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Course Information

Module I - Introduction:
Somatic Touch tools, Sensory systems and development, body systems

The experiential training/workshop is a hands-on format working with the body and it’s physiological reactions and responses to shift and change the body’s nervous system to balance and healing. The shifts when working the with body’s nervous system, helps restore change that balances mental, physical, and social interaction states. This bottom up therapy (working with the body’s wisdom) through healing the tissue is helpful for treatment of trauma, attachment disorders, neurological disorders, eating disorders, sensory disorders, anxiety, and depression.

Topics in Module I are: History of touch in psychotherapy. Traditions of touch therapy. Misunderstandings of touch work. Ethical boundaries of touch work. Requirements of touch work including consent and contracts. Therapeutic considerations of touch work. Tools of touch work. Professional and personal experience of touch therapy. The Activation Cycle of the Autonomous Nervous System. Completion of self-protective responses and how it relates to trauma in the body. Identifying trauma and diagnosis. Identifying how the body responds and reacts to trauma. Adrenals and physiological response to trauma.

This course is for 12 CE

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.



Kim DiRe', LPC, MEd, SEP, DBH

Dr. Kim DiRé, LPC, MEd, SEP, DBH is passionate about helping people. Her background in education gives awareness to people’s needs and experience teaching those needs in skills sets. Trauma, eating issues, eating disorders, relationships, and effective communication are her specialties. Dr. Kim has an integrated training approach.

She uses her experience from teaching, lecturing, therapy, and writing to honor each individual or group to complete specific goals for each client’s benefit and future.

Kim has her Master’s in Counseling from Argosy University/Phoenix and a Master’s in Education from Chapman University. She is also a certified Hypnotherapist graduating from the Atwood Institute for Research and Education. Her training, individual therapy sessions, and facilitating groups using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Hypnotherapy and Somatic®Experiencing for trauma healing are useful when working with clients.


Target Audience:

Psychologists, Psychiatrists, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Dentists, Physical Therapists, Dietitians, Nutritionists, Mental Health Providers and Medical Health Providers - All Levels


Course Objectives:

  • Discuss with some recall, the history of touch in psychotherpy
  • Identify traditions of touch in psychotherapy
  • Apply touch work as it relates to their own field of practice
  • Write a consent and/or contract for clients/patients for touch work
  • Describe and name the tools of touch work
  • Explain the activation cycle in the autonomic nervous system
  • Plan trauma treatment and assess the rate of trauma
  • Appraise the body's response to complete self-protective moves in trauma healing
  • Demonstrate calming the adrenals and physiological response to trauma


Saturday trainings -

8:30am – 9:00am - Registration and warm up meet and greet

9:00am – 10:15am - Touch Training and weekend agenda
                                   History of touch in psychotherapy
10:15am - 10:30am - Break

10:30am – 12:00noon - Skill work 
                                        Traditions of touch therapy
                                        Misunderstandings of touch work

12:00 noon – 1:00pm – Lunch break

1:00pm – 2:30pm - Continued Skill work
                                 Ethical boundaries of touch work
                                 Requirements of touch work including consent and contracts

2:30pm - 2:45pm - Break

2:45pm - 4:30pm - Continued Skill work
                                Therapeutic considerations of touch work
                                Tools of touch work
                                Professional and personal experiences of touch therapy


Sunday trainings -

9:00am – 10:15am - Demo and training/work
                                   The Activation Cycle of the Autonomic Nervous Syatem
                                   Completion of self-protective responses and how it relates to trauma in the body

10:15am - 10:30am - Break                        

10:30am – 12:00noon - Continued Experiential on skill demonstrated with practice
                                         Identifying trauma and diagnosis
                                         Identifying how the body responds and reacts to trauma

12:00noon – 1:00pm – Lunch break

1:00pm – 2:45pm - Demo
                                 Adrenals amd physiological response to trauma

2:45pm - 3:00pn - Break

3:00pm – 4:30pm - Continued Experiential and closing


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