Neuro-Affective Relational Model training

The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM™)is an advanced clinical training for mental health and somatic practitioners who work with developmental trauma. NARM addresses relational and attachment 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.

NARM draws on psychodynamic models such as attachment and object relations theory, and somatic and character structure approaches, in addressing the link between psychological issues and the body. Working relationally in the present moment, and within a context of interpersonal neurobiology, NARM offers a new approach of working relationally that is a resource-oriented, non-regressive, non-cathartic, and ultimately non-pathologizing model.

Grounded in what NARM calls somatic mindfulness, NARM is influenced by a non-western orientation to the nature of the identity. Learning how to work simultaneously with these diverse elements represents a radical shift that has profound clinical implications for healing complex trauma and supporting personal and relational growth.

Course Objectives

In the NARM Practitioner 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.

Course Structure

The NARM Practitioner Training consists of 120 contact hours divided into 4 live modules. The 4 live modules will be held for a total of 20 days over the 2-year period of the training. The live modules are typically spaced 4 – 6 months apart, or 2 per year, to allow time for continued study, practice, peer meetings, and the webinars, in support of greater integration of the NARM clinical approach.

Supplementary learning opportunities include: study and practice groups, individual and group consultation, individual NARM sessions, access to library of demonstration videos, and other learning intensives.

For more information about the Introductory workshop click here.

For more information about the NARM-Method, click here.

Target audience

Professionals with a psychotherapeutic background, preferably body-oriented, with a running practice of at least three years
psychotherapists, Somatic Experiencing Practitioners, Coaches, with knowledge of psychological and psychodynamic processes.

Dates (in about a year we will plan a new NARM training)

First year

  • module 1    September 23 t/m 27 2020  (postponed from april 2020, due to Corona virus)
  • module 2   March 17 t/m 21 2021

Second year

  • module 3   September 15 t/m 19 2021
  • module 4   February 9 t/m 13 2022 (Will take place in conferencecenter De Poort, near Nijmegen).

The main language of this course is english. Some practice groups will be accompanied by dutch speaking assistants

Timetable module:
Day 1-4: 10.00-13.00 and 15.00-18.00
Last Day: 10.00-13.00 and 14.30-17.00


The trainingcosts are €1560,- for 1 year,
if you apply for the complete training it is €3000,- for 2 years

Each year 5 individual sessions and 5 super vision sessions are compulsory

The costs* for the accommodation are:
obliged an arrangement for coffee, tea, water, goodies, rent plenair room and lunch €225,- per module of 5 days.

Overnight stay in Kaap Doorn is possible for €77,50 per night, breakfast included.
(as long as there are rooms available)
You can also book for dinner €30,- per night.
* price 2019


Michael Mokrus
For more information about Michael click here.


Conference center De Werelt in Lunteren.