Dec 2017 Event

Touching Into The Body’s Innate Resiliency: Somatic Literacy and Healing (3 CEUs)

Course Description:

The ability to recognize and respond to internal cues with honesty, patience and compassion can lead to increased self-efficacy and self-esteem over time. However, with experiences of repeated stress and trauma, these are often skills that need to be re/learned and practiced in the company of others. Join us for a workshop where you will learn how to incorporate touch and movement within group work in order to help foster greater connection to self and others. We will learn how to build the capacity for interoception, or the ability to sense and feel what is happening in our own bodies and to engage with the external environment in positive ways. A group setting provides a unique context for re-patterning old habits through co-regulation and modeling. At this workshop, you will get the opportunity to learn ways self-touch and movement can be used strategically to relax and calm down or to work with the arousal of fear, anxiety, anger or excitement. Read More >>This training will provide opportunities for group workers to learn how to engage clients in exploring personal preferences, needs and limits in an embodied way in order to help clients re/establish boundaries and a stronger sense of self.  Practice in a supportive group environment allows clients to build new sensory-motor programs essential for self-care and self-regulation and to increase individual and collective resiliency. This workshop will be a fun, dynamic blend of theory and experiential learning, accessible to all levels of experience. 3 Board of Social Work CEUs will be provided.

Course Objectives:

– Define somatic literacy and its role in building self-esteem and self-efficacy
– Identify 5 ways that touch and movement can be used for co-regulation in a group setting
– Describe 2-3 ways to normalize trauma symptoms, reduce shame and increase compassion
– Expand your comfort zone in working with touch and movement


Diane Long, of Kaleidoscope Healing Arts, is a Board Certified Massage Therapist (BCTMB), Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and SomaYoga teacher (YogaNorth YTT-200) who specializes in trauma-informed education. Diane has been teaching Empowerment Self Defense for 25 years in workshops that include information about boundaries, self-care, safety and sexual negotiation.  Read More >>Prior to training as a somatic therapist, Diane taught immersion-style foreign language education (French/ESL) for many years. Diane also worked as a mental health interpreter at the Center for Victims of Torture for over 10 years. Their current practice incorporates somatic therapies, bodywork, yoga, self-defense, and ritual arts in to help people prevent, interrupt and heal from trauma.


Date: Friday, Decemeber 15, 2017
Time: 9a-12p (Registration 8:30a)
Location: Northwest Area Foundation, 60 Plato Blvd #400, St. Paul, MN 55107