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Adult Attachment Repair Model - Boulder

  • Boulder Circus Center 4747 26th Street Boulder, CO 80301 USA (map)

Boulder Circus Center
Trixie Room (up half the stairs, only door on the right)
4747 26th Street
Boulder, CO 80301


(Early bird pricing until January 5, 2017)
$400 (after January 5, 2017)

Friday, January 20 - 6-9pm
Saturday, January 21 - 9:30am-5:30pm
Sunday, January 22 -  9:00am-5:00pm

**Friday evening open to the public. $40. Included in the price for full weekend attendees. This will be the intro to the technique, so it is the beginning of the training, and required for weekend attendees.

  • Plenty of parking.
  • Bring your own lunch to enjoy the 2nd floor balcony view, or drive to restaurants and grocery stores nearby.
  • Bring walking shoes to enjoy a walk overlooking fields during lunch.
  • No shoes inside the building.

**Note: The drive is about a mile on a smooth dirt road. Yes! You are headed in the correct direction. There are only private houses on the road, and then the big Circus Center Building.

This workshop is hosted by the Luminous Awareness Institute:

This is a Luminous sponsored workshop dedicated to creating healthy, loving, and lasting relationships. This workshop develops deep presence and somatic sensing in an entirely unique and profound way. Luminous is aware that working with our capacity for healthy attachment is key in our healing journey. Being able to have healthy bonds with another is fundamental to our happiness and essential to creating a more loving world.

We are hosting Peter Cummings as a teacher at Luminous because of the power of his unique approach and his in-depth background in attachment.

What is attachment trauma?

AARM is the healing modality that serves as a solution to attachment trauma. Attachment trauma is a developmental trauma referred to as "developmental disappointment," which occurs when a child repeatedly does not receive the kind of emotional attunement needed from the caregiver. The result is an adult with difficulty locating their own inner compass to know who they are in the world and what their value and purpose is, resulting instead in constantly searching outside themselves for reassurance that they’re okay. Developmental trauma differs from situational trauma later in life and results in a weaker ability to handle setbacks in adulthood. While work to heal developmental trauma is not a quick-fix, healing is possible.

Peter Cummings, LCSW

Peter Cummings is one of the current day pioneers of attachment work, having developed a framework to understand the impact on the brain resulting from how someone was raised as a child. Different from talk therapy models, Peter’s AARM model is based in the understanding that deep trauma intervention is initiated in the felt sense of the body, which then influences the brain. Clients who are given AARM during an extended period of sessions experience transformation into optimism, peace, calm, confidence, and security with improved behavioral changes in all aspects of daily living. This approach is now moving from a thought experiment to formal research with sufficiently trained clinicians.

Workshop Overview

The Adult Attachment Repair Method (AARM) is designed to produce a seismic shift in clinical thinking away from traumatic events as the main treatment goal and towards physiological stabilization as a more efficient and effective approach to trauma resolution. This method includes attending to the client's biological systems (autonomic nervous system), using neuro-modulation techniques and supporting natural body-generated pendulations of pleasant and unpleasant physical sensations residing in the body proper.

This workshop develops therapists' and healers' skill on somatic and psychological levels through the Bottom Up Theories of Peter Levine, Bruce Perry and others, and the Polyvagal Theory of Steven Porges to help clients attune to their ongoing sensory narrative. On the psychological side, therapists learn to guide the client to integrate fragmented ego states toward better balancing capacities between emotional resilience versus vulnerability as the ultimate attachment equation.

Course Benefits

This workshop is offered to seasoned practitioners who desire to include the usage of the AARM in their own healing sessions with their clients, whatever modality they may use. In this workshop, student practitioners will learn the three principles that serve as a framework for AARM, and will be able to conduct AARM by using a connecting device with clients to help them move from the mental field to the felt sense of the body, to enhance healing for attachment trauma. The learnings from the workshop do not reject or replace each practitioner's current methodologies, instead adding an extra tool to enhance them.

Ready to commit?

Pay now to hold your space!
Early Bird Pricing until 1/5/17.

Only available Friday night?
Come for the evening overview for $40.


Email LAI's Program Coordinator with any questions.


"I continue to use this work with several clients. I'm really astonished at the outcome. I have never experienced work that goes so thoroughly to the core. The work continues according to the feedback that I get. It is like opening new levels that the neurological system has been too fearful to share."

- Post Level 1 AARM Training
Cypress J. Morales, LCSW

"I've wanted to tell you how much I appreciate the AARM, the San Diego workshop, and the work I was able to do with you. I started using the model immediately my first day back to work with my first client. We were able to work with important material in a new and deeper way."

- Post Level 1 AARM Training
Rick MacMahon, LCSW

Workshop Curriculum

The workshop training format is experiential first and intellectual second, just like the model itself. It includes short lectures and ample time for demonstrations, student practice, and Q&A.

Section 1: Introduction, history, and definition of AARM model including the 3 Principles

  • Principle 1) Body first: The felt sense of the body, and not thoughts, comes first in understanding and treating attachment trauma. We work with the body for ~30 minute periods to understand the narrative of the body.
  • Principle 2) Polyvagal theory: AARM long term therapy works to control the involuntary nervous system with the goal of decreasing volatility in vital signs, such as in creating a less variable heart rate.
  • Principle 3) Attachment theory: Our most basic instinct is to survive and our most valuable instinct to do so is in connection to other people.
  • Self-assessment exercises to learn about the qualities a healer needs to embody in order to do AARM work with clients

Section 2: Sensory Extension Protocol 1 (aka initiating “Stick Work”)

  • How to verbally guide the client to make the transition from the mental field to a felt sense of the body for neuro-modulation.
  • Understand at a felt level how the stick is used as an attachment thermometer based on the client’s reaction to taking the stick and to the tension from the practitioner pulling on it. The goal is to guide the client into identifying dominant physical sensations. From here, the practitioner can identify the healing process that matches the client’s experience. 

Section 3: Sensory Extension Protocol 2 (aka creating continuity of “Stick Work”)

  • Practitioners gain a deeper understanding of how to allow the “stick-work” process to unfold and keep it on track without interfering with it. They are able to guide the client through 5-10 minute stretches of witnessing the natural ebb and flow of body reactions and to give the client feedback


Training Requirements

Although there is no prerequisite licensing as a clinician, skills, or theoretical knowledge base to qualify for attendance in the training, certain learning experiences lend to the learning process more easily. An understanding for ego state work, guided imagery, family systems, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, attachment theory, Thought Field Therapy (TFT), Bioenergetics, and other somatic processes, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and other neuro-modulation approaches would be helpful.

Earlier Event: September 17
Sep 16-17th, 2016 - Two Day AARM Training
Later Event: September 29
Carlsbad, CA