In 1994, Professor Stephen Porges proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of the physiological state in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders.
The Master Series brings together experts, originators, innovators, and groundbreakers who change the dialogue around their areas of expertise.
Each 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.
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The Master Series uses online platforms to share vital information from pivotal presenters as economically as possible with a diverse audience around the world. Each master class 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. Ensuring this critical information is accessible to a diverse audience and augmenting our paid programming with valuable complimentary content is central to our work.
Research shows that substance abuse, suicide, chronic disease, depression, and both being the victim and perpetrator of violent crime and sexual abuse are all predicted by trauma. Untreated trauma diminishes our ability to establish and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships and these attachment ruptures interfere with our wellbeing and resilience. But trauma can be addressed, and when it is, our ability to form the lasting, meaningful, healthy relationships that are so critical to our sense of security is restored. The Trauma Edition explores how we understand trauma, its impact on our lives and cultures, and the interventions designed to address it.
Imagination is a tool that, for better or worse, lets us see ourselves on a path not yet written – or to rewrite one what we believed to be unchangeable. We know that the ability to imagine and reimagine is crucial to processing trauma, but accessing imagination is not always a simple task. Therapeutic interventions that center imagination ask us to reconceptualize the past, future, and our internal world, breaking down the barriers that prevent us from seeing new possibilities and paths. Where we were stuck, our imagination, leveraged in a therapeutic setting, has the capacity to liberate. The Imagination Edition considers the role of imagination in our lives and how it can be accessed.
Connection, and its absence, is an incredibly powerful force that shapes our world in profound ways. When we experience disharmony in our relationships, mismatches where communication breaks down, we repair through synchrony to restore connection. When those incongruencies go unrepaired, it impairs our ability to have the depth of honesty we need for a fulfilled life.
The Connection Edition will consider the role connection plays in human development and how and why we must repair connection after a rupture.
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As the developer of Somatic Experiencing® (SE), a naturalistic body-awareness approach to healing trauma, which he teaches all over the globe, Peter Levine’s work is a testament to his lifelong investigation into the connection between evolutionary biology, neuroscience, animal behavior and draws on more than forty years of clinical experience in the healing of trauma.
Borderline Personality Disorder ushers in an agonizing cycle of behavior that feels tough to escape. Indeed, in the past, many in the mental health profession felt that the condition was largely untreatable but because of the work of researchers and professionals like Dr van der Kolk, the prognosis for successful treatment is now much greater.