Hello Dear Readers,
I just got back from Atlanta. Where 40 of us participated in this awesome training. SE stands for Somatic Experiencing – Peter Levine’s creation (modality) for helping the nervous system move back to resilience and coherence if it is disrupted by trauma. It is one of many forms of trauma resolution out there.
I have been participating in this training now for close to three and a half years. Thankfully Covid did not derail my training time too much (half of the modules – there are eight total normally – we done online).
In fact, one silver lining to the pandemic is that we got two extra days of training (and they were free – we paid for travel and lodging, but no tuition for this last weekend). Somehow, they normally include material about working further with syndromes, energy wells, global high intensity activation, working with the diaphragms and the viscera and touch in just 6 days. That would be a ton to cram into my brain in a week-long workshop!
For us, knowing we could not meet in person last year, we broke some of that up. The touch portion was peeled away for a later training.
Lael Keen led this training, and she is amazing. Humble, graceful, skillful, very knowledgable – she led us in spite of wearing lots of personal protection equipment (double masks and face shield). I learned a lot and / or was reminded of a lot of great wisdom. In my biodynamic craniosacral therapy training, some of the “nothing to do” approach was similar. We are listening and inviting the system to come into coherence. It was good to practice in person again!
Honestly, it would have been great to break this 2-day touch skills portion up into 3 or 4 days! We packed so much good material into a couple days, with the entire afternoon portions devoted to exchanging sessions (in PPE gear). So there was not quite enough time for questions – I approached Lael during a break to get a couple of questions answered. There were a few periods for Q & A, but there was no time to debrief or ask about the demos that she led – which were incredible (of course).
It was noted by one of my colleagues – “how do these SE faculty get volunteers to work with a specific topic or theme, and they somehow usually end up choosing people who definitely are in need of healing / nervous system repair.” As in, they often choose the person with worst symptoms. And the faculty members feel confident enough to work with this person in front of a large group of people. Very skillful and confident in their abilities! And the demos were amazing!
And now I have completed all of the requirements to get my SEP! I turned in my paperwork recently, and got my certificate via email within a couple days. I am so grateful to have participated in the process. I learned SO MUCH. I am now literally seeing clients with symptoms that two years ago, I would have run away from very quickly. You might say I leveled up several times in the past couple years. I love being able to benefit a wide variety of clients (and a variety of symptoms I must add).
I am actually thinking about becoming an assistant occasionally – the trainings go really well because there are usually a high number of assistants. That way, there is a high ratio of support people to participants. Plus as an assistant, we get to see new ways to discussing the material and get to see how different faculty members do their work.
I am an SEP now! Yay! Let me know if you want to receive nervous system support – I offer distance sessions and they are usually quite beneficial! You can check out my site and even schedule a free 25 min consult to see if we would be a good fit to work together: http://www.mkirbymoore.com
Thank you for reading,