NARM Training Institute Presents:

The NARM Practitioner Training for Attachment, Relational and Developmental Trauma

Seattle, Washington – Dates Coming Soon!

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.

NARM Training Institute Presents:

The NARM Practitioner Training for Attachment, Relational and Developmental Trauma

Seattle, Washington – Dates Coming Soon!

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.

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

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 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 a NARM faculty member.

This clinical 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: Dates Coming Soon
  • Module 2: Dates Coming Soon
  • Module 3: Dates Coming Soon
  • Module 4: Dates Coming Soon
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).

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.
  • 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.

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

Includes:

  • 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

Includes:

  • 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

​Includes:

  • 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

Includes:

  • 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

COURSE CURRICULUM

THE NARM™ PRACTITIONER TRAINING PROGRAM CURRICULUM:

A PRACTITIONER TRAINING FOR HEALING DEVELOPMENTAL TRAUMA 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.

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.

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.

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.

TESTIMONIALS

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
Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner

This NARM process is so powerful. Having this NARM process allows me to continue to work after 40 years when almost all my peers have burned-out or retired. Even though I am nearing the end of my career and definitely wish I had these tools 30 years ago, my clients continue to benefit greatly from my learning, telling me that what I am able to offer is so different than what they have ever experienced in treatment before.  

Even unsophisticated clients who know nothing about NARM, love the process and love to come back “to see what else emerges” from the process. Most come in and indicate that change is “going to take a long time”. They are mystified by how quickly a shift can occur and how permanent it tends to be.  These shifts with NARM blew me away. A good part of traditional counseling methods would have given up on some of my clients, labeled them with more diagnoses, and had them heavily medicated.  

I look forward to seeing what can become possible as people tap into their own inner strengths and processes. It is so affirming at so many levels it is even hard to put into words.

Karen T
LPC