A Touch Training for Trauma Practitioners: Psychotherapists, Physical Therapists, Bodyworkers, Physicians, Educators, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists
Working to Help Clients Through Traumatic Stress, Chronic Pain, Relational Trauma
Basic BASE™ Training
What is BASE™
Basic BASE Training
Bodywork and Somatic Education™ (BASE™) is a therapeutic approach to helping people overcome the effects of trauma using somatically oriented interventions and movement. This class is specifically designed for trauma practitioners who want to include or improve their ability to use and follow non-verbal communication, touch when appropriate understanding of anatomy/body usage and relational dynamics.
The body is where we live. Psychological processes and emotions are physiological states expressed through the structures and usage of the body. Through sensory feedback (interoception) bones, muscles, fascia and organs/viscera give information about our state of being: safe or threatened (neuroleptic next), relaxed, anxious, aroused, etc. If the body is sending sensory information registered as discomfort, pain or distress, a person will perpetuate a heightened state of arousal or activation. This can become a self-maintaining positive feedback loop resulting in negative feelings—emotionally and physically. This can result in intrapersonal challenges, relationship, work and educational problems, chronic pain, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, sleep issues, feeling detached, anxiety and other difficulties.
The causes: emotional and developmental trauma, physical injury, emotional abuse, natural disasters, sexual assault, car accidents, surgery/anesthesia, suffocation, and other threatening circumstances.
Somatic Psychotherapy and Bodywork are essential for healing trauma. BASE™ practitioners who work with clients suffering from these conditions will have a greater sensitivity to follow or track what is happening in a client’s body and WHERE it is happening. You will refine your clinical attunement capacity and skill in specifically identifying activation/constriction in a client’s intrapersonal experience (body).BASE practitioners know how to release this freeze/shutdown allowing expansion, capacity and ease so choice becomes available for a client.
Learning how work to with the body enhances skilled intervention. BASE™ Training for trauma practitioners addresses this in two ways: first, non-touch somatic learning/body awareness strategies and effective assessment; and, second, hands-on somatic skills. For psychotherapists interested in adding hands-on work to their practices (from supportive touch on a client’s shoulder, to helping release freeze or shock in specific tissues, and body structures), this training will help you become skilled in somatic (body centered) therapy. Bodyworkers and movement educators will learn how to refine and expand their hands-on work with a paradigm that addresses slowly expanding a client’s capacity for flow and ease without cathartic overwhelm.
BASE™ brings two related aspects of somatic work together:
• somatic education, learning from the inside through kinesthetic sense of self.
• working directly with hands-on work to facilitate and allow change of dysregulation in body tissues, organs and structures; and
As a practitioner you will learn to refine your “Listening Hands” skills and your ability to track the autonomic nervous system and change in the tissues, from constriction to flow, with and without touch. BASE™ is intended to help develop clinically and ethically appropriate hands-on touch skills of psychotherapists and to refine Listening Hands skills of bodyworkers who work with traumatized clients.
Growing evidence shows the importance of touch in healing from shock trauma and developmental trauma. Touch gives an infant the physical feedback of its existence. Healthy physical contact supports healthy emotional connection for lifelong resilient attachment and bonding. When disrupted by developmental wounding, illness or shock trauma, or when insufficient for healthy bonding the infant can grow into a child, adolescent and adult in physical and/or relational freeze. Appropriate touch also supports and promotes healing of physical structures in the anatomy that impact a person’s life because of pain and/or movement difficulties.
BASE™ teaches practitioners hands-on work to facilitate and support clients moving out of freeze globally and in local physical structures (e.g., kidneys, fascia, esophagus, bone) to allow more ease and resilience, less physical and emotional pain, greater expansion and possibility for growth in their lives.
