Self-Paced Online Courses

Nervous System RESET is happy to announce a new series of self-paced, online courses…

Learn how the nervous system processes stress.

Understand how to begin tracking activation and settling signals in your own body.

Explore a variety of introductory practices that can better support you managing stress cycles in your life so that you reconnect with your innate resilience and build greater capacity for life’s challenges.

A Nervous System Primer:  How the Nervous System Works + Why It Matters   ($45 US)

This self-paced, online course is designed to introduce you to a working framework that will allow you to become more nervous system-informed, as well as to some foundational practices which can jumpstart your exploration of working with the body to build greater resilience.   This course is a great place to start if you want to grow your understanding of how to work more effectively with your body through a nervous system-informed framework.

Content covered:

  • An overview of the Autonomic Nervous System and its adaptive states
  • An understanding the physiological shifts that occur when we move into survival responses
  • An understanding the behavioral shifts that occur when we are in survival responses
  • A reframing of what resilience is from a nervous system-informed perspective
  • An introduction to a variety of body-based practices that can support your nervous system responses

Price includes 7 lessons with video recordings, written transcripts for each lesson, and additional lesson handouts that are downloadable.  Registrants will have 6 months from date of registration to access the materials.

Getting to Know the Vagus Nerve  ($25 US)

This course introduces you to the power of the Vagus nerve and the important role it plays in both modulating our nervous system responses and assessing for signals of safety.  You will also be introduced to the concept of co-regulation and the understanding of how our nervous systems communicate with each other through non-verbal signals.  This course can be explored as a stand alone option, or coupled with the Nervous System Primer course for a more extensive understanding of the dynamic nature of our nervous system responses.

Content covered:

  • An overview of the Autonomic Nervous System and its adaptive states
  • An overview of the physiology of the Vagus nerve and how it influences our Autonomic Nervous System responses
  • An introduction to the concept of co-regulation

Price includes 4 lessons with video recordings, written transcripts for each lesson, and additional lesson handouts that are downloadable.  Registrants will have 3 months from date of registration to access the materials.

Working with Triggers from a Body-Based Perspective  ($55 US)

Triggers are anything that turns up the pilot light of our survival responses!  Triggers can be sensory cues, seasonal cues, spatial cues, or relational dynamics. This self-paced, online course is designed to introduce you to a working framework so that you can cultivate a deeper understanding of what triggers are and how to work with them from a nervous system-informed perspective. You will also explore some foundational, body-based practices which can jumpstart your ability to build greater resilience as you navigate through the experience of feeling triggered.

Content covered:

  • An understanding of what triggers are from a nervous system-informed perspective
  • An overview of the Autonomic Nervous System and its adaptive states
  • An understanding the physiological shifts that occur when we move into survival responses
  • An understanding the behavioral shifts that occur when we are in survival responses
  • A reframing of what resilience is from a nervous system-informed perspective
  • An exploration of how to work with triggered body states from a nervous system-informed perspective
  • An introduction to a variety of body-based practices that can support your nervous system responses

Price includes 9 lessons with video recordings, written transcripts for each lesson, and additional lesson handouts that are downloadable.  Registrants will have 6 months from date of registration to access the materials.

The Cost of Caring + Caretaking: Understanding the Impact of Secondary Stress + Trauma  ($65 US)

There are so few resources out there for people who are struggling with the very real and challenging experience of shouldering the cost of caretaking loved ones.  What resources exist are often entirely geared for professionals in front line service (such as mental health providers, nurses and first responders) who are suffering from burnout.  And yet, the role of support person is one that many of us occupy in our lives.  Whether it is caring for a loved one with health or cognitive decline challenges, nurturing a child with neural diversity or behavioral challenges, supporting a family member or friend who has suffered an act of violence, or shouldering a partner who is uncovering memories of early life abuse, the cost of caring and caretaking is a real concern.

This course is designed to introduce you to a working framework that will allow you to become more nervous system-informed in the role of support person, as well as to some foundational practices which can jumpstart your exploration of working with the body to build greater resilience.

Content covered:

  • An understanding of secondary stress and vicarious trauma
  • An overview of the Autonomic Nervous System and its adaptive states
  • An understanding the physiological shifts that occur when we move into survival responses
  • An understanding the behavioral shifts that occur when we are in survival responses
  • A reframing of what resilience is from a nervous system-informed perspective
  • An exploration of the challenges that can arise when navigating secondary stress and trauma  in our relationships
  • An overview of how to support your loved one during challenging and overwhelming chapters in life
  • An exploration of how to better resource yourself in the role of support person
  • An introduction to a variety of body-based practices that can support your nervous system responses

Price includes 11 lessons with video recordings, written transcripts for each lesson, and additional lesson handouts that are downloadable.  Registrants will have 6 months from date of registration to access the materials.

