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TRAUMA AND THE BODY: Practical application of somatic interventions for emotion regulation and healing. (Melbourne)

Narelle McKenzie, Registered Psychologist, Certified Radix Practitioner and Trainer
One full day
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Face-to-Face Training
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Melbourne, VIC
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Trauma no matter it’s origins, changes the body. Grace, aliveness, energy, emotional expression and cognitive flexibility became inhibited. The effect of trauma on the body however is not a life sentence. With the development of compassionate observation skills and sensitively applied somatic interventions, the body can be changed again. It’s inherent aliveness restored.

In the past decades therapists have been inundated with theory and research about the impact of trauma on normal human functioning. Translating this theory into practice allowing for the individuality of each client is not always clear and straightforward.

This workshop will teach participants ways to assess the suitability of a selection of somatic interventions for repairing or healing the impact of trauma in the body. Time will also be allocated to practise the application of some of these interventions to address ANS dysregulation and the Trauma Survival Strategies: Attach / Cry for help, Collapse / Submit and Please & Appease.

To enhance your learning and integration of the material the workshop will be experientially based so do come prepared to fully participate.


Narelle McKenzie, Registered Psychologist, Certified Radix Practitioner and Trainer's Profile

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Narelle McKenzie is the Director and a Senior trainer of the Australian Radix Body Centered Training Centre and the Radix Institute, North America, which offers a three-year training program in Radix Body Centered Psychotherapy. She is a registered psychologist with over forty years experience working in private practice with adults, adolescents, families, couples and groups. She has a Masters in developmental psychology and extensive experience and training in psychotherapy and psychology. As part of her private consultancy Narelle has led experiential and training workshops on Embodied Psychotherapy throughout Australia, the USA and the UK. She is a Clinical Member of the  Australian Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (PACFA) Register, a PACFA accredited psychotherapy supervisor, an accredited supervisor for Psychology, a member of the United States Association of Body Psychotherapists as well as a member of Peer Review Committee for the International Journal of Body Psychotherapy.

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Program Information

Event Schedule

Morning Session
  9:00am - 12:30pm (includes 15 minute break at 10:30am)

Lunch Break
  12:30pm - 1:00pm

Afternoon Session
  1:00pm - 4:30pm (includes 15 minute break at 2:45pm)

Registration Details

Face-to-Face registration
Fee:  $249
         $29 to purchase and keep the recording of this event. 

  • Tea and coffee are included and food may be purchased from the many surrounding cafes or you can order a fresh lunch as part of your registration.
  • You will need to sign in on arrival to be eligible for an Attendance Certificate. 
  • Your attendance certificate for 7 hours of face-to-face, active training can be retrieved on completion of your evaluation via your login account.
  • A soft (digital) copy of notes and resources will be available in your account indefinitely and you may also purchase a hard (print copy) as part of your registration.
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to attend this face-to-face event on the day, your registration will be transferred into the live interactive webcast of this event with three month's access to the recording. 

We operate from registered Covid-Safe venues and are committed to your safety. 
Our operations and procedures are continually updated to ensure we comply with all relevant health orders. 
We will communicate any changes to health orders to you as soon as they are available to us. 
We ask for and appreciate your cooperation in complying with the orders.

In the interests of everyone's safety, we ask that you notify our team if you are unable to comply with the current orders. We can then offer you a transfer to an option to ensure you are can complete your training. 


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Deepen their understanding of the impact of trauma on the body - structurally and energetically
  2. Discover different ways to ‘read the body’
  3. Identify signs that a client is not embodied
  4. Broaden their ability to deepen client’s sense of embodiment and engagement
  5. Apply some somatic interventions to enable clients to stay regulated
  6. Discover how their own relationship with their somatic processes contributes to the processes of their clients. 

The effect of trauma on the body is not a life sentence.”   Narelle McKenzie

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Deepen their understanding of ways to bring the body into the therapy room.
  • Broaden their range of practical somatic interventions that are effective and the differing therapeutic purpose underpinning them.
  • Gain increased awareness of how their somatic processes influence the client therapeutic interaction and how to address this effectively in session.


Morning Session (includes a short break)

  • Welcome of participants and gain information about their experience in this area.
  • Brief theoretical presentation of the impact of trauma on the body - energetically and physically.
  • Use case studies and some simple experiential exercises to convey this.
  • Teach participants which significant aspects of the body functioning to pay attention to in their own and their client’s process to enable them to assess the appropriateness of interventions.

Afternoon Session (includes a short break)

  • Work in small groups or pairs with the specific aim of applying what was taught in the morning session so as to :
  1. deepen client’s body awareness or mindfulness,
  2. implement some somatic corrective experiences to different trauma experiences
  3. work effectively with the here and now relationship based on what is being experienced by the ‘therapist’ and what is being observed.
  4. Apply some of the above to case examples brought forward by the group

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Social Workers and Psychiatrists.

There will be a brief summary of the theories around Trauma and how they relate to the Body in the first session and reference will be made to them during the course of the day but full knowledge of at least some of these theories will be assumed. eg neurobiology, neuroscience and attachment as presented by Schore, Siegel, Van der Kolk, Badenoch Rotschild, Porges.

Venue information

This Accor hotel has a fully implemented plan attending to the health and safety of all venue attendees.
You will be required to abide by the safety  measures current at the time and in line with public health orders. These will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
In the interest of everone's safety, the venue and PDP reserve the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow the current COVID safety plans. 

This venue offers wheelchair access from the street level. 

Conveniently located right by several bus routes and a 7-minute walk to Parliament Station.

Links to reasonable early-bird parking close to the venue:

All day tea, coffee and water are provided.
If you have pre-purchased lunch, hotel staff will have you selection ready for you.
The venue has a restaurant and is surrounded by cafes and restaurants should you choose to eat out.
Please note that lunch bought from outside providers cannot be eaten in the hotel.


The seminar venue is the Mantra on Russell Hotel which offers a discount on accommodation for the PDP community. Please quote the code RUSSELL2021

Quest on Lonsdale is a 6 minute walk from the venue.
Hotel Grand Chancellor is a 2 minute walk from the venue.



222 Russell Street, 222 Russell Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
+61 1300 092 872

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