Stephen Porges

1:15 PM Saturday Luncheon Address

The Science of Therapeutic Attunement: Intersubjective Regulation from the Inside Out
Stephen Porges

Noted researcher Paul Ekman has called psychophysiologist Stephen Porges’ work “a truly revolutionary perspective on human nature.” In his groundbreaking book, The Polyvagal Theory, Stephen transformed therapists’ understanding of the underlying mechanisms of traumatic response and how safety, caring, and trustworthiness is conveyed unconsciously in our body language, voice tonality, facial expression, and eye contact.
Ever since, he’s become an indispensable guide for therapists who want to understand, from the inside out, how therapy works at the level of the nervous system.

In his lunchtime address, Stephen will explore what Polyvagal Theory tells us about the common element in good therapy, good teaching, and good social relations—turning off defensiveness and establishing a sense of safety. He’ll show how understanding neurobiology and psychophysiological cues can enhance therapists’ capacity to best create these conditions in the consulting room.

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315 – The New Era of Brain-Based Psychotherapy (Clinical Showcase*)

Energy Psychology and Brainspotting under the Microscope
DAVID FEINSTEIN, DAVID GRAND & STEPHEN PORGES

Recent years have seen a cascade of innovative psychotherapies claiming to routinely achieve dramatic breakthroughs without relying on many of the fundamental features of traditional talk therapy. Using videos of clinical sessions, this workshop will focus on two of the most influential of these approaches, Emotional Freedom Technique and Brainspotting, exploring how the practical clinical procedures used by each model trigger the neurobiological changes that can result in rapid therapeutic improvement. Moderating the discussion will be noted neuroscientist Stephen Porges, developer of the Polyvagal Theory. Among the topics covered will be:

  • What talk therapists can learn from EFT’s tapping procedure
  • How the methods of Brainspotting can be integrated into talk therapy
  • What concrete clinical advances have been fueled by neuroscience

David Feinstein, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who served on the faculties of the John’s Hopkins University School of Medicine and Antioch College. His books have won eight national awards, including the USA Book News Best Psychology/Mental Health Book of 2007.

David Grand, PhD, is the developer of Brainspotting and has trained more than 8,000 therapists internationally. He’s the author of Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change.

Stephen Porges, PhD is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he’s creating a trauma research center within the Kinsey Institute. He’s author of The Polyvagal Theory.

* Clinical Showcases highlight the different ways well-known innovators approach common clinical problems. Master therapists will show video clips of their work and then engage in a probing exploration of their moment-to-moment therapeutic decision-making. The goal is to open up possibilities for dialogue, debate, and fresh perspectives not usually featured within more standard workshop formats.

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515 – Engaging the Client with a Disorganized Attachment Style (Clinical Showcase*)

Avoiding the Common Pitfalls
DIANA FOSHA, DIANE POOLE HELLER & STEPHEN PORGES

Straightforward problem-solving is simply not an effective option in work with clients with intense trauma histories and disorganized attachment styles. Therapeutic tasks like creating initial conditions of safety, determining optimal therapeutic proximity, effectively using the “relational field,” and resourcing interventions are central to success with such clients. This special workshop will focus on the challenges of doing attachment-based work with an extremely vulnerable treatment population by bringing together two noted therapists and a neuroscientist to discuss videos of actual clinical cases. Among the topics we’ll look at are:

  • The dangers of retraumatization and determining the appropriate intensity level a client can tolerate
  • Disentangling the threat response needed to defend against a scary parent from the healthy orientation toward connection of secure attachment
  • How the Polyvagal Theory can illuminate both the nature of disorganized attachment and the process of therapeutic healing

Diana Fosha, PhD, is the developer of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and founder and director of the AEDP Institute. She’s the author of The Transforming Power of Affect and coeditor of The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice.

Diane Poole Heller, PhD, is the creator of the Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning Experience (DARe), Somatic Attachment Training (SATe) certification program, Therapy Mastermind Circle, Attachment Mastery online courses, and Psychotherapy 2.0 Summit with Sounds True.

Stephen Porges, PhD, is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he’s creating a trauma research center within the Kinsey Institute. He’s author of The Polyvagal Theory.

* Clinical Showcases highlight the different ways well-known innovators approach common clinical problems. Master therapists will show video clips of their work and then engage in a probing exploration of their moment-to-moment therapeutic decision-making. The goal is to open up possibilities for dialogue, debate, and fresh perspectives not usually featured within more standard workshop formats.

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