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Stephen W. Porges, PhD ~ Polyvagal Safety: Attachment, Communication, Self-Regulation

Thursday, September 30, 2021
10:00am to 11:00am

Live Webinar


Join Dr. Stephen W. Porges for a discussion of Polyvagal Safety: Attachment, Communication, Self-Regulation followed by audience Q&A.

When The Polyvagal Theory was published in 2011, it took the therapeutic world by storm, bringing Stephen Porges’s insights about the autonomic nervous system to readers interested in understanding trauma, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. The perspective emphasizes the important link between psychological experiences and physical manifestations in the body.

Polyvagal Safety is Stephen W. Porges' most important writing since the publication of that seminal work. At its heart, polyvagal theory is about safety. It provides an understanding that feeling safe is dependent on autonomic states, and that our cognitive evaluations of risk in the environment, including identifying potentially dangerous relationships, play a secondary role to our visceral reactions to people and places. Indeed, life may be seen as an inherent quest for safety. These ideas, and more, are outlined in chapters on therapeutic presence, group psychotherapy, yoga and music therapy, autism, trauma, date rape, medical trauma, and COVID-19.

"Stephen Porges's masterful theory of the nervous system is one of the most detailed, true to life portraits of the embodied nervous system—something of which we only had glimpses of, because of some huge blind spots that Porges has remediated. This new book of seminal papers extends the range of a theory so important that its is painful to think what our understanding of the nervous system was like without it."

Norman Doidge, M.D.

"This remarkable volume underscores the vast scope of Porges's Polyvagal Theory, interpreted and applied to a diversity of disciplines and conditions. Highlighting that our most basic human need—to feel safe— is conditional on our autonomic state, Polyvagal Safety is a deeply engaging, innovative, and satisfying read."

Pat Ogden, PhD

"Nuanced, richly detailed, and written with clarity, Polyvagal Safety is a matchless gift to physicians and therapists, and to all students of the body's inextricable unity with the psyche." 

Gabor Maté, M.D.

Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D., originator of polyvagal theory, is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of 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 300 peer-reviewed papers across several disciplines. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, which has lead to innovative treatments based on insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders. He is also the originator of the highly influential Safe and Sound Protocol ™. Dr. Porges is the author of The Polyvagal Theory, The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory, co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory.