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Trauma Certificate Level II: Moving Beyond “Healing”: Inviting All of Ourselves into Embodiment • Part I & Part 2

April 18 - April 19 Registration & Breakfast 8:15 am; Training 8:45 am - 4:15 pm (EDT) 6 CEUs Presenter: Jill Penaloza, LCPAT, ATR-BC, CGP Hilton Garden Inn, 4770 Owings Mills Blvd. Owings Mills, 21117 + Google Map

Please Note: This training is ONLY open to Level II Trauma Certificate participants.

For information about the Level II Trauma Certificate Programclick here.

Workshop Description

True healing, wholeness and well-being naturally arise within us as we connect with a felt sense of body, mind, and spirit. As trauma therapists, some of our greatest challenges and opportunities come as we strive to help  clients reconnect with their embodied experience in order to move into this state of wholeness. In this 2-part workshop, we’ll learn and practice tools to help clients return to a state of wholeness, aliveness, and vitality.

In Part 1, we’ll review the science of embodied healing, identify the benefits and challenges of embodiment work, and explore, through artmaking, relaxation, and movement practices, the relationship between embodiment and parts work.

In Part 2, we’ll learn a 9-stage embodiment process that can be applied to a variety of client populations and settings. Both workshops include creative, body-based practices that invite the opening of the heart and body to access the endless possibilities for healing, led by our deepest wisdom.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will review current scientific research on ANS regulation, embodiment and healing, and self-actualization as it applies to working with clients who have experienced trauma.
  • Participants will be able to differentiate between top-down and bottom-up therapeutic interventions and be able to apply these effectively with clients who have experienced trauma.
  • Participants will identify and problem solve for the challenges of introducing and using embodiment practices in treatment with clients who have experienced trauma.
  • Participants will discuss identity, intersectionality, and privilege and look at how these can impact client safety and belonging in and out of the therapeutic setting.
  • Participants will identify how parts work interventions support and deepen embodiment practices.
  • Participants will apply embodiment tools to a variety of client populations and practice settings.
  • Participants will learn and apply bottom-up therapeutic interventions related to the 9 Stages of Embodiment:
    • 3 techniques for introducing embodiment practices to clients.
    • 2 trauma informed relaxation practices.
    • 3 breathing techniques to modulate the ANS.
    • 3 art activities for supporting and deepening embodiment practices.
    • 3 Sheng Zhen meditation practices to support relaxation and open the heart and body.
    • 1 non-moving meditation practice to access energetic awareness of self-in-connection.
  • Participants will gain awareness about their personal experience of and comfort with embodied practices and be able to utilize this to inform embodiment work that they will do with clients.

Agenda - Part 1 - April 18


  • Introduction to Embodied Wholeness: Healing the whole self
  • Introductory Practice: Relaxation as key to wellbeing
  • Science of Embodiment: polyvagal theory, ANS regulation and energy
  • Embodiment in Psychotherapy: Review of current treatment modalities
  • Trauma Informed Care: Embodiment and safety
  • Connecting to our Parts: Parts work and embodied artmaking


  • Psychoeducation Tool: Climbing the ANS ladder
  • Practicing Presence: Opening the heart
  • Identity, Intersectionality and Privilege: Embodiment and belonging
  • Choiceful Receptivity: Practicing nurturance and love
  • Adaptions for Client Populations and Practice Settings
  • Final Questions and Wrap Up

Agenda - Part 2 - April 19

Parts Work and Embodiment: A 9-Step Protocol for “Self” Healing


  • Steps 1-3: Preparation
  • Safety: Trauma informed care and embodiment
  • Psychoeducation: Opening the window of tolerance
  • Grounding: Interoceptive awareness and presence
  • Steps 4-6: Embodiment Practices
  • Deep Relaxation: Setting the stage for receptivity
  • Breathing Techniques: ANS activation and calming through breath
  • Moving into Oneness: Moving mediation and wholeness


  • The Role of the Therapist in Embodiment Work
  • Ethical Guidelines for Embodiment Work
  • Steps 7-9: Stabilization
  • Integration: Putting the parts together
  • Expansion: Embodying love and connection
  • Empowering “Self” Leadership: Harmony, Balance, and Fluidity
  • Adaptations for Client Populations and Practice Settings
  • Final Questions and Wrap Up
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