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Online Training – Keeping the Body in Mind: Somatic Tools for Trauma Therapists

May 12 Login to Zoom 8:30am ; Training 8:45am-4:15pm (EDT) $179, 6 CEUs Presenter: Tally Tripp, MA, MSW, LCSW, ATR-BC, CTT Zoom, MD + Google Map

Neurobiology research consistently demonstrates that traumatic memory is held in sensory based bodily responses that are survival focused, resistant to change, and that defy explicit verbal narrative; thus they may not be well suited for traditional insight- oriented psychotherapeutic approaches. It follows that trauma informed therapists need to develop an integrative and expanded toolkit that includes a range of creative, expressive, somatic, and experiential tools and techniques that “keep the body in mind.”

In this interactive, experiential workshop, participants will explore numerous ways to facilitate a connection between mind and body for the purpose of managing stress and resolving trauma. “Bottom up” approaches using art, drama, breath, gesture, rhythm, movement, and sensory experiences will be introduced to inform a new embodied awareness that is helpful for our traumatized clients as well as ourselves. Participants will be exposed to the neurobiology of trauma and the somatic theories that underlie these approaches that are designed to regulate the nervous system while dealing with challenging trauma themes. These somatic tools are also applicable for the self-care of the therapist who may benefit from expanding and exploring somatic resources that allow them to feel more grounded, connected, engaged, and embodied.


Registration for this workshop closes one day before the workshop date.

If you want to sign up for this course and missed the registration deadline, please don’t worry. You can still contact Gerri Baum at gerrib@theferentzinstitute.com or call 410-409-7061 to inquire about joining the class. We will do our best to accommodate you. We appreciate your interest in our workshops and look forward to seeing you soon!

The Ferentz Institute, Inc. is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CEU approval for all trainings is also granted to Psychologists, LCPC’s and MFT’s and approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocity has also been granted for clinicians in Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Massachusetts and Texas. If your state is not among this list, we encourage you to check with your state licensing board to see if they will grant reciprocity.
The Institute maintains full responsibility for all programming. In order to provide Category 1 CEUs for all of our trainings, the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners requires online workshops to be live, interactive, and experienced in real time. Therefore, none of our trainings are recorded for later viewing.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the scientific underpinnings of the mind- body connection for healing trauma
  • Practice at least (4) experiential somatic tools for self-regulation or co-regulation in traumatized individuals
  • Discuss somatic countertransference and the importance of an embodied approach for working with trauma



  • The body comes to therapy, too
  • The Mind-Body connection

10:00—10:08       BREAK


  • Grounding and Somatic attunement
  • Co- regulating practices
  • Experiential
  • Discussion

11:00—11:07          BREAK


  • Attachment patterns in the body
  • Developmental movement
  • Experiential
  • Discussion

12:00—1:00           LUNCH


  • Body mapping
  • Working with the body

2:00-2:08              BREAK


  • Somatic resources
  • Experiential
  • Discussion

3:00—3:08            BREAK


  • The embodied therapist
  • Somatic countertransference
  • Experiential
  • Discussion
  • Wrap up
Representation of a somatic experience