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AST Model® Professional Transformation & Learning

Welcome to AST Model of Holistic Shame Resolution®’s Ecosystem of Paradigm Shift, Embodied Professional Trainings. Here you can carve your own personal and professional path in Shame Resolution & Resilience specific to Worth, Empowerment, Core Self-Expression, Addiction Recovery, Intergenerational Shame Transformation, Rediscovered Spiritual Essence, Authentic Sexual Expression, and Embodied Belonging.

An Overview of AST Model®’s Professional Training Levels

6 Levels of AST Model of Holistic Shame Resolution® a la carte

Level 1 (3 days) 21 CEs Alchemy of Shame Transformation®
Level 2 (3 days) 21 CEs AST Model® & Relational Attunement
Level 3 (3 days) 21 CEs AST Model® & Addition Recovery
Level 4 (3 days) 21 CEs AST Model® & Rediscovering Spiritual Essence
Level 5 (3 days) 21 CEs AST Model® & Authentic Sexual Expression
Level 6 (3 days) 21 CEs AST Model® & Hidden Shame or Intergenerational Shame

Stand Alone AST Model® Weekend Workshops

Stand Alone (2 days) 16 CEs Workshop: AST Model®’s Shame & Expressive Creativity
Stand Alone (2 days) 16 CEs Workshop: AST Model®’s Shame & Diversity, Cultural Sensitivity & Otherness

*If you are an SEP, Watsu Practitioner or Dream Expert, there are also exciting specialty curriculums that are uniquely designed to integrate with these existing bodies of work: See currently offered: AST Model® for SEPs 3 Semester Online Course (AST Model® Level 1 and Level 2 are encouraged as a foundation to AST Model® work with these specialties but not a requirement).

AST Model®’s 4 Professional Learning Paths

1. AST Model®’s Shame Resolution with an Emphasis in Addiction Recovery

2. AST Model®’s Shame Resolution with an Emphasis on Rediscovering Spiritual Essence

3. AST Model®’s Shame Resolution with an Emphasis on Authentic Sexual Expression

4. AST Mode®l’s Shame Resolution with an Emphasis in Core Self-Expression

Customized AST Model® Presentations & Workshops

Agency, Association, Conference & Group Practice learning opportunities available upon request. Contact info@re-embodylife.com

For Somatic or Non-Somatic AST Model® Newbies

Pre Training Online Courses

AST Model®’s cutting- edge curriculum begins with pre-training online courses PolyVagal Theory Made Simple & Neurobiology of Shame that provide a background in neuroscience and shame-specific neurobiology before moving into Alchemy of Shame Transformation® Level 1 & Neuro-Relational Attunement Level 2, the two beginning eye-opening Live or Live Streamed trainings that deliver AST Model®’s framework of fundamentals. This combination of learning alone can serve as a solid foundation for integrating AST Model®’s effectiveness into your current approaches and modalities.

Add Nervous System Logic to Brene Brown’s Work or Behavioral Cognitive Approaches

If you are feeling stuck working with your client’s shame, demoralized, or burnt out, then you might be trying to push a massive shame boulder that is lodged in your client’s autonomic nervous system up the hill. Understanding how the autonomic nervous system really works will help you understand why boulder pushing is tricky and how it takes more than cognitive, behavioral approaches and even mindfulness techniques alone to shift shame sustainably, gently and with ease. Add shame-specific neurobiological insight to your work: how shame is created in the autonomic nervous system; the many ways it can become expressed in body and mind; the catch 22 dilemmas it can create for clients, and you will have a powerful foundation for learning how to shift shame and build resilience through the autonomic nervous system that can bypass content and move easily into the mind, body and spirit to change lives from the inside out.

“I was on the neurobiology of shame webinar today and so very appreciative of the awesome information” A.S., Eugene, OR

“Your neurobiology of shame webinar today was amazing! Reminding me to work on this myself too.” M.D., Canada

“Thank you for the many useful information about the shame. A lot of new paths are open.” E.K., Serbia

“Thank you Caryn for your excellent webinar on the neurobiology of shame. I found it very informative and affirming.” K.O., Canada

Stephen Porge’s PolyVagal Made Simple

Non-Somatic Professionals New to PolyVagal Theory

Learn the underpinnings of Nervous System Logic & Somatic Work according to Porges’s revolutionary theory.

