Frequently Asked Questions:
About the NARM Training Institute
What does NARM stand for?
The NeuroAffective Relational Model® (NARM®) is an integrated mind-body approach for addressing the long-term impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Complex Trauma (C-PTSD), including attachment, relational, developmental, cultural and intergenerational trauma.
Where does NARM come from?
NARM is a developmentally-oriented, neuroscientifically-informed model that emerged out of earlier psychotherapeutic orientations including, but not limited to: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy; Developmental, Self and Object Relations Psychology; Depth Psychology; Attachment Theory; Somatic Psychology, including Somatic Experiencing, Gestalt Therapy and other Somatic approaches; and Relationally-based Psychotherapeutic approaches. NARM draws heavily from the current literature on interpersonal neurobiology and neuroscience.
NARM also has roots in non-Western wisdom traditions, and acknowledges and appreciates those theories and theorists who are less well-known, those from outside of traditional psychology, and those whose contributions have been minimized or ignored. NARM draws from different cultural and spiritual traditions and honors the wellspring of traditional wisdom and healing practices that have inspired and shaped the NARM approach.
NARM was created by Dr. Laurence Heller and introduced in the book he co-authored with Dr. Aline LaPierre, Healing Developmental Trauma.
The NARM Training Institute was established in 2018 by NARM creator Laurence Heller, PhD, and NARM Training Director and Senior Trainer Brad Kammer, LMFT, to support the growing demand for professional training in NARM.
What is the NARM Training Institute?
The NARM Training Institute, LLC is a professional training organization, established in 2018, dedicated to trauma-informed training for helping professionals in a variety of formats. We believe that NARM has much to contribute to the rapidly growing trauma-informed movement and we are focused on supporting these efforts.
Similar to the Psychoanalytic Institutes/Societies that propelled psychotherapy into mainstream acceptance in the 20th century, the NARM Training Institute is passionate about bringing NARM into mainstream acceptance in the 21st century. In addition to professional training on complex trauma, we promote education, research, outreach and advocacy based in our unique mentorship model.
Our training team, staff and community consists of passionate professionals committed to healing trauma and supporting post-traumatic growth.
What are the mission, vision, and values of the NARM Training Institute?
NARM Training Institute's mission is to build a trauma informed training institute that offers professional community in support of greater connection and healing.
NARM Training Institute's vision is to bring humanity to the transformation of complex trauma.
NARM Training Institute's values are:
Passion for our mission
Where can I find out more about the faculty and staff at the NARM Training Institute?
NARM Training Institute is extremely proud of their faculty and staff and invite you to get to know them.
NARM Training Institute's faculty include seasoned therapists who all have extensive clinical, consulting and teaching experience. To get to know NARM lead trainers, please visit: www.narmtraining.com/faculty.
NARM Training Institute's incredible staff are singularly focused on creating the most optimal training programs for our participants. To get to know them, please visit: www.narmtraining.com/staff.
Who can benefit from learning NARM?
NARM Training Institute offers four different levels of professional training that are designed to support professional development in addressing the impacts of adverse childhood experiences and complex trauma. Generally, participants in NARM Training programs consist of mental health professionals, substance abuse and addiction counselors, doctors, nurses, other medical professionals, first responders, educators, coaches, spiritual and religious counselors. If you are unsure if you are a good fit for our trainings, please contact [email protected]
Are the NARM Institute Trainings designed to support personal growth?
NARM Training is designed to support professional development. While our professional trainings do integrate experiential learning that may support personal growth, our trainings are not appropriate for those solely seeking a personal growth experience. If you are seeking personal healing of complex trauma, we would encourage you to visit other programs or work individually with a NARM Therapist. To find a NARM trained therapist you can visit our NARM Practitioner Directory.
How does NARM compare with other methods for addressing trauma?
NARM is one of the first psychotherapeutic approaches specifically designed to address C-PTSD. While there are many trauma modalities designed to address PTSD, NARM is specifically designed and uniquely positioned as a leader in the clinical treatment of C-PTSD. There are very few training programs that currently offer professional training specifically designed for complex trauma.
Additionally, NARM provides an integrated training program that works both "top-down" and "bottom-up" with the various levels of human experience (cognitive, emotional, physiological, relational and spiritual) that are impacted by unresolved complex trauma. NARM is a depth-oriented clinical approach that includes a somatic, relational and transpersonal focus.
According to many NARM graduates who have been through other trauma training programs, NARM Training stands apart in the depth, breadth, clinical rigor, mentorship and professionalism. Many NARM graduates share how the NARM Training profoundly shifts the way they work, while also impacting their personal lives. Graduates have reflected how meaningful it is to receive such compassionate mentorship and be part of such a heartful community.
