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Somatic & Energetic Resourcing 1

Initial Assessment & Stabilization
A 4 Day Course
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Somatic & Energetic Resourcing™ 1 provides you with initial tools for assessing your client’s developmental foundation and readiness for reprocessing traumatic material; and, developing your own foundation for good observational strategies and competency in administering the activities.

Who is this course for?


This course is designed for any clinician who is looking for tools to help them facilitate their clients developing more core stability, a core sense of self.  It was inspired by my work with clients suffering from more pervasive developmental trauma & EMDR therapy.  Many of these clients are not able to tolerate the physical and emotional material that comes up during reprocessing or recontextualizing traumatic memory networks.

Although this course was specifically built for EMDR trained clinicians, for use in Phase 2, any clinician can benefit from the material in this course.

Please note:  This is not EMDR Basic Training.


Somatic & Energetic Resourcing is an experiential way of working with clients to assess and, build or repair basic developmental resources we should have developed in early childhood. Without these basic resources psychotherapy can be cumbersome and other than effective. Our core sense of self is developed in our formative years, along with a sense of safety, security, and having a right to exist. Essentially our formative years equate to building the foundation of a house. If we are missing a basic sense of safety and security our ability to be successful at psychotherapy is compromised, both client and clinician.

EMDR therapists and other trauma practitioners, may feel confident that a client is adequately prepared for the recontextualizing of traumatic material, (reprocessing phases (3-6) of EMDR therapy) when a client has a positive response to the typical preparation tools, or EMDR Phase 2 skills (calm/safe place; container; the train/movie metaphor to assist with dual awareness).

However, once in the middle of reprocessing, it is not uncommon to discover that a client does not actually have the capacity for dual awareness, is unable manage the material that comes up in reprocessing or cannot reliably shift emotional states when needed despite the preparation work that was done.

This workshop will prepare participants to use initial Somatic & Energetic Resourcing activities in Phase 2 of EMDR therapy, or prior to addressing traumatic material in other forms of trauma treatment. These activities assess, build and repair internal developmental resources.

Participants will learn how Somatic & Energetic Resourcing activities can be used to assess their clients’ readiness and/or appropriateness for addressing traumatic memory networks, particularly in the EMDR reprocessing phases for EMDR clinicians. And, how these activities can flush out Presenting Complaints for EMDR Therapy Treatment Plans. Life issues and events a client may have not initially reported may surface which can be added to the appropriate treatment planning worksheet(s).

Participants will learn the difference between working from a Self-aware state, staying out of a client’s way; and talk therapy. We will cover tools to work with energetically aware and sensitive clients. Some activities can be used during reprocessing phases of EMDR therapy, and some as a Cognitive Interweave if reprocessing becomes stuck. You will learn experiential assessment and stabilization activities.

There will be lectures, demonstrations of skills, and practice of Somatic & Energetic Resourcing activities. You will learn what you are assessing, how to prescribe activities, how to use the activities in office and assign homework.


Using Somatic & Energetic Resourcing™ to Assess Readiness for Reprocessing/Recontextualizing traumatic memory networks - Phase 2 for EMDR Clinicians


Have you ever assessed your client for reprocessing only to find out they:

  • Were physically &/or emotionally overwhelmed by the material that came up?

  • It looks like they are reprocessing but changes do not generalize to their life?

  • They are dissociating.


When you are assessing appropriateness and readiness for reprocessing of disturbing material, Phase 2 of for EMDR clinicians or beginning of treatment for other clinicians, if you are questioning the client to gather information, you will not get accurate information. The client can only tell you what they are consciously aware of which is very limited information.

Doing experiential activities, some of which are developmentally based, can bring to light, for both the clinician and the client, what resources a client really has or does not have. These same activities not only allow the clinician to assess a client’s resources but can be assigned to build resources that were never developed, or repair resources that may have been overwhelmed due to trauma. They can also be used to test and build a strong relationship between the clinician and the client. They empower clients to know more about themselves.


Unfortunately, often what clients report and what they are actually able to tolerate do not match.


You will learn:

  • An initial understanding of what internal developmental resources are, how they develop, and the use Somatic & Energetic Resourcing™ activities to prepare clients for reprocessing traumatic memories (Phase 2 of EMDR).

  • A beginning capacity to work from Self-Awareness, how to stay out of a client's way and work within their pace.

  • How physical and emotional signals communicate Truth.

  • About entrainment and the importance of having somatic & energetic resources yourself so your client can be successful.

  • The overall structure of Somatic & Energetic Resourcing™, how to prescribe activities, set up homework, and stay consistent.

  • A beginning capacity to facilitate Somatic & Energetic Resourcing™ activities with your clients.

  • How Somatic & Energetic Resourcing activities flush out subtle signs of dissociation.

  • How to use Somatic & Energetic Resourcing™ activities to build a treatment plan, identify presenting complaints and memory targets for EMDR reprocessing, or other trauma treatments.

  • How to strengthen somatic and energetic resources.

  • Learn how these activities will assess appropriateness and readiness for reprocessing traumatic memories.


Activities will include:

  • Observational activities to assess your observational strategies & neutrality.

  • A number of Self-Awareness activities designed for more subtle awareness of Self.

  • Tools for Recognizing Truth.

  • Tools for sorting out energetic awareness.

  • Tools for containing strong emotions.

  • Testing safety & relationship.

  • Somatic based support.

  • Sensing core Self while in contact with others.


Consultation in Somatic & Energetic Resourcing™ is strongly recommended after completion of Somatic & Energetic Resourcing™ 1.  Ten hours is recommended before attending Somatic & Energetic Resourcing™ 2.


Jessica Gada, LCPC, LPC, LCPAT, ATR-BC

"Debra's multi-day experiential training (Somatic and Energetic Resourcing I) was beyond helpful. It equipped me with a wide array of tools, experiential interventions, and psychoeducational material for clients, and I was able to begin applying in session what I learned within the first week of instruction.

The extensive amount of material is delivered in easily digestible chunks and leaves plenty of room for hands-on discussion and demonstration/practice in the training sessions. It has greatly enhanced the trauma work I do and has given my clients a firmer sense of trust, safety, rapport, self-awareness, and preparedness for EMDR.

I have been practicing therapy for 10 years, and using EMDR in the last 5 years, and this training has given me a new appreciation for resourcing. It has empowered me to work more effectively at (and with!) my clients' unique pacing.

I can't thank Debra enough for the chance to work with her and learn about this wise and compassionate approach."
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