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Beginning I in Ottawa

Application for the 2022 Beginning 1 Somatic Experiencing Professional Training in Ottawa is now closed. Applicants who are unsuccessful will be refunded.

Beginning Training Dates

Beginning I: September 8-11 2022 

Beginning II: January 26-29 2023 

Beginning III: April 13-16 2023 

Faculty for Training

Dea Parsanishi


The Somatic Experiencing® (“SE™”) Professional Training curriculum is a multi-year training program which enables practitioners to more effectively work with trauma symptoms. To learn more about the Somatic Experiencing method, visit the Somatic Experiencing International website.


This training is delivered through a combination of lecture, demonstration, and guided practice sessions with other students. Course material is taught in 8 training modules of 4 to 6 days in length, spaced out over 2½ to 3 years. Modules must be taken sequentially. 

In Ottawa, we strive to ensure folks beginning their learning are introduced into a new "cohort". This allows for students to continue their education with the same group of people they began with. While it is not a requirement, it is an expectation that participants will follow their cohort through the training program.

Due to the length of completion for this training, application for the Ottawa program only happens once every few years. Application to our next program will be in 2025.

We encourage all those who are interested in taking the Somatic Experiencing training program in Ottawa to read through the details provided below, as they will answer many of your questions. If any remain unanswered, contact us.



At this time, we are aiming to have these training dates happen in-person. That said, we are not yet able to announce a specific location of the training. 

If held in-person, the training will be in a location that allows for ample room for students to practice and also provides space for students to lounge in during breaks or over lunch. Our previous locations have included large event centres and universities. 

Terms & Conditions

Those interested in taking the Beginning I training in Ottawa must: 

  • Have an active practice

  • Work in the helping profession, specifically with trauma (this includes psychotherapists, bodyworkers, nurses, doctors, first responders, social workers, psychologists, community organizers, child and youth workers, and more)

The Ottawa program is open to those who are local to Ottawa or those who live outside of Ottawa but will travel for trainings. Students from the United States are welcome to apply.

Somatic Experiencing Ottawa 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. Applications are used in two ways: to ensure that all participants have appropriate background to participate in the training, and to help familiarize us with the participant group. Participants in the Ottawa Somatic Experiencing Professional Training are responsible for working under their professional licenses, within their scope of practice, and in accordance with any of their governing body/bodies.

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.

Each training module is videotaped/recorded. This is so that participants who are unable to attend a specific module are able to view the module’s recording. Participants may attend one module per level (once in Beginning level, once in Intermediate) in this way. Enrollment will automatically be transferred from in-person to video format once the participant has notified SE Ottawa or in the event that they are sick and unable to attend in-person.

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.


Course Objectives

At the beginning level of this training, participants will:

  • Analyze the physiology of traumatic stress and its effect on the autonomic nervous system (ANS)

  • Practice the fundamental SE™ method of tracking sensation to access responses in the ANS

  • Assess the neurophysiology of each aspect of the threat response: defensive orientation, fight/flight/freeze, deactivation and completion, and exploratory orienting

  • Develop skill in working with the SE™ model of tracking sensation to support completion of the threat-response cycle and incomplete survival responses

  • Demonstrate how to “titrate” (modulate) the SE™ trauma-renegotiation process to ensure healthy integration of experience

  • Begin to integrate Porges' Polyvagal Theory of ANS function

  • Explain the SE™ model of SIBAM (Sensation, Image, Behavior, Affect, Meaning) and its significance in trauma

  • Explore coupling dynamics—the over- and under-association of the elements of SIBAM and elements of physiological responses to traumatically-stressing experiences

  • Support clients in re-establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries

  • Identify, normalize, and stabilize traumatic reactions

  • Acquire brief intervention skills that provide long-term solutions to acute and chronic symptoms of trauma

  • Explore the integration of SE™ into ongoing professional practice

  • Explore the appropriate use of touch in the context of SE™


Beginning Schedule

Beginning I: September 8-11 2022 

Beginning II: January 26-29 2023 

Beginning III: April 13-16 2023 

Day 1

  • Registration begins at 9:30AM

  • Class from 10:00-1:00

  • Lunch from 1:00-3:00

  • Class from 3:00-6:00

Day 2

  • Class from 10:00-1:00

  • Lunch from 1:00-3:00

  • Class from 3:00-6:00

Day 3

  • Class from 10:00-1:00

  • Lunch from 1:00-3:00

  • Class from 3:00-6:00

Day 4

  • Class from 10:00-1:00

  • Lunch from 1:00-3:00

  • Class from 3:00-6:00

Each day will consist of a different rotation of training methods, combining lecture, live demonstrations, and Teaching Assistant facilitated practice groups. We will have 15-minutes breaks in the morning and afternoon.

Attendance Note

It is important to attend the full four 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. 

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Application Process

Registration for the Beginning level of the Somatic Experiencing Professional Training is completed through a process of application and approval. 

Successfully submitting your application to the program does not guarantee a space for you in the training. 

Due to the demand of Somatic Experiencing training in general, as well as the increased interested across Ottawa, we anticipate a larger volume of applications to the program than we have capacity for. Because of this we will be reviewing each of your applications individually so that we can ensure our program has participant diversity both in profession and demographics. 

Applications will require you to submit: 

  • Personal information (e.g. name, pronouns, city);

  • Professional and personal development information (e.g. your practice details, what field you work in, personal development history);

  • An up-to-date CV.

No documents will be required beyond your CV; you will not need to submit transcripts or other professional development certifications. People who are in the process of receiving certification as a practitioner are welcome to apply. Proof of independent practice is not a requirement of the training.

Disability Accommodation:

For those who are unable to submit their application in this way but still would like to apply, please be in touch with us. We are able to do interviews with folks in lieu of a written application for those who otherwise would be unable to, or would choose not to, apply to this program. 


Fees & Payments

The Beginning I 4-day training will have a tuition fee of $895.00 CAD +HST (1011.35 CAD). There will also be a one-time application fee of $150CAD +HST. Those who are not accepted into the program will be refunded their application fee. 

There will be several options to pay tuition fees, including paying in full and paying in installments. 

Once applications have been reviewed and approved, successful applicants will receive more details on payment dates. For those who the tuition fee is a barrier, please review our Scholarship details below.


For those who require it, we have scholarships available at both a 25% and 50% tuition fee reduction (pre tax). 

This scholarship is intended for students who would not be able to attend the training without it, and are a part of traditionally underserved communities/identities; with that said, we encourage folks to apply only if there is need. Applications for the scholarship will open alongside the application to the program; you are able to apply for both at once.

Scholarship decisions are made by a small committee of folks affiliated with SE Ottawa, including previous recipients of the scholarship. When determining eligibility, we will look at: 

  • the applicants' financial need; 

  • the applicants' reach within their community; 

  • the applicants' frequency of work with traditionally under-served individuals and communities.


Training Certificate & Receipts

Each participant will be provided with receipts upon payment. Certificates will be provided upon successful completion of the 4-day Beginning I training.