What is NARM?
Connection: Our Deepest Desire & Greatest Fear
The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) is an advanced clinical training for mental health and somatic practitioners who work with complex trauma.
NARM is a cutting-edge model for addressing attachment, relational and develomental trauma, by working with the attachment patterns that cause life-long psychobiological symptoms and interpersonal difficulties. These early, unconscious patterns of disconnection deeply affect our identity, emotions, physiology, behavior and relationships. Learning how to work simultaneously with these diverse elements is a radical shift that has profound clinical implications for healing complex trauma.
This developmentally-oriented, neuroscientifically-inform
What Will I Learn?
In the NARM practitioner training you will learn:
- The clinical skills needed to work with attachment, relational and developmental trauma.
- How to address the complex interplay between nervous system dysregulation and identity distortions, such as toxic shame and guilt, low self-esteem, chronic self-judgment, and other psychobiological symptoms.
- How to work moment-by-moment with early adaptive survival styles that, while once life-saving, distort clients’ current life experience.
- When to work ‘bottom-up’, when to work ‘top-down’, and how to work with both simultaneously to meet the special challenges of complex trauma.
- How to support clients with a mindful and progressive process of disidentification from identity distortions.
- A new, coherent theory for working with affect and emotions, which aims to support their psychobiological completion.
- A powerful relational model that strengthens clinical effectiveness by highlighting the interpersonal nature of the therapeutic process.
Who is Teaching?
NARM Faculty Trainer
– Brad Kammer –
Brad Kammer, MFT, LPCC, SEP, NMT is a NARM faculty trainer. Brad has studied under his mentor Dr. Laurence Heller for over 15 years and is a NARM Practitioner and Consultant. Brad is also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Consultant and Instructor. Brad began his career as a Humanitarian Aid Worker in Asia which introduced him to personal and collective trauma. He became passionate about supporting individuals and communities in the transformation of trauma. Brad has since focused his work on the integration of Somatic Psychology, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and wisdom from Spiritual Traditions and Traditional Cultures. Brad lives in a small town in Northern California with his family where he is a Somatic Psychotherapist, College Professor, and International Presenter on Shock and Developmental Trauma. Visit: body-mindtherapy.com
Dr. Laurence Heller
Founder of the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM)
– Dr. Laurence Heller –
Dr. Laurence Heller is the founder of the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), and co-author of Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image and the Capacity for Relationship and Crash Course: A Self-Healing Guide to Auto Accident Trauma and Recovery. Visit: drlaurenceheller.com
While Brad will be the lead NARM trainer, during the 2-year training Dr. Heller will teach four online modules as well as offer online consultations. Dr. Heller may also be available for NARM sessions.
– NARM Training Assistants –
In each training, we have a skilled group of NARM Training Assistants. Most trainings have a ratio of 1 trainer per 4 students for a highly individualized learning experience.
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How Do Trainings Work?
Training Format: Trainings are held in either six 3-day modules, or four 4.5-day modules over a two-year period (click on specific training location below). Additionally there are 4 online webinar modules over the two-year period. Also offered: Online and Live NARM Consult Groups, NARM Sessions, NARM Study Groups, access to NARM Demonstration Videos and Transcripts, and an optional Master’s Level Training with NARM Founder Dr. Laurence Heller.
CEU’s: Available for psychologists, psychotherapists, marriage and family therapists, social workers and professional counselors [138 CEU Hours for NARM Practitioner Certificate].
Admission Requirements: The NARM Practitioner Training is designed for psychotherapists, social workers, counselors and mental health professionals who work with trauma. Graduate trainees and interns are welcome to apply. Other health care professionals or educators working with complex trauma will be considered. Applications are approved on a case-by-case basis, and may include a personal interview with the NARM coordinator and/or faculty member.
I joined the NARM training after hearing rave reviews from colleagues who were in the NARM class ahead of me. I am hugely grateful I did. NARM is the missing piece I needed to help clients liberate themselves from the aftereffects of childhood trauma. An elegant, yet flexible framework, NARM lets us meet clients in their embodied adult consciousness in the present moment and help them gently explore and resolve the core developmental dilemmas that have kept them profoundly stuck, for years and even decades. The results can be quite powerful and moving. My clients are more engaged, curious and willing to take steps needed to facilitate their own healing and well-being. NARM has also helped me heal my own childhood trauma at a deeper level so I can provide a more skillful and compassionate secure base for my clients as they work through very difficult material.
~ Barbara Stafford, Santa Rosa, CA
Click on the individual cities for more information on the NARM practitioner training program!
Upcoming Webinars & Intro Classes
Friday, October 20, 2017
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm PST
Monday, November 6, 2017
8:30 am – 9:00 am PST
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Introduction to NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) – Durham, NC
William F Andrews Center, Raleigh NC
Sunday, December 10, 2017
10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Introduction to NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) – Austin, Texas
TBA, Austin, Texas
Friday, December 22, 2017
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm PST
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm PST
Friday-Saturday, February 16-17, 2018
Friday, March 2, 2018
10:00 am – 12:00 pm PST
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm PST
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