What is the mentorship model that NARM uses?
NARM Trainers work closely with participants in developing their craft of the NeuroAffective Relational Model. Our professional trainings all include small group and individualized learning opportunities with our trainers, as well as opportunities to receive ongoing, continuous mentoring from NARM Faculty, even once participants have completed their training. The NARM Training Institute is committed to supporting ongoing deepening and mastery of each participant's integration and application of NARM.
Does the NARM Training Institute offer trainings internationally?
The NARM Training Institute offers online and hybrid trainings at all levels that are accessible internationally. In-person Level 2-3 trainings are only offered in North America at this time.
I see NARM Trainings being offered in-person in Europe? Are those offered through the NARM Training Institute?
No, those trainings are offered through Dr. Laurence Heller's European NARM Training programs. The NARM Training Institute is not affiliated with these in-person European NARM Trainings.
Getting Started with NARM
I am ready to enroll in a NARM Training, which training should I start with?
Depending on your education and licensing credentials, you may be able to start at either Level 1 or Level 2 training.
Level 1, Online Basics Training is a live, virtual training offered to a broad range of helping professionals. This psychoeducational training is designed to support professionals working with Complex Trauma, and provides in-depth information on the NARM therapeutic model. Those that have participated in our Level 1 training include mental health professionals, substance abuse and addiction counselors, doctors, nurses, other medical professionals, first responders, educators, coaches, spiritual and religious workers, among others. This training helps professionals become more trauma-informed in their work. Graduates of the Level 1 Training can apply to become NARM-Informed Professionals and be listed on the NARM Practitioner Directory.
Level 2, NARM Therapist Training is a live, in-person and/or virtual training program designed for licensed mental health professionals, current mental health graduate students, and active clinical interns/trainees. Others who are legally permitted to practice psychotherapy (e.g., clergy or psychiatric nurses) may also apply. This clinical training is designed to train mental health professionals in addressing the long-term impacts of ACEs and C-PTSD, and support integration of NARM therapy into their ongoing practice. Graduates of the Level 2 Training can apply to become NARM Therapists and be listed on the NARM Practitioner Directory.
What is the difference between Level 1 NARM Online Basics Training and Level 2 NARM Therapist Training?
Level 1, Online Basics Training is a psychoeducational training offered to a broad range of helping professionals in a live online format. This training includes 60 hours of training.
Level 2, NARM Therapist Training is a clinical training designed for licensed mental health professionals, current mental health graduate students, and active clinical interns/trainees in both in-person and live online formats. This training includes 120 hours of training.
The primary difference between these two trainings are that Level 1 is a psychoeducational training, whereas Level 2 is focused on developing clinical application skills. The Level 2 training is considerably longer in terms of duration, and because of this also comes at a higher cost.
I am not a licensed mental health professional, what are my options to learn about NARM, beyond Level 1 training?
If you are not a licensed mental health professional, mental health graduate student or active clinical intern/trainee, you are only eligible for the Level 1 NARM Online Basics Training.
Beyond Level 1 Training, we encourage you to join our Inner Circle Online Membership Program.
Other ongoing learning resources include our podcast Transforming Trauma, our YouTube channel, our webinars, and our Events page which has additional learning opportunities.
If you have completed Level 1 training, you can also continue learning in our ongoing monthly Level 1 Online Group Case Consults.
Is there a particular sequence of NARM Training that is recommended for licensed mental health practitioners (who are eligible to start with either Level 1 or Level 2)?
NARM Training Institute does not have a recommended pathway for licensed mental health professionals. Licensed mental health professionals can start at either Level 1 or Level 2 Training. Some distinctions between the two trainings that may influence your decision are as follows:
The Level 1 Online NARM Basics Training is a psychoeducational training that presents the theoretical framework of NARM through extensive didactic and experiential learning. This training is not a clinical skills-based training for licensed psychotherapists, but supports various professional fields in a broader application of NARM principles into diverse work settings related to complex trauma. Licensed mental health professionals that decide to start with Level 1 Training will obtain a discount towards their Level 2 Training upon completion of the Level 1 Training.
The Level 2 NARM Therapist Training is a clinical training that includes extensive didactic and experiential learning, in addition to substantial clinical support, including active coaching practice provided by NARM trainers in small group settings and ongoing case and experiential consults. For those licensed mental health professionals, current graduate students and clinical interns/trainees who wish to clinically train in NARM Therapy, the Level 2 Therapist Training would be the best place to start.
