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 Skype/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 Play Group is an introduction to Relational Somatic Therapy and the prerequisite to the Full Training Program.  The 2020/2021 workshops in Vancouver and Courtenay  have been postponed to 2022 – new tentative training dates listed on the workshop page.

“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

Vancouver 2021/22 Full Training Program 


Vancouver 2021/22 Training Dates: 

September 2021 – 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th & 20th 
November 2021 – 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st & 22nd
January 2022 – 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th
March 2022 (4-day Module/Integrative Seminar) – 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th

September Location:  The Russian Hall, Vancouver

November 2021 – March 2022 Location:  Beaumont Studios, Vancouver

10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily




Vancouver 2022 Full Training Program


Vancouver 2022 Training Dates:

May – 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th & 16th 
July – 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th
September/October – September 29th, 30th, October 1st, 2nd & 3rd 
November (3.5-day Module/Integrative Seminar) – 24th, 25th, 26th & 27th* (*1/2 day – 10 am – 1 pm)

Location:  To be confirmed

10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily


Nelson 2022/23 Full Training Program


New Nelson 2022/23 Training Dates:

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

Location:  To be confirmed

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 – 10 am – 1 pm)

Location:  To be confirmed

10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily

The financial investment for the Full Training Program in Relational Somatic Therapy is $4,600 for the full payment of course fees. For payment plan fees and funding options, please contact Shoshana at


Module 1: Body Centered Counseling 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 counseling.


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

Opening To Grace is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Orca Institute, and their Counselling Skills Program. The Orca Program provides a bridge leading to registration with ACCT.   OTG graduates receive training recognition, with course exemptions and a reduced program fee.  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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