The 6-week Professional Certificate Training

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The Biology of Attachment,
Survival and Resilience

A 6-week certificate training to understand attachment and neurodevelopment through a new integrated lens that includes Polyvagal Theory, NARM, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and more. Learn strategies to repair attachment pain and rewire neurodevelopmental gaps at any age.

The 6-week Professional Certificate Training Begins May 1st.

This Journey is INTEGRATED!

Early Life Experiences Create One's
Programming For Life

When a person’s core attachment needs aren’t met, these needs become attachment pain. Attachment pain creates an early programming that becomes our operating system for the rest of our lives… until we learn to rewire it.

A person’s wiring impacts present-day behaviors, relationships, and develops into health conditions.

It’s time to learn how to rewire this early programming — away from a programming for disease and trauma, and toward a rewiring of health, connection, and resilience.

How Does Attachment Pain Show Up In Everyday Life?

  1. Recurring Thoughts & Feelings
  2. Relationship Patterns
  3. Numbing & Disconnecting
  4. Living From A Chronic State Of Freeze
  5. Anxiety & Stress
  6. Health Conditions That Result From Insecure Attachment
  7. Biology That Predisposes To Insecure Attachment
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Who Is This Journey For?

This is for professionals who:

  • Seek to develop a more nuanced understanding of the impact of trauma on individuals, families, and communities, and desire to incorporate this knowledge into their work.
  • Recognize the interconnectedness of all facets of well-being, and are interested in learning about how trauma affects not only mental health but also physical health, relationships, and overall quality of life.
  • Want to build confidence and competence in incorporating trauma work and the Biology of Trauma™ principles into their professional scope.  
  • Have awareness that the roadblocks that people experience in their health and mental health require an integrative and multifaceted approach. 
  • Are interested in gaining new knowledge and tools to safely guide others through attachment work.

What Professionals Are Saying About The Biology of Trauma™...

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Experiences from Attachment Module Professionals

Dr. Aimie, you’ve truly truly changed my life truly you have, truly, you’ve changed me as a parent, you’ve changed me professionally. And you’ve healed me the fastest I’ve ever been healed. And I’m not saying I’m done. But the quantum shift I’ve experienced, really, it’s speechless.

– Florence

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” So where I’ve found myself shifting in the last few months with the big picture of biology of trauma is actually helping health coaches support their nervous system so that they can show up regulated so that they can actually be a better provider for their people and run their businesses and a healthier way that supports themselves.

– Brandi Mackenzie

“the change in my practice has been that I noticed myself being able to be present, much more present and open hearted, and feel comfortable with my most severely attachment injured patients, who are, you know, struggling with addictions, acting out and staying present and comfortable in my own body. And also conveying to them some of the tools, the basic tools and present with them while they’re doing them with me in the sessions. And it just brings tears to my eyes because I feel and I hear them tell me that they feel safe at the end of the session, because these people have not experienced safety in their bodies.

– Anastasia Sky

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“I absolutely love this module. And what I’ve learned about myself is the extent of and the origins of my own nervous system dysregulation and just how dysregulated my own nervous system really is. And then realizing that I need to get myself regulated first before I go into a session so that there can be that healthy co regulation happening.”

– Amy Nagy

The 6-Step Journey

Here Is The Step-By-Step Curriculum

We’ve laid it all out for you so you can identify attachment pain and know exactly how to address and rewire the early programming.

  • What Is Attachment
  • Attachment and Survival
  • Attachment and Regulation
  • Regulation and Attunement
  • Attachment, Regulation and The Right Brain
  • Misattunement
  • Neurotransmitters and Attachment
  • Attachment is the pattern of Security or Insecurity
  • Becoming another child’s mother
  • Application Focus Topics
    • Anatomy of Touch and Back Support with Dr. Aline LaPierre
    • Posture as Adults with Dr. Aline LaPierre
  • Cycle of Trust
  • Existing, Belonging, Being A Delight, Rest
  • Cycle of Autonomy and Security
  • Touch 
  • Movement vs. Immobilization
  • Application Focus Topic
    • The Evolved Nest – Dr. Darcia Narvaez
  • The Brain After Emotional Neglect and Abuse
  • The Stages of Brain Development and Recognizing Gaps
  • Stages of Brain Development in Relationship to Attachment
  • Mirror Neurons and Attachment
  • Protocol For Neurodevelopment Repair
  • Application Focus Topics
    • Instructions for Tummy Crawl
    • How To Do The Tummy Crawl!


