Relational Somatic Training

Relational Somatic Training

The Relational Somatic Therapy program is a comprehensive Full Training Program, delivered primarily in-person, through a series of learning modules and monthly Zoom calls. Class size is limited to 15 participants to ensure the experiential and mentorship quality of the program. The modules focus on practical skill building in body-centered counselling, trauma renegotiation and relational repair. Each module is deliberately structured and is accompanied by an extensive manual.  The 3-day Somatic Study and PlayGroup is an introduction to Relational Somatic Therapy and the prerequisite to the Full Training Program.  Registration is currently by direct email invitation only for all new training groups – please refer to the workshops page for information on current waitlists and email lists by location.

“The training offers participants an experiential immersion into somatic studies. Current research in the field of neurobiology, trauma and attachment is paired with playful explorations of the material. As both right and left hemisphere learning is fostered, the material comes alive and skills are integrated. Experienced and safe mentorship within a small group format supports the process of deepening into and embodying the learning. As we allow ourselves to become informed yet humbled, and sit with human suffering, as we become more fluent in our response, capacity for more presence and clinical attunement arises.”
– Mariah Moser

Relational Somatic Therapy Program

Nelson 2022/2023 Full Training Program

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Nelson 2022/2023 Training Dates:  PROGRAM COMPLETE

July – 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th 
September – 15th. 16th, 17th, 18th & 19th 
November – 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th & 28th 
January (3.5-day Module/Integrative Seminar) – 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd* (*1/2 day – 10 am – 1 pm) 

Location:  RDCK North Shore Hall, Nelson

10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily




Nelson 2022/2023 Full Training Program

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Nelson 2022/2023 Training Dates: PROGRAM IN PROCESS

October – 14th, 15th, 16th & 17th COMPLETE
November – 18th. 19th & 20th COMPLETE 
December – 9th, 10th & 11th COMPLETE
January – 13th, 14th & 15th COMPLETE
February –
10th, 11th & 12th IN PROCESS
March (3-day Integrative Seminar) –
10th, 11th & 12th

Location:  RDCK North Shore Hall, Nelson

10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily

Courtenay 2023 Full Training Program


Courtenay 2023 Training Dates:  

April – 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th & 16th
June – 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th
September – 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th & 18th
November (3.5-day Module/Integrative Seminar) – 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th* (*1/2 day – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Location:  House of Now, 536 Fifth Street, Courtenay

9:30 am – 4:30 pm daily




Nelson 2024 Full Training Program


Nelson 2024 Training Dates:  REGISTRATION OPEN

January – 12th, 13th & 14th
February – 9th, 10th & 11th
March – 8th, 9th & 10th
April – 5th, 6th & 7th
May – 3rd, 4th & 5th
June (4-day Module/Integrative Seminar) – 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th

Location:  RDCK North Shore Hall, Nelson

10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily

Vancouver 2025 Full Training Program


Vancouver 2025 Training:  No dates scheduled at this time

Module 1 –  5 days
Module 2 –  5 days
Module 3 – 5 days
Module 4/Integrative Seminar –  3.5 days

Location:  To Be Confirmed, Vancouver

10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily


For course fees, payment plan options and alternate funding information, please contact the Program Director at


Module 1: Body Centered Counselling Skills

This module is an introduction to Relational Somatic Therapy and focuses on the science and practice of body-focused work:

  • The cultivation of presence and relational attunement
  • Somatic work as an awareness practice
  • Elements of Relational Somatic Therapy
  • Brain integration and the somatic approach
  • Working on a sensory-motor level and using language effectively
  • Initiating and setting up a client relationship / therapeutic alliance
  • Skill building (joint field of awareness, tracking, contact statements, assisting differentiation, working with limited self/core essential self, mapping, sequencing and reframing)
  • The role of psycho-education
  • Differentiating the somatic approach from other approaches to counselling.


Module 2: The Psycho-Physiology of Trauma and Trauma Resolution Work

This module addresses the nature of trauma and elements of trauma renegotiation:

  • The Neurobiology of trauma and trauma resolution
  • Ways to understand the impact of trauma on the physiology from a polyvagal perspective
  • Learn to read nervous system signs and non-verbal cues
  • Window of tolerance / understanding hypo and hyper dominant responses and building resilience in the system
  • Core principles of navigating safely and effectively
  • The role of fusions and dissociation in trauma resolution work
  • The nature of memory and principles of updating trauma imprints.
  • Assisting completion of survival responses in the body experience
  • Diagnostic tools
  • Renegotiation and transformation of trauma


Module 3: Relational Somatics

This module focuses on relational wounding and repair as well as building secure functioning in attachment focused therapy:

  • The neurobiology of environmental failures during development
  • Landmarks of developmental trauma
  • Trauma and the developing brain
  • Elements of working with developmental wounding
  • Toxic shame versus healthy shame and how to work with shame in a therapeutic setting
  • Cycles of rupture and repair
  • Attachment theory and somatic approaches and interventions for attachment repair
  • Working with the encapsulated inner child
  • Splits and structural dissociation of the personality
  • Understanding transference and counter-transference dynamics
  • The role of touch in the therapeutic process
  • Somatic perspectives on psychopathologies
  • Sexual abuse and working with victim–perpetrator dynamics
  • Scope of practice


In between modules, students are expected to devote time each week to personal study, reflection, practice and integration:

  • Reviewing the extensive manual that accompanies the training
  • Set up regular, weekly practice session with peers from the training
  • Participate in zoom group supervision calls and tutorials
  • Attend to additional readings


For more information on the Full Training Program, please contact Shoshana at


Orca Institute Professional Training

For students interested in pursuing a professional counselling designation, continued educational offerings are available for consideration through the Orca Institute’s Counselling Skills Program.  Graduates of the OTG Full Program can receive a number of course exemptions and a reduced program fee.  The Orca Program provides a bridge leading to registration with ACCT.  If you are interested in further training, or have questions in regards to professional registration, please contact Sheldon at 604-808-3703 or email

Visit the Orca Institute’s Website for more information.

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