Trauma-Informed Somatic Practice Certificate Course with Dr. Sharon Stanley

For mental health professionals or graduate students working with adults, teens, and children who have experienced trauma

The concept of trauma refers to the bodily-based response to overwhelming events. These reactions lie deeply in the primitive brain and are not easily shifted with logic and thoughts, it is necessary to directly access the dysregulated neural state to resolve the distress from trauma. This course will address the research theories and practices that support mental health clinicians including the Polyvagal Theory (Porges) and Regulation and Attachment Theories (Schore).

Over three days, we will learn to regulate the autonomic nervous system by exploring the utilization of six fundamental practices for healing trauma including: embodiment, somatic awareness, somatic empathy, somatic inquiry, a range of somatic interventions and somatic reflection.

  • Monday, July 22, 2019 – Wednesday, July 24, 2019  / 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • CityU Canada, 310 – 789 West Pender Street, Vancouver
  • $549* per person / $499* per person for groups of three or more

*All proceeds from this Certificate Course provide funding for CityU’s Community Counselling Clinics in Vancouver and
Vancouver Island. In partnership with not-for-profit social service agencies, the CityU Community Counselling Clinics provide no fee, low barrier counselling services to those in need.


The certificate course is taught by Dr. Sharon Stanley, a psychotherapist, educator and writer who has integrated a number of somatic practices for healing trauma into an elegant, cohesive, relational and phenomenological model of psychotherapy, Somatic Transformation. At the core of Somatic Transformation is the practice of feeling into another’s inner world; a bodily based attunement, connectivity and inquiry that animates the intersubjective field and guides the use of somatic interventions and reflection. Sharon has taught this model to hundreds of practitioners over the past 20 years. Sharon continues to explore somatic ways of knowing, relating and psychological processing from a phenomenological perspective through the lenses of her own clinical practice, neuroscience and nature-based practices. In addition to her in-depth courses for practicing psychotherapists, Sharon has worked extensively with First Nations people in Canada, studied Afro-Brazilian practices of healing the residue of the trauma of slavery in Brazil and teaches professionals on Bainbridge Island. In 2016, Routledge published her book: Relational and Body-Centered Practices for Healing Trauma: Lifting the Burdens of the Past. (2016) Routledge.    

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CityU reserves the right to cancel or reschedule an event due to low enrollment, presenter illness, or other circumstances. If the event is cancelled, official notification will occur as soon as possible and participants will receive a full refund of their registration fee. If the event is rescheduled, participants will have the option of attending the rescheduled event or receiving a full refund.

If we cancel or reschedule a workshop or other event, CityU will not refund your travel, lodging, or meal expenses. We suggest you make refundable travel arrangements.