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Neuroaffective Regulation: Observation and Intervention 2018-1

September 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT

Neuroaffective Regulation

Observation and Intervention for Systemic Regulation

Michael Shiffman, Ph.D.

September 22, 2018
10:00 am – 5:00 pm


$195 Full Tuition
$165 Early Registration until August 31, 2018
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 and coherence.

In this workshop we will explore verbal and non-verbal markers of systemic 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.

Neuroaffective interventions engage cognitive, behavioral, emotional, neurobiological and energetic systems to help clients become more organized and alive. Interventions are bi-directional, moving from cognition to neurobiology and from neurobiology to cognition.

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 didactics and experiential activities we will explore the operation of the autonomic nervous system to identify 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 the use of non-verbal 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.


Michael 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.  He is trained in EMDR and is training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

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 has a private practice in Encino and West Los Angeles.  You can find more details on his website at https://michaelshiffman.com

Continuing Education:

Purchase CE Certificate

Continuing Education Units are available. A CE certificate will be issued for a $20 charge. 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.


September 22, 2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Michael Shiffman, Ph.D.


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