Systemic trauma is like having several elephants in the room   .

Systemic trauma is like having several elephants in the room.

NEW: Relational Constellations
& Trauma Ongoing Monthly Weekends In Santa Barbara, CA

Ongoing Monthly Weekends  
for 6 months at a time.

Dates:Weekend dates are generally the first or second weekend of each month, SEE home page for monthly dates.
You are Welcomed to join us for 1 Weekend or to join the 6 month ongoing learning program. 

Love Trauma Training — Healing Traumatized Hearts

Our Trauma Training Program will focus on the topic of Awakening & Freeing the Heart to live a more joyful life.
It will teach you how to use trauma as a catalyst for transformation & how the nervous system holds the key for releasing trauma & embodying our sacred purpose.  It will help you to learn how your body is a resource & how to tap into your body-centered intuition & knowing. You’ll learn how to trust the moment and work at the edge of the unknown, while simultaneously gaining enough cognitive information and specific techniques to help your mind rest and feel confident in your knowing.

This is a 2-year training offered in 4 x 6-month segments. A minimum of a 6-month commitment is required to join. This program is for participants who are open to being in an ongoing group that uses Constellation Work and other modalities to explore and heal personal and systemic trauma that is affecting your life. Family Constellations demonstrate that unconscious identifications with family members or ancestors plays a large role in our emotional conflicts, in physical illness and with spiritual distress.

Most clients who come for constellations, have some of these interruptions & or trauma in their history. It may be developmental trauma or incidental trauma. All traumatic experiences increase the activation level in our nervous system. Traumatic experiences in the nervous system and in our consciousness are passed on through the generations (epigenetics) and need to be processed. This training will focus on the importance of tracking and regulating the activation level in clients as they experience their constellations  in a conscious & safe community.

In looking at trauma, we are looking at loss of connection. Loss of connection to ourselves, to our body, our life force, our souls,  to our family soul, to our surroundings and to embodied presence.

When clients are over activated, their brain and bodies will not be able to fully process the constellation. When we work with the autonomic nervous system, this supports more integration of the new material revealed and more possibility to create new neural pathways and patterns of behavior for longer lasting benefits. We want to avoid retraumatization and find ways to help love flow freely again. We can best do this by avoiding "flooding" in clients and representatives.

In Relational Constellations, we focus on developmental trauma, bonding trauma, generational trauma and themes that affect our way of connecting, loving and belonging. These early traumatic relational ruptures affect the way we are in relationship. Hidden traumatic memories are locked in the fibers of our bodies. The body is the reservoir for somatic-based memories of trauma going back many generations. Historical amnesia from systemic trauma burdens our hearts and is a source of suffering.

These topics will all be addressed in the Trauma & Constellations Training. This approach supports co-regulation and attunement between facilitator and client. This in itself can heal attachment disruptions.

We will do PowerPoint presentations each weekend of the material and have time for Q&A. Much of the presentation material has been influenced by the newer somatic psychologies of working with trauma, such as Somatic Experiencing by Peter Levine.

CEUs available for our Monthly Groups: LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs & RNs, Provided by the Family Therapy Institute. Learn more.

Curriculum Topics:

  • Trauma

  • SoulField

  • The Body

  • Family Soul

  • Attunement

  • Basic Trust

  • Dissociation

  • Embodiment

  • Heart’s Desire

  • Orders of Love

  • Extended Mind

  • Splits in the Soul

  • Bonding Trauma

  • Systemic Trauma

  • Ancestral Trauma

  • Spiritual Autonomy

  • Attachment Theory

  • Cultivating Presence

  • Divine Homesickness

  • The Art of Facilitating

  • The Art of Resourcing

  • Pre & Peri Natal Trauma

  • True and False Autonomy

  • Developmental Interruptions

  • Perpetrator/Victim Dynamics

  • Trauma Principles & Guidelines

  • Self-Regulation & Co-Regulation

  • Neuroplasticity & Rewiring the Brain

  • Mindfulness & Bodyfulness Practices

  • Interrupted Reaching Out Movements

  • Somatic Experiencing Trauma Principles

  • Creation of New Healthy Neural Pathways

  • Interrupted Merging & Separating Dynamics

  • Resourcing, Titrating, Resiliency, Biological Completion,

  • Avoid Retraumatization, Trauma structural constellations

Modalities of psychology to be included in this training are:

  • Neuroscience

  • Bonding Trauma

  • Attachment Theory

  • Constellation Theory

  • Internal Family Systems

  • Relational Somatic Psychology

  • Somatic Experiencing Trauma Work

  • Mindfulness & Bodyfulness Practices

  • Traditional Constellation themes will also be included, such as Orders of Love, Ancestral Soul,
    Family Conscience, Perpetrator/Victim Dynamics and The Art of Facilitating Constellation Style


Working with trauma creates a new kind of connection & attachment while dealing with "the elephants in the room".

Working with trauma creates a new kind of connection & attachment while dealing with "the elephants in the room".


Each 6-month segment is $2,400,  if paid in full, 1-month in advance, the fee is $2,300.00

Make checks (no charge cards) payable to JoAnna Chartrand and mail to:

JoAnna Chartrand
333 Old Mill Rd. #272
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Email or call 805.563.0558 with any questions.

Location of Weekend Workshops & Trainings:

Family Therapy Institute (FTI)
111 E. Arrellaga St.
Santa Barbara, CA
Park in rear of building.