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Somatic Regulation: Part 2

July 25, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT

Somatic Regulation:
Grounding, Orienting, Tracking, Titration & Pendulation
A direct experience of the felt-sense via Zoom
An experiential workshop 

Michael Shiffman, Ph.D.

July 25, 2020

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

Registration includes 4 CEs

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, 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 a PACT Level 2 couple therapist.

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 Los Angeles.  You can find more details on his website at https://michaelshiffman.com

Continuing Education:

A CE certificate is included with the registration fee.  CE certificates will be emailed once the workshop 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 4 CE units.

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


July 25, 2020
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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CA United States


Michael Shiffman, PhD, LMFT