This training is more than an education, it is a transformational learning experience. It is a training that offers you immediate tools, methods and interventions in order to instantaneously cultivate a more trauma-informed approach in your current studio, classes, business, organization, and offerings.
Through a better understanding of the body and how it is affected during certain circumstances and events (mentally, physically and emotionally), we as humans are able to ultimately return ourselves back to a balanced state of living, thus breaking the pattern of stress, anxiety, and eventually trauma within ourselves, our community and our globe.
In order to understand and take action toward a more safe, inclusive and equitable future we must first understand the complexities and nuances of trauma and how it manifests. This training unpacks the intricacies of how trauma impacts individuals and communities and also equips you with tools for self agency and regulation so we can more powerfully hold space for ourselves and others.
Our approach is both bottom-up, drawing on body-based practices including yoga, breathwork, and sensory awareness; and top-down with education around neuroscience, anatomy, and trauma.
Why is Trauma Informed so important?
Stress and trauma can exist on a continuum and because of that, it is extremely important to understand this in the context of our past, today's world, and the future we want to work towards. This training gives you insight into individual and collective trauma, systemic causes of harm and trauma, as well as social justice and change-focused approaches. We explore how we can understand and integrate our own experience as well as how we can hold space for and walk alongside others. This training places an immense emphasis on knowing that we are not here to fix, change, or heal anyone else, but to be somatic witnesses and creative forces as we offer support along the way. Learn tools necessary for your own reflection and growth as well as ones to offer others regardless of the field or industry you work within and the people you work with.
The body holds trauma to different degrees and complexities. As a facilitator, you are creating space for individuals to explore and connect with their breath, body and mind. Therefore it is important to be sure we are able to hold students in the wholeness of their experience, understand what may be happening for them on a physiological and neurological level, without needing to alter or change their experience. We are here to bear witness, allow, and hold space for transformation in their own time and way.
Trauma not only impacts how an individual functions and navigates the world, it influences how they relate to others and how communities relate to them. It impacts our society as a whole; institutions, systems, and structures have been built through trauma and continue to perpetuate it. In order to disrupt the cycle we must learn the nuances of how trauma shows up in the mind, body, and all interactions and dynamics. Becoming trauma-informed is a paradigm shift, it means seeing each person in their full diversity and intersectionality and allow them the dignity to evolve, heal, and transform. Through this, we begin to work towards the types of workplaces, systems, and institutions that we want to see; ones that are human-centred and equity-driven.
Becoming a Trauma-Informed Practitioner
SomaPsych emphasizes embodied intellect throughout this training and creates space for curiosity and exploration. Somatics and psychology intersect by highlighting the relationship between Mind+Body and recognizing the importance of embodied practices and emotional regulation for enhancing trauma-informed practices and offerings.
Becoming a trauma-informed practitioner asks us to continuously practice the ability to regulate our own nervous system, strengthening our ability to healthily fluctuate from calm to distress and back again. The training content and schedule are uniquely designed to equip students with educational tools to promote biological resiliency, self-regulation and resolution, whilst integrating the practical & embodied experience of these tools throughout.
By learning how to center and regulate ourselves, we build our capacity to not only face individual challenges but we are better equipped to acknowledge the injustices and oppressive systems of our society. As we explore topics such as social justice and systemic change, students are better equipped to hold the multitude of emotions that may arise whilst staying regulated. By doing so, we make room for dialectical thinking and discussion within the group, knowing that we can hold our emotions and stay grounded as we hear the views and perspectives of others. When we can channel whatever emotion we hold in the moment, we can transform it into a force for good, a catalyst for change.
This is a space to show up in a place of curiosity to understand how trauma may show up in the body, how it may manifest in different situations and experiences. You will leave with a practical and embodied ability to move forward in a growth based way.