It is worth noting that Level 2 Training is a greater commitment in terms of duration and cost. Prospective participants should take all these factors into consideration when deciding which training is the best for their needs.
As a licensed mental health professional, if I start with a Level 1 Training, can I transfer into a Level 2 Training before completing Level 1?
Yes. As a licensed mental health professional you are able to transfer from Level 1 Online Basics Training at any point into a future Level 2 NARM Therapist Training. You will still need to begin at the beginning (Module 1) of the Level 2 Training.
You will receive a refund for any modules in Level 1 not yet attended. You will need to apply, register and pay for Level 2 training as a new Level 2 participant.
To transfer, or if you have additional questions about transferring, please email: [email protected].
Can I start at Level 3 or Level 4 Training?
No. To be eligible for the Level 3 NARM Master Training, you need to first complete the Level 2 Therapist Training.
Similarly, to be eligible for the Level 4 Post Masters Immersion Training, you need to complete the Level 3 Master Therapist Training.
Does the NARM Training Institute offer Certification in NARM?
No. The NARM Training Institute is not an evaluative body and does not offer certification. However, the Institute does offer Professional Certificates to those that complete the training certificate programs and requirements.
Please note: how you apply the learning and experience from your NARM Training to your work depends on your own education and training, licensure, and scope of practice. Any questions about your scope of practice should be directed to your professional association, licensing board, or relevant legal, ethical, or clinical resources for your professional discipline. The NARM Training Institute, including NARM faculty and staff, are in no way responsible for your application of NARM theory and skills, and will not be able to answer, nor be held liable, for any legal or ethical issues regarding your use of NARM.
What are the NARM Certificate programs?
The NARM Training Institute offers three professional certificates that correspond to the first three levels of NARM Training. These certificates require the fulfillment of the attendance requirements for the corresponding training, as well as the completion of additional learning requirements that are specific to each level of training.
Level 1 NARM Online Basics Training graduates who meet the attendance requirement and complete the additional Level 1 certificate requirements are awarded a NARM-Informed Professional Certificate.
Level 2 NARM Therapist Training graduates who meet the attendance requirement and complete the additional Level 2 certificate requirements are awarded a NARM Therapist Certificate.
Level 3 NARM Master Training graduates who meet the attendance requirement and complete the additional Level 3 certificate requirements are awarded a NARM Master Therapist Certificate.
Training certificates are awarded to graduates who meet the attendance requirement and complete the certificate requirements within one year following the completion of their training. Training-specific certificate requirements can be found on each training website, and the Training Portal.
Where can I find my Certificate requirements?
Certificate requirements differ by Level of training. To find out the requirements specific to your training level please visit your Training Portal, or your training webpage.
Please refer to your Training Portal for approved providers and instructions on how to document the fulfillment of your certificate requirements.
If you are not able to find your certificate requirements or have any other questions, please email [email protected] and specify your training cohort (e.g. Level 2 Spring 2022).
What is the difference between the certificate requirements at different levels of training - i.e., group case consults, individual case consults, experiential consults, and active coaching?
These certificate requirements are different learning activities that support the learning and integration of NARM, depending on level of training.
Group Case Consults are required for Training Certificate Programs at Levels 1-3 and are available to participants at all Levels. These group case consults are offered as level-specific and are an opportunity to deconstruct NARM Theory, reflect on cases using NARM principles, and engage with other NARM-related questions. The Group Case Consult Provider will facilitate reflection and exploration into how NARM participants can apply NARM into their work. Group consults are typically two hours long and are set up through the NARM Training Institute with approved Group Case Consult Providers.
Individual Case Consults are available to participants seeking Training Certificates corresponding to Levels 2-3. They are one-on-one versions of our group case consultations. It is an opportunity for the participant to receive more individualized support with how to understand and apply NARM principles and skills. Individual case consults are typically one hour long and are set up privately with approved Individual Case Consult Providers.
Experiential Consults are available and required for Training Certificate Programs at Level 2 only. They are one-on-one experiential learning opportunities with Approved Providers. The Experiential Consult Provider will facilitate reflection, exploration and didactic debrief into how training participants can apply NARM principles and skills into their work by inviting the participant to role-play a clinical experience. Experiential consults are typically one hour long and are set up privately with approved Experiential Consult providers.
Active Coaching Groups are available and required for Training Certificate Programs at Levels 2 and up. They are skill practice with direct guidance from an Active Coaching Provider, which involves 2 participant volunteers directly - one who will be practicing as therapist and one who will be role-playing client; the rest of the participants are observes and can participate in the debrief and discussion. Group active coaching booked through the Institute website are typically two hours long. These groups will generally involve two sessions of active coaching. Private small active coaching groups can be set up directly with approved Active Coaching Providers.
