Somatic Trauma Therapy Training

Babette Rothschild


The training for 2024-2025 is now full and with a waiting list. Dates and booking for 2025-2026 will start in June 2024.  

THIS TRAINING embraces three major goals:
First, to make a relevant bridge between trauma theory and trauma practice;
Second, to make non-touch somatic tools available to the trauma practitioner;
Third, to equip therapists to distinguish and help clients who
1) are not good candidates for processing trauma memories and
2) those who are good candidates for processing memories.

These goals underlie the principles addressed in both The Body Remembers, Volumes 1 and 2, putting into direct practice the principles, theory, and tools presented in those books as well as many others.

The training is grounded in the belief that the therapist working with trauma, must become familiar with many theories, techniques, and treatment models to ensure that therapy will always be tailored to the needs of the individual client. Therefore, it is designed to enhance, not replace, skills and knowledge already held by the professional participants. In the past, practitioners from many disciplines — psychoanalysis, psychodynamic, EMDR, cognitive behavioural, mindfulness, hypnosis, gestalt, body psychotherapy, TA, among others — have all found this training to be a complement not a conflict.

Workshop modules will be conducted online with a combination of lecture, discussion, films, exercises, video and demonstrations, role-played therapy practices and client consultations. Relevant handouts supplementing the required texts will be provided as well as a Certificate of Completion.  The aim is to replicate the previously offered in-person 12 day training as closely as possible including plenty of interaction.  Babette will be teaching with assistants.  The assistants will be present in practice sessions in the breakout groups and offer assistance throughout.

Between the three modules of the training participants are encouraged to form small peer groups to practice and consolidate the learning.  This can be done remotely or in person (depending on circumstances) and requires sharing your email and phone with others. If for any reason you do not want your email and phone shared, please note that when sending your booking information for the training.

A second year for those wishing to become certified in Somatic Trauma Therapy is available by application. Babette will discuss this during the third module.


In order to reduce the risks of trauma therapy, Pierre Janet’s phase-oriented treatment structure, as well as a distinction between trauma recovery and trauma memory resolution provide the foundations of the entire training.

The importance of making and learning from mistakes is always emphasized facilitating a safer and more supportive learning environment. Each 4-day module builds on the previous one, for continuity of knowledge and skills.

Part 1: Focuses on Stabilization and Safety. Theoretical material includes: treatment planning, psychology of stress and trauma – including the role of dissociation; physiology of stress and trauma – including how to facilitate clear thinking and integration; both autonomic and sensory nervous system branches will be detailed and applied to principles for stabilization; defining types of trauma clients; “putting on the brakes” for containment, and safety, applications of mindfulness, and regulating hyperarousal. Experience with basic body awareness, mindfulness, muscle toning, boundaries, and the use of resources will provide the basis for direct practice during this module.

Part 2: Peter Levine’s SIBAM model is featured as a multifaceted tool that can be used to enhance stabilization as well as to increase association and resolution of trauma memories. The model will be taught in steps culminating in practice sessions with role-played clients. Addressing issues of self-care, including avoiding risks of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue, and learning to consciously adjust resonance and empathy will round out these 4 days.

Part 3: The Bodynamic “running technique” will be introduced as an imaginal, mind/body integrative procedure for reawakening the flight reflex and reducing hyperarousal. Graduated training in the model will make it accessible to therapists for their clients with applications in both Phase 1 and Phase 2.  Participants will also be supervised in making relevant choices of techniques both during triad role-plays and during client consultation. Integration of both theoretical and practical material from all three workshops will be included, reinforcing the bridge between theory and practice, training and actual work place situations. Treatment planning will be further discussed and practiced.

REQUIRED READING (books not included in tuition, pre-reading recommended):

  • Herman, J. L. (1992). Trauma and recovery. New York: Basic Books.
  • Levine, P. (1997). Waking the Tiger, Berkeley: North Atlantic Books.
  • Levine, P. (2012). In an Unspoken Voice, Berkeley: North Atlantic Books.
  • Lott, D.A. (1999). In Session. New York: WH Freeman & Co.
  • Rothschild, B. (2000). The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment. New York: W.W. Norton.
  • Rothschild, B. (2003). The Body Remembers CASEBOOK: Unifying Methods and Models in the Treatment of Trauma and PTSD, New York: W.W. Norton.
  • Rothschild, B. (2005). Help for the Helper: The Psychophysiology of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma. New York: WW Norton.
  • Rothschild, B. (2010). 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery. New York: WW Norton.
  • Rothschild, B. (2017). The Body Remembers, Volume 2: Revolutionizing Trauma Treatment. New York: WW Norton.
  • van der Kolk, B.A. McFarlane, A.C. & Weisaeth, L. (1996). (Eds.). Traumatic stress. New York: Guilford.
  • Watters, E. (2010). Crazy Like Us: The Globilization of the American Psyche. New York: Free Press.

BABETTE ROTHSCHILD, MSW has been a practitioner since 1976 and a teacher and trainer since 1992. She is the author of six books, (translated into more than a dozen languages including Danish, German, French, Spanish, and Japanese) all published by WW Norton. Her newest, The Body Remembers, Volume 2: Revolutionizing Trauma Treatment; her classic bestseller, The Body Remembers, Volume 1–The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment; The Body Remembers CASEBOOK: Unifying Methods and Models in the Treatment of Trauma and PTSD; Help for the Helper–The Psychophysiology of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma; 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery; and Trauma Essentials: The Go-To Guide.
She is also the Series Editor of the WW Norton 8 Keys to Mental Health Series (12 titles and growing). After living and working for 9 years in Copenhagen, Denmark she returned to her native Los Angeles. There she is writing her next books while she continues to lecture, train, and supervise professional psychotherapists worldwide. For more information, visit her website:


You should have a qualification in psychotherapy, counselling, healthcare, or a body therapy, be seeing clients and able to implement the course content. The training is for Continuing Professional Development. It is not a beginners training.

DATES: 2024 – 2025 (Course 16)
Booking is now open for course 16

PART 1           May 2-5, 2024 (Thursday to Sunday inclusive)

PART 2           October 3-6, 2024 (Thursday to Sunday inclusive)

PART 3           May 1-4, 2025 (Thursday to Sunday inclusive)

Times: UK time 3.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. daily.  USA morning. Babette will be teaching from Los Angeles and the times reflect an early start for her.

For those in the UK, since each day begins mid-afternoon, it is advised that participants take care to reduce or eliminate their morning work schedule and make time for adequate rest to be able to manage the later ending time.

To better manage energy levels and screen fatigue, there will be several mini breaks throughout the day and a 45 minute dinner break.

COST: £1980.00 payable as a deposit of £495.00 followed by a payment of £495.00 on 1st April 2024, and the next payment on 1st September 2024 and a final payment of £495.00 on 1st April 2025.
Please note that the full fee is payable if for any reason a participant has to withdraw from the course irrespective of the reason once your place has been confirmed.


Please send brief details about your professional qualifications and experience to  If you fit the training criteria, you will be asked to pay a deposit and your training contract will be sent to you to sign and return.

Payments are made via Bank Transfer to:
The Co-operative Bank Community Directplus Account
Sort Code: 089299
Account Number: 65264959
International Bank Account Number: GB89 CPBK 0892 9965 2649 59