NARM: Healing Complex Trauma

A Practitioner Training for Healing Attachment, Relational & Developmental Trauma

What is NARM?

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The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARMis 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 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.

This developmentally-oriented, neuroscientifically-informed model 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

Brad Kammer

NARM Faculty Trainer

Stefanie Klein

Stefanie Klein

NARM Faculty Trainer

Dr. Laurence Heller

Dr. Laurence Heller

Founder of the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM)

For more information on 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 either six 3-day modules, or four 4.5-day modules (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

Upcoming Webinars & Intro Classes


Thursday, April 19, 2018

8:00 am – 10:00 am PDT

An Introduction to NARM – ONLINE WEBINAR

Friday April 27 2018
10:00 am – 5:30 PDT

Introduction to NeuroAffective Relational Model – Seattle, Washington

Talaris Conference Center, Seattle, Washington

Saturday April 28 2018
10:00 am – 5:30 MDT

Introduction to NeuroAffective Relational Model – Prescott, Arizona

Summit Behavioral Heath, 8705 E Eastridge Dr, Prescott Valley, Arizona

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm PDT

An Introduction to NARM – ONLINE WEBINAR

Saturday, May 19, 2018

10:00 am – 2:00 pm EDT

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

Family First Adolescent Services, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Monday, July 30, 2018

10 am – 5:30 pm CDT

TBA, Chicago, Illinois

Monday, August 13, 2018

10:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT

An Introduction to NARM – ONLINE WEBINAR

Friday, September 28, 2018

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm PDT

An Introduction to NARM – ONLINE WEBINAR


Dates/Times TBA, 2019

Introduction to NeuroAffective Relational Model – Tokyo
Venue TBA, Tokyo, Japan



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