Please note: after a participant has completed their NARM Training certificate requirements, training graduates are welcome to continue participating in Group Case Consults. Training graduates will no longer be eligible to participate in Individual Case Consults, Experiential Consults or private Active Coaching groups through the NARM Training Institute.
Are there additional costs associated with obtaining a Training Certificate?
Yes, experiential learning opportunities that are part of Certificate Requirements, such as consults, experiential consults and active coaching, are an additional cost. The 2-hour group consults and active coaching groups booked through the Institute website cost $75 each. Individual case and experiential consults are $125 per hour (fees may be higher with NARM Faculty). Please inquire about cost when scheduling directly with the Approved Provider.
Can I use a European-based provider, or a provider who speaks another language to fulfill my Certificate Requirements?
Yes, as long as they are an approved provider through the NARM Training Institute. If they are, than you are able to complete your training certificate requirements through these providers.Please refer to your portal or contact [email protected] to receive your complete approved provider list. Learning experiences with providers who are not part of the approved provider list will not count towards your certificate requirements, so please always confirm before scheduling.
If you are unsure if the provider you are working with has been approved by the NARM Training Institute for the completion of Training Certificate Requirements, please check your provider list, or email [email protected].
Training Attendance Policy
What are the expectations around attendance for NARM Trainings?
Before registering for a NARM Training, please be aware that your full attendance is required for our live trainings, unless we are informed of an absence ahead of time, or in the event of an unforeseen emergency. If you are earning Continuing Education credits (CEs), you must be in attendance for 100% of the training.
Attendance and participation are critical to the success of this training for everyone involved. Absence and lack of participation in our trainings impact your learning process, and also the experience of other participants.
Prior to the start of the training, you will be given the opportunity to notify us of any planned absences you may need to take throughout. This will include full days away, arriving late, leaving early, or missing any part of the training. If you have any questions about this attendance policy prior to submitting your application for a NARM Training, please contact us at: [email protected].
What is the attendance policy for NARM Training?
If you miss more than a combined full day of a training module, including arriving late and leaving early, you will need to review the missed training material via video before the next training module begins. Although it is highly discouraged, participants are allowed a cumulative hourly total of one missed module per training at all levels.
Level 1 participants who miss half of a module or more will need to sign a Review Form stating that they reviewed the video in its entirety ahead of the subsequent module. Level 1 participants who miss more than one training module's worth of time will not be eligible to obtain the NARM-Informed Professional Certificate.
Level 2 and Level 3 participants that miss half of a training module or more have to complete a Review Consultation session with an approved Training Team member. The required Review Consultation will need to be completed after the training video is made available and at least one week before attending the next training module. The review consultation will be one hour long and can be completed in-person or online. Review consultation fees are an additional $125.00 per hour (fees may be higher with NARM Faculty). This review consultation can be applied towards the Certificate requirements as an individual case consultation.
Level 2 and Level 3 participants who miss more than the equivalent of one training module's worth of time will not be allowed to complete the remainder of the training.
Are there exceptions to the Attendance Policy for any training?
No exceptions will be made to the attendance policy. If you foresee scheduling issues that will prevent you from meeting the attendance requirement, we recommend that you transfer to a subsequent training at the same module. While we encourage you to complete your training within the same cohort, you are allowed one transfer between cohorts. Please note, transfer is subject to enrollment availability.
I know I will have to miss one day or module of a training, are there recordings available for review?
Yes, video recordings of the training modules will be made available via the online portal approximately one week after the completion of each module. The recording will be available to training participants for one year following the completion of their training.
Are there any participation requirements when I am present at the training?
All NARM Trainings include significant aspects of experiential learning and skill practice. We strongly encourage all NARM participants to participate in all learning activities so as to get the full extent of the training. While we strongly encourage all participants to fully participate, participants are permitted to sit out any exercise or practice, we just ask that they notify one of the training team members if they choose not to participate. Participants that consistently do not participate in the experiential learning or skill practice may be contacted by one of our training team members to see how we can best support them, and on some occasions, may be asked to repeat the training, before being permitted to advance onto higher levels of NARM Training.
Graduate and Current Participant Resources
Where can I find a copy of the training handbook, training manuals, and other relevant information?
If you were in a cohort that started NARM Training in 2022 or later, your participant resources are available in the training portal. The training portal will include your training handbook, training manual, certificate requirements, consult/experiential provider list, attendance form, CE instructions and other helpful information.