During this training, participants will discover:
How trauma anatomically affects the nervous system
How to identify trauma symptoms and trigger responses
How to take a humanistic approach in all that you do
Tools to promote biological resiliency, self-regulation and resolution
Protocol and best practices in the field
Invitational language and facilitating choice-making
Community building and outreach methods
Trauma stewardship and the importance of self-care
How to create safer, more inclusive and accessible spaces
What post-traumatic growth is and how to hold hope as a possibility
Embodied social justice and systemic change
Facilitation methods for healthcare practitioners specific to the populations you are walking alongside
Is this training right for you?
This is an educational training that promotes self & collective healing through experiential, embodied, and collaborative learning.
The weekend may hold components of self-reflection & personal healing. However, to respect the intention and purpose of this training, we ask that students refrain from sharing in-depth about personal trauma and/ or healing journeys.
If you feel that at present you require more support and emotional regulation tools before attending this training, please see our 10HR Nervous System Regulation Online Workshop (Available for purchase January 2024).
If you require 1-1 support for trauma restoration, please seek support from a licensed professional.
Who is this training for?
*The below list offers an insight into previous students' professions. This list is not limited to the professions that this training is suitable for.
Mental Health or Pastoral Counselors
Physicians (MD, DO, ND, DC & others) & Physician Assistants
Emergency Medical Personnel
Yoga Therapist/ Yoga Teacher
Complementary & Alternative Medicine Professional
Other Wellness Professionals
Human Resource Manager & Business Owners
Training Location & Dates, 2024
Ahuriri | Napier
@ Coastguard Hawkes Bay
Friday April 5th 2024, 6-9pm
Saturday April 6th 2024, 9am-6pm
Sunday April 7th 2024, 9am-6pm
Whanganui-a-Tara, Te | Wellington
@ Lady's Home of Compassion
Friday June 14th 2024, 6-9pm
Saturday June 15th 2024, 9am-6pm
Sunday June 16th 2024, 9am-6pm
Ōtautahi | Christchurch
@ St Albans Community Centre
Friday July 19th 2024, 6-9pm
Saturday July 20th 24th 2024, 9am-6pm
Sunday July 21st 2024, 9am-6pm
Tiered pricing is an invitation to reflect on your access to resources and privilege, the value of this work, what you can genuinely afford, and what you might pay for comparable training programs.
**All prices are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD)
TIER 1: $690
For those who are financially well-resourced. Reflects the value of the course in Western economic markets.
For those on medium incomes and access to financial resources.
For those on low incomes, caring responsibilities and from marginalized communities.
“The workshop content drew deeply on a broad range of the evolving literature and Amanda’s considerable and diverse practitioner experience. It helped me integrate what I have read and be introduced to new resources. Amanda ably facilitated the group, responding to the participants’ different needs and background. However, what was most striking to me was Amanda’s teaching, and us practicing [on our own] various somatic informed practices. This gave us the opportunity to explore regulating our nervous system and observing the impact in real time. In the week after the training I have noticed I have been regulated with greater dept and more resilience which contributed to me bringing an enhanced trauma-informed presence to some demanding professional and personal contexts. This may be one of the most impactful professional training workshops I have attended.”
Is food and accommodation included?Food and accommodation is not included for this training. Each individual is responsible for providing their own food and accommodation for this training to allow you to find options that best suit your needs, and to keep the cost of this training as low and accessible as possible. We will provide tea, coffee and light refreshments throughout the training. There are many hostel and air bnb options available in Dunedin accessible to the studio via walking, driving or public transport options.
I need extra learning supportWe aim to make this training accessible to everyone. Whilst the training will offer a mixture of practical experience and theory, If you have learning difficulties or needs please speak to the team before the training to see how we can best support you throughout.
What is the SomaPsych cancellation/ refund policy?For all cancellation/ refund information, please visit the SomaPsych Financial Policies document for this training. You can view this document here.
How do payment plans work?We aim to make this training accessible by offering payment plans. Pleas email email@example.com to arrange your payment plan. Payment plans are a binding contract between the participant and SomaPsych.