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In this 3-day workshop, professionals will discover groundbreaking, science-based approaches linking trauma, Attachment Theory, and relational behavior with elements of Neuroscience that enhance our capacity for deepening intimacy. You will learn to use valuable tools to identify specific attachment adaptations of your clients and distinct Secure Attachment Skills (SAS) they need to develop. Understand the social brain, ANS regulation, Polyvagal Theory, and social engagement that inform healing techniques to facilitate authentic autonomy and true mutuality.

In addition, recognizing Intergenerational Trauma helps us understand the transmission and deep impact of attachment injury and overwhelming life events. Help clients learn how NOT to pass on trauma by finding meaning, creating cohesive narratives healing their own injury, and the injury of ancestors.

Discover the latest research in Neuroscience that enhances our capacity for deepening intimacy.

The foundation for establishing healthy relationships relies on developing Secure Attachment Skills (SAS), thus increasing your sensitivity for contingency and relational attunement.

According to Allan Schore, the regulatory function of the brain is experience-dependent and he says that, as an infant, our Mother IS our whole environment. In this module, we will learn to understand how the early patterns of implicit memory – which is pre-verbal, sub-psychological, and non-conceptual – build pathways in our brain that affect our attachment styles. Clinically, we can shift such ingrained associative patterns in our established neural network by importing new and different “lived” experiences into the here and now.

The Role of the Therapist

Healing into wholeness takes the active participation of at least one other brain, mind, and body to repair past injuries – and that can be accomplished through a one-to-one therapeutic relationship or one that is intimate and loving. In exploring the “age and stage” development of the right hemisphere and prefrontal cortex in childhood, we will discover how the presence of a loving caregiver can stimulate certain hormones, which will help support our growing capacity for social engagement and pleasure in all of our relationships. Brain integration leads to connection and love throughout our entire life span.

Healing with Neuroscience

In this training, we will also bring a deeper focus to the role of neuroscience in restoring the brain’s natural attunement to Secure Attachment. Our brain is a social brain – it is primed for connection, not isolation, and its innate quality of plasticity gives it the ability to re-establish, reveal, and expand one’s intrinsic healthy attachment system.

The training will approach topics specific to neuroscience, such as myelination, synaptogenesis, neuroplasticity, mirror neurons, brain pruning, and priming, and implicit/explicit memory functions. You will gain useful knowledge that will greatly benefit precise clinical application in the relational field, facilitating actual brain integration.

You will learn to use valuable tools to identify additional attachment orientations of your clients, such as observing their specific narrative styles or using interactive resources including the ACE questionnaire and Schemas questionnaire – an organized test and process revealing projections of expected outcomes that intensely affect our relationships and world view. Understand the social brain, ANS regulation, Polyvagal Theory, and social engagement that inform healing techniques to facilitate authentic autonomy and true mutuality.

Together we will look into the power of mastering Brain-to-Brain / Body-to-Body interactive regulation that starts with mother and infant and evolves with partner-to-partner or therapist-and-client relationships.

We will also learn repair of misattunements, promoting safety and protection through healing techniques that facilitate true mutuality and help us cross the bridge back to Secure Attachment, including:

  • intergenerational focus to counter the effects of role reversal and the transmission of injury
  • the practice of mindfulness, enhanced attunement, and micro-tracking
  • “contact nutrition” through nourishing gaze, voice prosody, and/or safe touch

During this impactful 3-day workshop, live or recorded demos will be used to illustrate these points, along with lectures and interactive experiential exercises. Though open to all professionals who are interested in exploring their own depth and gaining new skills to use with their clients, this is not an introductory training and participants should have established practices that support their exploration of inner experience.

Based on the contributions of Mary Ainsworth, Ellyn Bader, John Bowlby, John Gottman, Louise Kaplan, Heinz Kohut, Mary Main, Dan Siegel, Marion Solomon, Daniel Stern, Stan Tatkin, Donald W. Winnicott, Jeff Young, and countless others, this work embodies a compassionate, integrative understanding of how to help heal the dysregulation of the Autonomic Nervous System as well as Attachment Disruptions.


DARe 1 (either live or online) is the prerequisite for all other DARe programs, the last three of which can then be taken in any order. If you have completed the Attachment Mastery Program Online or attended a live DARe 1 training, you have met the prerequisite in order to attend these trainings.



ALICEN HALQUIST is a Licensed Psychotherapist with a Masters Degree in Somatic Psychology. She has 23 years of experience facilitating and assisting in the training of the Somatic Experiencing (SE) model through the Foundation for Human Enrichment (FHE, formerly SETI). She has extensive experience integrating SE with the DARe model. Alicen has served as a Faculty Instructor, a Senior Lead Assistant, and supervises trainings through the advanced level for FHE. In addition, she is Adjunct Faculty in the graduate somatic psychology program at Naropa University, in Boulder, CO, and has also been trained in Psychobiological therapy by Stan Tatkin.

Her approach integrates deep mindfulness, is informed by eastern philosophy, a personal meditation practice, yoga, dance/creative arts therapy, and a belief that healing trauma can give us direct access to spiritual expansion.



We are always working to apply for continuing education credit.

Each course is submitted and based on approval by our provider. Once we have approval you will be notified and an additional process fee of $89 will be requested at that time.

You must be present for the entire training to be eligible for CE credits.

Full refunds will be given if an applicant is denied acceptance into the program or in the rare event that the class is canceled.

A refund, less a $100 administrative fee, will be issued if a participant chooses to withdraw 30 days prior to the workshop date.

After day 30, 50% of the registration fee will be given up to two weeks prior to the workshop date.

A refund, less a $100 administrative fee, will be issued if a participant chooses to withdraw 30 days prior to the workshop date, or if you have set up a payment plan.

When canceling within 14 days of the workshop date, no refund will be given.

Paid fees can ALWAYS be transferred to another class (without paying the $100 administrative fee) even with late cancellation.

Course registration signifies agreement with the terms of the cancellation policy.

All refunds will be paid within thirty (30) days after receipt of cancellation.

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