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Somatic Regulation Introduction

July 24 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT

Introduction to Somatic Regulation:
Grounding, Orienting, Tracking, Titration & Pendulation
An experiential workshop 

Michael Shiffman, PhD, LMFT

July 24, 2021

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Somatically Safe via Zoom


We often hear clients say that they feel like their body was hijacked in the face of a triggering event. They can’t think, their nervous system seems to have a mind of its own. They lose their sense of home with their sense of self compromised. Somatic practices that support regulation play a key role in supporting clients to form a secure experience of their felt-sense, a return home to safety and security.  

Grounding, orienting, tracking, titration and pendulation are core observable processes involved in the organic movement toward somatic regulation.  This workshop will emphasize recognizing and working with these observables.  

This experiential workshop will start with a brief review of the autonomic nervous system and will introduce specific ways for clients to ground and orient. This will be followed by a demonstration to identify activation cycles, tracking and titration to deescalate, re-orient and ground.  We will then do a series of dyadic exercises to practice tracking and the management of activation cycles.  Successful management of activation is a bottom-up activity that can support our clients’ sense of agency.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between mindfulness and somatic awareness;
  2. Describe the use of grounding and orienting for somatic regulation;
  3. Describe 4 elements of activation – de-activation cycles;
  4. Track activation de-activation cycles in oneself;
  5. Track activation de-activation cycles in ones clients;
  6. Describe using titration to de-escalate activation cycles.

Michael Shiffman, PhD, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #122513) in private practice in Los Angeles.  Michael is a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), a certified Neuroaffective Relational Model Therapist (NARM), a Level 2 PACT Couple Therapist, and is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).  Michael is uniquely trained in the use of touch for trauma resolution and attachment repair.

Michael sees individuals and couples, and runs groups.  His clinical work is mindfulness based, somatically grounded and asset oriented.  He has a substantial background working with anxiety, panic, traumatic stress, substance abuse and recovery, relapse prevention, and somatic oriented therapeutic practices. He teaches mindfulness meditation, neuroaffective regulation and somatic psychotherapy

Michael received his PhD from the UCLA department of sociology.  His academic training includes conversation analysis, social movements, labor union history, gender studies, and social psychology.  His doctoral dissertation was on family trauma and posttraumatic stress among adult children of alcoholics.  He has worked in program evaluation, health care research, grant writing and has provided technical services at UCLA and through several private computer companies.

Michael began meditating in 1994 under the guidance of Shinzen Young.  He founded LA Dharma in 1999 through which he hosted a meditation group and coordinated 20 daylong retreats and two large conferences with teachers from the Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Insight Meditation Center.  In 2002 he began teaching mindfulness meditation and has since taught beginning, intermediate and advanced meditation practices.  He studied with Shinzen Young and Jason Siff, and continues to practice with Rev. Hye Wol Sunim since 2002.  Michael loves to cook and is frequently happy at home in Encino California.  For more details visit his website at https://michaelshiffman.com.

Continuing Education

A CE certificate is issued after the course evaluation is received.

Psychologists: The Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course is provides 4 CEs.

MFTs / LCSWs / LPCCs: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts APA CEs. This course provides 4 CEs.


July 24
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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CA United States


Michael Shiffman, PhD, LMFT