NARM: Healing Complex Trauma

A Practitioner Training for Healing Attachment, Relational & Developmental Trauma

What is NARM?

Connection: Our Deepest Desire & Greatest Fear The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARMis an advanced clinical training for mental health professionals who work with complex trauma.   NARM is a cutting-edge model for addressing attachment, relational and developmental 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.  As such, NARM is positioned to become an invaluable treatment option for the Trauma-Informed Care movement as we gain greater understanding of the nature of adverse childhood experience (ACEs). 

This developmentally-oriented, neuroscientifically-informed model, as outlined in Dr. Laurence Heller’s book Healing Developmental Trauma, emerged out of earlier psychotherapeutic orientations including Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Somatic Experiencing®, and bridges traditional psychotherapy with somatic approaches within a context of relational practice. NARM is a mindfulness-based clinical treatment, as its method is grounded in a phenomenological approach to addressing identity and consciousness of self – who we truly are beneath these patterned ways of relating to ourselves and the world. Seen in this way, healing complex trauma is a vehicle for transformation on a personal and collective level.

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.

Click here for the complete NARM Practitioner Training Program curriculum

Who is Teaching?

Brad Kammer, LMFT, LPCC
Brad Kammer, LMFT, LPCC

NARM Faculty Trainer

Stefanie Klein, LCSW
Stefanie Klein, LCSW

NARM Faculty Trainer

Dr. Laurence Heller

Dr. Laurence Heller

NARM Senior Faculty; Founder of the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM)

For more information on North American NARM Faculty Trainers, please click here

- 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. Click here for Bios!

How Do Trainings Work?

Training Format: Trainings are held in four 4.5-day modules (click on specific training location below).  Also offered: Online and Live NARM Consult Groups, NARM Experiential Consult Sessions, NARM Study Groups, access to NARM Demonstration Videos and Transcripts, and an optional Master's Level Training with NARM Creator Dr. Laurence Heller.

CEU’s: Available for psychologists, psychotherapists, marriage and family therapists, social workers and professional counselors [120 CEU Hours for NARM Therapist/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.

NARM Training Certificate: A certificate of completion is issued to all participants upon completion of the requirements for the NARM Practitioner Training.  Additionally, the NARM Training Institute provides 2 designations for graduates of the NARM Practitioner Training, depending on licensure and training: NARM Therapists and NARM Practitioners.  For more information on the difference between NARM Therapists and NARM Practitioners, please click here.

Disclaimer: The NARM Training Institute is neither a regulatory nor licensing organization and therefore not sanctioned to certify, license, or otherwise bestow the legal authorization to practice as a mental health professional.  While the theoretical approach taught in NARM offers a useful framework which can support professionals from various clinical disciplines, all participants in the NARM Practitioner Training should clarify to what extent using the NARM approach in their practices is condoned by their licensing body.  Acceptance into the NARM Practitioner Training does not ensure that all NARM methods will be appropriate for inclusion in your professional practice.  Training participants are responsible for operating within their professional scope of practice and for abiding by state and federal laws.

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

Upcoming Webinars & Intro Classes


An Introduction to NARM - ONLINE WEBINAR

Friday, September 28, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT

An Introduction to NARM - Royal Palm Beach, Florida

Saturday, October 13, 2018 11:30 am - 2:30 pm PDT

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An Introduction to NARM - ONLINE WEBINAR

Monday, October 29, 2018 9:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

NARM Practitioner Training Q&A - FREE ONLINE WEBINAR

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 8:30 am - 9:00 am PDT

An Introduction to NARM - Austin, Texas

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST

An Introduction to NARM - ONLINE WEBINAR

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT


An Introduction to NARM - ONLINE WEBINAR

Friday, January 19, 2019 9:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

An Introduction to NARM - ONLINE WEBINAR

Monday, March 18, 2019 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT


Podcasts Featuring NARM

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