Training portal login information was sent out to you via email approximately one week before the beginning of your training.
If you were in a cohort that began NARM Training before 2022, your training materials were sent to you via email. The materials are included in emails via links, and will not show up as attachments on the email. Please search your inbox for messages from [email protected]
If you are unable to find your materials, or are having difficulty logging into your portal please contact: [email protected].
Where can I view the recordings of the training modules?
Recorded modules of the training are made available via the online training portal approximately one week after the completion of each module. Please check your training portal to access your videos. The training recordings will be available to you for one year following the completion of your training.
If your training took place before 2022, your video link was sent to you via email.
How long will I have access to my online portal?
The training portal is available to all participants who began training in 2022 or later. You will have access to the portal for one full year after the completion of the last module.
I've attended a NARM Training and received various learning materials. How can I use them?
The educational materials provided to you at NARM Trainings are for your reference and to deepen your understanding of NARM. You are not authorized to copy, reproduce, or share your training materials in any form without the prior written permission of the NARM Training Institute. Completion of a NARM Training does not entitle you to integrate NARM content into clinical or commercial programs without prior permission. Please refer to NARM Institute's Brand Policy and contact: [email protected] with inquires.
Can I share the portal or other training resources with others?
No. While NARM Training Institute appreciates you wanting to share NARM with others, the portal and all training materials are proprietary information and are designated for NARM participants' use only. Please do not share these resources with anyone. This includes the training manuals, confidential videos, or other training materials. If you'd like to share with your colleagues and friends, please refer them to the monthly NARM Intro webinars, the NARM Inner Circle, our YouTube videos or books.
For those interested in learning more about NARM, please share a link to our NARM's monthly intro webinar.
I’d like to present NARM to others. Is there a prepared presentation on NARM that I can use to help spread the word?
For graduates of the Level 2 NARM Therapist Training, you may request the "NARM Presentation" PowerPoint slides to present NARM to others. Our training graduates use these slides to present to colleagues, organizations and conferences. If you completed the Level 2 NARM Therapist Training and would like to inquire about receiving this presentation, please reach out to us at: [email protected].
I want to integrate NARM material into a presentation I will give. Is this okay and are there guidelines I need to follow?
Please refer to NARM's Brand Policy, and if applicable, the IP Request form found on the last page of the policy document.
NARM Training Institute only allows the use of its intellectual property, namely, its trademarks, logos or copyrighted material, in books, journals, articles, blog posts, web pages, presentations, programs, or other publications whether published online or in print with NARM's prior written permission. If you are interested in such use, please submit your request using the IP Request Form in the Brand Policy.
You may use NARM intellectual property on Printed Material without written permission solely if (i) such use is not in violation of any laws or regulations of the United States, including, but not limited to copyright infringement and privacy protection laws; (ii) you expressly state that such use has not been approved or endorsed by NARM; and (iii) you abide by the terms of our Brand Policy
When using NARM Intellectual Property, you must clearly state applicable attributions (such as trademark and copyright notices) and always credit the NARM brand accordingly. The NARM Training Institute is required to protect it's copyrighted and Trademarked materials to the fullest extent of the law.
I would like to teach the NARM method to others, is this okay?
You are welcome to present on NARM to others in an academic setting if you have completed the Level 2 NARM Therapist Training with permission from the NARM Training Institute. Outside of the academic setting, only NARM Faculty members are authorized to teach NARM content. If you are interested in bringing NARM to your organization, class, program or conference, we invite you to reach out to one of our NARM Faculty to teach at your organization. For more information, please contact: [email protected].
As a NARM-trained Therapist, can I build a clinical or educational program based on NARM?
Completion of NARM Training does not automatically entitle graduates to integrate NARM content into clinical or educational programs. Please refer to our Brand Policy for more specific information. If you are a NARM-trained therapist and are interested in integrating NARM programmatically, please contact us with details: [email protected].
All NARM participants and graduates are permitted (and encouraged) to incorporate their NARM Training into their professional work according to their professional license, certification and/or within their scope of practice.
Continuing Education Credits
Are CEs available for NARM Trainings?
Yes. CE credits are available for Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 NARM Trainings. Please refer to each training page for CE related information. Level 1 Training offers up to 60 hours of CE credits, Level 2 Training offers up to 120 hours of CE credits, and Level 3 Training offers 66-102 hours of CE credits, depending on the year the training was taken. CE credits are awarded per module, therefore you need to make sure that you apply for your CE credits after each module for which you seek to obtain credits.
