Trauma Overview


If you're looking for in-depth transformation and new ways of working with trauma, Dharma of Trauma will provide the inner and outer tool sets for you. This unique trauma training integrates somatic trauma therapy techniques, psychobiological models of trauma in the body, ancient wisdom from Buddhist psychology and the cultivation of the inner development of the trauma therapist.

Transforming your clients' traumatic experiences isn't just about savvy skills and known interventions. It requires a refined inner skill set for seeing deeply into your client's suffering and trusting their innate somatic intelligence. These skills require a different kind of training. 

Dharma of Trauma is based on the belief that the inside-out transformation of the therapist is essential in supporting the client's journey towards a whole and self-sustaining life. We must make the journey first so we can guide our clients safely and precisely into the vast reservoir that they hold in their bodies and hearts. 

Because contemporary helping professionals face the complexities of multiple, intertwined traumas, we need to train differently. It's no longer enough to just learn skills; we need to become a different kind of practitioner: one that's unafraid to sit with suffering in a deep and compassionate way. We need to become trauma change catalysts who can see beyond the stigma of trauma and support growth in our clients and the sacredness of their life journeys.

We can't fix past traumas for our clients, but we can learn how to respond to their longing for wholeness with wisdom, skill and heart. We can support their nervous systems to regulate and help them to trust that their trauma story has deep purpose. We can learn how to ground ourselves in kindheartedness and work with our clients’ traumatic experiences as our own triggering arises. This new way of helping transcends the old paradigm of healing and delivers precise and effective tools for self-healing and transformation. Dharma of Trauma provides a clear pathway to becoming this kind of healer.

Guiding clients through trauma processes also requires a fluid and resilient nervous system. The adaptive practitioner commits to healing their own nervous system, and uses their nervous system’s resilience to support clients towards health and new ways of being. In this training, you’ll focus on learning “from the soma up” to deepen both your cognitive and somatic understanding. In other words, you won’t just learn techniques and practices for healing trauma--you’ll learn to embody them.

Being a somatically intelligent practitioner also means understanding the current sociopolitical and societal challenges that we’re collectively facing. We need to understand not just our client's personal trauma, but how it intersects with intergenerational and collective trauma in a society that’s rapidly changing and evolving. We will explore who we need to become to facilitate health and wellbeing in this climate of dramatic change; this requires a new mindset that can help heal deep fractures in communities, societies and in the relational realms.

In Dharma of Trauma, you’ll learn how to work with a variety of different traumas, including relational and developmental trauma, physical trauma, and collective and systemic trauma. To honor and support the neurodiversity of the learners in this training, we'll learn through a variety of activities, including experiential guided group practice, somatic practices, movement, small practice groups, short lectures and discussions. Because of the somatic and experiential nature of this training, participants will need to be comfortable learning through movement, breath, safe, boundaried touch and mindful interpersonal exploration.

Dharma of Trauma acknowledges a number of influences, including Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Continuum Movement, expressive arts, Buddhism and Taoism, body-centered meditation, mindfulness and compassion practices and systems thinking. It's designed for therapists, healers, social workers, coaches and medical professionals who are willing to be changed in order to become more effective healers. This unique training requires a commitment to learning outside of your comfort zone and beyond your intellectual knowledge, and a willingness to delve into the mysteries of the body's healing powers. 

Watch a brief video of Manuela Mischke-Reeds introducing the Dharma of Trauma training series.



ManuelaPicManuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, MFT (LMFT 40823) is an international Hakomi trainer and somatic psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, somatic leadership coach and author. She trains, consults and coaches professionals in varied fields, including health professionals and business leaders. Her trainings in the United States, Australia, Germany, China and Israel bring together 25 years of in-depth practice and teaching in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy, somatic trauma therapies, attachment and infant mental health work, Buddhist meditation practices and movement therapies. Manuela's work with trauma is grounded in an inside-out approach that utilizes the depth of the body's knowledge. Applying Buddhist perspectives and practices to her work, she weaves together specific mindfulness practices with core somatic techniques to create a unified approach to trauma resolution. Her unique teaching gifts inspire people to live their lives from the reverence and awareness of interconnection. Manuela is the author of two books: 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness: Practical Strategies for Emotional Health and Well Being and Somatic Psychotherapy Toolbox: 125 Worksheets and Exercises to Treat Trauma & Stress. Visit Manuela's website to find out more about her work.


Jennifer Dore, MD is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in psychodynamic psychotherapy and medication management for conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD and addiction. She currently serves on the board of the Ketamine Research Foundation. Dr. Dore earned her MD from New York Medical College in 2007, with the highest academic distinction, Alpha Omega Alpha and holds a B.A. from Amherst College where she majored in English Literature. Upon graduating, Dr. Dore trained for three years as a surgical resident at Weill Cornell/NY Presbyterian Hospital. 