3 week online course

Live Online Course: Neurobiology of Shame 5 Week MiniCourse

Neurobiology of Shame

Learn AST Model®’s Neuro-biological Understanding Crucial to Shame Shifting

This course is your Gateway to the AST Model® Ecosystem of Shame Resolving Curriculum

3 Week Online Course

For Beginning Professionals

If you are new to AST Model®, and you are hoping to learn breakthrough and effective ways to transform shame, and its manifestations of underbeing, inner conflict, and chronic inner critic, you have come to the right place. AST Model® professional learning opportunities add nervous system logic to whatever modality or approach you are using to resolve the hard-wired responses of shame and enable embodied, life-changing shifts to take place in partnership with your client. Equally important is AST Model®’s unique emphasis on an attuned facilitator-client alliance which fosters regulation between client and facilitators as the client’s work unfolds and brings shared satisfaction. Integrating this aspect into your work allows professionals like yourself to experience less burnout, confusion, depleted energy levels, hopelessness and greater joy, satisfaction and sense of meaning when working with their clients on resolving shame. 

“Beautiful, powerful work!” R.C., Berkeley, CA

LEVEL 1

AST Model of Holitsic Shame Resolution®
Level 1 Alchemy of Shame Transformation®

Paradigm Shift Learning, Concepts, Techniques, Embodied Exercises & Fun
Discover how to guide shame shifts gently yet powerfully
Partnering with your client’s autonomic nervous system
3 Live Days of Fun Immersion Learning
SEPs earn 24 Post Advanced credits
21 CEs for psychotherapists, licensed counselors, social workers & MFTs

LEVEL 2

AST Model of Holistic Shame Resolution
Level 2 Relational Attunement

Safety, Inter-subjective Experiences, Reciprocal Regulation & Relational Repair through the nervous and social engagement systems.
Discover why working with co-created pathways can increase your satisfaction and prevent burn out!
3 Live Days of Immersion Learning
21 CEs for psychotherapists, licensed counselors, social workers, MFTs

“I learned a new framework for working that inspired me and worked for my clients the very next day after Level 1!”

Susan, live AST Model® training participant

For Intermediate Professionals

For those who want to delve deeper into AST Model® and gain even greater mastery with moving conditioned inhibition or core stuckness forward in more specific areas, there are a number of intermediate and advanced level trainings that can be taken ala carte once the required pre-training and beginning levels 1 & 2 have been meet, or there are 4 distinct AST Model® professional paths of shame resolution emphasis that can be followed: AST Model®’s Shame Resolution with an Emphasis on Addiction Recovery; AST Model®’s Shame Resolution with an Emphasis in  Core Self-Expression; AST Model®’s Shame Resolution with an Emphasis on Authentic Sexual ExpressionAST Model®’s Shame Resolution with an Emphasis on Rediscovering Spiritual Essence.

LEVEL 3

AST Model of Holistic Shame Resolution®
Level 3 Addiction Recovery

Developmental Shame, Shame Trigger Thresholds & Behaviors, Auto-Regulation and re-sculpting nervous systems for new beliefs and behaviors. Discover the freedom and peace you can help make available when you add AST Model®’s keen understanding of the neurobiological intersection of shame and addiction to your recovery work.
3 Live Days of Immersion Fun Learning

21 CEs for psychotherapists, licensed counselors, social workers, MFTs

LEVEL 4

Shame Resolution with an Emphasis on Rediscovering Spiritual Essence

AST Model of Holistic Shame Resolution®
Level 4 
Rediscovering Spiritual Essence

Interconnectedness, Embodiment through other states, shame resolution & restoring essence. Shame can cut to the core of our very existence and make us feel undeserving of our own innocence and connection to what is sacred within and without. Learn the kind of container and presence that is welcomed to guide repair at this level of sheer vulnerabiity and spiritual shattering.

3 Live Days of Immersion Learning,
21 CEs for psychotherapists, licensed counselors, social workers, MFTs

“As a professional I love the atmosphere of kindness and compassion demonstrated in the work. The value of human connection.” 

Monica, live AST Model® training participant

For Advanced Professionals

Levels 1 to 4 have provided you with a powerful AST Model® framework that allows you to understand and navigate shame’s neurobiological underpinnings while taking into account early developmental needs, relational repair, the use of new neural networks to re-sculpt behavior and to help make accessible again the connection to what is whole and sacred within and without. Now you may feel drawn to further skill build to guide complex shame nexuses such as those that arise from sexual shame or hidden/intergenerational shame wounding. If you are ready, AST Model®’s advance levels are waiting for you.

