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Introduction to NARM™

May 21, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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 nervous system and identifications greatly expands our therapeutic effectiveness. This introduction will be an overview of NARM’s theoretical and clinical approach to developmental trauma.

This introduction will provide an:

  • Overview of NARM’s theoretical and clinical approach to developmental trauma
  • Lecture and experiential exercises on early adaptive survival styles
  • Video demonstrations of Dr. Laurence Heller using the NARM™ approach

In this introduction you will learn:

  • The distinction between shock and developmental trauma
  • The pitfalls of working with all forms of trauma without recognizing the complex
    developmental themes in the background
  • NARM’s five early adaptive survival styles, their corresponding identity distortions, and how they affect adult life
  • The role of shame in trauma Building skills of dual awareness and somatic mindfulness Integrating a bottom-up (body-based) and top-down (cognitive or identity-based) therapeutic approach

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Please note that early registration ends May 15, 2016
Early registration fee is $99
Full tuition is $129
Participants will receive a $50 credit when they register for the first NARM module.

This introduction will be taught by Michael Shiffman, Ph.D. and Tara Kelly, Ph.D., both members of the LA NARM teaching team.

MichaelMichael Shiffman, Ph.D., is a relational body therapist at the Insight Center in West Los Angeles.  He founded LA Dharma in 1999 and co-founded the Insight Center in 2006. Michael has studied with numerous Western Buddhist teachers and currently studies with Rev. Hye Wol Sunim. He has been meditating since 1994 and teaching mindfulness and insight meditation since 2002.

Michael is a certified NARM practitioner and part of the Los Angeles NARM teaching team.  He is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner with substantial training in the use of touch for trauma resolution.

Michael has an extensive background working with anxiety, panic, traumatic stress, substance abuse and recovery, relapse prevention, and somatic oriented therapeutic practices. He teaches meditation and somatic therapy. He is a photographer, enjoys cooking and is frequently happy in his new life in Encino.

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Continuing Education
Continuing Education Units are available for this training.  There is a $20 charge for each CE certificate.  Certificates are issued after the evaluation is submitted.

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 CE units.

MFTs / LCSWs: MFTs / LCSWs / Professional Counselors: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences now accepts APA CEs. This course provides 4 CE units.

Nurses: The Insight Center, Provider Number 14914, is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This course provides 4 CE units.


May 21, 2016
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Michael Shiffman, Ph.D.


The Insight Center
1404 Greenfield Ave.
Los Angeles,CA90025
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