A practical step-by-step guide and follow-up companion to Healing Developmental Trauma--presenting one of the first comprehensive models for addressing complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD)
The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) is an integrated mind-body framework that focuses on relational, attachment, developmental, cultural, and intergenerational trauma. NARM helps clients resolve C-PTSD, recover from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and facilitate post-traumatic growth.
Inspired by cutting-edge trauma-informed research on attachment, developmental psychology, and interpersonal neurobiology, The Practical Guide for Healing Developmental Trauma provides counselors, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, and trauma-sensitive helping professionals with the theoretical background and practical skills they need to help clients transform complex trauma. It explains:
The four pillars of the NARM therapeutic model
Cultural and transgenerational trauma
Shock vs. developmental trauma
How to effectively address ACEs and support relational health
How to differentiate NARM from other approaches to trauma treatment
NARM's organizing principles and how to integrate the program into your clinical practice
BRAD KAMMER, LMFT, LPCC, is a senior trainer and training director at the NARM Training Institute. He began his career as a humanitarian aid worker in Asia, which introduced him to personal and collective trauma. He is passionate about helping resolve the widespread impact of Complex Trauma. His work is based on the integration of somatic psychology, interpersonal neurobiology, and wisdom from spiritual traditions and traditional cultures. He is a somatic-oriented psychotherapist in private practice, professor, producer of the Transforming Trauma podcast, trauma consultant, and international trainer on trauma-informed care.
"This book, from two experienced and insightful practitioners, offers a thorough and clear guide to a modality of therapy far deeper than the prevailing cognitive and behavioral treatments. It is highly promising because it goes beyond the surface manifestations to the root causes and dynamics of human distress." —Gabor Maté MD, author of When The Body Says No
"This new book, written by Dr. Laurence Heller and Brad Kammer, presents the clinical approach to the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), created by Dr. Laurence Heller, and continues NARM’s important contribution to the rapidly evolving field of traumatology. As a follow up companion to the groundbreaking book Healing Developmental Trauma, this practical manual offers step-by-step guidance to those wishing to work with some of the most hard-to-treat patients who suffer from the heartbreak of developmental trauma. This book is designed mostly for therapists wanting to better understand NARM but also for some trauma survivors who want to educate themselves about how the NARM method works. While trauma experts scratch their heads about how to best treat early developmental trauma, and while finding consensus among the experts can be challenging, NARM offers a much-needed tool in the integrative trauma therapist's medicine bag." —Lissa Rankin, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine
“Heller and Kammer’s essential guide expertly translates our best science into the therapeutic skills-building roadmap we need to heal the complex developmental trauma so prevalent among our children, families, communities, and world today. This book reminds us that building our capacity to heal others heals us as well, as we support the innate human capacity to grow and flourish through adversity. The comprehensive NARM approach is a coherent pathway to build the knowledge, skills, and joyful work of healing by restoring an embodied sense of connection, belonging, and ongoing sense of confidence to meet life’s challenges." —Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH, professor of Child Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University