LEVEL 5

AST Model of Holistic Shame Resolution®
Level 5 Authentic Sexual Expression

Body Shame, Embodied Beliefs, Cultural Judgments, Sexual Shame, Shame Loops, Embodied Empowerment & Expression. Our bodies’ & heart’s innate expression for intimacy, passion, connection, physical acceptance, romance and love have never been more judged or thwarted than by our current collective shaming practices through marketing, the media, and the internet. Learn how we can harness somatic shame resolution to come into contact with what is authentic for and alive for us and how that can be dynamic and ever-evolving.

3 Live Days of Immersion FUN Learning
21 CEs for psychotherapists, licensed counselors, social workers, MFTs

LEVEL 6

AST Model of Holistic Shame Resolution®
Level 6 
Hidden or Intergenerational Shame

Encoded Memory, Associative Memory, Redundant Biological Markers, Reenactments. Explore how we can guide liberation through the nervous system & cellular memory to free ourselves from decades and even centuries of inhibition.

3 Live Days of Immersion Learning

21 CEs

“I liked the pacing and how much more embodied I felt as I continued to participate over the 3 days.”

Margret, live AST Model® training participant

Stand Alone Weekend Workshops

AST Model®’s Shame & Expressive Creativity

When our innate exploration, embodied expression and creativity once squashed remains numb unless these neural circuits are juiced up safely again in a supportive and nonjudgmental way. Discover how we may even become irritated or angry when we witness others freely sharing their organic expressions of movement, song, play, artistic displays, written words, or imaginative offerings. We will explore the connection between performance, approval, reward, and interpersonal relationship have had on our birthright to express what is naturally meant to flow forward and be received.

16 CEs, 2 Day Weekend Workshop

AST Model®’s Shame & Diversity, Cultural Sensitivity & Otherness

Despite the fact that the shame reaction and its neurobiology is fairly universal to humans and mammals the impact of culture, gender, ableness, religion, sexual orientation, tribal subcultures, age, power differentials, marginalization, class, caste, race, and limited social constructs have on our client’s lives and their shame experiences cannot be discounted. Together we explore ways we can offer a level of greater awareness and sensitivity to our clients so that we are offering them an experience of dignity, respect, attunement and wholeness that in fact assists in transforming shame rather than unintentionally re-enacting it.

16 CEs, 2 Day Weekend Workshop

“The training was very worth attending.  It was so great to see how play and joy were just right there once the shame lifted.”

Ann, live AST Model® training participant

AST Model® Speciality Integrations

AST Model® for SEPs

AST Model® for SEPs: 3 Semester Intensive Online Course: Intersection between Shame & Trauma Designed for More Effective Client Outcomes

EXCITING NEWS! SEPs EARN 18 Post Advanced Credits! Harnessing the power of SE & AST Model® Combined over 3 semesters 5 weeks each: Master a comprehensive understanding of shame and trauma’s key points of intersections and how to facilitate shame shifting, life-changing outcomes.

“The work is brilliant. Highly worth it!”
Jacalyn Breche SEP

 

“Your teaching has touched me deeper than I expected – shame is something different to me. I am tracking ‘a couple of things’ within my own healing/growing journey as a result – thank you!”
Anna, SEP Assistant

“This teaching was beyond excellent; it was invaluable! You were able to explain in vivid detail the neurobiology of shame looping, its different manifestations, and effects on clients.”
Mina, PHD, SEP, NY

Like trauma, specific skills are required to make it possible to fully resolve shame and end the redundant neuro-chemical looping of shame cycles. Yet, shame’s resolution has often been misunderstood in therapeutic models including somatic-based approaches. This course will introduce participants to why the complex nature of shame sometimes makes its resolution elusive, and how through the AST Model®’s unique bottom-up, top-down, and multi-dimensional,non-medical/non-psychological approach can create sustainable and deeply gratifying shame relief and life-affirming shifts that transform lives. This training is intended for professionals who seek to integrate the AST Model® into their current therapeutic, coaching, counseling, healing and helping professional skill sets.

