Clinical experience and research has shown energy psychology (EP) to be a highly effective brief treatment of PTSD in contexts that range from war related PTSD in US veterans to the effects of genocide in Rwandan orphans. This workshop presents an elegant integration of Interpersonal neurobiology, polyvagal theory and memory reconsolidation that underlies energy psychology approaches to trauma treatment. Discover how to actually remove the traumatic energy/emotions from traumatic events that facilitates insight, mindfulness and posttraumatic growth.
The Love Code provides a metaphor to explore the neural mechanisms underlying how and why we attach, bond, fall in love and seek out safe and trusted others in an unsafe world. This presentation will explore the body’s need for intimate engagement and social bonding from an adaptive perspective. Within the theoretical context of the Polyvagal Theory, the presentation will illustrate how specific features in our social environment may trigger neurophysiological systems, through a process of “neuroception,” that enables us either to be fearful and disengage or to feel safe and enter enduring intimate relations.
The workshop will explore clinical applications of the Polyvagal Theory. The Polyvagal Theory links the evolution of the autonomic nervous system to affective experience, emotional expression, facial gestures, vocal communication and contingent social behavior, and provides a plausible explanation of several features that are compromised during stress and observed in numerous psychiatric disorders. Humans have evolved as highly social and mutually dependent beings. Yet, when overwhelmed by stress and threat, our autonomic nervous systems adaptively dictate more primordial strategies.
This presentation will focus on how Polyvagal Theory provides a plausible model to explain how and why intonation of voice and vocal music can support mental and physical health and enhance function during compromised states associated with illness, chronic stress, and trauma. The workshop will elaborate on the principles incorporated in the Safe and Sound Protocol™ and the lessons learned through preliminary clinical trials, current research, and feedback from clinicians applying the protocol to various clinical disorders including individuals with severe trauma histories.
This demonstration illustrates how clients can be taught to regulate persistent or chronic pain using simple strategies such as circular breathing, work with pendulum rhythms, voluntary and involuntary movement, and prosodic toning. Discussion will emphasize how these and other tools can activate or modulate specific aspects of polyvagal functioning to restore balance and bring relief.
This workshop presents a 3-Step Model for creating effective corrective experiences for traumatized clients. These steps are Hypnosomatic Resourcing, Re-regulating Nervous System Responses to Post-traumatic Triggering, and Repairing and Rewiring through Enduring Self-integration and Secure Attachment with Self and Others for Permanent Change. We will explore how to help clients shift from more passive responses in their lives to the use of action systems.