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Neuroaffective Regulation: Observation and Intervention

November 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Neuroaffective Regulation:

Observation and Intervention for Systemic Regulation

Michael Shiffman, Ph.D.

November 18, 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm


$195 Full Tuition
$165 Early Registration until October 20, 2017
30% off for pre-licensed trainees and interns.
Use the coupon “student30”

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 center and their sense of self is compromised.  Neuroaffective regulation practices can be key factors in returning to a secure experience of their felt-sense, a return home to safety.  Neuroaffective regulation is not simply grounding:  It is the fluid integration of cognitive, affective, physical and neurological systems in the direction of organization, coherence and aliveness.

Effective trauma informed therapy must listen carefully to our client’s experience of safety, physiological and neuroaffective regulation to support the reclaiming of agency and the establishment of a satisfying identity.

In this workshop we will explore verbal and nonverbal markers of systemic and affective activation and deactivation.  We will explore when bringing awareness to the body is appropriate and effective and when it reinforces adaptive strategies that hinder openness and growth.

The skills developed in this workshop can be readily integrated within any clinical model.

At the workshop:

Part 1:  In the morning we will review the underlying neurobiology of emotional reactivity using both didactic and experiential activities to identify within ourselves how it feels to consciously pass through activation-deactivation cycles.

Part 2:  After lunch we will use dyadic exercises to focus on the identification of non-verbal cues and explore nonverbal and verbal interventions.

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

  1. Differentiate between mindfulness and neuroaffective awareness;
  2. Describe top-down and bottom-up therapeutic interventions;
  3. Identify strategies for integrating neuroaffective practices into therapeutic process;
  4. Identify and describe systemic activation and deactivation cycles;
  5. Identify and describe verbal and non-verbal indicators of emotional dysregulation;
  6. Describe how neuroaffective practices can enhance awareness of transference-countertransference processes.




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 practitioner of the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner with substantial training in the use of touch for nervous system regulation and the repair of attachment ruptures.

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.  Michael is also a photographer whose work is shown on his website http://shiffmanphotos.com, enjoys cooking and is frequently happy in his new life in Encino.

Continuing Education:

Continuing Education Units are available. A CE certificate is issued for each module for a $20 charge per module. Instructions for purchasing CE certificates will be emailed once registration is completed and certificates are issued after the module is completed.

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 6 CE units.

MFTs / LCSWs / LPCCs:  The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts APA CEs. This course provides 6 CE units.

Nurses: The Insight Center, Provider Number 14914, is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This course provides 6 CE units.


November 18, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Insight Center
1404 Greenfield Ave.
Los Angeles,CA90025
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Michael Shiffman, Ph.D.


Please be aware that the Insight Center is located up a flight of stairs.