A Heart-Based Training in Relational Neuroscience for Healing Trauma

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"Deepening our understanding of the inherent desire for connection, our capacity to experience the traumatic events that disrupt it, and the relational presence that heals it—Badenoch’s book should be required reading for all therapists."

― Psych Central on Bonnie Badenoch’s book The Heart of Trauma

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8 Video
Trainings

An immersive eight-session training program with more than six hours of teachings

Self-Reflection
Exercises

Questions and journaling prompts to fully integrate your learning experience

Complete
Transcripts

For easy reference and review, text transcriptions of all video teaching sessions

CE Credits
Available

Eligible for add-on purchase of up to 10 Continuing Education credits.

Welcome to Trauma and the Embodied Brain

Dear friend,

Can you recall a stressful situation that you endured alone?

Then, perhaps you later met with a friend who listened to you without judgment or agenda—creating a sense of support and safety. You likely felt your muscles relax, your heart slow down, your anxiety wane. If so, then you’ve felt the deeply relational nature of trauma and recovery.

If you’re a therapist who works with trauma survivors, you’re familiar with the many modalities available. In my own practice, I’ve discovered that one core dimension of healing is crucial—the deep, physiologically embodied relationship we hold with our clients.

Why does this matter? Research in the field of relational neuroscience offers this intriguing answer:

Trauma may be less about what happened to us and much more about who is there to support us—before, during, and after the overwhelming experience.

Ever since I started bringing this core insight into my own work years ago, profound changes have unfolded. And my mission now is to share their transformative potential with others.

That is why I’m delighted to invite you to my online course—Trauma and the Embodied Brain: A Heart-Based Training in Relational Neuroscience for Healing Trauma.

I created this program for therapists, caregivers, and others who want to support others in a deeper and more connected way—and to strengthen themselves while learning how.

I would love to share these eight weeks of learning with you—through both foundational knowledge and felt experiences. If you find this approach appealing, I do hope you’ll join us.

With a warm heart,

Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT

About Your Teacher

Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT

Bonnie Badenoch is a therapist, author, consultant, and trainer. She is a student of interpersonal neurobiology and the author of The Heart of Trauma and Being a Brain-Wise Therapist. Her work is informed by nearly three decades of work helping those with trauma and attachment wounds.

Here's What You'll Receive When You Enroll

8 Immersive Sessions of Learning and Engagement
Bonnie Badenoch guides us into the principles and practices for supporting clients facing the aftermath of trauma. Each session includes compelling video sessions, written teachings, and practices.
Two Q&A Sessions Recorded During Live Events
In these two in-depth video recordings, Bonnie answers participant questions, exploring in greater depth the key issues and topics of greatest interest and relevance to our work.
Journaling and Self-Reflection Questions for Therapists
For many, journaling is one of the best ways to deepen our understanding of new insights—and to integrate them more deeply. Each learning session includes a wealth of relevant questions and prompts.
Lifetime Access to the Entire Course
Receive lifetime access to all video trainings, session transcriptions, written teachings, journaling exercises, and bonus articles—the entire course is yours to keep forever. You’ll also be able to download audio versions of the video sessions for convenient listening on your phone or music player.
Bonus Gift – A “Best of Bonnie Badenoch” Anthology of Articles
A collection of six compelling journal articles exploring how interpersonal neurobiology transforms therapy, hopeful stories about “unfixable” clients, how we fully integrate new knowledge on a felt level, and more.

“When we make a safe place for another person, that person can move through their trauma the way they need to."

— Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT

What You'll Learn in This Groundbreaking Course

Foundational Insights

From relational neuroscience, polyvagal theory, and more—the cornerstones of Badenoch’s hope-giving approach

Centering & Grounding

Create a calming and nurturing presence for those you are supporting, an essential foundation for helping others

The Body’s “Language”

Learn the native language of the body’s healing systems—the belly brain, heart, skin, muscles & more

Creating a Safe Space

Promote healing in others through nonjudgmental, agenda-free presence—the qualities that promote healing

Implicit Memories

Learn how traumatic memories are stored as felt experiences and how to help find and repair them

The Healing Plan

Each step of the healing process lies within the client—how we bring that path to the surface