** Appreciate Attachment and Intersubjective (Empathic) Relationship
**Understand ow the body is part and parcel of attachment and bonding
** Learn how the body/physiology (our home) feels; read or track and resonate with a client’s internal somatic, affective experience and kinesthetic sense of self
** Know about the body structure (anatomy) and physiology to help maintain clear boundaries, the ethical use of touch and changing a client’s stance or posturetude (posture/attitude) in the world
** Learn how to facilitate a client’s kinesthetic learning about self ad self in relationship
** Learn functional somatic interventions that clients can use outside the office to reduce a stress response
** Learn a clear way to transition yourself and a client from a typical psychotherapeutic or verbal model to a body oriented/touch inclusive option model
** Refine “listening hands” skills to track and help release constriction/freeze from specific local, regional and global structures in the body
** Understand how to work with emotions as they emerge from the physiology via verbal and touch including therapy
** Feel and help release restricted orienting, flight, fight, tonic immobility (freeze) posturing
** Learn and develop somatic interventions with couples stuck in a bond of dysregulation
This training is considered intermediate level–for trauma practitioners who have prior clinical practice and/or education in psychotherapy and/or body therapies and trauma.
BASE 1: Polyvagal Structures
*Clinically and ethically appropriate use of touch
*Polyvagal theory and clinical application
*Bodywork/touch as a relational process
*Listening with Hands
*Working directly with structures of the wandering nerve—the vagus: abdominal viscera, GI tract, breathing apparatus (heart, lungs and more)
BASE 2: Social Engagement and Orienting Structures
*Working with Orienting and Social Engagement
*Systems beyond the vagus—Facial, Trigeminal, Accessory, Oculomotor, Eyes and Oral Elements
*Social engagement and bonding/attachment dynamics
*Posture and emotions—soft power, containment, capacity, inhibiting distress, and body usage
BASE 3: Bones, Cranium, Concussions and PTSD
*What is a concussion
*Relationship between concussions and PTSD
*Using appropriate touch to reduce the effects of a concussion
*Bone: Working with Structure
*Focus on structures of the cranium and brain
*Posturetude, Soft Power, Shame
Joints and emotions
BASE 4: The Body and Relational Work
*Social Engagement Behaviors
*Eyes—Bonding/Distancing, Muscles, Superficial or Myofascial, Emotions and the Body
*Somatic Couples Work, Working with Couples, Attachment and Bonding
*Somatic Toys for SensoryMotor Renegotiation
**The BASE™ training consists of 4 modules. For students who want a certificate of completion for the entire training and to become a BASE™ practitioner 4 consultations (group or individual) with Dave and 4 personal experiential sessions in addition to the 4 modules are required and are an additional expense.
Video Streaming — Only one module by video streaming (available soon) can be applied toward the training requirements. If one module is completed by video an additional 2 consultations with Dave and 1 personal BASE™ session are required for completion of the training requirements. Video streaming will be available for 3 months from the date the link is sent. There are no ce’s with video streaming.
Concussions and PTSD
A concussion is the result of a sudden physical assault to the skull and brain from trauma experiences such as abuse, accidents and sports. The rapidity can inhibit or yield inefficient normal protective responses that might prevent the physical assault. The inhibition is often caused by a sudden shock state or tonic immobility that is also seen in, and results in PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD and Post Concussive Syndrome (PCS) include cognitive disturbances, behavioral changes and relational disruptions. These, in turn, can lead to occupational, educational and activity of daily living problems. These symptoms can result from or exacerbate already existing challenges including domestic violence, military culture, leisure activities and occupational requirements.
When confronted with a physical threat such as can occur in domestic violence, motor vehicle accidents, sports and military activities we can go into flight, fight or freeze. Freeze, or tonic immobility can result in PTSD.
Understanding the anatomy of the cranium, including the brain and its protective coverings gives us a basis for understanding the physical effects of a concussion on the brain. Polyvagal Theory gives a basis for understanding what happens neurologically and behaviorally that contributes to PTSD. This is a major contributor to cognitive and behavioral disturbances.
Clients and patients who have concurrent PTSD and PCS may need a team of practitioners in mental health and physical/medical health care. There may be some overlap that supports team work and it is important all practitioners have some idea of what each other does. The re-integration of cognitive health and autonomic regulation helps a client return to work re-engage in leisure activities and be more resilient in relationships.
