The Transformative Power Of Feeling Safe

THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF FEELING SAFE: A MASTER CLASS ON THE POLYVAGAL THEORY
WITH DR. STEPHEN PORGES
* MAY 20TH – 21ST 2017 *

Safety is critical in enabling humans to optimise their potential. The neurophysiological processes associated with feeling safe are a prerequisite not only for social behaviour but also for accessing both the higher brain structures that enable us to be creative and generative and the lower brain structures involved in regulating health, growth, and restoration. The Polyvagal Theory explains how social behaviour turns off defences and promotes opportunities to feel safe. It provides an innovative model to understand bodily responses to trauma and stress and the importance of the client’s physiological state in mediating the effectiveness of clinical treatments. From a Polyvagal perspective, interventions that target the capacity to feel safe and use social behaviour to regulate physiological state can be effective in treating disorders that are dependent on defence systems. This workshop includes new and updated material that is very significant for those working in the therapy, medical and caring professions.

Workshop tutor:

stephen-porges-1Dr. Stephen Porges is ‘Distinguished University Scientist’ at Indiana University Bloomington where he directs the Traumatic Stress Research Center in the Kinsey Institute. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he directed the Brain-Body Center in the Department of Psychiatry, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, where he chaired the Department of Human Development and directed the Institute for Child Study. He is a former president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and also of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences. He is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 200 peer reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines including anesthesiology, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, space medicine, and substance abuse. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a ground-breaking theory that links the evolution of the vertebrate autonomic nervous system to the emergence of social behavior. The theory provides insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders. The theory provides a theoretical perspective to study and to treat stress and trauma and has stimulated research and treatments that emphasize the importance of physiological state and behavioral regulation in the expression of several psychiatric disorders. He is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication and Self-regulation and is currently writing Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe.

Venue and times:

Tuke Hall, Regent’s University, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NS, UK.
Nearest station: Baker Street.
From 10.00am to 6.00pm each day.

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Cost:

£270.
Bookings can be made on the Book Online page, by cheques payable to ’Breath of Life Conference’ or by bank transfer. Please contact the administrator for our bank details for making a transfer. If paying by cheque or bank transfer please contact the administrator for a booking form. Kindly note that all fees are non-refundable.

Discounts:

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