NARM Masters Training

The NeuroAffective Relational Model®  

for Healing Developmental Trauma

The Primitive Edge of Experience with Dr. Laurence Heller

In this advanced NARM Training we will examine the basis of identity, focusing on the distortions of the early identifications and object relations that develop in response to misattunement, trauma and neglect - as well as the body correlates related to those distortions. These deep distortions lead us into the theme of personality disorders, particularly borderline and narcissistic personality disorders. A different set of tools and techniques and a new model of object relations will be presented for working with personality disorders. 

We will expand our approach through NARM-based interventions working with identity from a place deeper than identity, deepening our understanding of the advantages of both bottom-up and top-down inquiry for working with the most early and profound trauma. ​

We will continue to cultivate our clinical skills for working with the challenges of early trauma by going deeper into non-Western approaches to cultivate a quiet place within ourselves. From this vantage point, working with shame and pride based identifications is much less challenging as the distortions themselves become evident and more accessible to change.​


To participate in the Level 3 NARM Master Therapist Training, you must have completed all four modules of the Level 2 NARM Therapist Training, and be a licensed mental health professional (Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors) or an active mental health graduate student/intern working toward licensure.

"As we gradually free ourselves from what we have taken to be our identity, we can learn to be more fully present with ourselves and others in our lives."  - Dr. Laurence Heller

Dr. Laurence Heller 

Subjectivity and Inquiry

"It's the persistence of survival styles, that distorts present experience, that creates the symptoms and the difficulties we experience. 

It's not what happened in the past."

- Dr. Laurence Heller

NARM Masters Training

Training Dates, Times, & Location

Online Training Platform: Zoom


Zoom links will be sent before each module. Your attendance and active participation is required.


In-person Training Location: Los Angeles


Hotel MdR - A Doubletree Hilton

13480 Maxella Avenue

Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

2021 NARM Master Training 


2022 NARM Master Training 

Module 1 - March 4, 2022 - March 7, 2022

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM PST each day.


Module 2 - August 12, 2022 - August 15, 2022

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM PST each day.


Module 3 - November 4, 2022 - November 7, 2022

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM PST each day.



Please note this training is set for North America Pacific Time. We understand the time of this training may be inconvenient for some of our international community members in other parts of the world.  Due to the experiential focus in learning and applying NARM, we require full, live participation in the NARM Masters Training. If the time difference will make your full, live participation difficult, we advise you not to sign up for this training.  Please note that no special accommodations can be made.  If you are able to commit to participating fully, we welcome your registration to this training regardless of your time zone.


The NARM Training Institute is currently only focused on training offerings in North American time zones. In the future, if we begin offering trainings that cater to other time zones, we will share that information on our website and to our newsletter subscribers. If you'd like to receive NARM Training Institute newsletters and updates, you can sign up here:


NARM Masters Training

Training Pricing


3 payments of


plus $250 deposit


One-time payment of


plus $250 deposit

NARM Faculty

NARM Masters Training

Training Team


Dr. Laurence Heller

Lead Trainer and Founder of the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM)

Dr. Laurence Heller is the creator of the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), Senior Faculty member, International Trainer, and co-author of "Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image and the Capacity for Relationship" and "Crash Course: A Self-Healing Guide to Auto Accident Trauma and Recovery" 

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NARM Master Therapist Certificate


To become a NARM Master Therapist, you must attend at least two modules of the training in person. One module may be taken via video* (see below), with an additional requirement of one consultation with NARM Faculty regarding the module material.  All individual and group consultation are at an additional cost.


Case Consultation Requirement: 8 Consultation Hours are Required

  • 3 consultation hours must be done with Dr. Heller
  • 2 consultation hours must be devoted to reviewing and debriefing the video of your client session presentation (see below).  
  • 3 consultation hours can be done with approved assistants at the Bay Area Master Class training and additional approved English speaking NARM faculty in Europe.

