Trauma II


Level II:
Trauma Skills, Clinical Practice and Inner Warriorship


If you're a therapist or helping professional looking for in-depth transformation and a new way of working with trauma, Dharma of Trauma will provide the inner and outer tool sets for you. Dharma of Trauma Level 2 is the second in a series of three comprehensive trainings offering a unique somatic approach to resolving trauma. In 2020 and 2021, it will be offered online in 3 weekend Zoom sessions and 3 weeknight practice sessions. Numerous lectures and other learning materials will be available on our online learning portal before, during and after the training that you can study in a self-paced way.

View a detailed description of our full three-module Dharma of Trauma training.

In Dharma of Trauma Level 2, you'll develop your trauma skills via experiential learning, live demonstrations, and practice and supervision. You'll not only learn concrete somatic trauma techniques, but you'll also continue to deepen your awareness and presence in the therapist's seat. This intensive training is designed to help you integrate the theoretical knowledge you gain from our Level 1 training with the hands-on practice of trauma therapy. Each live Zoom session of the training allows ample room for experiential exercises and supervised practice.

Each module of this training centers around a theme: a specific quality trauma therapists need to embody and related skills to develop.

Module 1: Activation and Grounded Calm
Our opening weekend will lay the ground from which the heart warriorship of the trauma therapist arises. In this session, you'll study and experiment with methods for developing a calm, grounded nervous system that can metabolize trauma effectively. 

Sample topics:

  • Somatic resourcing
  • Arousal theory
  • Assessing for psychobiological arousal
  • Orienting and stabilizing techniques for phase 1 trauma
  • Somatic regulation skills
  • Somatic shamatha practices
  • Understanding shame and guilt in trauma memories

Module 2: Fierce Compassion
The focus of this weekend is working with the body's defensive mechanisms, understanding boundaries from a trauma perspective, and differentiating trauma triggers from emotional activation. You'll also begin to develop a deeper level of compassion that is both kind and fierce. We'll be looking at relational trauma, complex and attachment trauma and the use of safe relational touch.

Sample topics:

  • Recognizing and establishing boundaries
  • Psychophysiological defense responses
  • The role of compassion in trauma therapy
  • Understanding complex trauma
  • Attachment theory and interconnections of relationship
  • Processing traumatic memories (Part 1)
  • Understanding the groundlessness of fear, terror and frozenness in the body
  • Active somatic practices and compassion protocol

Module 3: Dissociation and Spacious Change
In our final session, you'll:

  • Learn to work with the shifting states of trauma consciousness
  • Study and experientially explore different states of trauma, from dissociation to space as ground
  • Deepen your knowledge of how to use somatic awareness and techniques to process traumatic memories
  • Apply specific trauma techniques

We'll integrate and complete the core techniques of Dharma of Trauma and develop an understanding of the trauma healing path as a fluid, ever-changing process. This module will emphasize integration techniques and focus on how to help your clients come to terms with traumatic experiences through forgiveness and acceptance. You'll also deepen your personal repertoire of self-care practices to sustain your work as a helping professional.

Sample topics:

  • States of dissociation vs. the vast space of awareness
  • Processing traumatic memories (Parts 2 and 3)
  • Tracking and accessing trauma belief systems
  • Advanced emotional and somatic regulation techniques
  • Working with subtle body movements
  • Heart practices (bodhicitta)
  • The role of forgiveness in trauma resolution
  • The fluid mindset of the therapist
  • Vicarious trauma and self-care practices for the therapist
  • When mindfulness doesn't work
  • Integration and completion techniques

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. 


Dharma of Trauma Level 1  

An introductory workshop to Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology
See our calendar to register for an introductory workshop.  

An application form is required for this training if you haven't completed Hakomi Comprehensive Training Level 1 or Hakomi Professional Training Level 1. (See details under Registration below.) 

Class Schedule

1:30-3:00   Learning activities
3:00-3:15      Break
3:15-5:00   Learning activities

9:30-11:00   Learning activities
11:00-11:15   Break
11:15-12:30   Learning activities
12:30-2:00   Lunch
2:00-3:15   Learning activities
3:15-3:30   Break
3:30-4:30   Learning activities


9:30-11:00   Learning activities
11:00-11:15   Break
11:15-1:00   Learning activities
Weeknight Practice Sessions    
5:00-6:20   Supervised practice
6:20-6:30    Break
6:30-7:40   Supervised practice

All teaching is experiential and includes time for practice and feedback. Schedule subject to change. As an approved continuing education provider, Hakomi Institute of California is required to award CE credit for instructional time only; no CE credit will be granted for lunches and breaks. To receive CE credit for a given weekend, you must attend the entire weekend plus the follow up practice session for that weekend, and submit a signed class evaluation form.


Continuing Education

Psychotherapists: Hakomi Institute of California is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. Hakomi Institute of California maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. This course meets the requirements for 54 hours of continuing education credit (18 hours per module, including the 2.5 hour practice following that module) for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CE approval agency: CAMFT. Provider number: 82187. We will email CE certificates within 30 days after each module of the course ends. (The practice session following each weekend Zoom class marks the end of each module.)

SCA LogoPsychologists: You will earn 36 CE credits for this training (18 hours each for modules 2 and 3). CE credits 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. The Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact our administrator at For questions about CE, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at


Module 1 Dates and Times
Online training weekend: Nov 6-8, 2020, Fri 1:30-5:00, Sat 9:30-4:30, Sun 9:30-1:00
Online practice session: Thursday, Dec 3, 5:00-7:40 pm
Online course materials available: 10/28/20

Module 2 Dates and Times
Online training weekend: Jan 15-17, 2021, Fri 1:30-5:00, Sat 9:30-4:30, Sun 9:30-1:00 
Online practice session: Thursday, Feb 4, 5:00-7:40 pm
Online course materials available: 12/30/20
View learning objectives for this module

Module 3 Dates and Times
Online training weekend: Apr 23-25, 2021, Fri 1:30-5:00, Sat 9:30-4:30, Sun 9:30-1:00
Online practice session: Thursday, Apr 29, 5:00-7:40 pm
Online course materials available: 4/9/21
View learning objectives for this module

All course materials will remain available through August 31, 2021.


$2,095 if enrolled by 10/25/20 (discounted from our usual regular tuition of $2395); $1197.50 for participants repeating this training (a 50% discount). If repeating the training, use discount code TL2RSE if registering by 10/9/20 and discount code TL2RSR thereafter. 

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations accepted via email or phone. No cancellations accepted or refunds granted after October 25, 2020. No refunds will be granted for non-attendance.  


Please register early as space is limited.

An application form is required for this training for anyone who has not taken Hakomi Comprehensive Training Level 1 or Hakomi Professional Training Level 1. Please email your completed form to or mail to Hakomi Institute of California, 5758 Geary Blvd. #740, San Francisco, CA 94121.

Registration deadline: October 25, 2020

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


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.