Somatic Soul-Based Trauma Training Logistics

Starts in October 2022, alternating Wednesday from 9am-11:45am

2022 Format

  • 55 hours of training conducted in twenty 2.75 hour live online sessions spread out over 9 months.
  • Seven optional hour-long Q & A Support Sessions
  • Support for practice with classmates between training sessions (optional)

Fall 2022 training

Wednesdays, 9-11:45am MT. Training sessions occur two to three times monthly (roughly bi-weekly) and the additional one hour Q & A sessions occur 7 times throughout the course.

Class Dates:

  • Oct 5 & 19
  • Nov 2, 16 & 30
  • Dec 7 & 21
  • Jan 4 & 18
  • Feb 1 & 15
  • March 1, 15 & 29
  • April 12 & 26
  • May 10 & 24
  • June 7 & 21

Included in the Training:

  • 55 hours of training
  • Experiential therapeutic exercises and practice
  • Written resources
  • Didactic lecture
  • Demonstrations
  • Group discussion
  • Suggested reading list
  • Support for optional partner meetings between sessions
  • 7 Q & A sessions with Katie

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This is an experiential learning format with didactic lecture, live demonstrations and practice of skill implementation. There will be handouts provided and suggested readings to bolster your learning and support to meet with other participants between groups for additional practice. You will have the opportunity to partner with another student for added accountability and practice. This training will occur online over Zoom and your live attendance is required.

Based on her 25+ years as a counselor and 20+ years training therapists and healers, Katie designed this course to support therapeutic practitioners who are ready to learn, understand, and practice essential somatic and soul-based trauma skills.

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Upon reviewing your application, we will be in touch with you to schedule a call with Katie for further conversation.
For questions please contact us at [email protected]


General Course Outline:

Intro to Somatic Skills

  • Using your own somatic awareness as a resource
  • Supporting clients to gain somatic awareness and proficiency
  • Understanding basic tracking and facilitation skills

Intro to Neurophysiology of Trauma

  • Fight, flight, freeze
  • Neurobiology of trauma
  • Types of trauma
  • Short-term resourcing interventions – what, why, how

Short-term Interventions and Pendulation

  • Resourcing as a critical skill
  • Resource list
  • Practice facilitating each other to deepen somatic awareness

Vicarious Trauma and Energetic Self-care

  • Increasing self-awareness around your own body-mind
  • Developing an on-going self-care routine in working with trauma
  • Sequencing during sessions

Long-term Interventions

  • Long-term interventions to support trauma processing, and nervous system regulation


  • Understanding the role of boundaries in trauma rupture and repair
  • Identifying and repairing ruptured boundary

Attachment: Internal and External

  • Intro to attachment and attachment styles
  • External attachment skills: being the “Good enough parent”
  • Mindfulness in the role of attachment
  • Utilizing yourself as the attachment figure
  • Self-attachment through self-acknowledgment and compassion

Soul-based, Lineage and Energetic Interventions

  • Identifying family beliefs and agreements
  • Shifting energetic contracts
  • Letting go of energy that is not yours

Psycho-education Skills

  • Understanding the role of psychoeducation
  • Understanding the how and why of psychoeducation

Embodied Supervision and Consultation Throughout


Early-Bird Pay-in-full Rate: $2,695 (register by August 5, 2022)
Early-Bird Payment Plan: please inquire

Pay-in-full Rate: $2,995 (for registrations made on or after August 6, 2022)
Payment Plan: please inquire

Full-time Student Discount: please inquire

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Upon reviewing your application, we will be in touch with you to schedule a call with Katie for further conversation.
For questions please contact us at [email protected]

About your facilitator:

Katie Asmus, MA, LPC, BMP

photo of katieKatie Asmus MA, LPC, BMP, describes her work as “bringing forth the innate wisdom within every-BODY, and opening people’s minds and hearts to greater possibilities.” Founder of The Somatic Wilderness Therapy Institute, Katie practices as a Somatic, Nature-based & Adventure psychotherapist, life coach, educator, mentor, quest guide and workshop facilitator. In addition to leading educational and therapeutic Wilderness programs for the past 30 years, Katie focused her graduate thesis on body-centered interventions for working with trauma. She has presented internationally in these fields of study for over 20 years and published articles on the topics of Trauma, Ceremony & Ritual, and the use of Conscious Choice in wilderness work.

Currently, in addition to running a private psychotherapy practice, Katie trains healing practitioners in advanced EMDR therapy skills, therapeutic nature-based skills, and somatic trauma resolution, alongside leading Rites of Passage programs and trainings.

Katie is an avid learner, creator, manifestor and lover of life! She is constantly in awe of the strength of the human spirit and the inherent wisdom of our body-minds.