • May 24th, 31st, June 7th

4. All Levels

Program Only

Included features:

  • Full Course
  • Includes levels I, II, & III
  • 30 day extended access to recording (expires July 7, 2021)

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.

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

Continuing Education

APA approved up to 10 Live CE Hours:

  • Level I: 3 CE credits
  • Level II: 4 CE credits
  • Level III: 3 CE credits

This course is pending approval for Home Study CE credit.

The methods taught will augment psychotherapeutic interventions and are not known to have limitations when used in the scope and limits of one’s knowledge.

Live Credit
Sadar Psychological is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Sadar Psychological maintains responsibility for this program and its content. In order to receive the live credits, you must attend the entire program, check in at the start of the program, check out and the conclusion of the program, and complete the Participant Satisfaction/Evaluation form and return it to your presenter or monitor. Partial credits will not be given. A participant may arrive no more than 10 minutes late and leave no more than 10 minutes early in order to receive credit for a live program. There will be no exceptions.

There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between Sadar Psychological, the presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

The views of the presenters are theirs and do not necessarily represent a position by Sadar Psychological. Sadar Psychological is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in their continuing education activities. We are also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them in accordance with APA requirements. Please address questions, concerns, and any complaints to [email protected]

Home Study Credit
This program is PENDING APPROVAL for APA home study credit. In order to receive home study credit, you must watch the recorded content in its entirety, complete the Participant Satisfaction/Evaluation form, and pass the course quiz with a score of 70% or higher. Partial credits will not be given. There will be no exceptions.

It is the responsibility of every attendee to abide by the standards set forth in the APA Code of Ethics for maintaining security and confidentiality of any test materials and proprietary information presented as part of this continuing education program. Any materials used as part of this program may not be copied or otherwise distributed, and no proprietary information will be disclosed by attendees to any person not registered for this program.

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Cancellation Policy

We will honor cancellation requests submitted by email [email protected] up to the following dates:

For 2021 Somatic Embodiment Program

  • Level I: March 15
  • Level II: April 15
  • Level III: May 15

For 2021 Somatic Embodiment Program

  • Level I: January 4
  • Level II: January 25
  • Level III: February 22

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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