Please note that it is the responsibility of the participant to make sure that the CE credits offered for each training comply with their licensing or accreditation board.
NARM does not offer CE credit for webinars, Group Consults, Active Coaching or Level 4 NARM Post Masters Immersion Training.
Is there an additional cost associated with CEs?
No. CE credits are currently included in the cost of the training tuition.
Can I obtain CEs for a training module that I've already participated in?
Depending on how much time has passed since you attended the training, you may or may not be able to receive CE credits now for a training that you attended previously.
Our CE co-sponsors are responsible for setting deadlines when applications for CE credits can be received and honored. Please refer to the information you were provided during the training. Information about CE timelines can be found on your portal, or in post-training module emails.
NARM Training Institute does not offer CE credits for webinars, group consults or Level 4 NARM Post Masters Immersion Training.
How do I know whether NARM Training CEs cover my Licensing Board's CE requirements?
It is the responsibility of the training participant to make sure that the training CEs are applicable for their continuing education requirements. You can find additional information on CEs on the training website page, in the Continuing Education Information section (for example, see Level 2 Online Summer page: www.narmtraining.com/trainings/onlinesummer2022 or on your Training Portal.)
Continuous Learning and Community Resources
What is the NARM Inner Circle and who would benefit from a membership?
The Inner Circle is a great way to deepen into ongoing learning of the NeuroAffective Relational Model.
This engaging online program offers several invaluable continuing learning opportunities, including:
Each month, NARM Faculty present NARM Demonstration sessions with real clients. Following the session, Faculty will debrief the session, providing a look "behind the curtain" to share how NARM is applied in real time, including the theory and specific skills that are being used. Participants have an opportunity to engage directly with NARM Faculty in asking questions about NARM application.
Each month, NARM Faculty present NARM Topic Webinars that cover different complex trauma-related topics, where participants have an opportunity ask questions and engage with NARM Faculty directly. These topics are generated from the Inner Circle community to support a wide range of learning within NARM.
Participants have access to a private Facebook group which is a place to interact directly with NARM Faculty and other community members, network, share resources, and stay current with ongoing developments within NARM and the trauma-informed field. There are also live Q&As and other live events that are hosted through this Facebook group.
Additionally, participants in the annual membership will receive an e-book on the NARM approach to working with emotions, have first access to NARM events and offerings, and other learning resources.
There is no prerequisite for membership to the Inner Circle. It is a great way to introduce yourself to NARM before engaging in one of our professional trainings.
Find more details and ways to join at www.narmtraining.com/innercircle.
What is discussed on the Transforming Trauma podcast? Do I have to be a therapist to follow along?
Transforming Trauma is a top rated podcast about thriving after trauma.
Bi-weekly episodes feature NARM practitioners that are applying NARM in a variety of diverse settings, as well as conversations with leading experts in the trauma field, and others that are applying trauma-informed work in creative and supportive ways.
Whether you are a healthcare professional, an educator, a public policy maker, a trauma survivor, or someone interested in personal healing and social justice, Transforming Trauma will provide you with a map for increased resiliency, greater health outcomes, healthier relationships, personal growth and social change. We invite you to listen along as we explore how freedom from complex trauma is possible.
How can I get someone from NARM on my podcast, program of conference?
NARM Faculty are open to collaborating in support of podcasts, programs or conferences. Please contact us at [email protected].
Can I invite a NARM Faculty member to speak at my event, podcast or summit?
If you're interested in inviting a NARM presenter to speak at an event, or hosting a NARM presentation or training in your area please contact: [email protected]
Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
What is the intention that fuels our efforts to support diversity, inclusion and belonging within all NARM Trainings?
The NARM Training Institute has a strong commitment to supporting and promoting the trauma-informed movement in the United States and around the world. We do this primarily through professional training and development. This also includes a strong commitment to promoting accessibility to the NARM model, creating a learning environment that supports diversity, inclusion, and belonging, and holding the intention to learn from and grow together as an international NARM community.
We appreciate that so many of the helping professionals who train with us work from a spirit of social justice and advocacy. At the NARM Training Institute, we are grounded in a strong commitment to addressing healing complex trauma as a vehicle for both personal and social transformation. The vision and passion for our trauma-informed Institute is to introduce a more humane approach for working with complex trauma, which includes recognizing and working with attachment, developmental, relational, cultural and intergenerational trauma.
How does the NARM Training Institute promote diversity, inclusion and belonging?
The NARM Training Institute is committed to creating a training environment and learning community that supports diversity, fosters inclusion and promotes belonging.
