Introducing NARM
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november, 2023

17nov16:0019:00Introducing NARMThe NeuroAffective Relational Model for Working with Developmental Trauma Event TagsOnline

Event Details

We at PCPSI are excited to introduce you to Michael Mokrus, who has been a member of the Narm European teaching faculty for over ten years. Michael is one of a small number of teachers specifically selected by Dr. Laurence Heller to facilitate the NARM training in Europe.

The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) is a psychotherapeutic approach specifically designed to address complex trauma, also known as Complex-PTSD or C-PTSD, which includes attachment, relational and developmental trauma. Developed by Dr. Laurence Heller, NARM integrates various therapeutic orientations such as psychodynamic psychotherapy, attachment theory, gestalt therapy, and somatic psychotherapy. It combines top-down and bottom-up approaches within a relational context.

In this workshop, Michael will provide an overview and introduce participants to the basic concepts of NARM’s theoretical and clinical approach. The training will also include Michael showcasing a demo session. The demo will show what the NARM approach looks like in real-time.

PCPSI will facilitate a comprehensive NARM training in 2024 with Michael Mokrus. This workshop will be a good taster for anyone interested in the full training.

The Online Learning Event includes:

✔︎ LIVE webinar 3 hours in length

✔︎ Resource paper from speaker

✔︎ Slide decks to accompany the LIVE webinars

✔︎ Recordings (available until 17/02/2024)

✔︎ A certificate with 3 CPD points/hours


Online Learning Event | Friday 17th Nov 2023
4pm – 7pm Irish Standard Time (UTC+0:00) includes a 15-minute break.


The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) is an effective developmentally oriented psychotherapeutic approach for addressing adverse and stressful childhood experiences (developmental trauma, K-PTBS) and their long-term effects.

NARM combines psychodynamic and somatic approaches to the treatment of developmental trauma. With an inherent understanding of the functional unity of biological and psychological development inherent in both concept and methodology, NARM works with early patterns of disconnection that deeply influence our identity, emotions, physiology, relationships, and behaviour. The approach is resource-oriented, non-regressive, non-cathartic and non-pathologizing. Therapeutic support focuses on the interplay of various aspects of identity and the capacity for connection and regulation.

NARM emphasizes that it is not the past events themselves but the persistence of survival patterns from the past that lead to present symptoms and disconnection from one’s authentic self and others. The model recognizes the impact of early trauma on identity development, wherein individuals often internalize environmental failure as their own, leading to distorted self-perceptions. NARM focuses on addressing these distortions and physiological dysregulation through precise techniques that target both psychological and physiological aspects. It highlights the interplay between identity, connection, and regulation in the therapeutic process.

Learning objectives:

► Overview of the theoretical and clinical approach to the treatment of developmental trauma

► The reciprocal relationship of nervous system dysregulation and identity distortions

► The five organizing themes in NARM and their significance from a developmental psychological point of view

► The emergence and function of the five basic adaptive strategies, the resulting identity distortions, and its implications in adult life

► Working in present time, the importance of dual awareness and somatic mindfulness

► The four pillars of process work

► The NARM healing cycle and top-down and bottom-up integration

► Demonstration of the approach

► Orientation: the NARM training

Course Content Level


Target Audience

This course is suitable for counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, family therapists, students and anyone interested/working in attachment, trauma, addiction or neuroscience. People in psychotherapeutic and related trauma-professions interested in experiencing and gaining a deeper understanding and of the conceptual and methodological approach of NARM



Further information and booking




(Friday) 16:00 - 19:00




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