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Trauma Certificate Training, Level II: Moving Beyond “Healing”: Inviting All of Ourselves into Enbodiment

April 20 Breakfast 8:15am-8:45am   Training 8:45am-4:00pm 6 CEUs Presenter: Jill Penaloza, LCPAT, ATR-BC, CGP Woodholme Country Club, 300 Woodholme Ave. Pikesville, MD 21208 United States + Google Map

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

From a view point of post traumatic growth, reconnecting a survivor of trauma with the “felt sense” of their body is one of the most important and challenging tasks of therapy. This task is especially difficult because trauma is stored in the body, and essential because true healing and joy can occur only when we are deeply connected to our felt sense of self, when we are Embodied. We’ll begin this workshop by taking a look at the science and theory of Embodiment, the therapeutic benefits and challenges of Embodiment Work and the relationship between Embodiment Work and Parts Work. Embodiment activities that include breath work, Sheng Zhen moving meditation practices, and reintegration/releasing techniques will be explored. Next, we’ll identify 9 stages of Embodiment and engage in active learning experiences that provide participants with an opportunity to practice creative and body-based tools to apply at each stage. By the end of this workshop participants will have learned a variety of ways to safely and gently invite clients back into their body.

It’s important to note that while many trauma survivors experience significant disconnection from felt sense (their survival may have depended on this), many of us who haven’t experienced trauma are also, to some degree, disconnected from felt sense due to familial/cultural beliefs and training. This workshop invites us to open our hearts as well as our bodies to better understand the felt experience of our clients. In this shared experience we can be more fully present to the endless possibilities for healing, led by our deepest wisdom.

Learning Objectives

  • Define Top Down and Bottom Up (embodied) Process including how these differ and what role each plays in the successful trauma treatment.
  • Explain the science behind embodied awareness including Poly Vagal theory, interoceptive awareness, cellular trauma, self-regulation, resonance, implicit knowing, flow, ipseity and authentic presence.
  • Identify treatment modalities and therapeutic practices that incorporate bottom up embodiment techniques including
  • Eastern Medicine modalities utilizing “Qi” for healing.
  • Differentiate between therapeutic and non-therapeutic embodiment interventions and the role that each can play in healing trauma.
  • Identify and problem solve for the challenges of incorporating bottom up, embodied, process in trauma treatment and Parts work.
  • Describe the 9 Stages of Embodiment in trauma treatment.


9:00- 10:30am

Incorporating Embodiment in Trauma Therapy

  • Top Down and Bottom Up Process in the Treatment of Trauma
  • The Science of Embodiment for Integrated Healing (Include handout)
  • Therapeutic Challenges and Embodiment in Theory and Practice
  • Incorporating Embodiment Practices into Parts Work

The Stages of Embodiment in Trauma Treatment

  • Overview of Stages and Tasks

10:30 – 10:40   BREAK

10:40 to 12:00

  • Stage 1: Readiness / Motivation
  • Self-leadership
  • Education and problem-solving
  • Stages 2 and 3: Creating Safety and Building Distress Tolerance
  • Embodied Art Activity: Opening and Grounding
  • Dyad and large group sharing / Application / Questions
  • Stage 4: ANS “Mastery”: Breathwork Practices
    • Embodied Breathing Activities: Demo and Practice 4-7-8 Breath and Coherent Breathing
    • Personal reflection / Group sharing / Application / Questions

12:00 to 1:00   LUNCH

1:00 to 2:30

  • Stage 5: Deep Relaxation
    • Embodied Relaxation Activity: Demo and Practice Deep Relaxing Meditation
    • Personal Reflection / Dyad and group sharing / Application / Questions
  • Stage 6: Embodied Awareness: Sheng Zhen Meditation
    • Embodied Moving Meditation Activity: Demo and Practice Unravelling the Heart and Boat Rowing
    • Dyad practice / Large group sharing / Application / Questions

2:30 to 2:45    BREAK

2:40 to 3:50

  • Stage 7: Integration and Stabilization: Accessing the Implicit Wisdom of our Parts to Heal Body/Mind/Spirit
    • Art Activity: Opening to All Parts of Ourselves
    • Dyad sharing / Personal reflection / Large group sharing / Application / Questions
  • Stage 7: Integration and Stabilization: Expanding into Joy
    • Non-Moving Meditation: Wheel of Awareness + Heart Softening
    • Personal Reflection / Dyad and large group sharing / Application / Questions
  • Stage 8 and 9: Generalization and Releasing in Layers
  • Expand field of practice and facilitating Flow
  • Layered releasing and essential connection to “true” ground
  • Releasing Exercises for Grounding:
    • Large Group: The Universe Trembles, “MA” and Woosh!

3:50 to 4:00   Wrap-up and Evaluations