We are continuously engaging in ongoing self-reflection; facilitating discussions amongst our staff, training teams and community; engaging other organizations, associations and key partners in dialogue; seeking specialized training; and holding regular meetings for our Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) committee.
We understand that particularly for participants of color and from other minority groups, being in a training where the majority of participants represent the dominant culture can lead to concerns around safety, being seen, heard, valued, and feeling like one can belong. We focus on creating learning environments that facilitate connection through our shared humanity while creating space for each participant's own individual and cultural experience. We hold the intention of meeting every participant with the spirit of cultural humility, which includes learning, accountability and growth in response to oversights, mistakes and/or errors. We invite each participant to share with us about issues that arise so that we can collaborate towards helping them feel supported by the group and present to the learning. We strive to meet each other with curiosity and acceptance so that difference can support connection.
We know that we are all in this together and look forward to ongoing reflection and increased understanding as we continue growing together as an international NARM community.
Do NARM Trainings address systemic forms of oppression and promote social justice?
While our trainings acknowledge and discuss the origins of complex trauma emerging out of social systems, the legacy of unresolved cultural and intergenerational trauma, and the impact these forms of trauma have on individuals and communities, the NARM Training Institute does not offer social or political training, and therefore will not focus efforts on how to explicitly impact systemic change nor directly promote social or political causes.
If you are seeking a learning program that will focus on the systemic failures and train you in addressing complex trauma in larger social systems, we would encourage you to explore other trauma-informed trainings. We understand that if the NARM Training does not deliver on what you are expecting that this could impact your learning process so we want you to have a clear understanding of the boundaries of these trainings. NARM Training programs are designed to support individual helping professionals in their direct work with complex trauma.
While the NARM Training itself will not specifically focus on addressing these important areas of changing systems that maintain systemic oppression and inequalities, we do very much hope that our NARM graduates will work in the many systems they are associated with and can use NARM to impact these systems for the better. We support these efforts outside the NARM Training and are excited to be providing people with what we believe is a great modality to promote real change.
Does the NARM Training Institute have interest in collaborating on social justice projects?
While our primary focus is on professional trainings, we are open to collaboration on special projects. Please contact us to share your ideas at [email protected].
While we appreciate organizations who commit resources to social justice efforts, at the NARM Training Institute, we are committed to not acting performatively, but focused on authentic allyship. To this end, we are committed to building relationships and partnering with individuals, groups and organizations in ways that we believe NARM can contribute to and support efforts to make real change for individuals, communities and systems.
Do you offer BIPOC-only trainings?
We do not. At the NARM Training Institute, we have one training format in which we strive to create the most welcoming and inclusive environment as possible for individuals from all backgrounds.
During NARM Trainings, what accommodations do you make for participants whose unique identity or history, including issues related to religion, culture, language, ability, or anything else, could impact their optimal learning experience?
We are committed to accommodating participants as much as possible. We ask that you please share with us any issues that could potentially impact your learning experience, and we will hold this confidentially within our staff and training team. In the case that we are unable to accommodate you, we will do our best to provide alternative solutions given your specific context. Please contact us for further discussion at [email protected].
Training Cost and Payments
Where can I find information on training cost?
Please refer to your training page on our website for tuition cost. Go to Trainings and select the course you want to attend. Scroll down to Pricing section for the detailed costs.
Should I expect to pay anything beyond the tuition cost?
Yes. If you are interested in obtaining NARM Informed Professional (Level 1), NARM Therapist (Level 2), or NARM Master Therapist (Level 3) Certificates, there are additional learning activities that are part of those Training Certificate programs and that carry additional costs. These include Group Consults, Individual Consults, Experiential Consults, and/or Active Coaching Groups. Additionally, in-person training may carry associated travel and lodging costs (not covered in the tuition).
If you choose not to participate in the NARM Training Certificate programs, fulfilling the training certificate requirements is not required. We do, however, strongly recommend participating in all available learning activities to deepen your learning and skill.
Does NARM offer group discounts?
Yes, we offer group discounts to organizations (ie., agencies, clinics, group practices, etc.) who send three or more individuals to a NARM Training at one time (available for Training Levels 1-3). For all organizational discount requests, please contact [email protected].
We are an organization that wants to bring a NARM Training to our facility and train our entire staff - what options do you have?
For inquiries about in-service trainings, please contact us to discuss alternative financial arrangements: [email protected].
Are there scholarships available?
Yes, we offer scholarships to support helping professionals who come from and/or work with underserved populations, including the BIPOC community.
You can find additional information about our scholarship program here.
Are student discounts available?
