NARM Training Institute Presents:

The NARM Practitioner Training for Attachment, Relational and Developmental Trauma

Chicago, Illinois 2019

THE NARM™ TRAINING is an advanced clinical training for the healing of complex trauma.  Enrollment is open to psychotherapists, counselors, social workers & other mental health professionals who work with trauma.

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Admission Requirements:

THE NARM PRACTITIONER TRAINING  is an advanced clinical training designed to enhance the skills of professionals who work with developmental trauma.  The training is intended for mental health practitioners with an active practice so the material presented in each module can be applied and developed. 

Graduate trainees and interns actively seeing clients are welcome to apply.  Other health care professionals or educators working with complex trauma may be considered. Applications are approved on a case-by-case basis, and may include a personal interview with the coordinator and/or faculty member.

The training is not appropriate for those solely seeking a personal growth experience

Training Schedule

This training will consist of four 4.5-day modules. 

  • Module 1: July 24-28 2019
  • Module 2: October 2-6 2019
  • Module 3: December 11-15 2019
  • Module 4: April 22-26 2020

Class Times:
  • Wednesday evening from 6:00-9:30 pm
  • Thursday - Saturday from 9:00 am - 6:30 pm 
  • Sunday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

We will have 2 hrs. for lunch and two breaks during the day. Times may be subject to change.

Each full day will equal 7 CEU hours. Wednesday evening (Module 1 only) will equal 3 CEU hours.

* We strongly encourage you to attend each module with your local cohort – however, you may take the training modules in other locations (as long as they are in order), and can substitute 1 live in-class training module with video modules (the video option will require you to meet with a training assistant before re-joining the training).

Heartwood Center
1818 Dempster Street
Evanston, IL 60202
NARM Training Certificate
A certificate of completion is issued upon completion of all requirements for the NARM Practitioner training. 

Those requirements include:

  • Completion of all course requirements, including attending every day of each module (up to 1 module may be satisfied through video)

  • A minimum of ten (10) Experiential Consultation hours.  $125/consultation with training assistants; cost may be higher with faculty

  • A minimum of ten (10) Case Consultation hours, at least four (4) of which must be with NARM faculty; $125/individual consultation and $75/group consultation with training assistants; cost may be higher with faculty

  • Case consultations can be completed individually or in group format – there will be 1 group Case Consultation for each training module (other than Module 1).

  • Please Note: two (2) hours of group Case Consultation are equivalent to one (1) hour of personal Case Consultation.

  • Consultation requirements must be completed no later than one year after the completion of course work.

  • An evaluation of your NARM Practitioner Skills may be requested before completion of your program.

Do you need CEUs?​​​​​​​
30 CEUs per module: Available for psychologists, psychotherapists, marriage and family therapists, social workers and personal counselors.  Additional cost for CEUs. 
Training Schedule
Module 1: July 24-28 2019


  • NARM Organizing Principles
  • NARM Theoretical Orientation
  • Differentiating Interventions for working with Shock vs. Developmental Trauma
  • Working Top-Down and Bottom-Up
  • Tracking Connection & Disconnection
  • Developmental Process: Attachment & Separation-Individuation
  • Reframing Attachment and Attachment Loss
  • The Distortion of the Life Force Model
  • Distress and Healing Cycles
  • 5 Adaptive Survival Styles
  • Connection Survival Style
  • Attunement Survival Style
  • NARM 4 Pillars: Clinical Model
  • NARM Pillar 1: Establishing a Therapeutic “Contract”
  • NARM Pillar 2: Asking Exploratory Questions
Module 2: October 2-6 2019


  • The NARM Relational Model
  • Working Hypothesis
  • Identifying Core Dilemma: Core Themes vs Survival Strategies (Behaviors, symptoms, etc.)
  • Trust Survival Style
  • Autonomy Survival Style
  • Love-Sexuality Survival Style
  • NARM Pillar 3: Supporting Agency (Agency as the Foundation for the Development of the Adult Self)
  • NARM Pillar 4: Reflecting Positive Shifts
  • NARM Languaging
Module 3: December 11-15 2019


  • NARM Model for Working with Affect
  • Primary vs Default Emotions
  • Emotional Completion
  • The Psychobiological Process of Shame (“Shame as a Verb not a Noun”; “Shame as a Process not a State”)
  • Shame, Guilt & Self-Hatred
  • Working with Anger & Aggression
  • Countertransference in NARM
  • Unmanaged Empathy and Therapist Efforting
  • Narcissism and Objectification of Self
  • Narcissistic vs Sadistic Abuse
  • NARM Personality Spectrum
Module 4: April 22-26 2020


