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Introduction To The Neuroaffective Relational Model (NARM)©

Laurence Heller, PhD
1 Hour 30 Minutes
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NARM is an integrated mind-body framework that identifies and treats the complex ways childhood trauma can manifest in interpersonal difficulties, maladaptive patterns, identity issues, and disrupted affect regulation.
In this webinar, Dr. Heller will discuss the two closely related elements to the NARM model. The NARM developmental model and the NARM clinical model.



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Laurence Heller, PhD, developed the NeuroAffective Relational Model® known as NARM®. Dr. Heller is also the founder of the NARM Training Institute.

He has 40 years of clinical experience and has been leading trainings for psychotherapists for much of that time. He has developed an innovative psychotherapy which integrates elements from Attachment Theory, somatic psychotherapies, Object Relations Theory and non-western traditions, creating a unique psychotherapy, which integrates elements from Attachment Theory, somatic psychotherapies, Object Relations Theory and non-western traditions, creating a unique psychotherapy model that is non-regressive, non-interpretive, present moment oriented and works in a unique way with a client’s personal history: The NARM model is based on the premise that it is the persistence of once life-saving adaptive survival style mechanisms not the trauma itself that creates symptoms.

Dr. Heller is the co-author of Healing Developmental Trauma, published in English and 14 other languages as well as the co-author of the Practical Guide to Healing Developmental Trauma to be published in July 2022 as well as two other books on psychotherapy.

He and NARM teachers that he trained run trainings online, throughout the USA and in most European countries.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Laurence Heller is the founder and director of NARM Training Institute. He provides trainings as the developer of the NeuroAffective Relational Model and receives compensation. He has an employment relationship with the Foundation for Human Enrichment. Dr. Heller receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Laurence Heller has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  • Differentiating Shock & Developmental Trauma
  • NARM Organizing Principles
  • Core Dilemma
  • NARM 5 Adaptive Survival Styles (“Child Consciousness”)
  • Toxic Guilt and Shame, Self-Rejection, Self-Hatred & Self-Defeating Behaviors
  • NARM 4 Pillars: Skills for Addressing Complex Trauma
  • Supporting Personal Agency (“Adult Consciousness”)
  • NARM Short Demo Video


  1. Demonstrate and differentiate the appropriate interventions for working with shock and developmental trauma.
  2. Assess what is the core dilemma as understood in the NARM model.
  3. Describe toxic shame and explain how to work with it.

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses
  • Teachers
  • School Guidance
  • School Administrators
  • Educational Paraprofessionals


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