A Nervous System Primer for Parenting: Why Your Nervous System Is Your Most Powerful Parenting Tool  ($75 US)

There are so few resources out there for people who are struggling with the very real and challenging experience of being a parent in this fast-paced, modern world.  Even when we have resources to support us in our role as parents, and even if we are not negotiating the demands of raising children with health challenges, neurodiversity challenges or attachment trauma, being a parent may be the most demanding role we ever occupy!  It is hard work even when it is rewarding.

This course is designed to support you in your role as parent by introducing you to the power of your nervous system.  We will explore a working framework that will allow you to become more nervous system-informed, as well as to some foundational practices which can jumpstart your exploration of working with the body to build greater resilience.

Content covered:

  • An understanding of why the nervous system matters in the role of parenting
  • An overview of the Autonomic Nervous System and its adaptive states
  • An overview of the physiology of the Vagus nerve and how it influences our Autonomic Nervous System responses
  • An introduction to the concept of co-regulation
  • An understanding the physiological shifts that occur when we move into survival responses
  • An understanding the behavioral shifts that occur when we are in survival responses
  • A reframing of what resilience is from a nervous system-informed perspective
  • An exploration of how to cultivate safety cues for more effective co-regulation
  • An exploration of how to better resource yourself in the role of parent
  • An introduction to a variety of body-based practices that can support your nervous system responses
  • An overview of how to co-regulate your child during challenging times
  • An exploration of co-regulatory practices you can use with your kids

Price includes 13 lessons with video recordings, written transcripts for each lesson, and additional lesson handouts that are downloadable.  Registrants will have 6 months from date of registration to access the materials.

What People Are Saying. . .

  • Since working with Jessica and the RESET program I have found a greater sense of control, where I felt completely out-of-control before in regards to my nervous system response.  Previously when my anxiety would start to tick up, I felt as though I was being tumbled and overrun by the waves.  Now that I have learned how to read the signs of activation I have a box full of tools that I can utilize immediately, allowing me to ride the waves of panic, rather than to be a passive bystander.  This has been invaluable to me in that I now have much more self-compassion and can actively participate in my body and my life.  Jessica's guidance is gentle, kind, clear, and very supportive.  I highly recommend this program to anyone suffering from trauma, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, or really anyone with a nervous system.

    Monika K. LMT, Yoga and Somatic Movement Teacher
  • I reluctantly attended my first RESET session as part of a group and was very skeptical about what was going to happen, having spent the past 3 years running a gauntlet of therapies and medications trying to find something to relieve depression, anxiety and PTSD symptoms. I haven’t had a panic attack since the first week of using RESET techniques and am now off all medications and sleeping better. I’ve felt very supported throughout the experience and am most grateful for learning that my body was trying to heal naturally, but I wasn’t hearing it.  I learned how to listen to myself which has drastically changed my quality of life for the better.  I recommend RESET especially if traditional treatments haven’t clicked for you.

    MLR Consultant
  • As a psychiatrist I have been treating the wounds of trauma for many years, and I've received many diverse trainings based on the unified Body-Mind-Spirit model. The professional training I received from Jessica has proven itself to be extremely valuable to my understanding of the BodyMind and has advanced my skills as a clinician greatly. Jessica is a gifted teacher, and a remarkably thorough student of the many wisdom sources she has so well integrated into this very impressive training.  As someone treating PTSD I am pleased that this program offers a healing process that is adapted to each individual’s capacities, needs and limitations. This training which offers a body-focused program belongs at the front end of trauma treatment and will make clients’ participation in formal psychotherapy, when that is the natural next step, far more tolerable, effective and briefer. Any clinician seeking to deepen personal and professional knowledge and skills to deal with the myriad woundings that real life offers would be lucky to be trained by Jessica Schaffer.

    Charles E. Thompson, MD
  • Jessica Schaffer is one of the best teachers I’ve worked with. She brings a wide range of expertise and explains complex and challenging concepts in clear, simple language. Jessica is also deeply compassionate and supportive as you work your way over the learning curve. I’ve gained so much from working with her, and I highly recommend her.

    Charlie Glickman PhD
  • Learning from Jessica was a pleasure. She is highly educated, experienced, and passionate about what she does. Jessica offers her teaching through a lens of compassion, acceptance, and an attitude of openness. With respect to learning how to teach self regulation, I don't think I could have learned as well as I did from anyone else. I look forward to benefiting from Jessica's passion and knowledge again the future!

