Restoring Relationships

Alaine Duncan, L.Ac., Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

4 CEU/PDAs – NCCAOM, FL, CA (pending TX)

Self-Paced Distance Learning Course

This program teaches acupuncturists how to understand the three neurological platforms of the human nervous system, and how they function together.Traumatic injury damages the ventral vagal nervous system, which is responsible for human connection and relationships. In this course, we will discover ways to re-regulate the nervous system and restore relationship. 

Humans have a five-phase “Self Protection Response” that allows them to identify and respond appropriately to possible danger, and each of these phases corresponds to the five element model of Chinese Medicine. Within this context, it is possible to identify five different types of traumatic stress response which can occur when the Self Protection Response gets thwarted in a particular phase.  This understanding, and the corresponding ability to diagnose what is happening correctly when a patient presents with traumatic stress, allows for more precise and effective treatment of traumatic stress. 

Goals and Objectives:

  • Understand the five phases of the Self Protection Response;
  • Understand how the five phases of Chinese Medicine correspond to the five phases of the Self Protection Response;
  • Understand the signs and symptoms of the five types of traumatic stress so that they can diagnosed and treated most effectively;
  • Understand how the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems function together to create a “Zone of Resiliency” under all conditions except for life threat;
  • Understand how and why this “Zone of Resiliency” is breached during situations of life threat, and what is needed in order for the system to re-establish functioning within this Zone;
  • Understand how Stephen Porges’ PolyVagel Theory explains how the three evolutionary neurological platforms function together;
  • Be familiar with the “portals of connection” humans use to establish safety with each other and co-regulate their nervous systems, how each individual’s personal history figures into this process, and the implications of this for what is necessary during a healing relationship.

Includes: 2 hours of training videos, a fillable PDF workbook, multiple choice quiz & AWB and NCCAOM certificates upon completion with passing grade


NOTE: This link will take you to a registration page on TalentLMS, the software we use to host our online courses. You will create an account and pay on that platform.

*4 PDA/CEU Points – NCCAOM, FL, CA (pending TX)
This course award 4 NCCAOM AOM-OM PDA points
CA Provider # is 0619. This is a Category 1 Distance Course.



Alaine Duncan is a Licensed Acupuncturist and certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She graduated from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly TAI Sophia Institute) with a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture in 1990 and completed Somatic Experiencing Practitioner training in 2007.  She completed certification in the use of touch to build capacity for self-regulation in trauma survivors in 2012; and Somatic Resilience and Regulation Training in body-centered approaches to ameliorate the impact of pre-and peri-natal trauma in 2015.

Her research background includes serving on studies assessing the impact of integrative medicine on compassion fatigue in military caregivers; the use of acupuncture for the treatment of combat-related traumatic stress, the treatment of chronic headaches in current conflict Veterans with traumatic brain injuries and for Gulf War Veterans Illness.

Alaine was a Founding Director of Crossings Healing & Wellness in Silver Spring, MD and is also a charter member of the Integrative Health & Wellness program at the DC Veterans Administration Medical Center, serving as a contractor there since 2007. She is an adjunct faculty member at Maryland University of Integrative Health and teach continuing education classes for acupuncturists on best practices for the treatment of traumatic stress.