  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System
    • Central and Peripheral Nervous System
    • The 3 Functions of the Autonomic Nervous System
  • Regulation and Homeostasis
  • Polyvagal Theory in Attachment
    • Co-Regulation, Containment and Titration
    • Sensitivity and Adaptability
    • The Overwhelm Of Caring For Another When You Are Still So Small
    • Global High Intensity Activation
  • Other Coping Mechanisms For Overwhelm
  • Tools To Rewire Early Autonomic Nervous System Patterning
    • Somatic Work
    • Chiropractic
    • Movement Integration
    • Energy
  • Application Focus Topics
    • Instructions for Hands and Knees Crawling
    • Tummy Homolateral Pattern
  • In-utero Biology Factors
    • Folate and Methylation Status
    • Alcohol
    • Cortisol, Infections and Exposures
  • Nutrients
    • Fats
    • Zinc
    • High Copper and Postpartum Depression/Anxiety
    • Magnesium
    • Vitamins
  • Genetics
    • Epigenetics
  • Neurotoxins
    • Neuroinflammation and Primed Microglia
  • Digestive System
    • Neonatal Microbiome
    • Distress, Constipation & Inflammation
  • Application Focus Topic
    • Global High Intensity Activation
  • Early Attachment Models and Attachment Styles
    • Dr. John Bowlby
      • The Attachment Stages and Critical Elements
      • Maternal Deprivation Theory
    • Mary Ainsworth and the 4 Attachment Styles
      • Strange Situation Study
    • Dr. Allan Schore
      • Affect Regulation
  • NeuroAffective Relational Model and NeuroAffective Touch
  • Neurodevelopment
  • The Effect of A Mother’s Nervous System
  • Biology
  • Resilience
  • Polyvagal Theory – Safety
  • Attachment Parenting
  • Application Focus Topic
    • The Cerebellum: Movement, Emotions & Attachment with Dr. Aimie

What's in this course?

Course Content Includes:

• 17+ hours of video lecture and course content
• 24 + hours of live sessions
• 100+ pages of course curriculum authored by Dr. Aimie
• 45+ downloadable documents including journals, transcripts and handouts
• Supplement protocols
• Live instruction w/ Dr. Aimie including weekly advanced somatic and parts work practice
• 5-8 hours of course work per week (includes time for reading, watching video content and attending live sessions)
• 7+ hours of bonus video content

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Each Week of the Course Includes:
Video Lecture - Dr. Aimie covers the topic and primary content for the week
Written Curriculum - each week has a corresponding chapter written by Dr. Aimie’s that parallels that week’s topic and content
Discovery Journal- guided prompts to integrate the course material
Live Class Time with Dr. Aimie- safe guidance and support through advanced somatic and parts work (Mondays)
Live Somatic Sessions- an opportunity to to practice the week’s somatic and parts work exercises with somatic mentors (Wednesdays)
Live Study Sessions and Implementation meetings - Connect and discuss the course material with course participants (Wednesday)
Live Application Session - a space to expand on the concepts that are most meaningful to facilitate higher learning and transformation (Fridays)
Application Focus Topic - Additional video recordings on special topics related to attachment, neurodevelopment and resilience
Homework - an open writing exercises to facilitate integration of the material into your professional work.
Quiz - multiple choice questions to gauge your mastery of the course concepts
Here is a sneak peak at some of the bonuses we have planned for you!

