Directly to Somatic Trauma Resolution (STR) Course 110
PRACTITIONER TRAINING IN NATURAL THERAPIES:
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
26000 Avenida Aeropuerto #199
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
NOTE: Health Wave Institute is no longer associated with the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
Sharon Porter is
currently completing book projects, teaching - primarily Somatic Trauma Resolution and Tension and Trauma Releasing
Exercises - and seeing clients LINK. See Calendar for schedule. She is retaining descriptions of other courses,
as she actively mentors students in these fields and may teach some of them again later.
Table of Contents
Educational Programs & Courses
Somatic Trauma Resolution (STR)
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner
Pre and Post Op Healing
Cost of Courses
A Career in Energy Therapies
About Our Name
Student Enrollment Agreement
offers quality training from experienced, credentialed teachers in the field of Holistic Health, with an emphasis
on energy-based therapies. Our purpose is to ease the suffering of humanity while encouraging greater consciousness.
is owned by Sharon Smith Porter and Dan Lee Burgess. The officers of the school are: Sharon Porter, Program Director;
Dan Burgess, Administrator.
Sharon Porter, Instructor
Dan Burgess, Instructor, Teaching Assistant, Administrator
Educational Services and
Overall Objectives: Health Wave
Institute programs are adult-education
courses in holistic health based on Polarity Therapy as defined by the American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA),
on Craniosacral Therapy as defined by the Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America (CSTA/NA), and on Somatic
Trauma Resolution, as defined by Health Wave Institute and based primarily on Somatic Experiencing, with influences
from other energy and somatic psychotherapy systems.
The objective of an HWI program is twofold: occupational development for health-field professionals, and personal
Philosophy: HWI teaches that there is great healing power and intelligence
within us that can be accessed for healing through skill, training, intuition and connection to spirit. We support
what is variously called complementary or integrative medicine (CAM), Energy Medicine, and what some call Energy
Therapies, in which we use high-tech hands, sensitivity and wisdom.
HWI does not offer employment placement assistance but will provide letters of recommendation for outstanding graduates.
TRAUMA RESOLUTION (STR) PROGRAM
(STR) teaches the client to become curious about bodily sensations in a way that opens neural pathways and allows
trauma-bound energy to safely discharge. The energy system then reorganizes to a higher level of function. The
STR Certification course is based primarily on Somatic Experiencing (SE), the work described in Peter Levine s
landmark book, Waking
the Tiger: Healing Trauma.
The HWI program adds energy principles from Polarity, the Craniosacral system and other aspects of Energy Medicine.
These are described and demonstrated in the Certification course and are further developed in advanced courses.
The work is usually done as an adjunct to psychotherapeutic, allopathic and bodywork modalities, and for those
who work with traumatized people. With sufficient experience, some will do STR as a stand-alone therapy. Many experienced
practitioners have called it the missing link in healing, because trauma has a distinctly different response in
the nervous system, and learning to work with it somatically greatly improves the outcome of all therapeutic processes.
EMC is a Health Wave Institute certification.
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Somatic Trauma Resolution
(STR) Course 110 view
course information page
140 Hours Classroom Hours over 20 days of training (usually in 6 modules),
plus 30 documented sessions given, 2 sessions received from STR or SE
practitioners, reading, and 4 written session reports. Materials include
three books (plus one unpublished ms.), and a gymnastic ball. Course may be
taken without certification for the same price.
a) Course Description
Somatic Trauma Resolution (STR) is based primarily on Somatic Experiencing,
Peter Levine's groundbreaking work with how to re-regulate our physiology
and nervous system when it has been traumatized. STR teaches the client to
become curious about bodily sensations in a way that opens neural pathways
and allows trauma-bound energy to safely discharge. You will learn
principles of the link between sensations and discharge, the importance of
carefully controlling the level of activation, and how this system is so
precise and reliably effective in building resiliency for future events as
well as healing the effects of overwhelm from the past. The work is usually
done as an adjunct to psychotherapeutic, allopathic, energy healing and
bodywork modalities, and for those who work with traumatized people. With
sufficient experience, some will do STR as a stand-alone modality. Many
experienced practitioners have called it the missing link in healing
because of the grace and ease with which it effectively addresses a
difficult area of healing.
Additional practice, supervision and/or repeating the course at half price
may be required for some students to become proficient in the work.
Personal growth is an important element of training. Some students may make
personal growth their primary objective.