What's Inside Your Curriculum

Trauma and the Embodied Brain:

A Heart-Based Training in Relational Neuroscience for Healing Trauma
Introduction to Relational Neuroscience
Session #1

Topics we will explore:

Considering Trauma from the Perspective of Interpersonal Neurobiology
Session #2

Topics we will explore:

Deepening Our Awareness of the Roots of Trauma
Session #3

Topics we will explore:

Our Embodied Brains in Development, Trauma, and Healing, Part I
Session #4

Topics we will explore:

Our Embodied Brains in Development, Trauma, and Healing, Part II
Session #5

Topics we will explore:

Implicit Memory Change
Session #6

Topics we will explore:

Pathways of Healing
Session #7

Topics we will explore:

A Sacred Space Opens
Session #8

Topics we will explore:

Topics we will explore:
  • Feeling our way into the core principles of interpersonal neurobiology
  • Trusting the ”inherent treatment plan“ inside each person
  • Nonjudgmental presence, receptivity, and responsiveness
  • How we shape one another’s neural landscape
Topics we will explore:
  • Why trauma is a relational experience
  • How to enable our nervous system to receive others
  • Our two brain hemispheres as collaborators, not antagonists
  • All emotions are truth-tellers and entry points, and more
Topics we will explore:
  • Pathways where traumas are held, awaiting integration
  • Types of trauma—visible, invisible; cumulative, sudden
  • How trauma is shaped by developmental life stages
  • Neural streams—their role in trauma and healing, and more
Topics we will explore:
  • How trauma embeds in our bodies and how we adapt
  • Working with the rupture-and-repair healing process
  • Reflective practices for the skin, muscles, belly brain, and heart
  • Why therapists need to be embodied ourselves, and more
Topics we will explore:
  • The autonomic nervous system, polyvagal theory, and neuroception
  • A practice for identifying ventral-to-dorsal shift
  • Seeing the difference between explicit and implicit memory
  • A practice for sensing rhythms of attachment, and more
Topics we will explore:
  • Implicit, explicit, and autobiographical memory
  • “Touched vs triggered”—benefits of awakening implicit memories
  • How implicit memories are repaired and restored
  • Positive implicit memories for support and healing
Topics we will explore:
  • Cultivating stillness, presence, and nonjudgment
  • How to lead and follow in relationship with clients
  • Attachment repair through presence, contact, reflection, responsiveness, delight
  • Creating a sacred space of connection and “holding suffering”
Topics we will explore:
  • The sacred dimension of the therapist-client relationship
  • Co-suffering and co-regulation as transformative experiences
  • Trusting the “inherent treatment plan” within those in need
  • A course review: core principles and practices

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, if you’re interested in learning new and possibly unfamiliar principles and terminology. In Bonnie’s own experience, the support of trusted friends, family, nurses, caregivers, and others can have a profound effect on those in need. However, if the person you want to support has experienced severe trauma, she strongly recommends seeking out a qualified psychotherapist or clinical psychologist with successful experiences in treating PTSD. Most importantly, as a caregiver, you deserve to be supported as you offer so much to others. This course can be a help to you in that way.

This course is also refundable for one year, so if you don’t find it appropriate for you, you can return it for any reason.

Bonnie has instructed practitioners of many backgrounds (e.g., somatic modalities, cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, trauma-sensitive mindfulness, family systems). Her experience in the application of the principles can provide the relational foundation for any modality you may be offering.

Finally, her support for your mental health as a therapist can help protect you from burnout while increasing your capacity to hold your clients as you create a safe and healing space for them. 

The twin goals of this course are to increase our ability to be present for others—both in the counseling room and in daily life—and to be supported ourselves so that we become more whole. In this way, the course can be a significant help in healing whatever traumas we are carrying. At the center of this work is the crucial role that relationship plays in all trauma healing. So, if you’re a nonprofessional seeking healing for yourself, we recommend that you take the course with a trusted and committed friend or loved one. This will allow you to fully benefit from these relationship-centered principles and practices. 

If you’re in therapy, you may also find benefit by sharing this work with your therapist, to let them know that you’re learning these principles on your own.

Yes. Up to 10 CE credits for this course are available for purchase separately. You can purchase them here.

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