• Oxytocin and Social Bonds With Dr. Sue Carter Porges
• How To Work With The Inner Child Through Yoga with Karen Penfold
• The 3 Critical Gaps From Early Childhood You May Be Missing with Dr. Aimie
• Neurodevelopmental Movement with Bette Lamont
• Attachment-Focused Somatic/Yoga with Inge Sengelmann
• Types of Early Touch Masterclass with Dr. Aline LaPierre
• Neurodevelopment Movement and Reorganization with Bette Lamont
• Somatic Work & Birthing with Kelsey Budge
• Neurodevelopment and The Nervous System with Dr. Chris Boman
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Schedule of Live Sessions

Although live attendance is recommended, it is optional. Most sessions are recorded for you to review at your convenience.

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Class Time With Dr. Aimie

These sessions are approx. 60 minutes where Dr. Aimie will do a combination of teaching and guiding you through advanced somatic and parts work.  

*These sessions are recorded to review at your convenience

Study Sessions

These sessions are approx. 30 minutes where you’ll get focused time to review course materials and engage in group discussion.

Note: There is an early session and a late session to accommodate those in different time zones. You can attend the sessions that work best for you and your schedule.  

Group Somatic Sessions

These sessions are approx. 30 minutes where you will be guided by a mentor through your somatic and parts work. 

Note: There is an early session and a late session to accommodate those in different time zones. You can attend the sessions that work best for you and your schedule.  

*These sessions are recorded to review at your convenience

Application Sessions

These sessions are approximately 60 minutes where Dr. Aimie and other Advanced Professionals will be will be teaching and discussing application of the course materials

*These sessions are recorded to review at your convenience

*Fireside chat is now Application session

Implementation Meetings

These sessions are approximately 30 minutes where you will discuss and learn ways to implement the course concepts into you professional work. You will need to attend at least one of these sessions to complete the course requirements.

Final Oral Exam

This session is approximately 60 minutes where you practice integration of the course concepts. You will need to attend one of the two session times to complete the course requirements.

The Value & Cost of This Journey


6-Week Comprehensive Journey

An integrated experience of Attachment, Polyvagal, & Neurodevelopment Theory & much more...

$1000 value

Chapter Topics

Each chapter topic is valued at $250. (Curriculum and Lecture)

$250 x 6 = $1500 value

Live Somatic Sessions

Advanced somatic and parts work practice guided by an experienced somatic mentor

$600 value

Live Study Sessions

Connect with other professionals and integrate your experience

3 X $50 = $150 value

Application Focus Topics

Content designed to help you implement the course material

$500 value

Live Class Time with Dr. Aimie

Guided advanced somatic and parts work practice & additional teaching

$1200 value

Live Application Sessions

A weekly group session where Dr. Aimie and other advanced professionals will be teaching and discussing application of the course materials

$1000 value

Implementation Meetings

Explore concrete ways to implement the course material into your work given your scope of practice

$300 value


7+ hours of expert interviews and lectures on attachment related topics

$500 value

On-going Access

Your access to this course continues after this module is over!


Professional Certificate Training

Your training includes homework, quizzes, a final oral exam and certificate of completion


Total Value of $7250

For only $997


a. A 60-minute interview with Dr. Sue Carter Porges. As an internationally recognized expert in behavioral neuroendocrinology, Dr. Porges discusses the importance of oxytocin and its relationship to connection, bonding and attachment. 

a. A 53-minute video with Karen Penfold, a somatic and yoga practitioner specializing in Trauma Recovery. In the video, she guides participants through therapeutic yoga and somatic practices designed to aid in trauma recovery, which includes some of the 21 Day Journey somatic exercises.

a. A 1-hour video of Dr. Aimie discussing the summary and framework of three critical and early childhood gaps and the importance of repairing and rewiring those critical gaps.

a. A 23-minute interview with Bette Lamont, the founder and Executive Director of NeuroDevelopmental Movement Consultants in Seattle, Washington. Bette discusses how everything that happens in early childhood forms our template for the rest of our lives, not just in terms of our emotional regulation but also our physical health. Bette also tackles how to change traumatic childhood experiences by creating different experiences for the nervous system for it to adapt.

a. A 49-minute video with Inge Sengelmann, an Embodiment Specialist, Somatic Resilience Educator, and yoga teacher. In the video, Inge guides participants through somatic-informed yoga with a focus on Attachment.

