RECORDED COURSE: This course was recorded on Sept 29, 2023.

EMDR and Somatic Therapy:

The body as a portal for healing

Learning to listen to the body is an essential skill for treating trauma. These untold stories remain stuck, keeping our clients entrapped in their pasts.

Join Alison Leslie, and learn to listen to the story of your client’s experiences through both their words and the story of the body. We will conceptualize stuck points and guide the completion of stuck and unhelpful self-protective responses with mind-body techniques. You will learn the tenets of Somatic Experiencing, including the five processing channels, known as SIBAM (Sensation, Image, Behavior, and Meaning). You’ll receive guidance in integrating somatic therapy techniques to give clients access to deeper levels of healing and movement.

Available for asynchronous-on demand learning.

Free Download on EMDR & Somatic Therapy!

Download this free resource by Alison Leslie. This offers a guided worksheet to help your client with this practice.

Course Details

The body tells the unresolved story of trauma. Learn to listen and help your clients heal with somatic therapy and EMDR.

As Bessel van der Kolk teaches us, “the body keeps the score.” Mind-body techniques are vital skills that must be used in therapy for trauma healing and transformation. This training will teach you to speak the language of the body, and powerful techniques for integrating somatic therapy into the 8 phases of EMDR.

Inviting in curiosity, slowing down the process, and exploring invitational language will be a theme throughout the course.

Identifying the importance of pendulation and titration practices throughout the 8 phases of EMDR and how this supports a client-centered approach to healing will be identified. You will learn how to use these techniques in specific ways to help build capacity for both comfortable and uncomfortable sensations, which is essential to successful EMDR desensitization.

Lastly, we will explore how self-protective mechanisms can be thwarted in moments of overwhelming experiences and how to help the body move toward resolution.


  • Introductions and Course Orientation

  • Invitation to Settle in and the importance of curiosity

  • Somatic Theory Research and definition

  • Experience of the Body in Trauma and the impacts of both developmental trauma and shock trauma

  • Polyvagal theory and the hierarchy of survival; video

  • Faux Window of Tolerance, trauma vortex and counter vortex
  • Merging vs. joining and experiential exercise

  • Q and A

  • Settle and Q and A

  • Phase 1 History Taking techniques

  • Phase 2 Preparation techniques and experiential exercise
  • Phase 3 Assessment
  • Q and A

  • Phase 4 Techniques
  • Phase 5 and Phase 6
  • Phase 7

  • Phase 8

  • Final Wrap up


This course is available for viewing through the Kase & CO learning platform.

If you register before the live recording date, you may attend the live, interactive webinar. Instructions for attending the live, interactive webinar are found in your learner account. You will have access to the on-demand, asynchronous course for 1 year from the live date.

Registrations after the live date, may view this course on-demand, asynchronously for 1 year from your registration date.

Learning Objectives

  • Integrate somatic therapy techniques and the SIBAM model throughout the 8 phases of EMDR.

  • Develop awareness of verbal and non-verbal cues that inform case conceptualization and treatment planning.

  • Evaluate embodiment exercises to support clients coming into contact with the body in new ways.

  • Appraise the use of pendulation and titration techniques to expand a client’s window of tolerance.

  • Apply somatic therapy interventions in Phase 4 Desensitization to facilitate target reprocessing.

  • Support clients in developing interoception and somatic awareness as a vital Phase 2 Preparation technique.


Fee: $210

Payment is accepted via credit or debit card.

techniques covered:

  • Titration

  • Pendulation

  • SIBAM, a cornerstone of Somatic Experiencing to support completion of somatically held trauma

  • Tracking of sensations

  • Completion of thwarted motor movements that were incompleted in the moment of the overwhelming experience

  • Invitational language and how this supports safety while enhancing and deepening into the language of sensation

  • Somatically designed phase 2 preparation activities

  • Somatically supportive interweaves to support looping and blocked processing

  • Increased access to the body to ensure phase 6 body scan is complete and accurate

  • Self Touch exercise

concepts covered:

  • Polyvagal theory

  • Faux Window of Tolerance

  • Shock Trauma and Developmental Trauma

  • How trauma is held in the body and gets “stuck”, leading us out of the rhythm of life

  • Inviting how to get back into the rhythm of life

  • The experience of using titration and pendulation together to support finding the edge of distress without overwhelm

research covered:

  • Polyvagal Theory

  • Somatic Therapy/Somatic Experiencing

  • Bottom up Processing

  • Importance of touch in healing trauma

  • Faux Window of Tolerance

About Your Trainer, Alison Leslie

Alison is a licensed clinical social worker who lives in Bloomington, IN and owns her own private practice, Empower Healing. Alison approaches therapy through the lens of presence and attunement and believes in being a guide to help clients find their own internal healing powers. She has a background in animal-assisted therapy and is an EMDR Approved Consultant, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and Transforming Touch modalities. Alison works with both children and adults who have experienced developmental and shock traumas, among other life challenges. In consultation, Alison believes in meeting the consultee where they are at and supporting the continued growth of EMDR skills with openness, compassion, and curiosity.

Additional Information


To register for this course, you must have completed Parts 1 and 2 of EMDR Basic Training.

Continuing Education

6 CEs are available upon completion of all course material.

Kase & CO is an approved continuing education provider. ACE, NBCC and EMDRIA CEs are available for this course. This course is not approved for APA CEs.

Participants must complete the full training to receive credit.

Course Completion

To receive a CE certificate, participants must complete the entire course, complete the post-test with a score of 80% or above, and complete the course evaluation. You may retake the post-test as needed. Once completed, a CE certificate will auto-populate to your online account.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds are not available for on-demand courses.


ACE Approved Provider

Kase & CO, #1869, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 1/16/2024 – 1/16/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 6 total credits clinical continuing education credits.

NBCC Approved Provider

Kase & CO has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7033. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Kase & CO is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

EMDRIA Approved Provider

Kase & CO is an EMDRIA Approved Training Provider. Kase & CO courses are individually approved. CE Certificate will contain course approval number.

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