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Somatic Relational Work

Basic BASE™ Training

Bodywork and Somatic Education™ (BASE™) is clinical, body-oriented approach to help clients overcome the emotional, relational and and physical effects of trauma. BASE™ provides psychotherapists and somatic practitioners with a versatile toolkit to use with individuals, couples, and families dealing with symptoms of trauma. The training is designed to: a) clear relational attunement b) help psychotherapists develop clinically and ethically appropriate hands-on touch skills, and c) to help bodyworkers and movement educators refine and expand their hands-on skills with a paradigm that focuses on expanding a client’s capacity without triggering cathartic overwhelm.

The body’s holding of psychological trauma and its importance as the vehicle for healing are now broadly recognized in academic, clinical and research settings. Physical and relational dysregulation, including persistent high arousal and dissociation, go hand in hand with developmental wounding, illness and shock trauma. When our interoceptive (internal state of the body) systems are signaling discomfort, pain or distress, we are in a self-perpetuating feedback loop that fuels dysregulation. This persistent state of high arousal causes both intrapersonal and interpersonal difficulties, such as feeling detached from the self and the world, relationship and work issues, learning problems, chronic pain, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, sleep issues, anxiety, PTSD and other challenges.

BASE™ brings two aspects of somatic work together:

  1. Somatic education: learning from the inside through the kinesthetic sense of self.

  2. Skilled touch: how to use ethically appropriate touch to facilitate and enable increased regulation in body tissues, organs and structures.

BASE™ teaches the use of non-touch somatic awareness strategies as an important tool for clinical attunement, assessing trauma and working with a client’s internal state. The training is designed to support psychotherapists interested in adding touch work to their practices to become skilled in somatic therapy. Students learn movement and somatically-oriented interventions, as well as assessing how and when it is appropriate to use touch to support clients. BASE™ students develop a highly refined attunement to clients’ internal, non-verbal states, enabling them to track health and dysregulation by observing a) what is happening physiologically (i.e. anxiety, shutdown/dissociation, etc), b) how it is manifesting (i.e. constriction, etc) and c) where the dysregulation is located in the body. Participants will learn how to help clients release internal freeze/shutdown states and facilitate expansion, capacity and ease. The approach gives clients new ‘interoceptive’ experiences that provides critical, regulating information to the brain, enabling them to experience greater resilience and choice—the opposite of a trauma response. In turn, this improves relational or interpersonal dynamics.

This workshop offers 24 CE hours.

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


Dave Berger, MFT, PT, LCMHC, MA, SEP is a physical therapist and somatic psychotherapist. Dave is also a consultant and teacher of Somatic Experiencing®, a neurobehavioral intervention for recovery from the effects of emotional and physical trauma. Dave’s own BASE™: Bodywork and Somatic Education Training for trauma therapists is an integration of his life’s clinical work. As a therapist, teacher, consultant and mentor, Dave’s passion and commitment to deep healing guide his work. Click here to learn more about Dave.

Target Audience:

Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Psychiatrists (←only partial credit for MDs via APA), Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Dentists - Advanced Levels


Course Objectives:

  • The Body and Relational Work

  • Social Engagement Behaviors

  • Eyes—Bonding/Distancing, Emotions and the Body

  • Somatic Couples Work, Working with Couples, Attachment and Bonding

  • Somatic Tools for Sensory Motor Renegotiation



Bodywork and Somatic Education™ (BASE™) For Trauma Practitioners

4, 4-day modules, 24 CE hours each module

96 CE hours total, for all 4 modules



24 CE hours


Day 1 - 9:30-5:30  (6 hours)

1.5 hour 9:30-11 Lecture, Experiential Exercises and Demo: Social Engagement Behaviors: Eyes, Bonding, Distancing.

11-11:15 Break

1.25 hour 11:15-12:30 Practice Time: Strategies to work with Social Engagement Behaviors of eyes, bonding and distancing

12:30-2 Lunch

1.5 hour 2-3:30 Lecture, Experiential Exercises and Demo: Inhibiting Chronic Distress. Bringing together body usage and social engagement behaviors, assessment and body structures.

3:30-3:45 Break

1.5 hour 3:45-5:15 Practice Time: Body Usage and Inhibiting Chronic Distress for attachment and bonding.

.25 hour 5:15-5:30 Q & A, wrap up, review.


Day 2 - 9:30-5:30  (6 hours)

1.5 hour 9:30-11 Lecture, Experiential Exercises and Demo: Somatic Relational Couples work.

11-11:15 Break: 

1.25 hour 11:15-12:30: Demo: Somatic Couples work.

12:30-2 Lunch

1.5 hour 2-3:30 Deconstruction of Demo.

3:30-3:45 Break

1.5 3:45-5:15 Practice Time: Somatic Couples work.

.25 hour 5-5:30 Q & A, wrap up, review.


Day 3 - 9:30-5:30  (6 hours)

1.5 hour 9:30-11 Lecture, Experiential Exercises and Demo: Somatic Couples work Continued.

11-11:15 Break

1.25 hour 11:15- 12:30 Demo: Somatic Couples work.

12:30-2 Lunch

1.5 hour 2-3:30 Large group discussion: Deconstruction of somatic couples demo.

3:30-3:45 Break

1.5 hour 3:45-5:15 Practice Time: Somatic Couples work.

.25 hour 5-5:30 Q & A, wrap up, review.


Day 4 - 9:30-5:30  (6 hours)

1.5 hour 9:30-11 Lecture, Experiential Exercises and Demo: Somatic Tools: Sensory Motor tools to promote sensory awareness and affect regulation

11-11:15 Break

1.25 hour 11:15-12:30 Practice Time: Experiment with sensory motor tools.

12:30-2 Lunch

1.5 hour 2-3:30 Lecture and discussion: Review of BASE training, future directions.

3:30-3:45 Break

1.25 hour 3:45-5 Q & A, wrap up, review.

.5 hour 5-5:30 Completion



Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

If cancellation is 30 or more days prior to start date of a module or workshop there is a full refund less $50; 15-30 days prior to start date there will be 50% refund less $50. Less than 15 days prior to start date there is no refund. Payment can be by check, cash or online as specified on registration and information materials. Refunds need to be request by from Cassidy Seminars, 866-992-9399 X105.