Educational objectives include:
· Theory of trauma model and its energetic component
· How the nervous system responds when overwhelmed
· Building resources and retraining the nervous system toward greater
· How tracking sensations opens the neural pathways to allow trauma-bound
energy to safely discharge
· Exercises to release frozen defensive responses (and come into body)
· Translating Emotions and Meaning into sensations to get discharge
· Greater access to gut feelings and wisdom
· Using your voice tone to support discharge
· Effect on energy fields and craniosacral system
Resourcing, incl. intuition, safe place
The Language of Sensations
Three-stage Titrations of
Boundaries (No and That s My Limit)
Frozen Defensive Responses (Spoken, Physical, Abuse)
Self-Tracking and Self-Care
Following the Resource & Trauma Vortex Waves
Palpating Shock in Field/by Touch
First Aid to Lower Activation level
Scrambling the time sequence: Turned out OK
Tracking Emotions into Discharge
Sensations, Image, Behavior, Affect, Meaning
Responsive sound-making for vocal tones that enhance or inhibit
Running Commentary on Principles during Demos
DVD s (extra charge) for reviewing material
Coupling Dynamics (Under and Over-Coupling)
Wave Back and Forth
Holding a container of compassion, loving kindness, sympathetic
joy and equanimity.
Softening the impact, changing the power balance
Inner child with STR
STR in Gestalt Therapy
Questions to organize/complete intention/direction
Releasing Force Vectors from blows, falls, words/sounds
Gymnastic Ball and Bodywork
Communication in relationships, pre-born and after death for transformation
of old patterns Practice/Dyads
Co-dependency and enmeshment issues
Sexual Abuse, Rape
Accidents - resourcing, knowing, slowing and softening
Pre and post op, anesthesia (incl. dental)
Grief and Loss
Intro to Disasters, Babies/Birth, Children and other Advanced Courses
Integration (previous STR students invited for this)
Six 3-4 day modules spread
out through 18 months (Note that course
lengthened for more leisurely integration.) Students are also invited to
attend additional courses at reduced price, as well as to purchase DVD s of
courses. (The material may trigger one s own unresolved trauma, making it
hard to fully absorb material the first time.)
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter Levine;
Sexual Healing audiotape by Peter Levine; Crash Course by Dianne Heller; Ms
or book of cases and Syllabus by Sharon Porter
Cost: Approx. $2,800 depending on sponsor/location
Introduction to Somatic Trauma Resolution
Course (Module I)
This is the same course material as in first module, but it may on occasion be offered separately, as an introduction
to the work..
Somatic Trauma Resolution, Electronic
Course Course 120
This is videotape of the four module course above. For Certification: 30 sessions given, including 4 written session
reports and 2 videotaped sessions; 4 sessions received from an STR or SE practitioners. Materials same as above.
Can also be taken without credit
Non-Certification STR Course: Order a set of videotapes or DVD s that will arrive in a
packet with written course materials. Best watched with a study partner to trade practice sessions with. Phone
sessions with Sharon are an option. Available summer of 2005.
As taught at HWI, Craniosacral Therapy is based primarily on the Biodynamic Approach taught by Franklyn Sills of
the Karuna Institute in Devon, England, author of The
Polarity Process and Craniosacral Biodynamics, Vols I &
II. Sills made a deep
study of the work of earlier teachers as well as his own explorations in consciousness and palpation skill. He
is a significant mentor for Health Wave instructors. The Biodynamic style of cranial work teaches perceptual skills
that allow the practitioner to move from one tidal layer to another for therapeutic purposes. Potency is accessed
in the fluids to increase the client s self-healing capacity and intelligence. Consciousness expands in ways that
connect the client to lost parts of self and other, with effective application to all levels of body, mind and
HWI Instructor Sharon Porter is approved by the CSTA/NA to teach Advanced courses. Her technique is also informed
by assisting on the Upledger Institute cranial courses prior to finding the Biodynamic approach.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Intro Course 210
Usually one 5-day Module, 37.5 hours, no prerequisites, designed to introduce students to the Biodynamic approach
and the content of the ten-module training. In some cases this Intro Course may be shorter, to suit the format
needs of busy professionals. No prerequisites.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy- Courses 220-229
The usual format is ten 5-day modules designed to meet the requirements of the American Polarity Therapy Association
of North America for their Registered Craniosacral Therapy (RCST®) designation. Besides the ten modules, the
course requires extensive reading, homework, two projects (one being original research) , 150 practice sessions
given, 10 sessions received from qualified RCST®s, and a final exam. Students wishing to take the course
without the intention to qualify for RCST® may be accepted by permission of Instructor. Anyone taking
this program is required to commit to all ten modules:
220- Practitioner Skills
221- Cranial Vault & Mid-Tide
222- Reciprocal Tension Membrane
223- Skills of Conversation
224- Spine, Pelvis & Diaphragm
225- Occipital Triad and Sphenobasilar Junction (SBJ)
227 -Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
228- Nervous System
229 -Birth Process
Prerequisites: STR or equivalent (talk to instructor), or the STR video
course completed by module 3. Anatomy and Physiology is recommended but not required. Read texts listed below or
take a course at a local college or on line.
Additional estimated costs
Required texts $87, Skull $40-400, Bodywork Table $250-650, Additional suggested reading, see reading list.
