Admission Requirements

The SE Professional Training is a continuing education certificate program designed to enhance the skills of professionals working with traumatized or stressed individuals. To be considered for admission, applicants must be professionals with an active practice so that the techniques learned in the training can be immediately applied and developed throughout the course of the program. Exceptions may be granted to graduate students participating in an internship program. Applications are approved on a case-by-case basis. 

This program is designed to train professionals in working more effectively with client trauma. It is not suitable for those solely seeking a personal-growth experience or for those who do not have an active professional practice. Acceptance into the SE Professional Training does not ensure that all SE methods will be appropriate for inclusion in your professional practice. Training participants are responsible for operating within their professional scope of practice and for abiding by state and federal laws. The Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute reserves the right to approve or deny any application, and/or accept or reject the participation of any person in its sole discretion and in accordance with its policies and the law. 

It is highly recommended that you have all dates for the upcoming Somatic Experiencing training in Ottawa reserved before applying, as it is easiest to complete the full training when taken all together. Please mark your calendars for the following modules: 

  • October 10-13, 2019 (Beginning I)

  • January 16-19, 2020 (Beginning II)

  • April 30 - May 3, 2020 (Beginning III)

  • September 24-27, 2020 (Intermediate I)

  • December 3-6, 2020 (Intermediate II)

  • February 18-21, 2021 (Intermediate III)

*Check back for Advanced I & II dates

Professionals who may qualify for the SE Professional Training program include:


Psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, social workers, counsellors  marriage and family therapists, expressive arts therapists, etc. 


Medical doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, emergency medical workers, surgeons, obstetricians, midwives, acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors, etc.


Massage therapists, Rolfers®, Craniosacral and Polarity therapists, Feldenkrain practitioners, yoga therapists, etc.

Other Professionals & Practitioners

First responders, crisis centre staff, educators, mediators, clergy, chaplains, etc.

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