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Ottawa Advanced Training

Registration for Advanced 1 is now waitlist only, but registration for the Advanced 2 training is still open.

If you are interested in registering for the Advanced 2 Module in Ottawa, ON, please read the information provided below and then apply here.


If you are interested in Advanced 1, continue reading.

Course Information
Course Information


Registration for the Advanced 1 Module is now waitlist only as we have reached capacity for the training. If you would like your name added to our waitlist, please email us at Please indicate the dates of your Intermediate 3 training in your email so we can ensure your eligibility. 


Even if you are simply emailing us to get your name on the waiting list for Advanced 1, please be sure to read through the information provided on this page for all of the details about the Advanced modules. This will include information on our venue, COVID guidelines, the Ottawa Team, fees, scholarships, and more.

If you are interested in applying to Advanced 2, use this application form. Please note that there will be a $450 deposit required upon completion of this application form. 

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Training Dates

Advanced One: September 11th-16th, 2024 (waitlist only)

Advanced Two: April 11th-16th, 2025 (registration open)

Advanced Training Level

Taken from Somatic Experiencing International

Students at the Advanced training level will assess how to work with complex trauma and syndromes and expand on the use of touch in SE practice. Learning goals will include: 

  • Explain the importance of stabilization when working with complex trauma

  • Explore the SE concept of “coherence” in working with complex trauma

  • Refine touch skills for supporting containment and coherence

  • Explain the interrelationship between dysregulation of the ANS and the SE model of syndromes (non-reciprocal relationship between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems)

  • Analyze the Polyvagal Theory as it relates to working with syndromes

  • Refine the necessary SE skills of “titration” and “pendulation” when working with highly sensitive and syndromal clients

  • Apply the SE model for working with the eyes

  • Develop SE touch-based skills for working with different categories of trauma

  • Explain how SE uses joints, body diaphragms, and the viscera to access ANS responses and to support completion of incomplete survival responses

  • Explore scope-of-practice issues relating to the integration of SE and SE touch into professional practice

Training Manuals will be given to participants in the days leading up to the training module, as well as any faculty PowerPoint slides. Video recordings of these Ottawa Advanced training modules will not be made available

Advanced Training Requirements

The following are requirements to register for the Advanced training module(s) in Ottawa: 

  • Applicants will have an active, ongoing practice 

  • Applicants will have no more than a 2-year gap between completion of training modules 

  • Applicants who do have more than a 2-year gap between modules will audit their last completed module; proof of completion or proof of registration will be required prior to their successful enrollment in upcoming trainings 

If you need to audit the Intermediate Three module in Ottawa, please contact us ASAP at

Fees and Scholarships

The fees for Advanced will be $1725 plus HST per training module. A $450 deposit will be required upon submission of your registration request. The remainder of the tuition will be collected automatically from the account you pay your deposit with, and clear timing details will be given to you about payment schedules depending on the type of payment you select. For students who can afford the training without a scholarship but cannot manage a lump-sum payment, we will payment plan options. 

For students who meet the criteria, we have a limited scholarship fund available to help subsidize a portion of tuition fees for those who could not otherwise attend the training. This scholarship is intended for students who have a far reach within underserved communities and who demonstrate financial need. This scholarship is intended for students residing in Canada. 

Please note that if you were a previous recipient of a scholarship to attend an SE Ottawa training at the Beginning and/or Intermediate levels, this will not automatically roll over. You will need to apply again and your scholarship is not guaranteed. 

Students interested in applying to receive a scholarship will be prompted to apply while completing the Advanced registration form which will be made available January 8th. Scholarship applications can take up to 6 weeks to process.

Event Information


Our training will take place at Carleton University in the Teraanga Commons (formerly Residence Commons) in Fenn Lounge. Centrally located in Ottawa, it is accessible by car, city transit, biking, and walking. For more information on the venue including guides to navigating the campus as a guest, please visit the links provided below.