    Meg Gorosh Certified Yoga Instructor, Licensed Social Worker
  • Jessica Schaffer is a wonderfully insightful provider and trainer. She has a gentle, respectful and grounded presence that promotes healing for her clients. Her unique, integrated approach offers a knowing sense when it comes to working with people as she accounts for the whole: body, mind and nervous system. Her commitment to understanding the science behind the healing is apparent in her clinical work and when teaching clinicians. She is dedicated to emphasizing with both clients and practitioners the need to attune to the sense of comfort and safety within. In doing so she empowers individuals to internalize this experience and gain their own attunement and regulation within. As a psychotherapist I have learned so much from Jessica’s expertise in the body and nervous system as it relates to trauma. It is clear that working with clients to attune to their body and mind is a necessary and integral piece in laying the foundation for the path to healing. There is no question that knowledge and guidance from Jessica has made me a better provider on so many levels.

    Christa Hines LCSW, CADCII
  • Over the course of a year, I had the privilege of having Jessica as a teacher, guide, and mentor. From the instant I met her I was struck by her calming presence and open heart. I felt that she really understood me and cared about me. This immediately helped me feel at ease and open to learning new concepts. Learning from Jessica was easy because she is very clear, concise, smart, and engaging. She was able to meet the diverse learning needs of all the individuals in my cohort. I left each class with a deeper body of knowledge that could be immediately integrated in my career. I highly recommend Jessica as a teacher. Knowing her is a privilege. Learning from Jessica has deeply impacted my life which in turn has helped me to be a better therapist.

    Shanti O'Connor Licensed Counselor, Registered Yoga Instructor
  • In the 23 years I have been attending trainings and in my 44 years of life, I have never met someone like Jessica. Her ability to hold space for and keep safe a diverse group of people is absolutely beautiful.  Her compassionate and skillful way of communicating is awe inspiring. Her organization and time management are impeccable. The content of Jessica's training has forever changed both my personal and professional life. Her understanding of the nervous system and the human organism is deep and vast and the ease with which she presents complex concepts is a joy.  My newfound understanding of the nervous system has facilitated a whole new level of healing in my bodywork practice. My clients are amazed when they become aware of the subtleties of their nervous systems and their innate ability to come into balance. My own personal journey of healing has been profound with Jessica's guidance. I have so much respect for Jessica and I hold her as a mentor of the highest order.

    Kelley Curtis Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Jessica is an extraordinary trainer.  Her immense organizational skills, her commitment to excellence, her quick response to email and questions from students, her advocacy for her students, and her warmth and genuine caring all contribute to her fine work. In addition, her passion, openness, and continued curiosity about the method make her trainings very engaging.  Her enthusiasm is contagious!

    Denise Jessup Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Jessica has a wonderful ability to take complicated neurobiology and communicate it in a way that is rich, tangible, and accessible to all. Her sense of each individual's nervous system is second nature to her. Working with her I felt safe, seen, and empowered. I recommend her as a trainer. I feel fully prepared to teach after being trained by Jessica.

    Louise Rose Naturopathic Doctor
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November 2018

Nervous System Know-How for Practitioners and Clinicians

November 3, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:30 am, repeating until November 3, 2018

Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215 United States
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$350

This 2-day introductory workshop provides a theoretical and experiential overview of the Nervous System RESET process and serves as a basic pre-requisite for anyone intending to pursue the Nervous System RESET Professional Training Program.  For more information, please click here to view the class description.  Workshop cost includes two follow-up mentoring sessions with Jessica.  This training offers CE hours approved by the American Psychological Association for the following Mental Health Providers, including Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers,…

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Preview of Nervous System RESET for Bodyworkers and the General Public

November 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
East West College of Healing Arts, 1515 SW 5th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201
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$60

3 CE Contact Hours offered for this Preview class through East West College of the Healing Arts! This 3-hour workshop introduces professional to the Nervous System RESET approach.  Participants will be given a theoretical overview of the RESET process and will leave with a basic understanding of the neurophysiology of stress and trauma, as well as a road map for how to begin cultivating safety at a physiological level to support work with clients.  Because additional learning, skills, and training are…

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Nervous System RESET Professional Training Module

November 10, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:30 am, repeating until November 10, 2018

Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215 United States
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$450 – $500

This 3-day Module is a required component of the Nervous System Professional Training Program designed to prepare professionals to incorporate the RESET process and approach in their clinical work.  For more detailed information about the training program, please click here.   This training offers CE hours approved by the American Psychological Association for the following Mental Health Providers, including Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Licensed Professional Counselors (CE fees apply). Early-bird price of $450 if registered…

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March 2019

Nervous System Know How for Practitioners

March 16, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:30 am, repeating until March 16, 2019

Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215 United States
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$350

This 2-day introductory workshop provides a theoretical and experiential overview of the Nervous System RESET process and serves as a basic pre-requisite for anyone intending to pursue the Nervous System RESET Professional Training Program.  For more information, please click here to view the class description.  Workshop cost includes two follow-up mentoring sessions with Jessica. CE hours approved by the Oregon Board of Naturopathy as well as the Oregon and Washington Boards of Massage Therapy are available at no additional cost. …

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Preview of Nervous System RESET at Oregon School of Massage in Portland

March 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Oregon School of Massage, 9500 SW Barbur Blvd #100
Portland, Oregon 97219
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$60

3 CE Contact Hours offered for this Preview class through Oregon School of Massage! This 3-hour workshop introduces professionals and the general public to the Nervous System RESET approach.  Participants will be given a theoretical overview of the RESET process and will leave with a basic understanding of the neurophysiology of stress and trauma, as well as a road map for how to begin cultivating safety at a physiological level to support work with clients.  Because additional learning, skills, and training…

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April 2019

Preview of Nervous System RESET at Oregon School of Massage in Salem

April 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Oregon School of Massage, Salem Campus, 2111 Front St NE #3
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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$60

3 CE Contact Hours offered for this Preview class through Oregon School of Massage! This 3-hour workshop introduces professionals and the general public to the Nervous System RESET approach.  Participants will be given a theoretical overview of the RESET process and will leave with a basic understanding of the neurophysiology of stress and trauma, as well as a road map for how to begin cultivating safety at a physiological level to support work with clients.  Because additional learning, skills, and training…

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May 2019

Preview of Nervous System RESET at East West College

May 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
East West College of Healing Arts, 1515 SW 5th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201
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$60

3 CE Contact Hours offered for this Preview class through East West College of the Healing Arts! This 3-hour workshop introduces professionals and the general public to the Nervous System RESET approach.  Participants will be given a theoretical overview of the RESET process and will leave with a basic understanding of the neurophysiology of stress and trauma, as well as a road map for how to begin cultivating safety at a physiological level to support work with clients.  Because additional learning,…

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What Informs Trauma-Informed Care, offered in Seattle

May 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location Shoreline Center-Alumni Room, 18560 1st Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98155 United States
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$165

The Neurophysiology of Relational Presence: Why Your Nervous System is Your Most Powerful Therapeutic Intervention: As therapists, your ability to cultivate positive, trusting connection with clients is of the highest importance, perhaps even more vital than your learned knowledge and skill base. This is especially true when working with trauma.  Trauma-informed approaches are gaining wider exposure, so much so that the term “trauma-informed” has become ubiquitous and is often defined by a checklist of “Do’s and Don’ts.” But what does…

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Nervous System RESET Professional Training Module

May 18, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:30 am, repeating until May 18, 2019

Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215 United States
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$450

This 3-day Module is a required component of the Nervous System Professional Training Program designed to prepare professionals to incorporate the RESET process and approach in their clinical work.  For more detailed information about the training program, please click here. CE hours approved by the Oregon Board of Naturopathy as well as the Oregon and Washington Boards of Massage Therapy are available at no additional cost.  This workshop offers CE hours approved by the American Psychological Association for the following…

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June 2019

Nervous System Know-How for Practitioners at Oregon School of Massage, Portland Campus

June 23, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:30 am, repeating until June 23, 2019

Oregon School of Massage, 9500 SW Barbur Blvd #100
Portland, Oregon 97219
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$295

This special version of the standard 2-day introductory workshop is being hosted through Oregon School of Massage.  The workshop provides a theoretical and experiential overview of the Nervous System RESET process and serves as a basic pre-requisite for anyone intending to pursue the Nervous System RESET Professional Training Program.  For more information, please click here to view the class description.  This version of the introductory workshop does not include the 2 follow-up, post-workshop mentoring sessions with Jessica that are recommended…

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Nervous System RESET should not be used as a substitute for trauma recovery procedures of a medical or psychological nature. Individuals who have physical or psychological/psychiatric conditions that require strict regulation, individuals with fragile psychological defenses, a complex history of trauma or restricting physical or medical limitations should consult their medical practitioner.  Nervous System RESET has not been evaluated by the US Food & Drug Administration or the American Medical Association.  This technique is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.  Results may vary between individuals.  There are no guarantees, expressed, or implied.

The information on this site is not intended as psychotherapy nor is it intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Nervous System RESET has not been evaluated by the US Food & Drug Administration or the American Medical Association.  This technique is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.  Results may vary between individuals.  There are no guarantees, expressed, or implied.