Our current brain disease model of trauma/addiction desperately needs a fresh approach, one that honours the wisdom of the body. The Felt Sense Polyvagal Model™ (FSPM) shifts the current pathologizing paradigm to a strength-based approach. Through the lens of Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal theory, trauma/addiction is seen as an adaptive stress response in our autonomic nervous system. Addictive behaviors are the bodies attempt to emotionally regulate by acting as propellers that facilitate neurophysiological shifts in our nervous system. The model integrates Porges Polyvagal theory and Gendlin’s Felt Sense enabling us to appreciate trauma/addictive behaviors as adaptive responses in maladaptive environments.
The workshop provides an overview of my book Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model, Routledge, 2021. I will discuss the development of the model over forty years of clinical practice. Included is a description of the FSPM theoretical framework, an introduction to The Embodied Assessment and Treatment Tool™ and Carnes Three Circle Harm Reduction Practice. Participants will learn about Gendlin’s Focusing/Felt Sense somatic practice. Read More
The FSPM provides a foundational framework that offers a clear and powerful way to integrate embodiment into practice. Clinicians can integrate therapeutic modalities including, Inner Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, Sensory Motor Psychotherapy, DBT, CBT, Interpersonal Neurobiology and more. A mixture of didactic information, experiential practices, demonstrations, and case examples will guide the clinician in applying the model. Downloads including the client and clinician FSPM graphic models, Body Cards, Three Circles, and more are available for the workshop on my website. Students need a journal and crayons. This course will be informative for those new to the field of trauma/addiction as well as seasoned practitioners.