206 Understanding Polyvagal Theroy

Stephen Porges

Stephen PorgesPsychophysiologist Stephen Porges’s research on the polyvagal nervous system has deepened our understanding of the evolutionary roots of trauma and anxiety. In this Webcast Session, he highlights the roles of the parasympathetic nervous system and social engagement in making us feel safe and calm enough to self-regulate. Enhance your ability to work with traumatized clients by learning:

  • how the social engagement system compliments the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems
  • the therapeutic power of facial expression, eye contact, voice modulation, and listening
  • how Polyvagal Theory relates to trauma treatment


Stephen Porges, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina.  He is a former president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and also of the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological, and Cognitive Sciences. He was a recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. Website: http://www.stephenporges.com/



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