Professional Training Opportunities
in 2017
at Clarus Center


A Two-Year Practitioner Training for Healing Complex Trauma

This is a full two-year training program.

Professionals can join this training through November 10, 2017

Learn More

Coming to Chicago-area (Warrenville) in 2017!

The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM):

A Two-Year Practitioner Training for Healing Complex Trauma


The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) is an advanced clinical training for mental health and somatic practitioners who work with complex trauma.  NARM addresses attachment, relational and developmental trauma by working with early, unconscious patterns of disconnection that deeply affect our identity, emotions, physiology, behavior and relationships.  Integrating a psychodynamic and body centered approach, NARM offers a comprehensive theoretical and clinical model for working with developmental trauma. 


Working relationally in the present moment, NARM draws on psychodynamic models such as attachment and object relations theory, and somatic models such as Somatic Experiencing® and character structure approaches, in addressing the link between psychological issues and the body.  Grounded in mindfulness and contemplative spiritual practices, NARM supports a non-western orientation to the nature of the Self.  Learning how to work simultaneously with these diverse elements is a radical shift that has profound clinical implications for healing complex trauma. 


In this two-year clinical training you will learn:

  • The different skills needed to work with developmental versus shock trauma.  When and why shock trauma interventions may be contraindicated in working with developmental trauma.
  • How to address the complex interplay between nervous system dysregulation and identity distortions, such as toxic shame and guilt, low self-esteem, chronic self-judgment, and other psychobiological symptoms.
  • How to work moment-by-moment with early adaptive survival styles that, while once life-saving, distort clients’ current life experience.
  • When to work ‘bottom-up’, when to work ‘top-down’, and how to work with both simultaneously to meet the special challenges of developmental trauma.
  • How to support clients with a mindful and progressive process of disidentification from identity distortions.
  • A new, coherent theory for working with affect and emotions, which aims to support their psychobiological completion.


Brad Kammer, MFT, LPCC, SEP, NMT has studied under his mentor Dr. Laurence Heller for over 15 years and is a Master Practitioner in NARM.  Brad is also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Consultant and Trainer.  Brad began his career as a Humanitarian Aid Worker in Asia which introduced him to personal and collective trauma.  He became passionate about supporting individuals and communities in the transformation of trauma.  Brad has since focused his work on the integration of Somatic Psychology, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and wisdom from Spiritual Traditions and Traditional Cultures.  Brad lives in a small town in Northern California with his family where he is a Somatic Psychotherapist, College Professor, and International Presenter on Shock and Developmental Trauma. 


Dr. Laurence Heller is the founder of the NeuroAffective Relational Model(NARM™), and co-author of Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image and the Capacity for Relationship and Crash Course: A Self-Healing Guide to Auto Accident Trauma and Recovery.


NARM Intro videos: Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: NARM Practitioner Trainings


CEU’s: Available for psychologists, psychotherapists, MFTs, LCSWs and counselors.


Admission Requirements: The NARM Practitioner Training is designed for mental health and somatic practitioners who work with trauma.  Other health care professionals or educators working with developmental trauma may be considered.  Applications are approved on a case-by-case basis, and may include a personal interview.


NARM Practitioner Training Schedule:

Module 1: July 28-30, 2017 (If you missed this module it can be made up prior to joining for Module 2)

Module 2: November 10-12, 2017

Module 3: January 19-21, 2018

Module 4: April 13-15, 2018

Module 5: July 27-29, 2018

Module 6: November 2-4, 2018


Tuition Rates (per module):

  • Early Registration Rate (ends May 15, 2017) — $755
  • Full Tuition Rate — $805
  • Student/Intern Rate — $700 


For complete training information:


Or Contact: Chicago NARM Training Coordinators:
Martin Lemon,, (630) 330 4529
Lori Driver,, (734) 975 2757