Carleton University

1125 Colonel By Drive

Ottawa ON K1S 5B6


Day 1

  • 9:00am: Registration

  • 9:30am: Class

  • 12:30pm: Lunch (2-hour break)

  • 2:30pm: Class resumes

  • 6:00pm: End of day

Days 2-5

  • 9:30am: Class

  • 12:30pm: Lunch (2-hour break)

  • 2:30pm: Class resumes

  • 6:00pm: End of day

Day 6

  • 9:30am: Class

  • 1:00pm: End of day

(no lunch break on Day 6)

Training days will consist of a different rotation of training methods combining lecture, live demonstrations, and Assistant facilitated practice groups. We will have 15-minutes breaks in the morning and afternoon, both with snacks provided. In total, each module of the Advanced training will add up to 36 hours in class for a total of 72 hours of Advanced-level training. 

It is important to attend the full six days of the training, not only to receive your certificate of attendance but also for your optimum learning experience. If you must leave for any length of time during the training, please inform the coordinator, an assistant, or the instructor, as our concern is for your well-being. Please note that to receive CEU/CEs for this course, you must attend all course hours in person. Partial continuing education credits will not be awarded. Please note that we do track attendance each day in the morning and afternoon to ensure students are meeting the attendance requirements to receive their certificates. Once per level, students are permitted to take the video virtually if they would not be able to attend in-person. A recording of the missed module would be sent to you with the expectation that you attentively watch and engage with the content virtually. This is only an option if you have not already taken a module by video in this level already. For example, if you are taking Beginning 1 by video, you cannot take another Beginning-level training by video, but you may do so again at the Intermediate level.

Attendance Policy


Health & Safety Guidelines

Masks will not be required for this training, however we will have masks available at the training.

Students, Assistants, and Training Organizers who are sick will be required to stay home to prevent the spread of illness. If you are sick and attending the training, you may be asked to leave the training. We will work with you to determine the best way to move forward. Any medical information given will be kept confidential. 

COVID Guidelines

Travel Information


For those hoping to book rentals in Ottawa, please note that the nearest accommodation will still be approximately 10 minutes away from the University by car. If you will be booking accommodations, we recommend you plan for travel to the campus in advance and/or budget for public transit or taxi services.

Common nearby neighbourhoods that will have AirBnB hosts include The Glebe, Old Ottawa South, Little Italy, Chinatown, and Centretown. Those hoping to book hotel rooms will find the most options in the Centretown, Downtown, and Golden Triangle neighbourhoods. This area in general has a lot of different types of accommodations, so we encourage folks to take a look around on Google Maps, hotel booking sites, and AirBnB to find the accommodation type that suits their preferences. 

Commonly preferred hotels in the area include: 


For people flying in from outside of Ottawa/Ontario, we would recommend Days Inn or the Residence Inn by Mariott. While they may not appear to be the closest, they’re very easy to navigate from as people can quickly hop onto the Airport Parkway and take it all the way to the University. 

When the weather allows for it, traveling by bike to Carleton is also certainly a possibility, with many free bike racks to use on the campus.



Ottawa is host to two major forms of public transit, the OC Transpo bus line and the light rail/LRT. Other forms include taxi (Blue Line and Capital Taxi); Communauto (car sharing); Uber, Lyft, other ride-sharing apps; and **ParaTranspo.


Bus Route 7 travels from St Laurent through Vanier, Rideau Street, Parliament, Lansdowne, and arrives at Carleton University. Bus Route 10 travels along Albert and Bronson and arrives at Carleton University. 

Some folks may choose to travel by the O-Train/LRT if they find an easily accessible stop along the Confederation Line (Line 1). That said, Line 2 of the LRT is currently closed for construction. Line 2 buses are available in it’s absence.

To plan your travel via OC Transpo, click here to access the OC Travel Planner

We will also having parking on-site. The University has recommended that we use lot P-18. It is pay-per-day parking. 

*For folks who will be travelling to-and-from Quebec, please note the following: 

  • STO is the equivalent service to OC Transpo in Quebec

  • ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft often will not pick folks up on the Quebec side, but will drop them off. If this is your preferred method of travel, please be sure to check this in advance. 

