"Regardless of our personal history or the trauma we have experienced, 

as a plant that spontaneously turns towards the sun, 

there is in each one of us an impulse that tends towards the connection."

(Dr Larry Heller, 2012)

What will I learn?

NARM training objectives:

  • The different skills needed to work with developmental versus shock trauma; why and when shock trauma interventions may be a contraindication when working with developmental trauma.

  • How to address the complex interplay between the nervous system and dis-regulation, identity distortions (such as toxic shame and guilt, low self- esteem, chronic self-judgment) and other psychobiological symptoms.

  •  How to work in real time with early adaptive survival styles that, while once life-saving, distort clients’ current life experience. 

  • When to work ‘bottom-up’, when to work ‘top-down’, and how to work with both simultaneously to meet the specific challenges of developmental trauma.

  • How to support clients with a mindful and progressive process of dis-identification from identity distortions.

  • A new, coherent theory for working with affect and emotions, which aims to support their psychobiological completion.


How will I learn?


The different modules comprise two complementary approaches:

  • Didactic and theoretical learning including lectures, Q&A sessions, group discussions, case consultations and session analysis via NARM therapy demonstrations and videos;

  • Experiential learning including exercises, small group activities, role play and active coaching on NARM clinical skills.


Who is this training for?

NARM training is for psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists and other health professionals who work with people who have experienced complex trauma.Trainees (graduate or otherwise) are welcome to apply.

Applications will be considered on a case by case basis, and may include an interview with a NARM coordinator and/or faculty member.