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Format:  Self-paced / asynchronous program
Engage with this recorded program on your schedule.

Online Course Available button with UNC School of Social Work Logo and blue arrowCE: 6 CEs total, read for more information on CEs
Fee: $85, read for more information on fees and scholarships


This workshop focuses on understanding and treating the effects of trauma, with an emphasis on the experience of members of marginalized groups and the cumulative effects of micro-aggressions and internalized oppression as particular forms of trauma. Danielle Murphy will draw from Somatic Experiencing® and other somatic-based therapies to explain the relationship between trauma and the nervous system and provide tools to help clients understand their physiological experience and increase the flexibility of their cognitive and emotional responses.

Participants will learn how to assess trauma, select a starting point for engagement and treatment strategies based on the client’s readiness to engage somatically. Danielle will illustrate this with case examples of diverse clients who have experienced multilayered trauma.

Beyond the didactic material, participants will engage kinesthetically, through experiential practices and reflection. Participants will be encouraged to engage with their own nervous system and their relationship with oppression and empowerment to build their capacity for trauma work. Participants will deepen their understanding of how and why to engage in somatic-based work, specific practices to bring to clinical work, and considerations when working with people living with chronic heightened vigilance, often developed as an adaptive response to oppression.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completing the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate at least 2 principles for trauma work through a somatic approach
  2. Apply at least 3 somatic techniques to use with trauma survivors in clinical practice
  3. Engage with at least 2 practices to assess and regulate one’s own physiological arousal and enhance one’s capacity for flexible responses
  4. Identify and reflect on at least 1 oppressed and 1 agentic aspect of one’s self and its relevance in clinical work
  5. Explain at least 2 mechanisms through which micro-aggression constitutes a form of trauma
  6. Identify and describe at least 3 characteristics of internalized oppression and at least 3 techniques for externalizing experience

headshot of Danielle Murphy wearing a black shirt with white polka dotsTrainer: Danielle Murphy, LCSW, SEP® is a certified Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner in private practice in New York City as a psychotherapist and consultant. Her clinical work focuses on healing traumatic stress and is rooted in body-based techniques. She supervises and consults newer clinicians related to specific client concerns, in helping them build successful practices and become more trauma-informed. She is passionate about translating complex theory and research into skills, and consults with businesses and agencies interested in understanding and implementing trauma informed care principles, leadership from an attachment lens, and motivational interviewing skills development.

She provides trainings for practitioners; she has originated and presented trainings on internalized racism, systemic oppression, working across difference, as well as many other topics. She is presently a board member for the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy. She was the recipient of the NASW Emergent Leader Award for her community mental health work and serves as a medical reviewer for Everyday Health.


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