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The NeuroAffective Relational Model
How Early Trauma Negatively Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship
Dr. Larry Heller (USA)
The spontaneous movement in all of us is toward connection, health, and aliveness. No matter how withdrawn and isolating we have become, or how serious the trauma we have experienced, on the deepest level, just as a plant spontaneously moves towards sunlight, there is in each of us an impulse moving toward connection and healing. This impulse is the fuel of the NARM approach.
NARM emphasizes working clinically with the functional unity between biological and psychological
development integrating a relational, psychodynamic approach with a nervous system based orientation.
Participants will learn to work with the following four primary psychobiological organizing principles:
- Regulating the nervous system
- Resolving identity distortions such as low self-esteem, self-hatred, and toxic shame and guilt
- Supporting connection and organization
- Working in present time
Bottom-Up and Top-Down
There are continual loops of information going from the body to the brain bottom-up, and from the brain to the body, top-down. There are similar loops between lower and higher structures within the brain. Topdown therapies emphasize cognitions and emotions. Bottom-up therapies focus on the body, the felt sense, and the instinctive responses as they are mediated through the brain stem and move toward higher levels of brain organization.
NARM is an integrated top-down and bottom-up approach. In developmental trauma, individuals incorporate the environmental failure they have experienced in a bottom-up process of disturbed regulation and a top-down process of distorted identifications. Knowing how to work with the complex interplay between the nervous system and identity greatly expands our therapeutic effectiveness.
The NARM process adds two new applications or refinements to the traditional practice of mindfulness:
Using somatic mindfulness together with the mindfulness awareness of survival styles allows a therapist
to work with a person’s life story from a perspective that is deeper and broader than the story itself.
Tracking the process of connection/disconnection, regulation/dysregulation in present time helps clients
connect with their sense of agency and feel less like victims of their personal history. Using an awareness
that is anchored in the present moment, clients becomes mindful of cognitive, emotional, and
physiological patterns that began in the past, while not falling into the trap of making the past more
important than the present.
- Somatic mindfulness
- Mindful awareness of the organizing principles of our survival styles
NARM helps build and expand upon our current capacity for biological self-regulation and interpersonal
connection. This resource-oriented, non-regressive model emphasizes helping clients establish connection to the parts of self that are organized, coherent, and functional. It brings into awareness and organization the parts of self that are disorganized and dysfunctional without making these elements theprimary focus of the therapy.
In the four modules of this clinical training, participants will learn:
- The diverging skills needed to work with developmental trauma versus shock trauma
- How to help clients attune to all levels of their experience: cognitive, emotional, and
physiological in a mindful, progressive process of disidentification
- 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 integrate nervous system regulation skills into a developmental trauma framework
- When shock trauma interventions are contraindicated in working with developmental trauma
- How to address the complex interplay between identity distortions and nervous system
- How a present-moment orientation in working with personal history supports the development of
Cost: CHF 1250.-- pro Modul
Dates, times and place:
November 20 - 24, 2013, 10am - 5.30pm, Zwinglistrasse 21, 8004 Zürich
May 05 - 09, 2014
September 19 - 23, 2014
February 22 - 26, 2015
Teacher: Dr. Larry Heller (USA)
Laurence Heller, Ph.D. is a SETI Senior Faculty and teaches Somatic Experiencing® in the United States and throughout Europe. He specializes in the interplay of shock and developmental trauma. He co-authored Crash Course: A Self Healing Guide to Auto Accident Trauma and Recovery. His new book: Connection: Our Deepest Desire and Greatest Fear will be published in English in 2011. For excerpts from the book please go to: http://www.drlaurenceheller.com
Dr. Heller has been on the faculty of several major
universities and has taught courses and seminars
at medical schools, hospitals and pain clinics in
the U.S. and Europe. In 1972, he co-founded the
Gestalt Institute of Denver and later the Rocky
Mountain Psychotherapy Institute. He has trained
and provided case consultations for thousands of
health professionals in the U.S. and Europe. Basic and advanced trainings with Dr. Larry Heller
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