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KCT Certification Training - August 2-4
Scarritt Bennett - Nashville

KCT Certification Training -  August 2-4 
Scarritt Bennett - Nashville

Kali Connection Therapy Facilitator (Basics) Training Certification
What You Get
- Filipino Regulation Sticks
- Three months of video supervision, including weekly or bi-weekly video exchanges (up to 20 video exchanges, with 15 minutes of direct supervision for each video)
- Three monthly in-person classes
- Prep video sent in July
- One-hour private session with Mara
- Course materials, including videos
- Opportunity to process your somatic secondary or vicarious trauma and rewire your own somatic trauma

Integrative Life Center invites you to a weekend of immersive Kali Connection Therapy (KCT), a revolutionary, neuroscience-based somatic treatment. Led by KCT's creator, Mara Giovanni, MSW, this training will guide you on your journey to becoming a certified KCT Facilitator (Basics).

Kali Connection Therapy (KCT) is an innovative, neuroscience-based somatic treatment that can be integrated into sessions to calm and regulate the nervous system while empowering the body. These collaborative bilateral stimulation exercises are easy to grasp and offer patterned, rhythmic, and repetitive movements intended to synchronize both the client and the therapist, fostering coregulation, attunement, and processing of traumatic stress. While EMDR is effective for trauma, it rarely incorporates somatic therapy. Similarly, somatic processing often lacks coregulation and attunement. KCT bridges these gaps, connecting the latest research with treatment, body-based and talking therapies, and attachment and somatic practices.

KCT exercises have been successfully showcased at Integrative Life Center in Nashville and draw inspiration from Filipino Martial Arts. Underneath these regulatory and attuning exercises, clients also learn practical self-defense skills. This provides a deeply disconfirming experience for trauma, allowing clients to feel safe from the inside out. Many clients find the KCT experience enjoyable and request additional sessions, eager to share this transformative experience with loved ones, thereby deepening their commitment to treatment. Kali is designed to immerse clients in the play state, a potent gateway to neuroplastic change. KCT helps clients feel better while they are getting better.

Moreover, KCT benefits not only clients but also therapists. The practice helps therapists regulate their bodies, aiding in the management of vicarious and secondary trauma. By incorporating KCT into their practice, therapists can enhance their own well-being while providing more effective care to their clients.

Please note, if a therapist has significant unprocessed somatic trauma, certification may take longer. KCT requires practice to eliminate tension in their own stress response system so they can fully attune to the client without transmitting activation. Becoming a KCT practitioner involves correcting clients in a way that enables them to feel somatic agency in their new skills. Typically, it takes about three months of bi-weekly practice for therapists to be ready to work with clients. If additional supervision is necessary, it will be provided at a reduced rate.

This training is designed for therapists; however, on occasion, individuals who are not certified therapists may be granted permission to pursue certification.

What You Will Learn

1. KCT Basics: Master the basic top tap series, the core regulatory exercise, the retraction exercise, and the regulating down tap series. Learn the proper form for these exercises and how to operate from a regulated play state instead of an activated fight-or-flight reactive state.

2. Trauma Understanding and Nervous System Regulation: Gain insight into trauma and its effects on the body, including the science behind Kali Connection Therapy (KCT) with an emphasis on Polyvagal Theory, the Neurosequential Model, and Interpersonal Neurobiology. Learn techniques to regulate the nervous system and help clients distinguish between states of safety and unsafety. Understand how to differentiate between genuine connection and attunement versus impulsive, dopamine-seeking behavior.

3. Bottom-Up and Top-Down Responses: Discuss and learn the differences between reflexive (bottom-up) and deliberate (top-down) responses. Cover the roles of adrenaline and acetylcholine, and the importance of focused, top-down processing during KCT to rewire the nervous system response.

4. Emotional Regulation and Healthy Anger Expression: Learn strategies to manage emotional reactions, foster resilience, and increase the capacity to pause, reducing reactivity and habitual maladaptive choices. Explore techniques for expressing anger in a regulated, connected manner, helping clients feel safe with their anger and learn to modulate their responses.

5. Regulating Sympathetic Activation and Dorsal Shutdown: Learn methods to help clients regulate heightened sympathetic activation and approaches for clients experiencing dorsal shutdown. Discover how to utilize the 40 BPM technique to help clients access their primary regulatory network, promoting a sense of safety and regulation.

6. Expanding Window of Tolerance: Explore how to use pendulation exercises to expand clients' window of tolerance, enhancing their capacity to manage stress and emotions effectively.

7. Importance of Mindful Awareness in Somatic Work: Understand the importance of mindful awareness in somatic work through learning the two meditative KCT practices to use with clients. Learn how these practices facilitate integration, regulation, and wisdom.

8. Empowerment Warrior Template: Discover the Warrior template, a model rooted in wisdom and courage. Learn how to apply this empowerment framework to support clients in their recovery journey. Explore the use of posture (direct state induction), empty-handed KCT gestures, and meditation to create daily trauma hygiene practice. This practice aims to facilitate personal rewiring for both clients and therapists.

Requirements for Certification
1. Demonstrate proficiency in executing and instructing the basic tap series, the core regulatory exercise, the retraction exercise, and the regulating down tap series with correct form and from a state of relaxed engagement.
2. Display the ability to assess clients' nervous system states and adeptly maintain them within their window of tolerance.
3. Proficiency in these competencies must be demonstrated to KCT either in person or through video submissions.

**Note** - Supervision is included until the end of November. The in-person training remains valid for one year from the date of completion.

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