Trauma Overview


If you're a therapist looking for in-depth transformation and new ways of working with trauma, Dharma of Trauma will provide the inner and outer tool sets for you. Dharma of Trauma is a unique trauma training: it integrates somatic trauma therapy techniques, psychobiological models of trauma in the body, ancient wisdom from Buddhist psychology and the cultivation of the inner development of the trauma therapist.

Transforming traumatic experiences in your client's life is not just about savvy skills and known interventions. It requires a refined inner skill set for seeing deeply into your client's suffering and trusting their innate health. These are skills that require a different kind of training.  Dharma of Traumais based on the belief that the inside-out transformation of the therapist is essential in supporting the client's journey towards a whole and self-sustaining life. We must make the journey first so we can guide our clients safely and precisely into the vast reservoir that they hold in their body and heart.

Trauma involves much more than the client’s personal story. We live in a time in which trauma is collective and all-pervasive. As helping professionals, we need to understand how trauma on the intergenerational and collective levels intersects with the somatic inner workings of trauma.

Because the contemporary helping professional faces the complexities of multiple, intertwined trauma, we need to train differently. It's no longer enough to just learn skills; we need to become a different kind of therapist: one that's unafraid to sit with suffering in a deep and compassionate way. We need to become trauma change agents who can see beyond the stigma of trauma and value growth in our clients and the sacredness of their life journeys.

We can't fix past traumas, but we can learn how to inspire others in their longing for wholeness, and help them to trust that trauma has deep purpose. We need helping professionals that can sit in themselves with kindheartedness and work with others as their own triggering arises. We need a new breed of helpers that can transcend the old paradigm of healing and deliver precise and effective tools for self-healing and transformation.

This training provides a clear pathway to becoming this kind of healer. The tools it offers provide a multi-layered approach that helps both therapist and client to understand our lives in connection with the contemporary forces of trauma and how they impact our biology, our sense of connection and our life purpose and calling.

The influences of media, world events and terror are impacting everyone. We need to understand these influences and train our nervous system responses so we can become agents of nervous system change. We are training for a new kind of warriorship of the body, heart, mind and community. It is no longer enough to deliver techniques, approaches or concepts; we have to become someone that knows how to inspire healing in others.

Dharma of Trauma draws from a variety of influences, including Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Continuum Movement, Buddhism and Taoism, body-centered meditation, mindfulness and compassion practices and systems thinking. It's designed for therapists, healers, social workers and medical professionals who are willing to dig deep and be changed in order to become more effective healers. This unique training requires a commitment to learning outside of your comfort zone and beyond your intellectual knowing, and a willingness to delve into the mysteries of the body's healing powers.

To find out more about Dharma of Trauma, watch this brief video featuring Manuela Mischke-Reeds, the lead trainer for this event:

For Whom

This training will benefit psychotherapists, counselors, interns, health practitioners, and other helping professionals who want to learn precise techniques for healing trauma and maintaining their own sense of health and wellbeing when working with trauma. 


Training Overview

Our Dharma of Trauma training series offers CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs and psychologists. (Level 1 does not offer psychologist CE credit.)

Dharma of Trauma Level 1
Six modules of self-paced online learning (12 CEs)

Begins June 21, 2021 

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Dharma of Trauma Level 2
Three online training weekends and three online supervised practice sessions (55.5 CEs)

Begins November 6, 2020 and continues through April 2021

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Dharma of Trauma Level 3
Two five-day live sessions in Berkeley, CA (47 CEs)
September 29-October 3, 2021 and November 17-21, 2021

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ManuelaPicManuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, MFT (LMFT 40823) is an international Hakomi trainer and somatic psychotherapist, Dharma teacher and author. She trains, consults and coaches professionals in varied fields, including health professionals and business leaders. Her trainings in the United States, Australia, Germany, China and Israel bring together 25 years of in-depth practice and teaching in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy, somatic trauma therapies, attachment and infant mental health work, Buddhist meditation practices and movement therapies. Manuela's work with trauma is grounded in an inside-out approach that utilizes the depth of the body's knowledge. Applying Buddhist perspectives and practices to her work, she weaves together specific mindfulness practices with core somatic techniques to create a unified approach to trauma resolution. Her unique teaching gifts inspire people to live their lives from the reverence and awareness of interconnection. Manuela is the author of two books: 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness: Practical Strategies for Emotional Health and Well Being and Somatic Psychotherapy Toolbox: 125 Worksheets and Exercises to Treat Trauma & Stress. Visit Manuela's website to find out more about her work.