2 Hour Certificate Course

The Science of Trauma and Psychotherapy by Dr Terry Marks-Tarlow is a 2 hour course taking you through a variety of aspects of trauma, pain, empathy and psychotherapy to enhance your clinical practice. This course will Consider the nature and impact of early relational trauma on development and its significance for psychotherapy. (This is not part of the Standard Membership and is sold separately)

  • Video content + Q&A + Certificate of completion

  • Affect dysregulation and the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS): Hyperarousal and hypoarousal

  • Sources, types, and common effects of trauma -- including relational trauma, PTSD, child abuse and neglect; Dissociation; Stress and the body

  • Neurobiology of trauma and pain; Epigenetics and transgenerational trauma

  • Empathy and mirror neurons; Polyvagal theory, trust and safety

  • Types of therapy: symptom reduction v. transformation; Transference and countertransference

  • Working on affect regulation within the window of affect tolerance; Regression & mutual regressions; Mutual enactments

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course

    • The Science of Trauma and Psychotherapy with Terry Marks-Tarlow, Phd.

  • 2

    Part 1 Psychopathology

    • Psychopathology

    • Psychopathology Quiz

  • 3

    Part 2 Arousal

    • Arousal

    • Arousal Quiz

  • 4

    Part 3 Pain & Trauma

    • Pain & Trauma

    • Pain & Trauma Quiz

  • 5

    Part 4 Empathy

    • Empathy (Part 1)

    • Empathy (Part 1) Quiz

  • 6

    Part 5 Mirror Neurons

    • Mirror Neurons

    • Mirror Neurons Quiz

  • 7

    Part 6 Empathy (Part 2)

    • Empathy (Part 2)

    • Empathy (Part 2) Quiz

  • 8

    Part 7 Psychotherapy

    • Psychotherapy

    • Psychotherapy Quiz

  • 9


    • Close & Further Resources


Senior Instructor

Terry Marks-Tarlow

I grew up in New Jersey and moved to California where I received my B.A. in psychology from Stanford University and my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA. During graduate school, I was trained primarily in cognitive-behavioral work and sought additional training at the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (GTILA), eventually becoming President. I received training in hypnosis from Jean Holroyd and Michael Diamond at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute, plus studied guided imagery with Muriel Fuller. I pursued analytic self-psychology from Lynne Jacobs. For over a decade, I have been studying interpersonal neurobiology and regulation theory with Allan Schore. I have taught developmental neurobiology at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and at Reiss Davis Child Studies Center. I am currently an adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute and at California Institute for Integral Studies, as well as core teaching faculty at the Insight Center in Los Angeles where I conduct workshops and seminars. I have written and edited a number of books, including A Fractal Epistemology for a Scientific Psychology: Bridging the Persona with the Transpersonal (Cambridge Scholars, 2020); Truly Mindful Coloring (PESI, 2017); Awakening Clinical Intuition: An Experiential Workbook for Psychotherapists (Norton, 2014); Clinical Intuition in Psychotherapy: The Neurobiology of Embodied Response (Norton, 2012); and Psyche's Veil: Psychotherapy, Fractals and Complexity (Routledge, 2008). For more information or to download papers, please visit www.markstarlow.com.