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🎧 Saturday Workshop Series: An Introduction to NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) for Addressing Complex Trauma

  • Sat, November 20, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom


  • Members of RECAMFT, SFCAMFT, and EBCAMFT are invited to join this MCAMFT event at a reduced rate
  • Available to Student and Registered Associate members of Marin CAMFT. (Note: No refunds, as our processing fee is the same amount as the event fee.)
  • Available to pre-licensed trainees and associates who are not members of Marin CAMFT.

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Workshop Description:

The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) is a specialized clinical approach for mental health professionals who work with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Complex Trauma (C-PTSD). NARM is a cutting-edge model for addressing relational, developmental trauma, cultural and intergenerational trauma, by working with the disorganized attachment patterns that cause life-long psychobiological symptoms and interpersonal difficulties. These early, unconscious patterns of disconnection deeply affect our identity, emotions, physiology, behavior and relationships. Learning how to work simultaneously with these diverse elements is a radical shift that has profound clinical implications for healing complex trauma. As such, NARM has become an invaluable treatment option for the Trauma-Informed Care movement.

This developmentally-oriented, neuroscientifically-informed model, as outlined in Dr. Laurence Heller’s book Healing Developmental Trauma, emerged out of earlier psychotherapeutic orientations including Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Therapy, and Somatic Psychotherapy approaches such as Gestalt Therapy and Somatic Experiencing®, and bridges traditional psychotherapy with somatic approaches within a context of relational practice. NARM is a mindfulness-based clinical treatment, as its method is grounded in a phenomenological approach to addressing identity and consciousness of self – who we truly are beneath these patterned ways of relating to ourselves and the world. Seen in this way, healing complex trauma is a vehicle for transformation on a personal and collective level.

There are presently thousands of mental health professionals trained in NARM around the world, and there are currently NARM Therapist trainings running in over 10 countries. In the summer of 2020, the NARM Training Institute is launching a Level 1 NARM Online Basics Training for professionals who work with individuals and populations dealing with complex trauma. In addition to mental health professionals, this training is geared toward healthcare workers, substance abuse counselors, educators, first responders, bodyworkers and other allied fields. The NARM Training Institute offers a wide variety of other in-person and online learning opportunities to promote the Trauma-Informed movement.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. Participants will be able to articulate a theoretical and clinical differentiation between shock trauma (PTSD) and complex trauma (C-PTSD) through the lens of the NeuroAffective Relational Model.
  2. Participants will be able to identify and apply their clinical understanding of the 5 NARM Adaptive Survival Styles and how they affect adult life.
  3. Participants will be able to apply and practice the NARM Relational Model.
  4. Participants will gain theoretical, clinical and experiential insight into applying the 4 NARM Pillars: the basic NARM skills in resolving complex trauma.


Brad KammerBrad Kammer, LMFT, LPCC, SEP, NMT is a California Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Brad is a Somatic Psychotherapist and has studied under and taught with his mentor Dr. Laurence Heller for over two decades. Brad is the NARM Training Institute Training Director, and also a NARM Master Therapist, Consultant, and Senior Faculty Trainer, teaching NARM internationally. Brad has also studied under Dr. Peter Levine and is a Somatic Experiencing (SE) Practitioner, Consultant and Faculty Trainer, and has been involved in bringing SE to various communities around the world. Brad began his career as a Humanitarian Aid Worker in Asia which introduced him to personal and collective trauma. He became passionate about supporting individuals and communities in the transformation of trauma. Brad has since focused his work on the integration of Somatic Psychology and Interpersonal Neurobiology, and has specialized in addressing Complex Trauma (C-PTSD). Brad lives in a small town in Northern California with his family where he is a Psychotherapist, College Professor, Trauma Consultant, and Community Educator on Stress, Trauma, Relationships & Self-Care.

Special Offers:

  • 2-week free trial to the NARM Inner Circle, an online membership program

  • Special discount code for $50 off any 2021 Level 1 Online NARM Basics Training or Level 2 NARM Therapist Training

    Attendance at the live event and completion of the evaluation qualifies for 3 hours of Continuing Education Units (3 CEUs).

    PLEASE NOTE: This event will be audio recorded. By registering for this event you are consenting to a recording being made which may include your voice. This recording will be posted on the Marin CAMFT website's events library, and available to members for review and downloading. We're sorry, but at this time, CEUs may only be earned for attendance at our live presentations.

    Upon registering you will receive a Zoom link and password.

    • Date: Saturday, November 20
    • Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Pacific
    • Location:  Online via Zoom. Password and link sent upon registration.

    Additional Information

    For more information about the Saturday Workshop Series or about joining the Committee, please contact CE Director Pat Saunders.

    • Continuing Education: This workshop meets the qualifications for continuing education units for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and/or LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The number of CEUs awarded is specified in the event description. These CEUs will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CAMFT Provider # 56895), which is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. We regret that at this time we are not able to provide CE units for Licensed Psychologists. Participants must attend the full live session and complete the evaluation at the end to receive CE completion certificate. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Contact Pat SaundersCE Director, for more information.

    • Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.

    • Refund Policy: Refunds are available up to 7 days in advance event, subject to a $20 administrative fee. We're sorry but we do not provide refunds in case of non-attendance by the registrant. Please email the CE Director with any questions.

    • Request for Accommodations: If you need accommodations for this event, please contact the CE Director.

    • Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the CE Director.

    • Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, creed, national origin, citizenship status, religion, age, ability, or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

    Audio recordings of the event and any handouts will be made available to all registrants after the presentation and receipt of the course evaluation.

    CEUs are available for live attendance only. You must complete the evaluation at the end in order to receive a completion certificate. Certificates are sent out by email within one week of the event pending receipt of the evaluation. 

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    PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

    (415) 459 3484

    Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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