Polarity was developed from 1920-1973 by Dr. Randolph Stone, an osteopath, naturopath and chiropractor. A highly-respected
practitioner, Dr. Stone researched the energetic basis for all natural healing processes, studying and travelling
widely. His contribution was mainly to the understanding of the electromagnetic energy fields that flow around
and through humans and how these are affected by bodywork, exercises and lifestyle choices. He diagramed these
energy fields, geometric and reflex patterns, and resonances between different body areas. He applied this research
to mind and soul as well as body, using his understanding in self-care methods, therapeutic foods, bodywork, and
energy exercises that move blocked energy and redistribute it toward balance and healing. The bodywork includes
rocking moves, light contacts, and deep tissue bodywork. Locating blocks and palpating the energy system is included
in this course, whereas some Polarity courses teach only a series of contacts. Sharon Porter studied with Dr. Stone
in 1973, when he was 83 years young. Porter co-founded and taught in the first large school of Polarity Therapy,
from 1974-86. She teaches some of the Energy Exercises in all Health Wave courses, as breaks from the more sedentary
aspects of lectures and bodywork.
Polarity Therapy Intro Course 310
A four-day course that teaches the Basic Session and an introduction to Polarity Principles as applied to therapeutic
foods and exercises.
Polarity Therapy Level I Course 320
A 16-day course that includes the Polarity Intro and takes the student into specific bodywork for various energy
blocks and disturbances and deepens the understanding of energy principles, especially of the electromagnetic fields
and chakra system and their therapeutic application. Those wishing to be accepted as an Associate Polarity Practitioner
designation by the American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA) meet additional requirements of sessions given
and received. See polaritytherapy.org
Energy Medicine Certification
(CEMP) Course 410
Porter is herself an innovator in the field of subtle energy and energy medicine, developing her own style of therapy
and teaching. Her work is both taught and caught.
An Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner (CEMP) will be awarded to applicants completing:
A. STR certification
B. Completion of Foundation training for RCST® requirements or its equivalent in Biodynamic cranial approach.
C. Polarity Therapy Level I
D. Three Advanced HWI seminars (2-5 days each) of the student s choosing, which might include Process Workshop,
Birth Dynamics, or other Stand Alone Courses
E. CEMP Integration Course (7 days)
The Integration Course encourages creative/therapeutic play with the above Energy Medicine modalities and whatever
else the student brings to the course (intuition, additional modalities, life experience, etc.). The students will
take turns showing their work and receiving feedback from the other students and the Instructor, plus Instructor
demonstrations and discussion of how best to use our gifts. If time allows, clinical questions will be answered,
and new material may be introduced. EMC is a Health Wave Institute certification.
Process Workshop Course 420
Process workshops will be offered from time to time, to allow personal growth in a group setting. Although these
workshops are designed for lay persons, they are highly beneficial for students in the professional training programs,
both for their own needs and to see non-students receiving the work. The Instructor presents some basic STR principles
to accelerate the processing work, which may include bodywork and other aspects of HWI therapies. Processing focused
on one person at a time is interspersed with group processing, stretching, perceptual exercises, and EFT (Emotional
3 days, total about 16 hours, with breaks to enjoy being in nature when the weather is good, or the therapeutic
hot springs (optional) which are good in any weather.
Birth Dynamics Course 425
This four-day course prepares students to begin to work therapeutically with birth year trauma for both parents,
adults who have suffered birth trauma, and the babies and children. Videos, books and stories of good births. traumatic
births, and modern and ancient approaches to birth are shared, and 3D models of birth passages are shown. Each
of these are followed by discharge of whatever has been activated in students by this material. These experiences
are linked to how the patterns from the birth year (conception to three months) commonly show up in bodywork and
STR sessions, with demonstrations of how to work with these forces and states, including recognition and discharge
of anesthesia and other drugs. The students practice taking each other s birth history and then give each other
sessions based on some of that material. Research by Alan Schore, Michael Odent, and midwives is referenced. While
a short course cannot be expected to completely train practitioners on this complex subject requiring great delicacy
of skill, students report that it has helped them to better recognize and work with these seminal experiences.
Videos include Russian Water Birth, Self-Attachment (first nursing, drugged vs unmedicated) Calming Reflex, Circumcision,
Caesarian, South African Kangaroo Care (for preemies and newborns).
Four full days for $450.
Pre and Post Op Trauma Healing Course
In this course students learn how to prepare clients for surgical procedures by uncoupling issues and experiences
related to the anticipated surgery. Doing this prevents complications and speeds healing. Includes dental procedures.
Students then learn how to check post op to see if trauma remains and how to discharge it, working with anesthesia,
surgical procedures, hooks to past experience, near death states, and disease states related to the surgery. Light
bodywork contacts and STR dialogue are demonstrated and practiced by the students after they have taken a health
history. Those students with a cranial background are reminded of cranial skills well applied in this situation.
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