Integrative Somatic Practitioner

Certification Course

When the central nervous system is calm and safe, the mind becomes clearer. Life becomes more effectively lived. Thriving becomes possible. Everything that shows up in the physical body is feedback. The body is always talking to us, it is our job to learn to listen, honor and respond.

Somatization is the name used when emotional distress is expressed by physical symptoms. Everyone experiences somatization at times. Examples include your heart beating fast or butterflies in your stomach when you feel nervous or muscles becoming tense and sore when you feel angry or under stress. Ever since people’s responses to overwhelming experiences have been systematically explored, researchers have noted that a trauma is stored in somatic memory and expressed as changes in the biological stress response.

The Integrative Somatic Practitioner Certification Course trains and equips you to help people more effectively deal with stress, anxiety, depression and trauma through effective tools and techniques that empower individuals to increase their capacity for stressors, process and release stuck stress and trauma and even better understand and re-write the neural pathways (behavior patterns) that have developed as a result of current and past stuck emotions.

Integrative Somatic Practitioner Certification Course

Course outline:

Somatic Foundations

  • SPC Welcome & Course Guidelines
    • Welcome to your journey to becoming a certified Somatic Practitioner.
    • About your instructor
    • Course guidelines, assignments & reading/resources
    • Exam & Practicum
  • Somatic Definitions and Other Key Terms
  • Healing the Total Self
    • Healthcare Situation Analysis
    • 4 systems + energy system 
    • Understanding Mind-body-heart-spirit connection
    • Science behind mind-body advancements
    • The importance of connecting with the self and internal feedback 
    • Inside-out & Outside-in healing modalities
  • Quantum physics, quantum biology and manifestation (downward causation)
    • Quantum Physics Foundational Concepts & Frequency
    • Consciousness is at the Ground of All Being
    • Everything Operates by Way of Downward Causation
    • Wrapping Up Quantum Physics Foundational Concepts & Frequency
    • The future of healing
  • AutonomicNervous System
    • Sympathetic, parasympathetic, and enteric
    • Stress response and implications
      • How can somatic issues manifest – mind, body, heart, spirit
      • What are potential somatic symptoms
      • Major areas of life: career & finances, health & wellness, family & relationships (sex), self-development & spirituality
    • Symptoms are feedback
    • What are the potential implications for ignoring or not clearing?
    • Modern living style as a causation of long term and chronic low-level stress & trauma
    • Identifying trauma
    • Collective trauma
    • We are more connected than we think & trauma is not localized
    • Realigning with natural rhythms and cycles – aligned with nature
    • Personal responsibility and empowerment
  • The Body Keeps Score
    • Physical plane/physical body and manifestation
    • The body and the invisible scorecard
    • Symptoms of dysregulation
    • Trauma and the body (stored trauma and triggers)
    • Familial/intergenerational & past trauma
  • Stress reduction, stress management and increasing capacity to deal with stressors
    • What is stress really? How does it impact people?
    • Good stress and bad stress?
    • Physical and emotional impacts of stress
    • Stress management, stress reduction & increasing your capacity to deal with life’s stressors
    • How to break up with stress
    • Self-care, supplements, exercise, and other tools
  • Kinesiology & Anatomy
    • Anatomy in Somatic Work
      • The physical body (western based anatomy)
      • Energetic anatomy, Chinese Medicine & Ayurveda
      • The anatomy of Chakras
    • Homeostasis
  • History of Somatic Practices
  • Foundations in Practice
  • What is an integrative somatic practitioner? (and what are they not)
  • Who are somatic practices good for?
  • What somatic practices are not good for
  • Active and Reflective Listening
  • Empathy vs Sympathy

