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A Somatic Approach to Resolving Trauma


If you're a therapist looking for in-depth transformation and a new way of working with trauma, From Trauma to Dharma will provide the inner and outer tool sets for you. Transforming traumatic experiences in your client's life is not just about savvy skills and known interventions. It requires a willingness and a refined inner skill set to see deeply into your client's suffering and trust their innate health.

These are skills that require a different kind of training. From Trauma to Dharma is 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. 

Because the contemporary therapist faces the complexities of multiple, intertwined trauma, we need to train differently. It's no longer enough to just have 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 a trauma change agent 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 clinicians that can sit in themselves with kindheartedness and work with others when triggered themselves.

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 lasting 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 everone. We need to understand this influence and train our nervous system responses so we can become agents of nervous system change. We are training for a kind of warriorship of the body, heart, mind and community. It is no longer enough to deliver techniques, approaches or thoughts; we have to become someone that knows how to inspire healing in others.

From Trauma to Dharma 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 From Trauma to Dharma, 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 well-being when working with trauma. 


Training Overview

From Trauma to Dharma training series offers CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs and psychologists. (Level 1 offers MFT, LCSW, LEP and LPCC CE credit only.)

If you register for all three modules of this training by December 7, 2018, you'll receive an additional discount. (See our Level 3 webpage for details.) 

From Trauma to Dharma Level 1
Six modules of self-paced online learning (12 CEs)
January 21-March 5, 2019 (Course materials will remain available online through March 31, 2019.)
Optional Zoom calls 1/22/19 and 3/5/19, 3-4 p.m. PST

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From Trauma to Dharma Level 2
Four live sessions in Berkeley, CA (54 CEs)
March 22-24, May 3-5, Sept 20-22, and Oct 25-27, 2019

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From Trauma to Dharma Level 3
Three two-day intensives in Berkeley, CA (28.5 CEs)
Nov 15-16, 2019; Dec 6-7, 2019; and Jan 24-25, 2020

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For More Information

For further details, including accommodation of special needs and information about our grievance process, please contact our administrator at 415-839-6788 or contact@hakomiCA.org


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 Tool Box: 125 Worksheets and Exercises to Treat Trauma & Stress. Visit Manuela's website to find out more about her work.