The Master Series Trauma Edition: The Polyvagal Theory and Trauma with Professor Stephen Porges [Session 3] Online Workshop

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Guy Macpherson Master Series September 25th, 2021 - 10:00am - 1:00pm Register here

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The Master Series brings together experts, originators, innovators, and groundbreakers who change the dialogue around their areas of expertise. Each quarterly program focuses on one Big Idea to unearth the nuances of theoretical frameworks, explore concepts, and reframe our thinking about the world we all live in and the experiences we have in it.


Professor Stephen Porges I 10:00am - 1:00pm ET I 3 CE/CPD

The polyvagal theory emphasizes the involuntary nature of our reactions to events, especially traumatizing ones. The nervous system can activate fight/flight or an immobilization shutdown strategy, and each of these responses is adaptive, autonomic, and unconscious.

Trauma resolution is not about thinking. Healing depends, instead, on the work undertaken at the level of the autonomic nervous system, which shapes our clients’ experiences of safety and influences their capacity for connection. Traumatic events have a far-reaching impact on this system. Autonomic pathways trigger survival responses that often lead our clients on a painful journey into a state of shutdown, collapse, and dissociation. How can we help our clients find their way back to safety, and how do we prevent it from happening in the first place?

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