• February 25-26, 2023
  • 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Online - Check-In is at 9:45 a.m. PST
Add to Calendar 02/25/2023 10:00 am 02/26/2023 1:00 pm America/Los_Angeles A Workshop with Peter A. Levine Join Peter A. Levine, developer of Somatic Experiencing, for a rich live online workshop demonstrating how Somatic Experiencing addresses trauma. Online - Check-In is at 9:45 a.m. PST false MM/DD/YYYY


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Regular Registration: $150-$220
Member Registration: $120-$176
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Six APA/BBS CEs available for purchase after registration

Important Event Information 

  • This workshop will be live online.
  • This is a two-day workshop.
  • It will run from Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. PST. Then Sunday from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. PST.
  • Portions of this workshop will be recorded, and limited access to a recording will be made available to those who attend the live event.  

Continuing Education

Six APA/BBS Continuing Education Credits (CEs) are available for an additional fee of $30. After you register for the workshop, your confirmation email from Eventbrite will contain a link to the site where you can purchase the APA/BBS CEs from our co-sponsor, Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA). APA/BBS CEs may be purchased at any time before the workshop, but only those who have purchased in advance will receive the credits. Unfortunately, we are unable to issue CEs retroactively. See below for details.


If you need to request accessibility accommodations, please email publicprograms@ciis.edu at least one week prior to the event. For more information, explore our Accessibility web page.

Somatic Experiencing is a naturalistic and neurobiological approach to healing trauma and other stress-related disorders. Somatic Experiencing provides a framework to assess where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight, or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states. It offers practical skills appropriate to various healing and helping professions including mental health, medicine, physical and occupational therapies, bodywork, addiction treatment, first response, education, and more.

Join Peter A. Levine, developer of Somatic Experiencing, for a rich live online workshop demonstrating how Somatic Experiencing addresses trauma through a combination of theoretical explanation and body-oriented experiential exercises. In this workshop participants learn about the underpinnings of trauma and explore how nervous system regulation and awareness of bodily sensations can transition clients out of a trauma state and into a more embodied and regulated sense of authentic self.

In this workshop Dr. Levine guides participants with didactic lectures, Somatic Experiencing demonstrations, experiential exercises, and breakout practice groups. Learn to differentiate between top-down and bottom-up processing and discuss how they can work together. Classify the trauma response as a set of defensive bodily reactions mobilized to protect us. Understand how shame, defeat, and humiliation—associated with the original traumatic event—replay themselves repeatedly in the body. Define how trauma-based perceptions remain fundamentally unchanged until the internal experience of the body changes.

These teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

Peter Levine color portrait made into a circle. Peter is an older white man wearing a patterned button-down.
Peter A. Levine
, PhD, is the developer of Somatic Experiencing™, a naturalistic and neurobiological approach to healing trauma, which he has developed over the past 50 years. He is the Founder of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute: Foundation for Human Enrichment, a world-wide organization committed to training professionals in somatic based trauma care. Currently he is the President of the Ergos Institute of Somatic Education, dedicated to Community Outreach and Post-Advanced Somatic Experiencing® Trainings. His work has been taught to over 30,000 therapists in over 42 countries.  
In recognition of his groundbreaking therapeutic works, Dr. Levine has received the Lifetime Achievement award from Psychotherapy Networker, the US Association for Body-Oriented Psychotherapy, an honorary award as the Reiss-Davis Chair in Los Angeles for his lifetime contribution to infant and child psychiatry, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children (ATTACh) for “his lifelong commitment to healing children through research, education, and outreach.” He holds doctorates both in Biophysics from UC Berkeley and Psychology from International University. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley; Mills College; Antioch University; the California Institute of Integral Studies; and the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. He served as a Stress consultant for NASA in the early space shuttle development and has served on the American Psychological Association task force for responding to the trauma of large-scale disasters and ethno-political warfare. Dr. Levine is currently a Senior Fellow and consultant at The Meadows Addiction and Trauma Treatment Center in Wickenburg, Arizona and continues to teach trauma healing workshops internationally.  
Dr. Levine is the author of several best-selling books on trauma, including Waking the Tiger, Healing Trauma (published in over 29 languages); In an Unspoken Voice, How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness; and his most recent book, Trauma and Memory, Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past. Click here to see all of Dr. Levine’s books.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the theoretical framework to understand the substratum of memory. 
  • Compare the various forms of memory; from the most-conscious and verbal to those somatic/procedural memories that are non-verbal and non-conscious. 
  • Describe the trauma response as a set of defensive bodily reactions mobilized to protect us. 
  • Discuss how shame, defeat, and humiliation, associated with the original traumatic event, replay themselves repeatedly in the body. 
  • Explain how trauma-based perceptions remain fundamentally unchanged until the internal experience of the body changes. 
  • Utilize clinical incites from Body-oriented psychotherapy and recent findings in the neurosciences, on how the brain and body deal with emotional information, and how that provides a foundation for effective therapeutic action. 
  • Discuss how feedback, and support for interrupted defensive responses, can assist therapists to create empowered, patient-focused intervention strategies  
  • List various grounding, centering breath and body-posture techniques to aid with soothing and self-regulation.

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals 

  • CEs for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CEs for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of Continuing Education by the American Psychological Association.

  • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of Continuing Education by the American Psychological Association.

  • SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain their certificate of attendance for 4 years after the course concludes.

  • For questions about completing the CE evaluation materials for this course, as well as receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact CIIS Public Programs at publicprograms@ciis.edu. For other questions about CEs, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact Spiritual Competency Academy at info@spiritualcompetencyacademy.com.

  • CEs are only available for participants who attend the live workshop in-person or on Zoom. CEs cannot be issued to participants who view a recording of a workshop.

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