1-What is a Concussion: Causes and Symptoms
2-What is PTSD: Causes and Symptoms
3-Threat Response Options
4-Basic Anatomy of the Cranium
5-Polyvagal Theory, the autonomic nervous system and behavior
1-Boundary Rupture and Repair
2-Re-establishing vagal tone and balance using awareness and mindfulness techniques of the autonomic nervous system
1-Therapist/Client Relationship that supports relaxation and reduction of PTSD and PCS symptoms
3-Relaxation, Cognitive and other mindfulness strategies for improving autonomic regulation
4-Understanding the roles medical/physical health practitioners
5-More strategies for improving autonomic regulation and behavioral stabilization mindfulness techniques
6-Emotional and cranial balance with basic physiology understanding of health in skull/brain and how that is effected by brain injury with cognitive, relational, psychoeducational & awareness/mindfulness techniques
Relational Development, Rupture and Repair: A Somatic Developmental Approach
Developed and taught by Dave Berger, MFT, PT, LCMHC, SEP, MA and Abi Blakeslee, MFT, SEP, PhD
In this workshop we will explore the neurophysiological and somatic underpinnings of healthy relationship and how to support and educate clients using an experiential model of learning. This workshop is a stand-alone workshop that will give you specific tools to be able to guide a shift in the somatic and psychological structure of an individual and then the relational field. For those of you who have been looking for somatically oriented ways to work with infants, couples, families, adult attachment, and systems this short but effective training will greatly enhance your practice.
How we communicate and receive others is learned during our first attachment experiences with our primary care takes such as our parents and, perhaps, even prior to our own conception. Relational dynamics with friends, partners, colleagues, loved ones, adversaries and others all stem from these early connections and experiences.
Often, we have experienced and learned less than optimal verbal and non-verbal communication skills. These dynamics are software, not hard wired and, therefore, are changeable. In our workshop we will look at how early attachment and bonding experiences set the stage for communication and relationships early and later in life with the body and physiological states being the primary vehicles of communication.
By the end of this workshop students
1-Describe the physiology of self-regulation
2-Describe the development of self-regulation in infants
3-Identify five primary body structures of attachment and bonding
4-Demonstrate developmental movement associated with attachment and bonding
5-Understand natural cycles of relational rupture and repair
6-Describe and apply somatic repair interventions with classical attachment styles
7-Describe relational affect within the body
8-Practice embodied relational repair work with couples
Fertilization to Birth
History of Attachment
Physical Structures of Attachment
Touch—Basics of BASE
Eyes, Orienting, Gazing
Threat Response Cycle, Gottman and Tronick
Posturetudes—Soma and Feeling
Adult Attachment in Clinical Practice
Couples in Clinical Practice
Mirroring, Rupture and Re-do’s
CE’s and CEU’s for Basic BASE trainings and specialty workshops may include:
Bodyworkers: NCBTMB Provider #1023
Psychotherapists see below:These programs are co-sponsored by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for continuing education credit
Marriage and Family Therapists:
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) awards CEs for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists in the following states:
AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT (TBD), NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, ND, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY.
Please note that it is the responsibility of the licensee to check with their individual state board to verify CE requirements for their state.
CES maintains responsibility for these programs. In addition, CES is an approved CE provider for Florida Marriage & Family Therapists (CE Provider # 50-9633) and an approved Continuing Education Provider for Texas Marriage & Family Therapists (Provider Number 558).
Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) awards Social Work CEs in the following states: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MA, ME, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY.
Please note that it is the responsibility of the licensee to check with their individual state board to verify CE requirements for their state.
Social Workers-New York State
Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers
All Social Workers attending programs that have been awarded Social Work Continuing Education from CES will receive a Certificate upon completion.
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant Social Work CEs for the following reasons.
1. CES is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA).
2. CES programs meet the rules and regulations per-state, of requirements for continuing education offerings.
Please note: Many states accept CEs for Social Workers because of approved provider status in any state. CES is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board of Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed Social Workers. #SW-0444.
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.
Commonwealth Educational Seminars’ training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Dave Berger, 415-689-1099
*For All BASE trainings and workshops: General Registration Information: Registration fees, dates and locations are listed on registration and information materials. Cancellation policy: If cancellation is 30 or more days prior to start date of a module or workshop there is a full refund less $50; 15-30 days prior to start date there will be 50% refund less $50. Less than 15 days prior to start date there is no refund. Payment can be by check, cash or online as specified on registration and information materials.