Somatic Tools & Techniques

  • Tools for Stress – stress management, stress reduction & increasing one’s capacity for stress
  • Breathing techniques
  • Grounding techniques
  • Shifting Physiological states
  • Grounding into Theta (the calm deep relaxation state brain waves)
  • Grounding through feet to earth technique
  • NLP Resource Anchoring Technique
  • Weight & Compression DPS Technique
  • Somatic Touch Technique
  • Abhyanga self-massage
  • Balancing techniques
  • Mindfulness
  • Neuroplasticity Exercises
  • Finding The Beauty Technique
  • Hug Method
  • Body posture/positions
  • Yoga and Somatic Movement
  • Yoga
  • Intuitive yoga (letting the intuition guide)
  • Therapeutic yoga (opening and breathing into – long holds)
  • Alignment for somatic work and optimal wellness
  • Hip rocking (belly)
  • Movement to breath
  • Hips, heart, throat, back (tendency to hold/store)
  • Bilateral movement
  • Shaking Therapy Technique
  • Movement to breath
  • Somatic dance
  • The 5-minute Yoga Stress Reduction Practice
  • Art, music, frequency, journaling
  • Bilateral music
  • chanting
  • Art
  • Journaling
  • Frequency Healing
  • Nature Realignment
  • Re-alignment
  • Sunlight
  • Nature bathing
  • Aroma therapy
  • Medicinal Baths
  • Heart Rate Variability & HRV feedback
  • Meditation
  • Breath into it
  • Mantra
  • Tapping & ECM Trauma Technique
  • Safe Room Visualization Technique
  • NLP disassociation technique
  • Pause-Reset-Redirect
  • Somatic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Exercise – to identify trauma patterns, triggers and responses
  • Emotional Trauma First Aid
  • Applied kinesiology and muscle testing through dousing
  • Healing rituals (the unconscious mind, ritual and what is needed to move forward)
  • Energy healing practices (Hooponopono, Touch, etc.) 
  • Self-Care as a Practice
  • The Somatic Care Plan

Somatic Practitioner Business

  • Guidelines, Legal and Ethical Scope of Practice
    • Informed Consent
    • Permission
    • Boundaries
    • Transference
    • Safe Touch
      • Permission for touch
      • Forms of touch
      • How to practice safe touch
      • Sexual misconduct
    • Breaking Connection
    • Suicide, threats of harm or abuse
    • Safe space guidelines
      • Practitioner safety guidelines (attire, tone, language)
      • Safe environment
      • Virtual visit safety
    • Referring out to mental health practitioners and/or medical doctors (when, why, how)
  • Dos and don’ts in practice
  • Do with vs. do to
  • Presuppositions & Guiding forces
  • Informed Consent & Ethical Practice
    • Informed Consent
    • Full disclosure and clear communication
    • Permission for touch
    • Forms of touch
    • Sexual misconduct
    • Ethics and values in action
    • Safety guidelines
    • Referring out to mental health practitioners and/or medical doctors (when, why, how)
    • Suicidal clients
  • Working with Children
  • Working with Groups
  • Wellness Global Marketplace
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in practice
    • Acknowledging racism, sexism, ableism, inequal treatment of LGBTQA+ communities, differently abled, neurodivergent and other ‘other-ism’
    • Uncovering your own unconscious biases
    • INTENTIALLY rewiring your biases
    • Actively practicing DE&I daily in your life and your practice
    • How this translates to business
    • Continued education and DE&I work
  • Getting Clients & Building Your business
  • Bringing It All Together – Technique Cheat Sheet
  • Sessions – 1-on-1
    • Prior to session 1
    • 1st session – intake and introduction to the work
    • Follow up session (2nd session)
    • Additional sessions
  • Pricing & Packages
  • Business forms
    • Client Agreement & release form
    • Somatic Assessment form
    • HIPAA form
    • Session note & charting form
    • CBT Exercise
    • Somatic Action Plan
    • New client email
  • Handouts

A certification that can practiced as a stand-alone business or can be easily integrated into any mental health, life coaching or body work practice. that will transform your business!

Certified Integrative Somatic Practitioners help their clients gain freedom, peace of mind as well as grounded balanced approach to their lives and daily stressors.

Course requirements: Complete all classes (40 hours), Complete course assignments (consisting of 10 practice hours working on yourself), Pass online exam, Complete practicum (practicum consists of two practice sessions, a full intake session/initial visit as well as a full somatic session (approximately 4 hours). You will work with another IWA student as your volunteer client for your practicum). In totality the certification course takes an average of 55-60 hours to complete. You will have up-to 6-months to complete the required coursework to gain certification.

There are no prerequisites for the Integrative Somatic Practitioner Certification Course. All certification courses are non-transferable or refundable 24-hours after enrollment.

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