  • Deepening Study into the Connection Survival Style Issues, Symptoms and Related Disorders
  • The Interplay of the Survival Styles: Primary and Secondary Patterns
  • Revisiting the Dynamics of Attachment, Separation-Individuation, Attachment Loss and the Core Dilemma
  • Relationships, Couples, Intimacy and Sexuality
  • Survival Styles & the Polyvagal Theory
  • NARM & the Body
  • Working with Identity
  • Transgenerational Trauma
  • Disidentification Process
  • “Cutting the Cord”: Freedom from Identity
  • Post-Traumatic Growth
  • Resiliency: Supporting the Capacity to Tolerate Increasing Complexity
  • Integrating NARM Effectively Into Our Clinical Practice


Early-Bird Rate
Per Module
1st early-bird module deadline May 1st 2019
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Course Description


the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM™) is an advanced clinical training for mental health and somatic practitioners who work with developmental trauma. NARM addresses relational and attachment trauma by working with early, unconscious patterns of disconnection that deeply affect our identity, emotions, physiology, behavior and relationships. Integrating a psychodynamic and body centered approach, NARM offers a comprehensive theoretical and clinical model for working with developmental trauma.

NARM draws on psychodynamic models such as attachment and object relations theory, somatic models and character structure approaches, in addressing the link between psychological issues and the body. Working relationally in the present moment, and within a context of interpersonal neurobiology, NARM offers a new approach of working relationally that is a resource-oriented, non-regressive, non-cathartic, and ultimately non-pathologizing model. Grounded in mindfulness and contemplative spiritual practices, NARM supports a non-western orientation to the nature of personality. Learning how to work simultaneously with these diverse elements is a radical shift that has profound clinical implications for healing complex trauma and supporting personal and relational growth.

Course Objectives In the NARM Practitioner Training you will learn:
  • The different skills needed to work with developmental versus shock trauma; when and why shock trauma interventions may be contraindicated in working with 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 developmental 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.
Course Structure

The NARM Practitioner Training consists of 120 contact hours and is offered in four 4.5 day live modules (format may vary depending on training location). The live modules will be held for a total of 18 days over the period of the training. The training modules are typically spaced 3-4 months apart to allow time for continued study, practice, peer meetings, and training webinars in support of greater integration of the NARM clinical approach.

Supplementary learning opportunities include: study and practice groups, individual and group consultation, individual NARM sessions, access to library of demonstration videos, and other learning intensives.

Teaching Methods

All modules include a combination of 2 complementary instruction approaches:

  1. Didactic and theoretical learning: including lecture, question and answer periods, class-wide discussion, case consultation, and deconstruction of live NARM demonstration sessions and demonstration videos.
  2. Experiential learning: including self-inquiry exercises, small group activities, role-plays, guided skill practice and active coaching on NARM clinical skills and full clinical sessions.
Important Terms & Conditions
Please Note:

The NARM Training Institute reserves the right to approve or deny any application, and/or accept or reject the participation of any person in its sole discretion and in accordance with its policies and the law.

 Applications are used in two ways: to ensure that all participants have appropriate background to participate in the training, and to help familiarize us with the participant group.

NARM Practitioner Training is not a licensure or certification training.  You are responsible for working under your professional license and within your scope of practice.  

The NARM Training Institute is not responsible for non-refundable air, hotel and other travel expenses incurred related to registration for trainings and introductory workshops. It may be necessary due to enrollment and other considerations to change or cancel the date of a training. If so, only registration fees will be reimbursed. Please make your travel arrangements with this in mind.


Laurence Heller’s NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) is among the very best trainings I have encountered. NARM is both an integrative and comprehensive approach... the material is presented in a way that is digestible and immediately applicable in clinical practice.I found it particularly useful that NARM is presented as a set of principles, rather than a set of protocols to be memorized. This empowers students to trust their own creativity and clinical intuition while significantly expanding their conceptual framework and skills. Perhaps most valuable (and moving) to me is the deep respect NARM has for clients’ own capacity to heal, which is inherent in the model. ​​​​​​​This training has contributed enormously to my personal and professional development.

Jamal Granick
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Attending the NARM training was one of the best personal and professional decisions I have ever made. In my opinion NARM provides the missing piece for the trauma practitioner’s toolbox, enabling us to skillfully support people in navigating the complexities of developmental trauma by marrying the cognitive and the somatic and thereby acknowledging each client as a whole, fully empowered adult. I find myself enjoying my work in private practice more than ever as I witness my clients come alive while they deconstruct lifelong patterns which recede into the past as they experience a new level of presence and agency in the here and now.

Suzie Gruber
NARM Faculty
Brad Kammer
NARM Training Director
Brad Kammer, LMFT, LPCC, SEP, NMT is a NARM faculty trainer.  Brad has studied under his mentor Dr. Laurence Heller for nearly 20 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.  

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.
​​​​​​​You are responsible for working under your professional license and within your scope of practice.