Natural Lifemanship

Introduction to Natural Lifemanship and Trauma Informed Care for Service Organizations – (4.5 CE Credits) – Free for NL Members

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THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE for NATURAL LIFEMANSHIP BASIC or PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS. Non-members may enjoy the first two lessons. Become a member to access the entire course and earn CEs.

Trauma-informed care is concerned with understanding the brain and the way it develops under healthy and non-ideal conditions. For people who have suffered trauma or toxic stress, especially during the developmental years, relationships with self and with others can be challenging and volatile. Natural Lifemanship teaches trauma-informed care and principles for building connected relationships that help to heal and reorganize the brain.

This course covers a Natural Lifemanship training with a human services agency that provides services to adults with disabilities. This agency understood that the knowledge of trauma-informed care and NL relationship principles would be critical to helping their staff know how to more effectively serve their clientele. Although the audience for this particular training consisted of agency professionals who serve adults with disabilities, the training itself is relevant to any human services professionals concerned with helping clients who may have histories of trauma or other conditions impacting development and behavioral or relational health. This training was specifically intended to help the organization learn and internalize the principles of NL without the help of horses. This organization does not offer EAP, EAL, or therapeutic riding.

The day-long seminar was attended by all agency staff with the purpose of establishing a foundational knowledge of brain development, trauma, and the NL relationship principles for facilitating connected relationships that promote healing and positive change. The organization recognized that laying this foundation was an important first step toward cultivating a shift in organizational culture: One that effectively serves clients by seeking to promote healthy growth and development through connected relationships.

In this course, you will learn:

  • How a healthy brain develops and the conditions (both internal and external) that support such development.
  • What happens when the brain develops under less-than-ideal conditions, whether due to internal, physiological factors or environmental ones (or a combination of both).
  • The distinction between building relationships with the expectation of connection and cooperation, versus control and compliance.
  • How NL principles can help staff build relationships with clients in a way that helps clients overcome patterns that damage their relationships with self and others.
  • Why bottom-up regulation is important and how to promote it through the use of rhythm and various sensory tools and actions.


1) Introduction

Length: 6 minutes

Natural Lifemanship co-founders, Tim Jobe and Bettina Shultz-Jobe give an overview for the training, discussing how NL is based on principles for developing connected relationships that reorganize the brain. Importantly,…

2) Trauma

Length: 24 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson discusses trauma, including: How we define trauma What kinds of experiences cause trauma How the brain responds to trauma to accommodate traumatic stress What trauma-informed care really is…

3) Brain Development

Length: 39 minutesComplexity: Standard

In this lesson you will learn: How the brain develops and how different areas function How sensory input contributes to the brain developing in an organized or disorganized fashion What…

4) Brain Development: Building Pathways

Length: 24 minutesComplexity: Standard

In this lesson you will learn: How we build pathways in the brain What trails in nature teach us about pathways in the brain Why “do-overs” are so important, and…

5) Breathing

Length: 34 minutesComplexity: Standard

In this lesson you will learn: Why we must find ways to help ourselves if we want to help others Why reward and punishment systems are problematic Why we teach…

6) State Dependent Response

Length: 13 minutesComplexity: Standard

In this lesson you will learn: How our internal states drive our ability to make good choices Dr. Bruce Perry’s State Dependent Response matrix* The continuum of our internal states…

7) Reorganizing The Brain

Length: 32 minutesComplexity: Standard

In this lesson you will learn: What we do to begin to reorganize the brain What Bottom up regulation is and why it is important How different regions of the…

8) Safe Space for Self-Regulation

Length: 9 minutes

In this lesson you will learn: How to use time to calm down and connect effectively when somebody is making poor choices or having a meltdown Why, after the calm-down…

9) Rhythm in Relationship

Length: 40 minutes

In this lesson you will learn: How you can create rhythm and predictability in a relationship that promotes reorganization of the brain How relationships begin with a request and why…