FOUNDATION FOR HUMAN ENRICHMENT

Transforming lives through healing trauma.

aka Somatic Experiencing® International   |   Boulder, CO   |  www.traumahealing.org

Mission

Somatic Experiencing® International has been providing access to wellness skills in trauma relief in 40 countries for over 26 years. Our mission is to support trauma resolution and resilience through culturally responsive professional training, research, education, and outreach in diverse global communities all through the modality of Somatic Experiencing®. Since our inception, more than 125,000 professionals have been instructed worldwide through a broad array of trainings, research studies, conferences, and digital libraries. Our organization includes more than 1,400 staff, faculty, coordinators, and training assistants staffed across 6 continents.

Ruling year info

1997

Interim Executive Director

Marv Tuttle

Main address

5303 Spine Rd suite 204

Boulder, CO 80301 USA

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Formerly known as

Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute

EIN

84-1360261

NTEE code info

Private Operating Foundations (T23)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

MISSION Support trauma resolution and resilience through culturally responsive professional training, research, education, and outreach in diverse global communities. VISION STATEMENT Transforming lives through healing trauma.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Somatic Experiencing® Professional Training Program

The Somatic Experiencing (SE) Professional Training is a continuing education certificate program designed to enhance the skills of professionals working with traumatized or stressed individuals. Through our membership association we support the self-organization of a broad international network of passionate skillful SE practitioners who serve individuals in need and communities in crisis around the globe.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Religious groups
Sexual identity
Work status and occupations

Somatic Experiencing® International membership provides SE™ practitioners, mental-health partners, medical and crisis management staff, and bodyworkers with varying levels of benefits, providing access to a practitioner directory listing, community forum access, ABMP & USABP membership discounts, discounted SE educational webinars, master classes with Dr. Peter Levine, and website hosting through TherapySites. Membership dues also support SE™ International in developing new programs and providing scholarships for low-income professionals serving individuals and communities in need.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Religious groups
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Religious groups
Academics

Somatic Experiencing® International’s Crisis Stabilization and Safety program (CSS) is an innovative group peer support program designed to achieve advanced health outcomes at times when individuals and communities are most vulnerable in their mental health needs due to catastrophic crisis. Through direct utilization of the SE modality, CSS provides crisis intervention and support services and structured group peer support, psychosocial education, and direct individual therapy as needed to support the shared goals for healing, wellness, and sustainable resilience.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status
Emergency responders
Veterans
Military personnel

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The SE™ International is dedicated to comprehensive public awareness of Somatic Experiencing and how it can heal trauma. We also want to help those in related professions recognize and understand secondary trauma.

Secondary trauma is an umbrella term for the trauma that results from repeated empathetic engagement with traumatized populations. It is a genuine and grave issue. It is a natural consequence of working to help those who have been traumatized. Secondary trauma can have serious consequences on health, both mental and physical.* Secondary trauma is not a lack of willpower, resilience, or commitment. It is not just “normal” work-related stress. It is an occupational hazard that can affect professionals in various settings and occupations.

Our decades-long experience in helping people heal from trauma can help institutions and communities of professionals who may experience secondary trauma. We invite you to contact us for more on how we can develop a customized program on Somatic Experiencing and trauma resolution for your organization.

Medical Community: doctors, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, medical academics, hospital social workers
Workplace: human resources professionals, wellness program managers, volunteers
Victim Service Providers: professionals involved in services to people who have experienced sexual assault, child abuse/neglect, domestic violence, elder abuse, hate crimes, accidents, natural disasters
Legal and Justice Community: police, investigators, legal advocates, prisons
Journalists: editors, reporters, photojournalists
Religious Community: Clergy, peer-to-peer religious or spiritual counselors

Rather than focus on the re-telling of traumatic events or personal history, SE™ aims to identify what is interfering with people’s internal threat-recovery process and helps clients develop tools for restoring their innate capacity to rebound from overwhelming experiences. By facilitating the completion of self-protective responses and releasing survival energy that has become bound in the body, SE addresses the root cause of trauma symptoms.

We envision a world of transforming lives through healing trauma.

Training is delivered through a combination of lectures, live demonstrations, guided practice sessions, audio-visual case studies, and suggested reading. Students enroll in one of our many offerings: a three-year curriculum designed to lead to the Somatic Experiencing Practitioner certificate (SEP), short courses on the basic principles of Somatic Experiencing®, and assistant and provider programs. More than 12,000 mental health, medical, bodywork, and other professionals globally have been trained in SE™.

We have:
1. Expanded our board of directors
2. Created Committee Structures
3. Moved training online in response to COVID-19
4. Created Ethics and Governance structure

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Medical Community: doctors, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, medical academics, hospital social workers Workplace: human resources professionals, wellness program managers, volunteers Victim Service Providers: professionals involved in services to people who have experienced sexual assault, child abuse/neglect, domestic violence, elder abuse, hate crimes, accidents, natural disasters Legal and Justice Community: police, investigators, legal advocates, prisons Journalists: editors

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board of directors
as of 11/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rebecca Stahl

Executive Director of the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts at the University of Baltimore School of Law

Michele Solloway

Senior Scientist and Consultant for the SUNY Downstate College of Nursing in Brooklyn, NY

Michael Changaris

Clinical Psychologist

Sangeeta Fernandes

Director of the American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives

Sergio Ocampo

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Carmen Casado

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Wellness Coach, and Yoga Therapist

Yadira Velazquez

Board-Certified Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology Practitioner

Defne Erdur

Certified Body Therapist

R. Scott Palmer

Licensed Psychologist

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/15/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/20/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.