Level 2 NARM Therapist Training

Healing Developmental Trauma (NeuroAffective Relational Model®, NARM®)

NARM® is a comprehensive psychodynamic and body-oriented approach to treating the consequences of developmental and relational trauma. NARM® draws on psychodynamic models such as object relations theory; attachment theory and character structure approaches, as well as mindfulness and contemplative approaches.

NARM® works relationally in the present moment and in the context of interpersonal neurobiology, offering a new approach that is resource-oriented, non-regressive, non-cathartic and non-pathologising. It works with early, unconscious patterns of disconnection that profoundly affect our identity, emotions, physiology, behaviour and relationships. Learning how to work with these different elements simultaneously is a radical shift that has profound clinical implications for healing complex trauma and supporting personal and relational growth.

The main focuses of the training are:

  • different skills required for working with developmental trauma;
  • addressing the complex interplay between nervous system dysregulation and identity distortions such as toxic shame and guilt, low self-esteem, chronic self-judgement and other psychobiological symptoms;
  • working with affects and emotions, aiming to support psychobiological completion;
  • working with early adaptive survival styles that have helped clients survive difficult circumstances but distort their current life experience, moment to moment;
  • supporting clients in a process of disengagement from identity distortions.

More information about NARM®:

Video NARM® introduction:

Video intruduction to professional training in healing developmental trauma: Neuroaffective Relational Model (NARM), hosted by Mudita Institute. Teacher Ralf Marzen providing insights into the NARM approach and there with questions and answers.

Detailed training program

The NARM ™ Practitioner Training Program Curricullum: A Practitioner Training for Healing Developmental Trauma
Topic OverviewTopics and schedule subject to change by instructor.

Module 1 includes:

  • NARM Organizing Principles
  • NARM Theoretical Orientation
  • Differentiating Interventions for working with Shock vs. Developmental Trauma
  • Working Top-Down and Bottom-Up
  • Tracking Connection & Disconnection
  • Developmental Process: Attachment & Separation-Individuation
  • Reframing Attachment and Attachment Loss
  • The Distortion of the Life Force Model
  • Distress and Healing Cycles
  • 5 Adaptive Survival Styles
  • Connection Survival Style
  • Attunement Survival Style
  • NARM 4 Pillars: Clinical Model
  • NARM Pillar 1: Establishing a Therapeutic "Contract"
  • NARM Pillar 2: Asking Exploratory Questions
  • Deconstruction of Experience (in the function of Disidentification)
  • "Drilling Down": A Process of Challenging Assumptions & Clarifying Experience

Module 2 includes:

  • The NARM Relational Model
  • Working Hypothesis
  • Identifying Core Dilemma: Core Themes vs Survival Strategies (Behaviors, symptoms, etc.)
  • Trust Survival Style
  • Autonomy Survival Style
  • Love-Sexuality Survival Style
  • NARM Pillar 3: Supporting Agency (Agency as the Foundation for the Development of Adult Self)
  • NARM Pillar 4: Reflecting Positive Shifts
  • NARM Languaging

Module 3 includes:​

  • NARM Model for Working with Affect
  • Primary vs Default Emotions
  • Emotional Completion
  • The Psychobiological Process of Shame ("Shame as a Verb not a Noun"; "Shame as a Process not a State")
  • Shame, Guilt & Self-Hatred
  • Working with Anger & Aggression
  • Countertransference in NARM
  • Unmanaged Empathy and Therapist Efforting
  • Narcissism and Objectification of Self
  • Narcissistic vs Sadistic Abuse
  • NARM Personality Spectrum

​Module 4 includes:

  • Deepening Study into the Connection Survival Style Issues, Symptoms and Related Disorders
  • The Interplay of the Survival Styles: Primary and Secondary Patterns
  • Revisiting the Dynamics of Attachment, Separation-Individuation, Attachment Loss and the Core Dilemma
  • Relationships, Couples, Intimacy and Sexuality
  • Survival Styles & the Polyvagal Theory
  • NARM & the Body
  • Working with Identity
  • Transgenerational Trauma
  • Disidentification Process
  • "Cutting the Cord": Freedom from Identity
  • Post-Traumatic Growth
  • Resiliency: Supporting the Capacity to Tolerate Increasing Complexity
  • Integrating NARM Effectively Into Our Clinical Practice

Practicionar training Agreement 

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Application form

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Bank information for the transfer

BAN: SI56 0312 8100 1474 743
Karima Valentina Hocevar

NOTE: When making the bank transfer, please be sure to include YOUR NAME and NARM24 in the document. After completing the transfer, kindly send the confirmation to karima@mudita-institute.com via email.

Course schedule

  • 1st module:

    To be announced.

  • 2nd module:

    To be announced.

  • 3rd module:

    To be announced.

  • 4th module:

    To be announced.


City Hotel Ljubljana, Dalmatinova 15, Ljubljana, Slovenia


  • Ralf Marzen

    Ralf Marzen

Prerequisites for participation:

Participants need to have a professional background in the field of psychosocial health (psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, counsellors, social workers, occupational therapists, etc.), to have completed a psychotherapy training in Body oriented Psychotherapy or in any other approach and to have at least 2 years practical/clinical experience of regular contact with clients/patients.


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Ralf Marzen

Ralf Marzen

Ralf Marzen is a clinical psychologist and trauma therapist with over 20 years of experience working with individuals and groups. He is the founder of Embodied Trauma Healing and teaches workshops and seminars internationally. He is a NARM™ teacher and has trained under Dr Laurence Heller for many years. He is also trained in Somatic Experiencing™ (SE) and Integral Somatic Psychology™ (ISP). Ralf is director of the Mudita School of Thai Yoga Massage as well as the StillPoint Center for WellBeing in London/UK.

Course schedule

The training was postponed. New dates will be announced.

  • 1st module

    To be announced.

  • 2nd module

    To be announced.

  • 3rd module

    To be announced.

  • 4th module

    To be announced.

Each module begins at 10 a.m. on the first day. Please come at 9.00 a.m. at the latest, because of the registration.


City Hotel Ljubljana

Dalmatinova 15, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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  • Registration fee*

    500 € Payable one month before the first module.

  • 1st to 4th instalment

    3x 850 € + 1x 700 € Payable no later than 10 days before the first day of classes of the respective module.

  • entire training

    3.750 € The price includes the registration fee and covers payment for four modules, which can be paid in 4 instalments.

* The registration fee is a non-refundable initial fee that covers the costs of recruiting participants and at the same time constitutes a commitment that the place reserved by the participant will be used by the participant.

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