Complete NARM™ Practitioner Training Programme Curriculum

An overview of taught topics during the 2 Year NARM Practitioner Training*


Module 1


  • NARM theoretical orientation
  • Working with shock and developmental trauma
  • Working with top-down and bottom-up integrative approach
  • NARM organising principles
  • Overview of 5 adaptive survival styles
  • Distortions of life force
  • Distress and healing cycles
  • Pride and shame-based identifications
  • Reframing attachment and attachment loss
  • Introducing the 4 pillars of NARM
  • Establishing a therapeutic "contract”
  • The NARM Relational Model
  • Connection survival style
  • Connection: Clients whose access to sensations and feelings are compromised


Module 2


  • Developmental process: Attachment and separation-individuation
  • Asking exploratory questions
  • Somatic mindfulness
  • Attunement survival style
  • Identifying and using resources
  • Working in present time with dual awareness
  • Reflecting positive shifts
  • Autonomy survival style
  • Working with anger and aggression
  • Working with shame and guilt


Module 3


  • Trust survival style
  • Core vs default emotions
  • Anger and aggression
  • Narcissism and objectification
  • Narcissistic vs sadistic abuse
  • Supporting agency
  • Love-sexuality survival style
  • The psychobiological process of shame (“shame as a verb”)
  • Tracking expansion and contraction/connection and disconnection
  • “Drilling down” / deconstruction of experience (in the function of disidentification)
  • NARM languaging
  • Deepening study into the connection survival style issues, symptoms and related disorders
  • The polyvagal theory
  • Trait-survival style-personality disorder continuum
  • Identifying core dilemma: Core themes vs survival strategies (behaviours, symptoms, etc.)
  • Countertransference and the traps of goal-oriented, solution-focused psychotherapy


Module 4


  • How to develop a working hypothesis
  • Freeze and intrapsychic conflict
  • Self-hatred and self-rejection
  • An overview of NARM’s different orientation to working with personality disorders
  • Therapist’s countertransference acting-out and re-enactment
  • Unmanaged empathy and therapist efforting
  • The interplay of the survival styles: Primary and secondary patterns
  • Survival styles as they relate to intimacy and sexuality
  • Developing capacity for pleasure
  • Working with couples
  • Working with identity
  • Disidentification: Loneliness and freedom
  • Supporting increasing complexity, capacity and resiliency
  • Addressing the physical structure of the adaptive survival styles
  • Working with the social engagement channels: Eyes, ears, face and touch
  • Integrating NARM effectively into our clinical practice
  • Addressing identity from both a psychological and non-Western perspective


* NARM's unique organic approach to healing developmental trauma means that topics and schedules may be subject to change.


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