Yes, we offer a 20% discount for currently enrolled graduate students and clinical interns. Please register for student pricing on the training page. If you cannot find student pricing on our website, please contact [email protected].
Beyond student, scholarship and agency/group pricing, what other discounts are available to training participants?
Participants who are eligible to participate in the Level 2 NARM Therapist Training and opt to attend the Level 1 NARM Online Basics Training first, will receive a $500 discount towards the Level 2 Training. Please contact us if you have any questions at [email protected].
Is there a sliding fee scale for the cost of the additional certificate requirements?
The 2-hour group consults and active coaching groups booked through the Institute do not have a sliding fee scale - they are $75 each. However, when you schedule individual case and experiential consults, you are welcome to inquire with the provider directly if they offer a sliding fee scale.
How can I obtain a receipt for my tuition payment(s)?
If you would like to access your billing information and transaction details, go to your training portal and go to the Billing section. If you need additional documentation, please email [email protected].
Logos and Attributions
Can I use quotes from the NARM books?
You are welcome to quote from the NARM books in your work provided that quotes are appropriately attributed and not presented in a way that implies that Dr. Heller, Brad Kammer or the NARM Training Institute is endorsing the work. If you are looking to use more than quotes, including content longer than a short paragraph, or adapting key NARM concepts, please contact us for permission in advance at [email protected].
Can I use quotes from other NARM materials, such as NARM Training manuals?
NARM Training materials are not for public use. Training materials are for the learning of our participants and intended for private use only. NARM Training materials may not be copied, reproduced, or shared in any form without prior written permission of the NARM Training Institute. If you do want to use any NARM Training materials publicly, please contact us for permission in advance at [email protected],
How do I appropriately attribute Dr. Heller, Brad Kammer or the NARM Training Institute when quoting their work?
Credit should include full name and book title, per the following examples:
Laurence Heller, Ph.D., [insert book title]
Brad Kammer, LMFT, [insert book title]
The NARM Training Institute, LLC [insert information source]
Can I use NARM logos on my materials?
You may download our logos for use in accordance with our Brand Policy. If you have a current agreement with the NARM Training Institute, you may download our logos for use in accordance with the terms of your current agreement and the logo use guidelines in our Brand Policy. NARM logos can be downloaded at: www.narmtraining.com/logos.
Receiving NARM Therapy
Who do I contact at the NARM Training Institute to receive NARM Therapy?
The NARM Training Institute is a professional training institute and as such does not provide treatment nor help you find treatment for you or your loved one.
How do I find a NARM provider to work with?
The NARM Training Institute Practitioner Directory is where you can connect with a NARM provider. Review full profiles of professionals that have completed NARM training, including contact information. You can contact practitioners directly to get more information about their offerings.
Can the NARM Training Institute recommend a NARM provider?
The NARM Training Institute does not offer consultation on individual cases and does not recommend specific providers. However, you are welcome to browse through the NARM Training Institute Practitioner Directory, where professionals who have participated in NARM trainings provide their level of training and contact information.
While the NARM Training Institute does verify every provider's level of NARM training, each provider is responsible for keeping their licenses and certifications up-to-date. It will be up to the individual client to verify the NARM provider's licensure and credentials.
Is NARM Therapy right for me or my loved one?
The NARM therapeutic model is designed to address the long-term impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), which includes such areas as attachment, developmental, relational, cultural and intergenerational trauma. If you have been impacted by any of these forms of trauma, NARM therapy may be the right treatment option for you.
NARM therapy is not designed to address PTSD, or what is referred to as shock trauma or one-time event trauma. NARM therapy is designed to address Complex-PTSD.
If you or your loved one has a severe mental health diagnoses such as a psychotic, dissociative, or addictive disorder, you will need to speak to a mental health provider to determine what treatment is right for you.
Does NARM Therapy work for couples, families or children?
There are NARM providers that are using a NARM-informed approach for couples, families and children. You are welcome to browse through the NARM Training Institute Practitioner Directory to review full profiles of professionals that have completed NARM Training.
Can I lodge a complaint with the NARM Training Institute regarding a mental health professional practicing NARM, or other NARM-informed professional?
No. As the NARM Training Institute is not a certifying or licensing body, it does not have the authority to influence an individual's professional credentials. Complaints should be filed directly with the provider's local licensing board, certification board, and/or professional organization governing the individual's license, certification and/or scope of practice.
Someone says they are providing NARM therapy or teaching NARM but doesn't look like they are trained in NARM. What should I do?
If you believe someone is misrepresenting themselves as a NARM trainer, provider or participant, please contact [email protected] with your inquiry.