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Introduction to NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) – Warrenville, Illinois

Introduction to NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) – Warrenville, Illinois
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Date(s) - Saturday, June 17, 2017
10:00 am - 5:30 pm

The Clarus Center


Introduction to NARM™ with Gina Essex, MA, LPC

Saturday, June 17, 2017     10 am – 5:30 pm   

The Clarus Center, Warrenville, Illinois


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 into a coherent approach for working with developmental 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 2017-18 Chicago Area NARM™ training will be facilitated by Brad Kammer, and dates and venue will be announced shortly.  Training Discount: By attending this Intro workshop, you are eligible for a $50 discount when you complete the first NARM module in 2017 in Chicago.


Martin Lemon
(630) 330 4529

Lori Driver
(734) 975 2757

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



$130 [early registration before May 15]

$105 [For Registered Students and Clinical Interns]

15% off for groups of 3 or more from an agency/clinic
does not apply to student/intern fee – contact Martin/Lori 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

The Clarus Center
Warrenville, Illinois

*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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