Spring 2017 Workshops
This workshop has been approved for 7 NYS Continuing Education Units.
Location: Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Auditorium: 1300 York Ave, NYC 10065 – Picture ID is required!
(Cross streets are East 68th Street & York Ave)
Dr. Stephen Porges’ work on the Polyvagal Theory and social behavior is a major, scientifically validated advancement in neuroscience with clinical applications to a new brain-body medicine and psychotherapy. Over the course of a one day workshop, Porges will provide a comprehensive understanding of this groundbreaking research. He will focus on how this new knowledge can inform clinical practice.
Polyvagal Theory provides a new perspective and expands our understanding of normal and atypical behavior, mental health (e.g., coping with stress and depression), as well as psychiatric disorders (e.g., autism, PTSD). By incorporating a developmental perspective, the theory explains how trusting relationships are formed, why and how individuals react to danger and life threat, as well as the ways experiences of abuse and trauma may retune our nervous system to respond to friends, as if they were enemies. The theory may help practitioners understand and identify the features that trigger defensive systems in children, young people and adults. New biologically based behavioral strategies that can be applied to clients with low thresholds to respond defensively (e.g., abused and neglected children, survivors of trauma, and patients with other psychiatric disorders).will be discussed.
Dr. Porges’s work on the Polyvagal Theory has been called a major scientific advancement in mind-body medicine and psychotherapy. It provides a neurophysological understanding of the variations in human experiences associated with emotion, attachment, social communication and self-regulation. Conference participants will learn the ways social engagement behaviors turn off defenses and promote opportunities to feel safe. This shift from a defensive position to one less determined by defenses is a critical prerequisite for mental and physical health.
The workshop will focus on the basic principles of the Polyvagal Theory. Participants will learn about the evolutionary emergence of a set of nerves in the brain that control the heart and face. This connection provided the structures for the Social Engagement System, which links our bodily feelings and thought processes with facial expression, vocal intonation, and gesture. Workshop participants will learn about the relationship between a depressed Social Engagement system and many forms of mental and physical illness. Additionally Porges will speak to developing clinical strategies to rehabilitate the Social Engagement System as an important part of any treatment.
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About Our Presenter
Stephen W. Porges, PhD is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he directs the Trauma Research Initiative within the Kinsey Institute. He holds the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of both the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 250 peer‐reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines including anesthesiology, biomedical engineering, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, neuroscience, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, psychometrics, space medicine, and substance abuse. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory. The theory provides insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders including autism, anxiety, depression, ADD, PTSD, and schizophrenia. His research has led to the development of innovative interventions designed to stabilize behavioral and psychological states and to stimulate spontaneous social behavior that are being applied to autism and other clinical diagnoses.
Please contact Jenny Schenkler, Program Manager of the Trauma Studies Center, a division of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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