Course Description

Hours: 12

Contrary to popular belief, trauma is physiological in nature and can have a profound impact on functioning. Its influence on our physiology creates a variety of physical, psychological, emotional, and behavioural symptoms that are often confusing and debilitating. Body-oriented modalities like Somatic Experiencing ® support people in releasing traumatic shock that becomes stuck in the body, thereby transforming the wounds created by trauma. These approaches offer relief from symptoms and improve overall well-being without requiring people to engage in long hours of therapy, relive painful memories, and/or rely on medication.

This two-day workshop intends to support participants with understanding trauma from the standpoint of the autonomic nervous system and the body. It will examine Polyvagal Theory, activation cycles, incomplete self-protective responses, and ways to use the verbal narrative to explore the body's story. Participants will learn about the role of attunement and co-regulation, how the body can be utilized as a resource, as well as skills that support tracking bodily sensations and other aspects of one’s inner experience. Given the nature of this modality, this workshop will be highly experiential.
*Please note that this workshop is offered independently from Somatic Experiencing International (SEI) and continuing education hours from the course do not count towards the formal Somatic Experiencing training process offered through SEI.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:
Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext. 5234

Cancellations and Transfers
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Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Working with Trauma and the Body: Fundamentals of Somatic Experiencing
Workshop Remote
Th, F
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Jun 22, 2023 to Jun 23, 2023
Schedule and Location
Total Hours
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Workshop Remote  
Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $360.00
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

Instructor: Stephanie Baker, PhD, RSW, SEP

Location: This workshop is being held remotely through Zoom. 

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

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