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Introduction to NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) – Palm Beach, Florida

Introduction to NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) – Palm Beach, Florida
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Date(s) - Saturday, September 29, 2018
10:00 am - 5:30 pm


Introduction to
NARM™ with Gina Essex

Saturday, September 29, 2018     10 am – 5:30 pm   

 Palm Beach, Florida


About NARM

The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM™) is a powerful theoretical and practical map for navigating the complexities of attachment, relational and developmental trauma.  Based on the work of Dr. Laurence Heller, author of Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship, NARM™ expands the clinical approach to working with shock trauma (PTSD) into a coherent approach for working with complex trauma, and the link between psychological issues and the body.   It is a both a somatic (“bottom-up”) and psychodynamic (“top-down”) based approach designed to help build clients’ capacity for self-regulation and interpersonal connection.

The 2019-2020 Florida NARM™ Practitioner training will be facilitated by Brad Kammer, beginning in January 2019.  Training Discount: By attending this Intro workshop, you are eligible for a $50 discount when you complete the first NARM module in 2019 in Florida.

Mike Giresi & Benjamin Cecil
(561) 708 1065

NARM™ Introductory Workshop

This workshop will offer an overview of developmental trauma from a NARM™ perspective.  Understanding and being able to work with developmental dynamics is critical for helping our clients in their healing process.  We will look at how clients’ life experiences present themselves in the context of a complex, psychobiologically-driven relational framework that is often largely unconscious.  This framework, laid down by our early attachment experiences, shapes our development, who we are in the world (our self), and how we relate to others.   When clients are having difficulty shifting out of patterns of dysregulation, these implicit dynamics are at play and must be addressed.  The NARM approach weaves together a somatic or body-based (bottom-up) process while simultaneously working with clients’ identity and relational dynamics (top-down).

Workshop Format:

  • Overview of NARM’s theoretical and clinical approach to developmental trauma
  • Lecture and experiential exercises on each of the five adaptive survival styles
  • Video demonstrations of Dr. Laurence Heller using the NARM™ approach

You Will Learn About:

  • The distinction between shock and developmental trauma
  • The pitfalls of working with all forms of trauma without recognizing the complex developmental themes running in the background
  • NARM’s roots in the fields of somatic psychology, psychodynamic psychology, and interpersonal neurobiology
  • NARM’s five early adaptive survival styles, their corresponding identity distortions, and how they affect adult life
  • The role of shame in trauma
  • Building skills of dual awareness and somatic mindfulness
  • Integrating a bottom-up (body-based) and top-down (cognitive or identity-based) therapeutic approach

NARM™ is open to licensed therapists and somatic practitioners interested in working with developmental trauma.

10:00-10:30 am——-Introduction & Beginning Exercise
10:30-11:15 am——-NARM in a Historical Context / Shock & Developmental Trauma
11:15-11:30 am——-BREAK
11:30-1:00 pm——–NARM Organizing Principles / 5 Survival Styles
1:00-2:00 pm ———LUNCH
2:00-3:45 pm———NARM 4 Pillars: Basic Clinical Skills & Practice
3:45-4:00 pm———BREAK
4:00-5:00 pm———NARM Video Demonstration & Discussion
5:00-5:30 pm———Overview of NARM Training / Evaluations and Closure

Gina Essex, MA, LPC



$125 Early-Bird Rate (before August 1, 2018)

$150 Full Price

$100 [For Registered Students and Clinical Interns]

15% off for agency groups of 3 or more
[does not apply to student/intern fee – contact us for more details and registration instructions]

[$20 non-refundable deposit for cancellations made up to 14 days before the class;
cancellations made in last 14 days are non-refundable]

*CEUs (6 CREDIT HOURS) available for Licensed Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Clinical Counselors. [$20 per 6 CEUs] – this event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars
For more information on CEUs, click here


Bookings are closed for this event.

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