Dr. Dore's training subsequently took her to Northern California where she joined the Stanford Department of Psychiatry as a resident physician. While at Stanford, Dr. Dore's focus included the treatment of bipolar disorder, intensive individual psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, family and couples therapy, and medical decision making. Dr. Dore's research in the area of bipolar disorder earned her recognition from the American Psychiatric Association during their 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Dr. Dore was also elected Chief Resident for her contributions as a leader and innovator. 

In 2014, Dr. Dore founded Helios Psychiatry with a mission to serve the local Bay Area community and innovate across a broad spectrum of traditional and pioneering treatments, including ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. Dr. Dore has worked with hundreds of patients and published numerous research papers including, most recently, a groundbreaking study into the effects of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.  


Susan Harper is a Continuum Movement teacher, a heart-soul counselor, creative instigator, and inspired teacher of perceptual and movement inquiry. She teaches a wide range of skills in the fields of movement, emotions, shock and trauma resolution, dreams, perception and relationship. Susan began studying with Emilie Conrad, the founder of Continuum Movement, in 1975, and eventually became a partner in developing the organization and work of Continuum. She offers Continuum Montage events, which include Continuum Workshops, Body of Relating Trainings, Body of Perception Training, and Living Dreams seminars. She also leads seminars at Esalen Institute. Susan was profoundly shaped by her early years in Africa where she was born. She has led dozens of river trips in North America, and has also led quest trips in Thailand, Tibet, Bali, and Borneo — honoring the gifts of each culture, people, and place in resonant exchange. In addition to studying with Emilie Conrad, Susan has trained and taught with Hubert Godard (Perceptual/Movement), Chris Price (Gestalt Awareness Practice), Wendy Palmer (Intuitive Body), Gary David (Epistemics), Reggie Ray (Meditating With the Body), Caroline Conger (Dreamwork and Healing) and Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing). Her experiential work is relevant for therapists, somatic educators, bodyworkers and anyone interested in the creative art of living.  


Staci K. Haines is the developer of generative somatics and the Somatics and Trauma courses. Her work emerges from the Somatics tradition of Richard Strozzi Heckler integrating Polarity Therapy, Gestalt, Vipassana meditation and Aikido. Staci integrates her extensive study in personal and social change, trauma and recovery and Neuro-Linguistic Programming into this unique and powerful work. She is a senior teacher in the field of Somatics and leads courses in Somatics and Leadership, Somatics and Trauma, and Somatics and Social Justice. The current focus of generative somatics is to bring the transformative power of somatics to serve the social justice movement. She has been working and teaching in the field of Somatics for the last 16 years.

Since 1992 Staci has been working and organizing to prevent child sexual abuse. She is a founder of generationFIVE, a social justice organization whose mission is to end the sexual abuse of children within five generations through survivor leadership, community organizing, transformative justice approaches and movement building. Since 1992 she has also been working and organizing to prevent child sexual abuse. Staci is committed to the intersection of personal healing and social justice work, and sees that both have to be addressed to bring the change and justice we want in the world. 


For Whom

This training will benefit psychotherapists, counselors, interns, health practitioners, and other helping professionals who want to learn precise techniques for healing trauma and maintaining their own sense of health and wellbeing when working with trauma.

Training Overview

Our Dharma of Trauma training series offers CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs.

Dharma of Trauma Level 1: Trauma Fundamentals (Online)
Six modules of self-paced online learning (12 CEs)

Next training starts November 29, 2021

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Dharma of Trauma Level 2: Innate Somatic Intelligence and Relational and Collective Trauma
This training is being postponed due to the COVID-19 Omicron outbreak and will be offered starting in October 2022.
Three live training weekends in Oakland, CA (13.5 CEs)
January 7-9, February 18-20 and March 18-20, 2022

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Dharma of Trauma Level 3: Moving Beyond Trauma
This training is being postponed due to the COVID-19 Omicron outbreak and will be offered starting in late 2022 or early 2023, date TBD.
Three live training weekends in Oakland, CA (13.5 CEs)
June 3-5, July 15-17 and September 30-October 2, 2022

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Dharma of Trauma Level 4: Bringing Wisdom Consciousness to Trauma Work
This training is being postponed due to the COVID-19 Omicron outbreak and will be offered in 2023, date TBD.
Three live training weekends in Oakland, CA (13.5 CEs)
November 18-20, 2022, December 9-11, 2022 and January 13-15, 2023

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Covid-19 Information for This Training

Our live, in-person trainings are open to participants with Covid-19 vaccinations. Participants will be required to wear masks except in practice groups when in the roles of client or trauma practitioner. Due to health considerations, snacks and beverages will not be served; participants are welcome to bring their own food and beverages. (There is a kitchen on site.) If local health departments require it at any point, this training will shift to an online format. In registering for this event, you acknowledge and confirm your willingness to switch to an online format if required by public health officials.

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