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Somatic Self-Compassion Teaching and Learning Course (SSCTLC): Embodied Trauma-Informed Contemplative Teaching and Diving Deeper into SSC

January 11, 2024 @ 12:00 am - January 11, 2026 @ 12:00 am

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Showing up skillfully and healing in community

This self-paced video course is for:

~ contemplative teachers including coaches, counsellors, therapists, bodyworkers, yoga instructors, meditation teachers,

~ anyone living from a heart-centered place who wants to feel more confident showing up for themselves and others in a trauma-informed way,

~ anyone wanting to dive more deeply into the Somatic Self-Compassion material.

Please note: This program is not a complete teacher training program in that it will not offer a certification or qualification to teach. Is it designed as an accessible way for those interested in teaching and learning to enhance their understanding and skills as they travel the contemplative path. Participants are welcome to include Somatic Self-Compassion material in their own programs, but there will not be a “Qualified Somatic Self-Compassion Teacher” designation offered (we just don’t have the resources to support the infrastructure for this kind of undertaking ;-)).

You do not need to be a teacher or helping professional to join us – if the topics below resonate for you, we’d love to see you!

How we’ll explore…

The weekly components of the program are:

approximately 1-2 hours of recorded video topic talks and guided practices by Kristy Arbon that you can watch in your own time;

a library of audio meditations that model the principles being taught;

the Somatic Self-Compassion Companion Notes PDF (covering all topic material from the SSC program);

the Somatic Self-Compassion Meditation Scripts PDF book;

the Somatic Self-Compassion Teaching and Learning Course Notes PDF;

guided personal study of curated online articles, videos, and other material.

This material builds on the Somatic Self-Compassion Weekly Practice Cycle material. You do not need to have done the Weekly Practice Cycle program to enroll in SSCTLC, but you will be asked to cover material from that program as part of your learning journey.

What we’ll explore…

The nine topics we’ll explore are:

Boundaries – how do we keep ourselves and each other safe within the community and where can we ground our awareness when we need to tend to our stress. This topic is offered in 3 videos over 100 minutes.

Strengths and Values – what motivates me to want to contribute to a trauma-informed society and what personal strengths can I leverage to make the journey more easeful? This topic is offered in 2 videos over 40 minutes.

Education – what do I know about trauma in my community and what insight can I gain through being more trauma-informed? This topic is offered in 3 videos over 90 minutes.

Interoception – getting in touch with my internal body experience so that I can keep myself company and show up more sustainably and compassionately for others. This topic is offered in 3 videos over 60 minutes.

Polyvagal Theory – understanding, validating, and normalizing the stress response cycle in service of opening a shame-less dialogue about stress and trauma in our communities. This topic is offered in 4 videos over 150 minutes.

Intuition – tapping into my wellspring resource of body wisdom in service of transparent, trust-filled social exchanges. This topic is offered in 3 videos over 110 minutes.

Compassionate Presence – exploring the power of emergent dialogue, and how feeling seen and heard can be a remedy for attachment wounds, shame, and post-traumatic/pervasive-traumatic stress. This topic is offered in 4 videos over 110 minutes.

A Pedagogy of Kindness – learning how to scaffold conceptual material within a compassion-centered program, as well as how and when to talk about concepts within a group. This topic is offered in 5 videos over 170 minutes.

Guiding Practices – learning scaffolded components of a guided contemplative practice and using experiential learning time to explore each of our individual voices. This topic is offered in 1 video over 50 minutes.

These topics will take approximately 2 months to cover but you can work at your own pace and take less or more time if you need.

You can see an example of the videos below. This is one of the videos in the series on boundaries.


This training implements the trauma-informed approach outlined by the US National Center for Trauma-Informed Care in that it is designed with five guiding principles in mind. It aims to help us:

Realize the widespread impact of trauma;
Recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in community members;
Understand potential roads for recovery;
Respond by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and
Seek to actively resist re-traumatization.

Embodiment training

The program is designed to be an exploration focussed on developing personal self-awareness, safe embodiment, and self-compassion in response to our own trauma and stress responses, so that we can show up more fully and informed for others experiencing stress and trauma responses. It is complementary to David Treleaven’s Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness training, and does not repeat the material from that program. A number of participants have completed both trainings to deepen their trauma-informed professional development.

Who created this course…

Kristy Arbon teaches self-compassion skills with an emphasis on trauma-sensitivity, and writes articles to support the study and practice of kind trauma response, mindfulness and self-compassion. Coming from her own story of trauma, she is passionate about being a part of changing our culture toward being more kind, accepting and trauma-informed.

Kristy has created many online and in person training programs, and supports/is supported by a global community of self-compassion practitioners through her business, HeartWorks. The flagship program, Somatic Self-Compassion, is in its fifth year and has been offered online and at in-person gatherings.

Kristy is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher who has a Bachelor of Psychology, a post-graduate Bachelor of Social Work and a Certificate in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. She has completed Internal Family Systems Level 1 training, Somatic Experiencing Level 1 (Beginning) training, Singing Over the Bones archetype facilitator training, Sensory Modulation & Trauma Informed Care: An Introduction and Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness training.

Our online resources…

Our journey will be supported by weekly emails, an online showcase of videos in Vimeo, and the HeartWorks website.


Please don’t hesitate to email kristy@heartworks.training if you have any questions.

Program rates:

Participants can choose their level of investment between $120 and $400, in PayPal. Please contact Kristy if you wish to offer a different rate than those suggested.

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