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Introduction to NARM™

February 20, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm PST

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 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 trauma without recognizing the complex
    developmental themes
  • NARM’s five adaptive survival styles, their identity distortions, and how they affect adult life

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Please note that early registration ends February 6, 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 two members of the LA NARM teaching team, Lynne Friedman-Gell, Ph.D. and Michael Shiffman, Ph.D.

LynneF-GLynne Friedman-Gell, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and trauma specialist.  She works extensively with adolescents and adults on issues of addiction, developmental trauma, attachment and relational disorders, and dual-diagnosis issues such as personality, mood, and anxiety disorders, and self-harming behaviors. Lynne is a certified NARM practitioner and part of the NARM teaching team, trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), completed Level II in the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) and utilizes an integration of psychobiology and mindfulness in her clinical practice.

Lynne received her Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology, completed two years of advanced training in psychoanalytic-psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Wright Institute Los Angeles, and trained at the Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorders Program. Lynne is certified in addiction studies since 1996 and involved in the recovery community since 1992.

Lynne was clinical supervisor and then clinical director at Insight Treatment Program over a six-year period.  Currently, Lynne maintains a private practice in Studio City, CA where she works with adults, adolescents and families, and offers consultation and supervision.  Her passion is helping others to achieve recovery of body, mind, emotion and spirit in order to live healthy and fulfilling productive lives with greater connection to self and others, while balancing the joys of being a wife, mother and friend.

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.


February 20, 2016
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Insight Center
1404 Greenfield Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
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Michael Shiffman, Ph.D.