SE Training Overview
This section of our website is dedicated to professionals interested in the Somatic Experiencing Professional Training Program. Perhaps you have heard about SE from a colleague, attended an Introductory class or seminar, or read one of the books by Dr. Peter Levine or other Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute faculty. Whatever the case may be, you have come to the right place to learn more about this world-class training program.
Professional Training Program
Our participants come from diverse backgrounds, such as psychologists, social workers, bodyworkers, massage therapists, physical therapists, nurses, physicians, chiropractors, clergy, etc. We require that an applicant be a professional working in the field of trauma and have an active practice. Exceptions are made for students in internships programs with faculty advisors.
All applicants must understand that this training is designed to train professionals in helping clients deal with traumas versus being a personal self-help course. However, due to the depth of the work, we do advise participants that personal traumas may be triggered during the training.
Once we receive and review an application packet, we will forward it to the instructor should we have any questions as to the applicant’s eligibility. At their discretion, the instructor may then contact the applicant for additional information.
Please let us know if there are any specific questions that we might answer for you.
Training times vary from location to location, depending on training facility requirements and Instructor preference & availability. Typical class times are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, with sufficient time for lunch break. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be available at each training. Specific class schedules can be found by visiting our Training Schedule.
The Beginning and Intermediate Level S.E.P. training classes are generally held Friday through Monday. These four, 8-hour days award 6 continuing education contact hours per day for a total of 24 per module.
The Advanced Level S.E.P. training classes span 6 days and award 6 continuing education contact hours per day for a total of 36 per module.
If you cannot attend one of your scheduled local training modules: See FAQs
If you drop out of the training and wish to re-join at a later date: See FAQs
If you wish to obtain a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) certificate, the following additional requirements must be met:
12 hours of personal sessions during the 3 year training. The cost for a personal session counting towards the minimum requirements for the SEP certificate and noted on a Session Log ranges from $75-$100 with an approved provider and up to $150 with an SE Trauma Institute™ faculty member.
18 hours of case consultation, to include Individual and Group, during the 3 year training. Case consultations must be received from an approved consultation provider. A minimum of 6 hours of the required 18 hours must be with a Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute™ faculty member; these can be either in the group or individual case consultation venue.
Individual Case Consultations:
For individual case consultations, 1 consult hour equals 1 credit hour. The cost for an individual case consultation counting towards the minimum requirements for the SEP certificate and noted on a Session Log ranges from $75-$100 with an approved provider and up to $150 with an SE Trauma Institute™ faculty member.
Click here to view a list of current approved providers. These lists are updated quarterly. Participants must receive a minimum of 4 hours of the required 18 hours of Case Consultation in an Individual Case Consultation format. This will insure that all requirements will not be met without a participant ever personally presenting a case.
Group Case Consultations:
For group case consultations (3 or more people), 3 consult hours equal 1 credit hour. The cost for a 3 hour group case consultation counting towards the minimum requirements for the SEP certificate and noted on a Session Log is $75 per person. This rate applies whether the session is conducted by an approved provider or a an SE Trauma Institute™ faculty member.
You will find all of the answers you need about the program by visiting our other pages throughout this section.
There are 3 ways to register for a Somatic Experiencing Course:
All new applicants will be required to complete & submit the following items to begin the Somatic Experiencing® training program:
- Choose class & follow online registration process: Class List/Online Registration
- Mail registration form & required items (see below) to our central office :
Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
6685 Gunpark Drive
Boulder, Co 80301
- Call the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute to register and pay by phone at 303.652.4035 (For other than Beginning I trainings)
Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can provide further information.
- Beginning I training registration form download here >>
- A current Curriculum Vitae (resume)
- A one-page biography which includes brief descriptions of all of the following: 1) your current professional practice; 2) number of clients you see each week; 3) a short statement indicating your primary interest in learning SE®; 4) personal traumas you have experienced and how you dealt with them. Please note that due to the depth of the work, these traumas may be triggered during the training.
- Signed SE Training Informed Consent and Release Agreement: download here >>
What is Somatic Experiencing® (SE)?
Somatic Experiencing® is a short-term naturalistic approach to the resolution and healing of trauma developed by Dr. Peter Levine. It is based upon the observation that wild prey animals, though threatened routinely, are rarely traumatized. Animals in the wild utilize innate mechanisms to regulate and discharge the high levels of energy arousal associated with defensive survival behaviors. These mechanisms provide animals with a built-in ‘’immunity’’ to trauma that enables them to return to normal in the aftermath of highly ‘’charged’’ life-threatening experiences.
"This work is so powerful and enriching. It gives us so much as we go out and weave it into our work, we will be so much better and effective."
Dee Dee, Charlotte NC
As health professionals, we may feel perplexed in helping clients find their way through the chaos and often-severe symptoms that occur in the aftermath of trauma. Therapists need practical, natural, resourceful solutions to help clients move through this demanding territory. Somatic Experiencing® is a naturalistic, body-oriented approach to resolving the effects of trauma.