Welcome to the NARM Training Institute
Healing Complex Trauma as a vehicle for personal and social transformation
The NeuroAffective Relational Model(NARM) is 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 a greater understanding of the nature of adverse childhood experience (ACEs).
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The NARM Training Institute provides a wide variety of clinical and professional development trainings, both in-person and online. Join us in building an international community of specialists addressing Complex Trauma. To support the health and safety of our community, we've organized all of our upcoming 2021 NARM Trainings to occur online. Once it is safe to gather in-person, Level 2 trainings will be available at the location listed AND as a live-streamed online option. Participants can complete any of these trainings in an online format and are not required to participate in-person.
Level 1 Online NARM Basics Training
We are excited to announce this brand new training, which makes learning NARM more accessible during a time when trauma-informed care is needed more than ever before. During this time of COVID-19, in-person professional trainings are not an option. This live online professional training is designed for those of you in mental health, healthcare, addiction treatment, education, coaching, and other fields working with clients or populations dealing with Complex Trauma.
Level 2 NARM Therapist Training
Free NARM Webinar
Introduction to NARM
Join Stefanie Klein on February 13th from 12 – 1:30 pm Pacific Time for a free on the NeuroAffective Relational Model for Healing Attachment, Relational & Developmental Trauma.
What you will learn on the Webinar:
- Overview of NARM’s theoretical and clinical approach to developmental trauma
- NARM’s roots in the fields of body-mind psychology, psychodynamic psychology, and interpersonal neurobiology
- The distinction between shock and developmental trauma
- Plus much more
NARM Community Events
NARM & Bodywork: Applying NARM for a More Effective and Trauma-Informed Bodywork Practice
February 23rd, 2023 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time
With NARM Practitioner Mark Olson, Ph.D., LMT, and hosted by NARM Training Director and Senior Faculty Brad Kammer, LMFT, LPCC. This webinar explores how the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) offers a framework and key insights for a bodywork practice. We’ll examine how each of the NARM pillars represent good practices in all bodywork settings, not just trauma-informed ones, and we’ll also unravel subtle and pervasive misconceptions in culture about what trauma, healing, and trauma-informed bodywork are. Lastly, we’ll explore specific insights from NARM that are applicable in a trauma-informed bodywork practice, including how bodywork can push clients into their core dilemmas and how NARM’s insights into primary and default emotions are essential contributions to a more sophisticated neuro-centric understanding of posture.
NARM Demonstration Workshop
Saturday, January 14th, 2023 from 10 am – 2 pm Pacific Time.
Brad will rely on workshop participants to volunteer for demonstration sessions. He will do 2-3 live NARM demos with time to reflect and debrief on the demonstrations between sessions. This allows us to observe how the NARM Principles and Skills are applied specifically for different clients. This will give us an opportunity to track moment-by-moment the complexities and decision points in working with NARM. Brad will be sharing his “working hypothesis” along the way.
As you all know, observing demonstration sessions are one of the most helpful ways to learn how to apply NARM. Brad will be inviting participants to share any reflections, observations and questions they have. All levels of NARM Training participants and graduates are welcome!
NARM Inner Circle
The NARM Training Institute Presents
The NARM INNER CIRCLE Online Membership Program
The NARM Inner Circle Online Membership Program will allow you to stay connected to other NARM Training Participants, NARM Faculty, our evolving curriculum and our most up to date teachings.
The new NARM Book! The Practical Guide for Healing Developmental Trauma: Using the NeuroAffective Relational Model to Address Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resolve Complex Trauma
Authors Dr. Laurence Heller and Brad Kammer present one of the first comprehensive therapeutic models for addressing complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD), introducing an integrated mind-body approach for treating attachment, relational, cultural and intergenerational trauma. Available now!
Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship
Co-Authored by NARM Creator Laurence Heller and Aline Lapierre. Read the influential book that is inspiring people interested in healing and growth and changing the way therapists address complex trauma. The book and audiobook are available on Amazon and other online booksellers.
What do our training participants think of the NARM Trainings?
Laurence Heller’s NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) is among the very best training 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 participants 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.
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 mind and the body 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.