The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM™) for Healing Developmental Trauma
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november, 2020

The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM™) for Healing Developmental TraumaCurrent Practitioner Training - November 2020 till March 2022 Event TagsAthens,GR

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Course Description

The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM™) is an advanced clinical training for mental health and somatic practitioners who work with developmental trauma.  NARM addresses relational and attachment traumaby working with early, unconscious patterns of disconnection that deeply affect our identity, emotions, physiology, behavior and relationships.  Integrating a psychodynamicand body centeredapproach, NARM offers a comprehensive theoretical and clinical model for working with developmental trauma.

NARM draws on psychodynamic models such as attachment and object relations theory, and somatic and character structure approaches, in addressing the link between psychological issues and the body.  Working relationally in the present moment, and within a context of interpersonal neurobiology, NARM offers a new approach of working relationally that is a resource-oriented, non-regressive, non-cathartic, and ultimately non-pathologizing model. Grounded in what NARM calls somatic mindfulness, NARM is influenced by a non-western orientation to the nature of the identity. Learning how to work simultaneously with these diverse elements represents a radical shift that has profound clinical implications for healing complex trauma and supporting personal and relational growth.


Course Objectives

In the NARM Practitioner Training you will learn:

    • The different skills needed to work with developmental versus shock trauma; when and why shock trauma interventions may be contraindicated in working with developmental trauma.
    • How to address the complex interplay between nervous system dysregulation and identity distortions, such as toxic shame and guilt, low self-esteem, chronic self-judgment, and other psychobiological symptoms.
    • How to work moment-by-moment with early adaptive survival styles that, while once life-saving, distort clients’ current life experience.
    • When to work ‘bottom-up’, when to work ‘top-down’, and how to work with both simultaneously to meet the special challenges of developmental trauma.
    • How to support clients with a mindful and progressive process of disidentification from identity distortions.
    • A new, coherent theory for working with affect and emotions, which aims to support their psychobiological completion.


Course Structure

The NARM Practitioner Training consists of 120 contact hours divided into 4 live modules. The 4 live modules will be held for a total of 20 days over the 2-year period of the training. The live modules are typically spaced 4 – 6 months apart, or 2 per year, to allow time for continued study, practice, peer meetings, and the webinars, in support of greater integration of the NARM clinical approach.

Supplementary learning opportunities include: study and practice groups, individual and group consultation, individual NARM sessions, access to library of demonstration videos, and other learning intensives.


Teaching Methods

All modules include a combination of 2 complimentary instruction approaches:

  1. Didactic and theoretical learning: including lecture, question and answer periods, class-wide discussion, case consultation, and deconstruction of live-demonstrations and videos.
  2. Experiential learning: including self-inquiry exercises, small group activities, role-plays, active coaching and guided skill practice.


2-Year NARM Practitioner Training Curriculum Topic Overview

Topics and schedule subject to change by trainer .


Module 1


  • NARM Organizing Principles

  • NARM Theoretical Orientation

  • Differentiating Interventions for working with Shock vs. Developmental Trauma

  • Working Top-Down and Bottom-Up

  • Tracking Connection & Disconnection

  • Developmental Process: Attachment & Separation-Individuation

  • Reframing Attachment and Attachment Loss

  • The Distortion of the Life Force Model

  • Distress and Healing Cycles

  • 5 Adaptive Survival Styles

  • Connection Survival Style

  • Attunement Survival Style

  • NARM 4 Pillars: Clinical Model

  • NARM Pillar 1: Establishing a Therapeutic “Contract”

  • NARM Pillar 2: Asking Exploratory Questions

  • Deconstruction of Experience (in the function of Disidentification)

  • Process of Deepening Exploration – Challenging Assumptions, Clarifying and Deconstruction of Experiences (in the Function of Disidentification)

Module 2


  • The NARM Relational Model

  • Working Hypothesis

  • Identifying Core Dilemma: Core Themes vs Survival Strategies (Behaviors, symptoms, etc.)

  • Trust Survival Style

  • Autonomy Survival Style

  • Love-Sexuality Survival Style

  • NARM Pillar 3: Supporting Agency (Agency as the Foundation for the Development of the Adult Self)

  • NARM Pillar 4: Reflecting Positive Shifts

  • NARM Languaging

Module 3


  • NARM Model for Working with Affect

  • Primary vs Default Emotions

  • Emotional Completion

  • The Psychobiological Process of Shame (“Shame as a Verb not a Noun”; “Shame as a Process not a State”)

  • Shame, Guilt & Self-Hatred

  • Working with Anger & Aggression

  • Countertransference in NARM

  • Unmanaged Empathy and Therapist Efforting

  • Narcissism and Objectification of Self

  • Narcissistic vs Sadistic Abuse

  • NARM Personality Spectrum

Module 4


  • Deepening Study into the Connection Survival Style Issues, Symptoms and Related Disorders

  • The Interplay of the Survival Styles: Primary and Secondary Patterns

  • Revisiting the Dynamics of Attachment, Separation-Individuation, Attachment Loss and the Core Dilemma

  • Relationships, Couples, Intimacy and Sexuality

  • Survival Styles & the Polyvagal Theory

  • NARM & the Body

  • Working with Identity

  • Transgenerational Trauma

  • Disidentification Process

  • “Cutting the Cord”: Freedom from Identity

  • Post-Traumatic Growth

  • Resiliency: Supporting the Capacity to Tolerate Increasing Complexity

  • Integrating NARM Effectively Into Our Clinical Practice



11-15 November 2020 – 1st Module

24-28 March 2021 –  2nd  Module

27-31 October 2021 – 3rd  Module

23-27 March 2022 – 4th Module

Starting the 1st day at 10 a.m. Training will be held centrally in Athens. Venue to be announced soon.


€ 2.680

The training will be taught in English with Greek translation.

Please note: the 1st Module will be taught online due to the current Covid-19 situation.

For further information and booking, please click here



Year Around Event (2020)


Zoe, Phone +30 210 9625585 Daskaroli 4, Glyfada, 16675 Athens