Somatic Trauma Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress (100 CPD hours)


The Centre for Mental Health Education is proud to announce the return of Babette Rothschild for her final visit to Australia to deliver the Foundation Workshop (Workshop 1 only) for the Sydney Intensive in Somatic Trauma Therapy! This 12 Day Intensive course in trauma therapy runs over 12 months with supervision and consultancy provided to attendees in between each workshop block via our online participant portal.

Sydney Intensive Dates (3 x 4 day workshops spread over 12 months)

  • Workshop 1: 6th-9th July 2017 (Faculty: Babette Rothschild)
  • Workshop 2: 8th – 11th February 2018 (Faculty: Peter King with video role plays with Babette Rothschild)
  • Workshop 3: 21st – 24th June 2018 (Faculty: Peter King with video role plays with Babette Rothschild)

Course Fee: 

$500 non-refundable and non-transferrable deposit required to secure your place at Babette’s Intensive Training Course.

Course fee is $4,500AUD on a payment plan or $3,500AUD for upfront payment.

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Flexible payment options available for attendees following payment of deposit. Please contact Kiel Brodie on +61 414 590 227 or for further information.

About the course:

This training is open to psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors and other health care professionals. All workshops are conducted with a combination of lecture, discussion, exercises, demonstrations, and practice. They will include a review of both traditional and alternative theories of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This course attracts a total of 100 CPD hours over 2 calendar years and meets the education component for Certification as a Somatic Trauma Therapist!

This training embraces three major goals:

  • First, to make a relevant bridge between trauma theory and trauma practice;
  • Second, to make non-touch somatic tools available to the trauma practitioner;
  • Third, to equip therapists to distinguish and help clients who: 1) are not good candidates for processing trauma memories and 2) those who are good candidates for processing memories.

These goals underlie the principles addressed in The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment, putting into direct practice the tools presented there as well as many others.

The training is grounded in the belief that the therapist working with trauma must become familiar with many theories, techniques, and treatment models to ensure that therapy will always be tailored to the needs of the client. Therefore, it is designed to enhance, not replace, skills and knowledge already held by the participants. In the past, practitioners from many disciplines (psychoanalysis, psychodynamic, EMDR, cognitive behavioural, hypnosis, Gestalt, body psychotherapy, TA, etc.) have all found this training to be a complement not a conflict.

These three 4-day workshops, run over a 12 month period, review both traditional and alternative theories of PTSD including (but not limited to) those developed by: Bessel van der Kolk, Judith Herman, M.D. at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; the Bodynamic Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark; and Peter Levine, Ph.D., Ergos Institute, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Workshop Part 1 (4 days including the weekend): 

  • Reducing risks of trauma therapy is the focus of this workshop and the foundation of the entire training.
  • Theoretical material includes: psychology of stress and trauma – including the role of dissociation; physiology of stress and trauma – including how brain and nervous system communicate during and following traumatic events;
  • Defining types of trauma clients; “putting on the brakes” for containment, and safety, and regulating hyperarousal.
  • Experience with basic body awareness, muscle toning, boundaries, and the use of resources will provide the basis for direct practice during the remainder of the training.
Workshop Part 2 (4 days including the weekend):
Theory and technique of therapeutic treatment will be the focus of this workshop.
  • Both cognitive and somatic sides of transference and countertransference will be explored.
  • Memory theory will be presented as it applies to traumatic memory.
  • In groups of three, participants will begin practicing Peter Irvine’s SIBAM dissociation model as a multifaceted tool that can be used to enhance resolution of trauma.
  • Participants will also be encouraged to use the theory they have learned to develop their own techniques.
Workshop Part 3 (4 days including the weekend):
Integration of both theoretical and practical material from all three workshops will be the focus, reinforcing the bridge between theory and practice.
  • Issues involved when trauma therapy is the sole aim of treatment, as well as when it is a part of long-term psychotherapy, will be addressed.
  • The BODYnamic ‘running technique’ will be introduced as an imaginal, mind/body integrative procedure for reawakening the flight reflex and reducing hyperarousal.
  • Participants will be supervised in making relevant choices of techniques both during role-plays and during client consultation.
Peter King will be providing support to participants between each workshop in the application of Somatic Trauma Therapy. Support can be accessed by participants via the Centre for Mental Health Education’s website which offers participants:
  • Videos (role plays, instructional videos, additional lectures)
  • Online access to supporting materials and recommended readings
  • Online group chat discussion
  • Live Q&A sessions

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