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Detailed Training Program

The NARM ™ Practitioner Training Program Curricullum: A Practitioner Training for Healing Developmental Trauma

Topic OverviewTopics and schedule subject to change by instructor.

Module 1


  • NARM Organizing Principles

  • NARM Theoretical Orientation

  • Differentiating Interventions for working with Shock vs. Developmental Trauma

  • Working Top-Down and Bottom-Up

  • Tracking Connection & Disconnection

  • Developmental Process: Attachment & Separation-Individuation

  • Reframing Attachment and Attachment Loss

  • The Distortion of the Life Force Model

  • Distress and Healing Cycles

  • 5 Adaptive Survival Styles

  • Connection Survival Style

  • Attunement Survival Style

  • NARM 4 Pillars: Clinical Model

  • NARM Pillar 1: Establishing a Therapeutic “Contract”

  • NARM Pillar 2: Asking Exploratory Questions

  • Deconstruction of Experience (in the function of Disidentification)

  • "Drilling Down": A Process of Challenging Assumptions & Clarifying Experience



Module 2


  • The NARM Relational Model

  • Working Hypothesis

  • Identifying Core Dilemma: Core Themes vs Survival Strategies (Behaviors, symptoms, etc.)

  • Trust Survival Style

  • Autonomy Survival Style

  • Love-Sexuality Survival Style

  • NARM Pillar 3: Supporting Agency (Agency as the Foundation for the Development of Adult Self)

  • NARM Pillar 4: Reflecting Positive Shifts

  • NARM Languaging




Module 3


  • NARM Model for Working with Affect

  • Primary vs Default Emotions

  • Emotional Completion

  • The Psychobiological Process of Shame ("Shame as a Verb not a Noun"; "Shame as a Process not a State")

  • Shame, Guilt & Self-Hatred

  • Working with Anger & Aggression

  • Countertransference in NARM

  • Unmanaged Empathy and Therapist Efforting

  • Narcissism and Objectification of Self

  • Narcissistic vs Sadistic Abuse

  • NARM Personality Spectrum


Module 4


  • Deepening Study into the Connection Survival Style Issues, Symptoms and Related Disorders

  • The Interplay of the Survival Styles: Primary and Secondary Patterns

  • Revisiting the Dynamics of Attachment, Separation-Individuation, Attachment Loss and the Core Dilemma

  • Relationships, Couples, Intimacy and Sexuality

  • Survival Styles & the Polyvagal Theory

  • NARM & the Body

  • Working with Identity

  • Transgenerational Trauma

  • Disidentification Process

  • "Cutting the Cord": Freedom from Identity

  • Post-Traumatic Growth

  • Resiliency: Supporting the Capacity to Tolerate Increasing Complexity

  • Integrating NARM Effectively Into Our Clinical Practice

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