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Montreal Cohort Dates:

  • Beginning One: Friday October 13th to Monday October 16th, 2023 (completed)

  • Beginning Two: Thursday March 7th to Sunday March 10th, 2024

  • Beginning Three: Saturday May 11th to Tuesday May 14th, 2024

  • Intermediate One: Thursday October 10th to Sunday October 13th, 2024

  • Intermediate Two: Thursday January 30th to Sunday February 2nd, 2025

  • Intermediate Three: Thursday May 22nd to Sunday May 25th, 2025


The Somatic Experiencing® (“SE™”) Professional Training curriculum is a multi-year training program which enables practitioners to more effectively work with trauma symptoms. To learn more about the Somatic Experiencing method, visit the Somatic Experiencing International website.


This training is delivered through a combination of lecture, demonstration, and guided practice sessions with other students. Course material is taught in 8 training modules of 4 to 6 days in length, spaced out over 2½ to 3 years. Modules must be taken sequentially. 

In Montreal, we strive to ensure folks beginning their learning are introduced into a new "cohort". This allows for students to continue their education with the same group of people they began with. While it is not a requirement, it is an expectation that participants will follow their cohort through the training program.

Due to the length of completion for this training, application for the Montreal program only happens once every few years. Application to our next program will be announced in 2025. We are not currently accepting new applications.



The Montreal training takes place at Centre Saint-Pierre, 1212, rue Panet in Montreal, Quebec.

For more details about the venue and for directions, visit their website.


Eligibility, Terms and Conditions

Those interested in taking the Beginning I training in Montreal must: 

  • Have an active practice

  • Work in the helping profession, specifically with trauma (this includes psychotherapists, bodyworkers, nurses, doctors, first responders, social workers, psychologists, community organizers, child and youth workers, and more)

The Montreal program is open to those who are local to Montreal or those who live outside of the region, but will travel for trainings. Students from the United States are welcome to apply.

Somatic Experiencing Montreal reserves the right to approve or deny any application, and/or accept or reject the participation of any person in its sole discretion and in accordance with its policies and the law. Applications are used in two ways: to ensure that all participants have appropriate background to participate in the training, and to help familiarize us with the participant group. Participants in the Montreal Somatic Experiencing Professional Training are responsible for working under their professional licenses, within their scope of practice, and in accordance with any of their governing body/bodies.

Somatic Experiencing Montreal is not responsible for any transportation or accommodation fees, or any other travel-related expenses, incurred in relation to registration for training and/or participation in workshops. It may be necessary in some circumstances to change or cancel the date of a training. All travel/accommodation plans should be made with this in mind.

Due to overhead costs and administrative fees associated with the training, it is not possible for Somatic Experiencing Montreal to offer a full refund upon cancellation. If notice of cancellation is given more than 45 days prior to the start date of the training, we are able to provide a 75% refund of the total fee. If notice is given between 30 and 45 days, you will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be provided for cancellations made less than thirty days before the training. This policy does not apply if we receive your tuition payment after reaching capacity for the training. You will simply receive a refund.


Course Objectives

At the beginning level of this training, participants will:

  • Analyze the physiology of traumatic stress and its effect on the autonomic nervous system (ANS)

  • Practice the fundamental SE™ method of tracking sensation to access responses in the ANS

  • Assess the neurophysiology of each aspect of the threat response: defensive orientation, fight/flight/freeze, deactivation and completion, and exploratory orienting

  • Develop skill in working with the SE™ model of tracking sensation to support completion of the threat-response cycle and incomplete survival responses

  • Demonstrate how to “titrate” (modulate) the SE™ trauma-renegotiation process to ensure healthy integration of experience

  • Begin to integrate Porges' Polyvagal Theory of ANS function

  • Explain the SE™ model of SIBAM (Sensation, Image, Behavior, Affect, Meaning) and its significance in trauma

  • Explore coupling dynamics—the over- and under-association of the elements of SIBAM and elements of physiological responses to traumatically-stressing experiences

  • Support clients in re-establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries

  • Identify, normalize, and stabilize traumatic reactions

  • Acquire brief intervention skills that provide long-term solutions to acute and chronic symptoms of trauma

  • Explore the integration of SE™ into ongoing professional practice

  • Explore the appropriate use of touch in the context of SE™

To learn more about the multi-year Somatic Experiencing curriculum, visit Somatic Experiencing International

Course Objectives

Application Process

Registration for the Somatic Experiencing Professional Training is completed through a process of application and approval. 

Successfully submitting your application to the program does not guarantee a space for you in the training. 

Due to the demand of Somatic Experiencing training in general, as well as the increased interested across Montreal and nearby regions, we anticipate a larger volume of applications to the program than we have capacity for. Because of this we will be reviewing each of your applications individually so that we can ensure our program has participant diversity both in profession and demographics. 

Applications will require you to submit: 

  • Personal information (e.g. name, pronouns, city);

  • Professional and personal development information (e.g. your practice details, what field you work in, personal development history);

  • An up-to-date CV.

No documents will be required beyond your CV; you will not need to submit transcripts or other professional development certifications. People who are in the process of receiving certification as a practitioner are welcome to apply. Proof of independent practice is not a requirement of the training.

Disability Accommodation:

For those who are unable to submit their application in this way but still would like to apply, please be in touch with us. We are able to do interviews with folks in lieu of a written application for those who otherwise would be unable to, or would choose not to, apply to this program. 


Fees and Payments

Each 4-day training module will have a tuition fee of $1150.00 CAD +QST/GST (1322.21 CAD). There will also be a one-time application fee of $250CAD +HST. Those who are not accepted into the program will be refunded $200 of their application fee. For applicants intending to apply for a scholarship and the application fee represents a barrier to apply, please contact us by email to make alternate arrangements.

There will be several options to pay tuition fees, including paying in full and paying in installments. 

Once applications have been reviewed and approved, successful applicants will receive more details on payment dates. For those who the tuition fee is a barrier, please review our Scholarship details below.



For those who require it, we have scholarships available at both a 25% and 50% tuition fee reduction (pre tax). 

This scholarship is intended for students who would not be able to attend the training without it, and are a part of traditionally underserved communities/identities; with that said, we encourage folks to apply only if there is need. Applications for the scholarship will open alongside the application to the program; you are able to apply for both at once.

Scholarship decisions are made by a small committee of folks affiliated with SE Montreal. 


When determining eligibility, we will look at: 

  • the applicants' financial need; 

  • the applicants' reach within their community; 

  • the applicants' frequency of work with traditionally under-served individuals and communities.

Scholarship applications are embedded into the full application process. When you fill out your application form, you will be asked whether or not you are interested in also applying for a scholarship. 


Training Certificates and Receipts

Each participant will be provided with receipts immediately upon payment. Certificates will be provided upon successful completion of each 4-day module. 

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