**ParaTranspo requires a process of application and approval in advance. For more details, click here.

Food & Drink 

While on-campus, food will certainly be a lifesaver for a lot of us during the training. We also recommend folks travel around the area to visit some local food and drink spots, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the area. On nice days, the 15-minute walk to Bank Street will be worth it with places like the Vietnamese Kitchen, Oat Couture Café, Haven Books & Café, Black Squirrel Books & Espresso, and many others. Towards Dow’s Lake you’ll also find Mexicali Rosa’s and Umbrella Bar, both waterfront restaurants.

If folks want to gather for dinner or dessert after a training day, we’d highly recommend visiting Hintonburg, Chinatown, or Little Italy – none are too far away and you’ll find a lot of Ottawa’s favourite restaurants there.

For those who prefer to pack their own lunches, please note that we cannot guarantee access to a fridge for public use, however there will be a microwave outside the Fenn Lounge. 

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Ottawa Team

What to Bring

It can be difficult to keep track of everything you will need to bring with you to the training.

Here is what we recommend: 

  1. Laptop, pen and paper (depending on your preference)

  2. Re-fillable water bottle 

  3. Extra footwear for the classroom (e.g. shoes or slippers)

  4. Snacks for throughout the day, especially for folks who have food allergies and/or intolerances

  5. Lunch or money to get lunch on campus 

  6. Pillows, blankets, yoga blocks, lawn chairs, or anything else to meet your comfort needs 

  7. Any medical assistive devices that will support your mobility, hearing, or other accessibility needs

  8. A printed copy of the manual, if you choose (each manual will be sent out 3 days prior to the first day of the training, no sooner)

We discourage or prohibit participants from bringing: 

  1. Scented items, sprays, or aromatherapies for comfort - we strive to keep the space scent free 

  2. Bulky or loud items that may distract or inhibit other participants learning

  3. Recorders intended for taking recordings of any part of the training (as a reminder, this is prohibited and students may lose their place in the training if they are found making recordings of the material. Training notes and faculty slides will be made available to students during the training). 

If you bring these items, we may ask you to leave them at home for the remainder of the training. 

For your ease, please be sure you are keeping copies of the following documents:  - Tuition receipts, issued automatically upon receipt of payment  - Individual Case Consult receipts, issued by the SEP you are booking with  - Group Case Consult receipts, issued by the consult provider - Certificates of Completion, which are issued within 1 week of completing each module.  - Completed and regularly updated Session Logs

Ottawa Team

Ottawa Team

During the training you will be supported by a number of different professionals in different capacities. There are two teams supporting students as they learn: the Organizing Team and the Assisting Team. Organizers support the running of the training and ensuring you get the information and support you need to complete each module; Assistants help you to integrate the learning during practice sessions. Contact information for team members will be available at the venue.


Dea Parsanishi

Dea is the faculty member for the Ottawa training and will teach you the course content.

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Lauren Scarsella 

Lauren takes care of all things related to the organization, coordination, and event space. 

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Nouha Ali Ahmed
Lead Assistant

Nouha is available to any students and assistants who may require emotional support during the training.


Allie James
Organizing Assistant

Allie supports Lauren in the organization and administration details of the training.

Terms and Conditions

Somatic Experiencing Ottawa is not responsible for any transportation or accommodation fees, or any other travel-related expenses, incurred in relation to registration for training and/or participation in workshops. It may be necessary in some circumstances to change or cancel the date of a training. All travel/accommodation plans should be made with this in mind.

Due to overhead costs and administrative fees associated with the training, we are only able to offer a full refund if notice of cancellation is given 60 days prior to the first day of the training. If notice of cancellation is given between 59 and 45 days prior to the start date of the training, we are able to provide a 75% refund of the total fee. If notice is given between 30 and 45 days, you will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be provided for cancellations made less than thirty days before the training. This policy does not apply if we receive your tuition payment after reaching capacity for the training. You will simply receive a refund.

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