b. Inge also tackles the main purpose of yoga and how it helps to reclaim our focus from the trauma of the past and bring our attention back to the present moment.

a. A 20-minute video with Dr. Aline LaPierre, the creator of NeuroAffective Touch and director of The NeuroAffective Touch® Institute. Dr. LaPierre talks about the importance of touch particularly in early development and how it can have a powerful healing effect. She also explains the different types of touch and how to provide supportive and safe touch.

a. A 55-minute interview with Bette Lamont, the founder and Executive Director of NeuroDevelopmental Movement Consultants in Seattle, Washington. As a NeuroDevelopmental Movement Practitioner for over 30 years, Bette talks about the different types of anxiety that will come from a pons level gap versus a midbrain level gap and how tummy crawl correlate in a person’s life in terms of function.


a. A 44-minute video with Kelsey Budge, Founder of The Movement Duolla and a Trauma Healing Accelerated Mentor, Kelsey shares her work and how she brings somatic work to foster a supportive and nurturing environment for women during their birthing journey

a. A 50-minute interview with Dr. Chris Boman, a certified pediatric chiropractor and Founder of Trailhead Family Chiropractic. Dr. Boman talks about birth trauma and what can happen at birth that can lead to dysregulation.

The Change That is Possible Doing Attachment Work with Dr. Aimie

“…So it’s given me a sense of hope that maybe we can get to some of this trauma that we can actually do this work eventually, very slowly, very, very slowly. And so that’s amazing.’

– Sheri Marinovich

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“…I am so excited to be here. And what I feel like in my heart is I want to implement with my clients and also in my daily life, just to get out of the mind and go for the whole being. And having the right tools and the practice. It’s a daily and sometimes moment to moment, practice and knowing that by being the whole being that I am, somehow I am a presence of transformation in the world.”

– Josefina Webster

“This is what’s going on. So I’m just, I really am so thankful for the work it’s going to be doing in my own life. I also thankful that we’ve been doing it for ourselves because Slow and steady wins the race and it’s not a fast job that’s even not that’s not even what we should be doing with the nervous system. .”

– Christina Lawless

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Early Action

Somatic Attachment Library

Includes 6 recordings (approximately 1 hour each) of somatic sessions led by Dr. Aimie. These somatic exercises were specifically designed in sequence to guide you through the process of repairing attachment and neurodevelopment gaps.

This early action bonus is already expired


This module just got SO much more valuable!

Dr. Stephen Porges will be joining us as a Guest Speaker for the Biology of Attachment, Survival and Resilience!

Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium and a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina. He served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 400 peer‐reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines that have been cited in more than 50,000 peer-reviewed papers. He holds several patents involved in monitoring and regulating autonomic state. Dr. Porges is the originator of the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral, mental, and health problems related to traumatic experiences. Dr. Porges is the author of several books, including his most recent book, Polyvagal Safety: Attachment, Communication, Self-Regulation and a new book with his son, Our Polyvagal World: How Safety and Trauma Change Us coming out in September.

*Please note: a recording of this interview will not be provided with your course materials. If you would like to see the interview, live attendance is required.

Date: May 9,2023 at 8:am-8:45am PDT

Topic: Love, Trust and Attachment

Bonus: Guest Speaker

Dr Stephen Porges

Date: May 9,2023 at 8:am-8:45am PST
Topic: Love, Trust and Attachment

Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland.

He served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers across several disciplines including anesthesiology, biomedical engineering, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, neuroscience, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, psychometrics, space medicine, and substance abuse.


In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders. The theory is leading to innovative treatments based on insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders.

He is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation (Norton, 2011), The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe, (Norton, 2017), co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018) and author of Polyvagal Safety: Attachment, Communication, Self-Regulation (Norton 2021). Dr. Porges is the creator of a music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol ™ (SSP), which is used by therapists to improve social engagement, language processing, and state regulation, as well as to reduce hearing sensitivities.

*Please note: a recording of this interview will not be provided with your course materials. If you would like to see the interview, live attendance is required.

Who Is This Journey NOT For?