AST Model® for DreamWorkers

Why work with dreams to resolve shame? From a somatic perspective dreams represent what is implicit and held in the dream body. Just like cellular memory dreams often contain the path to resolution and empowerment. When shame is transformed on the dream level and brought into the explicit through AST Model® work, these life-affirming shifts can be felt in the physical body, the mind and even in the spirit. Dream resolution of shame can be so powerful when properly integrated, one dream resolution can be all that is needed for life-changing results to take hold that last a lifetime.

Ongoing dream groups can be some of the most safest places for shame resolution to unfold when there is deep respect and innate curiosity by the group and its AST Model®-informed Dream Work Leaders. Equally important to shame’s resolution in this state is a keen understanding of the dreamer’s incredibly vulnerability and the importance of using the body’s wisdom as a guide to avoid external dream interpretation that becomes imprisoning rather than liberating and empowering. AST Model® for DreamWorkers monthly shame resolving calls allow dreams to unfold in this multifaceted way. Dream experts learn this approach from participating in the calls. Our pre-training neurobiological courses and AST Model® Level 1 & 2 are highly recommended as is Level 4 Rediscovering Spiritual Essence.

AST Model® for Watsu

Watsu Workshop TBA

I became Watsu® certified 14 years ago in Harold Dull’s aquatic touch work. Watsu felt immediately intuitive to me and I realized its potential to gently and almost effortless re-pattern early developmental shame patterns as well as early birth and relational ruptures since the water temperature is kept at 98 degree and Watsu’s tempo and pace embraces co-regulation and an organic organismic unfolding. My very first AST Model® for Watsu Practitioners Aquatic Workshop was canceled due to the fire at Harbin Hot Spring’ where I was certified in Watsu so many years ago. I was at Harbin receiving my own Watsu on the day of its fire and I will be there givng and receiving Watsu again when it re-opens. AST Model® for Watsu Practitioner training awaits Harbin’s re-opening or an invitation on behalf of a generous large warm water pool custodian somewhere in the world. Stay tuned….

About Watsu    

WATSU® began at the School of Shiatsu and Massage at Harbin Hot Springs. Harold Dull developed this Aquatic Bodywork form by applying the stretches and principles of the Zen Shiastu he had studied in Japan, while floating people in warm water.

Warm water, and the continuous support it provides is ideal for freeing the spine. It takes the weight off the vertebrae and relaxes the muscles. During WATSU®, a range of emotions can come up and be released into the process of continuous flow. This reprograms receivers to face life out of the water with greater equanimity and flexibility.

Experiencing both giving and receiving, this most nurturing form of touch work can help heal whatever wounds of separation we carry and renew in us our sense of connection and oneness with others. For this reason, WATSU® is used around the world by professional bodyworkers, physical therapists, and psychologists, as well as the general public.

AST Model®’s 4 Professional Paths to Learning and Transformation

AST Model®’s Shame Resolution with an Emphasis in Addiction Recovery 

Level 1 (3 days) 21 CEs Alchemy of Shame Transformation®

Level 2 (3 days) 21 CEs AST Model® & Relational Attunement

Level 3 (3 days) 21 CEs AST Model® & Addiction Recovery

Discover shame resolution & resilience building’s crucial role in unlocking addiction, shifting fundamental beliefs, core patterning, neurophysiology, and building new neural networks for alternative life-affirming experiences and outcomes that are experienced within the self toward self and externally with others in the world. Many addictions will be explored including process addictions, anorexic tendencies, acting out and acting in behaviors, and ping ponging between both or several addictions at once.

AST Model®’s Shame Resolution with an Emphasis on Rediscovering Spiritual Essence

Level 1 (3 days) 21 CEs Alchemy of Shame Transformation®

Level 2 (3 days) 21 CEs  AST Mode® & Relational Attunement

Level 4 (3 days) 21 CEs AST Model® & Rediscovering Spiritual Essence

Explore the role shame resolution & resilience building can play in reclaiming our innocence, our connection to our own sacredness, a greater oneself consciousness, and even the divine. Shame, especially when chronic, can come about from many forms of innocence abuse, forms of violence, sadistic behaviors and spiritual violations. When these, or similar experiences, occur they can shatter us to our very existence including spiritually. We can live in exhile not only from ourselves and others, but from the greater consciousness and our connection to all beings. What is soul-killing can rob us of our access to what is pure, infinite, and luminous. Each person will rediscover their own sense of rightness that can be felt beyond the body and mind, and will include spirit at its essence, and in connection to something greater than ourselves.

