The Troubled Shen: Treating Trauma

This seminar transcends traditional learning pathways by drawing upon the distinctive expertise of Tzafrir Nachmani, a seasoned practitioner with 14 years of experience at the Izun Institute for Addiction and Mental Illness in Israel. Tzafrir's journey through the realms of severe mental conditions and trauma has fostered a novel understanding and innovative approach to treatment, particularly in the areas of trauma and PTSD.

The Troubled Shen: Treating Trauma

A Foundational Training Course

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12:00 hours 
4 Live meetings
Interactive Quizzes
Certificate On Completion
CEUs/PDAs – Pending


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By the end of this course, you will

  • Explore trauma patterns in Chinese Medicine, learning to apply its principles using acupuncture points and herbal formulas
  • Grasp the concept of SHANG and discern the role of the 5 elements and organs in trauma response.
  • Define trauma, categorize the types of trauma, and appreciate the critical importance of distinguishing between them for effective treatment.
  • Interpret the psychiatric definition of PTSD, integrating it within the framework of Chinese Medicine.
  • Develop techniques and practice establishing a safe environment for patients experiencing trauma, and acquire skills to support patients with dissociation.

Course Overview

As a healthcare practitioner, you are likely to encounter patients suffering from trauma during your professional journey. The frequency of such encounters is often higher than one might expect. Trauma’s presence in patients can range from being overt and obvious to subtle and deeply suppressed, where it significantly influences their wellbeing without their full acknowledgment. The challenge for you lies not only in recognizing these varied presentations, but also in effectively addressing them without causing further harm.

Your ability to ‘read’ the body’s signals can unveil the presence of trauma. “The Troubled Shen: Treating Trauma” is crafted to provide you with the essential knowledge and skills to interpret these signs and navigate the healing process with sensitivity and expertise.

Key Topics Covered:

  • Understanding trauma’s spectrum of presentation: from the overt to the covert.
  • Learning the language of trauma: decoding the body’s messages.
  • Principles of trauma treatment: fostering safety and efficacy.
  • Strategies for managing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to ensure that interventions promote recovery rather than exacerbate symptoms.

This seminar transcends traditional learning pathways by drawing upon the distinctive expertise of Tzafrir Nachmani, a seasoned practitioner with 14 years of experience at the Izun Institute for Addiction and Mental Illness in Israel. Tzafrir’s journey through the realms of severe mental conditions and trauma has fostered a novel understanding and innovative approach to treatment, particularly in the areas of trauma and PTSD.

Leveraging a rich background in Chinese Medicine, psychotherapy, and body-oriented practices, Tzafrir brings a holistic approach to treating trauma to this seminar. His teachings are enriched by wisdom from integrating multiple therapeutic modalities and insights gained from a comprehensive study of the field, including the teaching of Master Jeffery Yuen and advanced psychotherapeutic processes such as Focusing Oriented Therapy.

This seminar is not just a course; it’s an opportunity to delve into the depth of trauma treatment through the eyes of a practitioner who has navigated the complexities of the human psyche and body. By adopting Tzafrir’s compassionate and informed approach, you’re invited to unlock significant healing potential, profoundly affecting the lives of those grappling with trauma.

Interactive Class Participation Policy

Please note, keeping your camera on during the class is essential for fostering our interactive learning experience. We count on your cooperation to ensure an engaging and connected environment for everyone. While we strive to accommodate various needs, please understand that this is one policy where we must insist on full participation without exceptions. Your understanding and commitment to this approach are greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Dates & Times

  • June 26th + July 3rd + July 10th + July 17th – 2024 

Pacific Time: 9 AM- Noon | Eastern Time: Noon – 3PM | Paris/CET: 18:00-21:00 | | London: 17:00-20:00 | Brisbane: 02:00-05:00 AM (! Class begins the day after)

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1st Meeting: Understanding Trauma and PTSD (26th June 2024)


In this opening session, we embark on a comprehensive exploration of trauma and its profound impact on individuals. We’ll delve into defining trauma from multiple perspectives, examining life events that precipitate it, and unpacking the psychiatric nuances of PTSD. By distinguishing between the types of trauma and PTSD, participants will gain a foundational understanding crucial for effective treatment and patient support. This session sets the stage for a deeper dive into trauma’s complexities and the therapeutic strategies to address them.

Learning Objectives

  1. Grasp a broad perspective on the nature of trauma.
  2. Distinguish between various types of trauma and understand their significance.
  3. Define PTSD from a psychiatric standpoint.