This journey is not a good fit for those that: 

– dislike working in a collaborative group environment 

– do not enjoy the online learning. 

 – do not have 1 hour weekly to invest in personal growth 

– need a lot of one-one support or are looking for individualized coaching or therapy. 

Your Biology of Trauma™ Instructor,
Dr. Aimie Apigian

Dr. Aimie is a double Board-Certified medical physician who specializes in trauma, attachment, addictions and addressing trauma on a cellular level. She earned her medical degree at Loma Linda University and has a Masters in Biochemistry as well as a Masters in Public Health. She trained for three years as a general surgeon before changing her career path.

In addition to her medical studies, Dr. Aimie has studied with and participated in Dr. Allan Schore’s Attachment Regulation Theory Study Group. She is a highly-trained somatic experiencing practitioner, trained in NeuroAffective Touch™, Internal Family Systems (Parts Work) and the Instinctual Trauma Response Model™. She continues to attend advanced trainings in Somatic Experiencing™ with Dr. Peter Levine and acts as an editor for Somatic Experiencing International.

She is not one to sit back and talk about problems.  She is a solution-focused action taker- always looking for ways to improve our current method and accelerate the healing journey back to our best health and our best selves.

Frequently Asked Questions:

A:  If you do not feel that you would benefit from additional course work that is associated with this certificate training, such as completing homework, weekly quizzes and final exam, the Take Charge of my Trauma Track may be a better fit for you. The Take Charge of my Trauma Track offers all of the same course materials and live events but does not include a certificate of completion and therefore does not require homework, quizzes or exam completion.

A: If having a designation as a Biology of Trauma Professional would bring you value to your work or you feel that this could help you build more trust with you clients/patient, we would recommend the Professional Certificate Training track. Additionally, If you would like to be eligible to enroll in the Advanced Professional Training Track which focuses more on application of the principles of the Biology of Trauma to your professional work, we strongly recommend the Professional Certificate track.

If you decide that the Professional Training Certificate would not be of value to you. You can register for the “Take Charge of My Trauma” track.

A: You are enrolling in the Attachment Survival and Resilience Module of The Biology of Trauma™ Professional Certificate Training.
This is a 6-week course that includes pre-recorded lectures by Dr. Aimie as well as downloadable course materials.
In order to receive a certificate of completion, you will need to complete the required assignments, including weekly quizzes, homework and a final written and oral exam.

A: The estimated time is 5-8 hours per week for the 6 weeks of this course.
This includes the total time commitment between reading, watching the video lectures, and attending the live sessions.

There will be homework due each week. Homework should take approximately 20-30 minutes.

A: Each of the 6 modules stands on its own.
The 21 Day Journey to Calm Aliveness course is the pre-requisite for taking any of the 6 modules of the Biology of Trauma™ course. 
After you have taken the 21 Day Journey, you can take the modules in any order you like. Please note that you don’t have to take all of the modules!  You can just take one and there is no commitment to take another one. However, if you would like to be eligible to take the Advanced Professional Certificate Training and learn more about how to implement what you have learned in the Biology of Trauma™ modules, you should plan to take all 6 modules. We encourage you to do what is best for you and your professional practice!

A: See “Schedule of Live Session” Section above for the dates and times of the meetings with Dr. Aimie and the study groups.

Disclaimer: This is not a course that gives you a license as a provider nor is it a health or trauma recovery coach credentialing program. At the completion of each module, you will receive a Certificate of Completion indicating you have achieved competency on that specific topic of Biology of Trauma™. At the completion of all 6 modules of the Certificate Course, you will receive a certification as a Biology of Trauma™ Professional from Trauma Healing Accelerated. This is a certification that you will be adding to your professional work capacities.

You are still held to the restrictions, responsibilities and privileges of your primary license and board.

Medical Disclosure: The information and programs presented on or through this website are made available to equip you with knowledge and tools. All the materials in this course are intended for educational purposes. This information nor any programs that are offered are (nor are a substitute for) medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. For any physical or mental health issues, I recommend you work with a qualified health provider who will also support your desire to address the effects of trauma.