About this Series:
Trauma Informed Care means holding an awareness of the impact and prevalence of Trauma, it's long term effects on health and the needs of Trauma survivors. It screens for and when necessary, refers clients to trauma specific interventions. Trauma Informed practitioners and organizations do not further traumatize individuals by their lack of understanding of trauma.
Trauma Specific Care does everything trauma informed care does, but further, offers effective, evidence based treatments that resolve traumatic memory and reduce or eliminate the need for ongoing treatment, coping and managing strategies, or drug protocols. Trauma Specific Care treats trauma directly and effectively, restoring the client's ability to function and enjoy life free of intrusive symptoms or progressive, debilitating disease processes stemming from the trauma.
You may take either the two day, Trauma Informed Care Workshop, or all seven days of Trauma Specific Care. The full seven days begins the certification process in the evidence based intervention, Traumatic Incident Reduction. While not within the scope of massage, TIR does not require a license and in conjunction with holistic treatments such as massage, acupuncture and breath work, constitutes a full spectrum approach to working with traumatized individuals and freeing them from their ongoing symptoms.
Understanding Trauma - 3 hours
Communication A-3 hours –First 3 exercises
The Biochemistry of Trauma- 1 hour
Role of breath work, massage and alternative practices in working with trauma- 4 hours
Ethical obligation of self care – 3 hours
What Students Say About Our Classes:
allowed me to physically let go of all shame and energies that served no good
spiritual growth and a deeper connection
Excellent course and instructor
professional and clear regarding boundaries and ethical concerns
gained deeper clarity about my own massage therapy work even after 20 years
felt, witnessed and heard
I feel like a new person
Thank you so very much
I am transformed
The darkness has lifted
amazing and transformational, exceeding my expectations
the best, most well organized and professionally presented 18 hours of training I've attended in the decade I've been practicing
a lovely. intimate, sacred, and nurturing time-away-from-time
three consecutive days in such absence of judgment
a bottomless reservoir of honesty, support and loving feelings
a born teacher
best, most transformative, enlightening experience of them all.
extend it by another day or two- or even three. A Retreat!
Practical Considerations and Application in Massage - 12 hours
Communication B-4 hours –Final 4 exercises and rules of facilitation
Traumatic Incident Reduction – 12 hours
Steps and Planning
Book flights: Arrive in SJO by morning the day before the workshop, Depart SJO after 1:00 pm the day after the workshop. Download Transportation PDF (with ground transport options)
Register: Pay workshop registration $1,495 $1,545 for the week, or $695 for the first two days.
Read assigned and/or recommended readings before the workshop (PDF sent by e-mail upon registration.
Trauma Specific Massage Therapy(Both) (May 25-June 1)
$ 1,495 OR $1,545
Trauma Informed Massage Therapy(only)(May 25-27) $695
Lodging and Meals at Living Forest:
Package 7 night Accommodation and Meals at Living Forest Retreat Center:
- Living Forest Lodge (4 person max per room)
- River View Casita (2 person max per room)
Arrival Dinner Friday Before workshop at 6.30pm
Departure the following Saturdayafter breakfast.
You also get to explore local restaurants, we will go out for dinner three times during the retreat, these are not included in the package. (Meals are usually around US$ 15)
Transportation From Airports:
San Jose or Liberia
Bus, Shuttle, Rental Car, Taxi
(Recommend Coordinating with Other Students) Download PDF Click Here
Continuing Education Credits
Florida Board of Massage(LMT) # 50-15947
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work(LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapists(LMFT), Mental Health Counseling(LMFC) # 50-2119