Session Content

  1. Introduction
  2. Course objective
  3. Different ways to define trauma
  4. Life events that cause trauma
  5. Psychiatric definition for PTSD
  6. Types of PTSD
2nd Meeting: Understanding Trauma and the Body (3rd July 2024)


In our second meeting, we focus on the body’s profound connection to trauma, emphasizing the principle that “the body remembers.” We’ll explore how trauma affects bodily mechanisms, introducing the concept of the window of tolerance to understand the body’s response to traumatic events. Participants will learn practical techniques to create a safe space for patients, crucial for their healing process. Additionally, the session covers strategies to support patients experiencing dissociation, providing a deeper understanding of trauma’s impact on the body and how to navigate it therapeutically. This meeting aims to equip practitioners with the knowledge and skills to address the physical manifestations of trauma in their patients.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the body’s responses to stress and mechanisms of safety.
  2. Apply techniques to establish a secure environment for trauma patients.
  3. Assist patients in managing dissociation.

Session content

  1. The body remembers- the body and trauma cont’
  2. The window of tolerance
  3. Trauma vortex and healing vortex
  4. Key feature for working with trauma
3rd Meeting: Chinese medicine and trauma Part 1 (10th July 2024)


Meeting 3 introduces the foundational principles of Chinese medicine as they apply to trauma therapy. Beginning with an overview of trauma from the perspective of Chinese medicine, this session delves into the integral meridian system, emphasizing its holistic role in healing trauma. Participants will explore the critical importance of the diaphragm in trauma response, understand the connection between main meridians and trauma manifestations, and learn to detect the unique pulses indicative of trauma. By integrating these ancient principles with contemporary trauma care, practitioners will gain a deeper understanding of how to harness the power of Chinese medicine to support the healing process.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explore the concept of SHANG within the context of trauma.
  2. Comprehend the holistic meridian system and its significance in trauma treatment.
  3. Examine the role of the 5 elements and corresponding organs in addressing trauma.
  4. Identify characteristic pulses associated with trauma.

Session Content

  • Trauma and Chinese medicine- introduction
  • The whole meridians system
  • The importance of the diaphragm
  • Main meridians and trauma
  • Pulses of trauma
Meeting 4: Chinese medicine and trauma – Part 2 (17th July 2024)


In the concluding session of our series, Meeting 4 builds on the foundational knowledge established in Part 1, diving deeper into the practical applications of Chinese medicine for trauma. This session zeroes in on the emotional aspects of trauma and their treatment, outlining key principles and techniques for effective intervention. You’ll learn about specific acupuncture points and herbal formulas tailored to address the nuances of trauma, providing a comprehensive toolkit for holistic healing. Through the examination of case examples, participants will see these principles brought to life, gaining valuable insights into the application of Chinese medicine in real-world scenarios. This final meeting empowers practitioners with the knowledge and confidence to integrate these ancient practices into their treatment of trauma, enhancing their therapeutic impact.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explore trauma patterns in Chinese Medicine, learning to apply its principles using acupuncture points and herbal formulas
  2. Analyze real-life case examples to apply learned principles.

Session Content

  • Emotions related to trauma
  • Treatment principle and techniques
  • Herbal formulas
  • Cases examples.

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About the Teacher

Tzafrir Nachmani Dip. Ac

Tzafrir Nachmani practiced Chinese Medicine for 14 years at the Izun Institute for Addiction and Mental Illness in Israel. This unique institute successfully integrates multiple therapeutic modalities, with the purpose of treating severe mental conditions (such as psychosis, bi-polar disorder, PTSD etc.) and various addictions. During his years of practicing Chinese medicine Tzafrir has treated patients and conditions that are rarely seen in an ordinary clinic and has developed a novel way of understanding and approaching these conditions. One of the these conditions that he has been treating all these years is Trauma and PTSD. He is teaching the treatment of trauma since 2017, and since the 7 of October attack in Israel, he is working intensively with survivors, soldiers and therapists. Tzafrir's article entitled “Acupuncture Treatment of Substance Induced Psychosis, Addiction and Pain” was published by Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Tzafrir Nachmani graduated from East & West College for Classical Chinese Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel. He is trained in five element acupuncture and he is influenced by the teaching of Jeffery Yuen (US). He is also trained in herbal medicine, stems and branches, and trauma-oriented focusing. Beside Chinese Medicine, Tzafrir is also a Body-Orianted Psychotherapist. He graduated a 2 years program for therapists in the "Hakomi" method, and he is still in continues learning. Combining the knowledge of Chinese Medicine and Psychotherapy, Tzafrir is practicing and teaching how to do Psychotherapy Through the Body.

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