AST Model®’s Shame Resolution with an Emphasis on Authentic Sexual Expression

Level 1 (3 days) 21 CEs Alchemy of Shame Transformation®

Level 2 (3 days) 2 CEs AST Model® & Relational Attunement

Level 5 (3 days) 21 CEs AST Model® & Authentic Sexual Expression

Learn AST Model® framework, the role attachment rupture and repair plays in shame resolution and how body-based or sexual shame can keep our clients stuck in self-loathing or withholding self-love and how we can help them find a path toward self-compassion, sensuality for life for its own sake, and even pleasurable and authentic sexual expression with another that is not stuck in past experiences or societal pressures and constructs around body image and sexual expression. In addition, sexual trauma and its very wide variety of expressions can enormously limit authentic life expression. Together we explore ways we can offer a level of greater awareness and sensitivity to our clients so that we are offering them an experience of dignity, respect, attunement and wholeness that in fact assists in transforming shame rather than unintentionally re-enacting it.

AST Model®’s Shame Resolution with an Emphasis in Core Self-Expression

Level 1 (3 days) 21 CEs Alchemy of Shame Transformation®

Level 2 (3 days) 21 CEs AST Model® & Relational Attunement

Specialty (2 Day) 16 CEs Workshop: AST Model®’s Shame & Expressive Creativity

Additional 2 levels of your choice Options:

Level 3 (3 days) 21 CEs AST Model® & Addition Recovery

Level 4 (3 days) 21 CEs AST Model® & Rediscovering Spiritual Essence

Level 5 (3 days) 21 CEs AST Model® & Authentic Sexual Expression

Level 6 (3 days) 21 CEs AST Model® & Hidden Shame or Intergenerational Shame

Learn AST Model® framework, the role attachment rupture and repair plays in shame resolution and how our innate exploration, embodied expression and creativity once squashed remains numb unless these neural circuits are juiced up safely again in a supportive and nonjudgmental way. Discover how we may even become irritated or angry when we witness others freely sharing their organic expressions of movement, song, play, artistic displays, written words, or imaginative offerings. We will explore the connection between performance, approval, reward, and interpersonal relationship have had on our birthright to express what is naturally meant to flow forward and be received.  In addition, you will add to this work 2 additional levels needed to your unique experience for the fullest opening to who you are and what you are here to express.

Stand Alone (2 days) 16 CEs Workshop: AST Model®’s Shame & Expressive Creativity

When our innate exploration, embodied expression and creativity once squashed remains numb unless these neural circuits are juiced up safely again in a supportive and nonjudgmental way. Discover how we may even become irritated or angry when we witness others freely sharing their organic expressions of movement, song, play, artistic displays, written words, or imaginative offerings. We will explore the connection between performance, approval, reward, and interpersonal relationship have had on our birthright to express what is naturally meant to flow forward and be received.

Stand Alone (2 days) 16 CEs Workshop: AST Model®’s Shame & Diversity, Cultural Sensitivity & Otherness

Despite the fact that the shame reaction and its neurobiology is fairly universal to humans and mammals the impact of culture, gender, ableness, religion, sexual orientation, tribal subcultures, age, power differentials, marginalization, class, caste, race, and limited social constructs have on our client’s lives and their shame experiences cannot be discounted. Together we explore ways we can offer a level of greater awareness and sensitivity to our clients so that we are offering them an experience of dignity, respect, attunement and wholeness that in fact assists in transforming shame rather than unintentionally re-enacting it.

“I learned a new framework for working that inspired me and worked for my clients the very next day after Level 1!”  Susan

“As a professional I love the atmosphere of kindness and compassion demonstrated in the work. The value of human connection.”  Monica

“A real highlight for me at these trainings are the integration of different modalities and experiences.”  Kim

“I liked the pacing and how much more embodied I felt as I continued to participate over the 3 days.”  Margret

“The training was very worth attending. It was so great to see how play and joy were just right there once the shame lifted.” Ann

“Thank you Caryn for your excellent webinar. I found it very informative and affirming.”  K.O., Canada

“Your teaching is clear and compassionate, and I learned so much to be able to apply to my area of work. Thank you many times.”   K.M., HI

“Great presentation on Shame! I really like the depth of your experience working with those who experience shame.”  T.J.K.