Full Course Description
The Neurophysiology of Trauma, Attachment, Self-Regulation & Emotions
- Articulate the foundation of Polyvagal Theory as it relates to clinical treatment.
- Communicate how the Polyvagal Theory may demystify several features related to psychiatric disorders and behavioral problems in clients.
- Evaluate how deficits in the regulation of the “Social Engagement System” are expressed as core features of several psychiatric disorders as it relates to case conceptualization.
- Reconstruct how the neural process, neuroception, evaluates risk in the environment and triggers adaptive neural circuits, which promote either social interactions or defensive behaviors in clients.
- Characterize how therapeutic presence is based on the interaction between the “Social Engagement Systems” of client and therapist.
- Analyze the efficacy the “Social Engagement System” in optimizing therapeutic outcome in clients.
- Breakdown the features of the “Social Engagement System” as it relates to clinical practice.
The Polyvagal Theory
Social Engagement System and Psychiatric and Behavioral Disorders
- The principles and features of the Polyvagal Theory and how to apply it in a clinical setting
- How the Polyvagal Theory can demystify several features related to stress-related illnesses and psychiatric disorders such as PTSD, autism, depression, and anxiety
- How the Social Engagement System is compromised by stress and trauma and how to reset it
- Evolutionary changes and adaptive functions in the autonomic nervous system
- Humans response hierarchy to challenges
- Three neural platforms that provide the neurophysiological bases for social engagement, fight/flight, and shutdown behaviors
Neuroception: Detecting and Evaluating Risk
- A description of the “face-heart” connection that forms a functional social engagement system
- How our facial expressions, vocalizations, and gestures are regulated by neural mechanisms that are involved in regulating our autonomic nervous system
Demystifying Biobehavioral Responses to Trauma and Abuse
- How our social and physical environment triggers changes in physiological state
- Understanding that adaptive physiological reactions may result in maladaptive behaviors
- Immobilization without fear
- Play as a neural exercise
- Listening as a neural exercise
Applying the Polyvagal Theory in Clinical Settings
- Fight/flight and immobilization defense strategies
- Adaptive function of immobilization and the associated clinical difficulties
- How the stresses and challenges of life distort social awareness and displace spontaneous social engagement behaviors with defensive reactions
- Understanding auditory hypersensitivities
- State regulation as a core feature of psychiatric disorders
- Deconstructing features of autism and PTSD
- Strategies to explain disruption and repair of symbiotic regulation
- Identifying social cues that disrupt or repair defensive reaction
Neuroscience & Physiology of Trauma: Extended Interview with Stephen Porges PhD
- Ascertain the clinical implications of the polyvagal theory in terms of hierarchy: ventral vagal response; sympathetic response and dorsal vagal.
- Experience of stress
- Fight/flight freeze response
- Trauma outcomes