Dr. Heller’s Required Group Consultations:

Dr. Heller is providing 4 group consultations throughout the training.  Online consultations will each last 2 hours and provide 1 consultation credit. In-person group consultation will be available when the training occurs in-person. You must complete at least 3 consultation credits with Dr. Heller to meet the requirements.

One Client Session Presentation:

To graduate and be approved as a NARM Master Therapist or Practitioner, students will be required to present a full client session outside of class, either as a live client session in front of one of our NARM Faculty, or a video recorded session reviewed by one of our NARM Faculty. Video recordings are preferred but audio recordings will be accepted. This client session presentation will be 100 minutes - 50 minutes to watch the recorded session and 50 minutes to debrief it. This review is a double session and will be charged accordingly.


Attendance Policy:

Before registering for this training, please be aware that your full attendance is a requirement during this training, unless we are informed of an absence ahead of time or in the event of an unforeseen emergency. Absence and/or lack of participation in this training will not only impact your own learning process, it will also impact the experience of other participants and the group learning process. So your attendance and participation is critical to the success of this training for everyone involved.


Prior to the start of the training, you will be given the opportunity to notify us of any planned absences you may need to take throughout Modules 1 - 3. This will include full days away, arriving late, leaving early, or missing any part of any session. If you have any questions about this attendance policy, please feel free to email us at

Training Orientation & Mission

We appreciate that so many mental health professionals work from a spirit of social justice and advocacy.  At the NARM Training Institute, we are also grounded in a strong commitment to addressing healing complex trauma as a vehicle for both personal and social transformation.  The vision and passion for our trauma-informed Institute is to introduce a more humane approach for working with complex trauma, which includes addressing attachment, developmental, relational, cultural and intergenerational trauma.  This also includes a strong commitment to promoting accessibility to the NARM model, creating a learning environment that supports diversity and fosters inclusion, and holding the intention to support connection and learning from each other.


We also want to be transparent with the intention for this Level 3 training so all prospective NARM training participants know what this training will provide and what it will not provide.  The Level 3 NARM Master Therapist Training is an advanced psychotherapeutic training and will provide a comprehensive clinical training on the NeuroAffective Relational Model.  This Level 3 training is not focused on social or political activism and will not provide specific training in addressing the systemic failures that perpetuate complex trauma.  While we do acknowledge and discuss the origins of complex trauma emerging out of social systems and the legacy of unresolved cultural and intergenerational trauma, if your focus is in these areas, or you are wanting a trauma-informed training that will provide deeper training in these areas, we would encourage you to explore other trainings.


We recognize that every training participant has different needs around their learning process and goals.  We understand that if the NARM Therapist Training does not deliver on what you are expecting that this could impact your learning process.  So we want you to have a clear understanding of the boundaries of this Level 3 NARM Master Therapist Training.  This promotes clarity for us all.


While the Level 3 NARM Master Therapist Training itself will not specifically focus on addressing these important areas of changing systems that maintain systemic oppression and inequalities, we do very much hope that our NARM Graduates will work in the many systems they are associated with and can use NARM to impact these systems for the better.  We support these efforts outside the Level 3 NARM Master Therapist Training and are excited to be providing people with what we believe is a great psychoeducational model to promote real change.

Important Terms & Conditions

The NARM Training Institute 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.


NARM Master Therapist Training is not a licensure or certification training.  You are responsible for working under your professional license and within your scope of practice.  


The NARM Training Institute is not responsible for non-refundable air, hotel and other travel expenses incurred related to registration for trainings and introductory workshops. It may be necessary due to enrollment and other considerations to change or cancel the date of a training. If so, only registration fees will be reimbursed. Please make your travel arrangements with this in mind.

Disclosure: There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program


Disclaimer: The NARM Training Institute is neither a regulatory nor licensing organization and therefore not sanctioned to certify, license, or otherwise bestow the legal authorization to practice as a mental health professional. You are responsible for working under your professional license and within your scope of practice.


Cancellation & Grievance Policy: The $250 training deposit is non-refundable. For any additional questions or concerns,  please reach out to us at

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