About This Course
30 CPD hours
Working with our Younger Clients and Their Families: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach to Child, Adolescent and Family Treatment
Join Dr. Bonnie Goldstein for this integrative workshop that revisits the development of identity, sense of self, affect regulation, verbal and non-verbal communication and the ability to form and sustain relationships in our younger clients and their families. Using a mind-body-brain lens informed by Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and psychodynamic psychotherapy, a wide range of treatment modalities are explored through clinical vignettes, case studies and brief experiential exercises. Goldstein will illuminate ways to cope and thrive during and after our world-wide health pandemic with special attention paid to offering treatment through remote or long-distance learning. She will elucidate the significance of the “somatic narrative” in the treatment of children, adolescents-transitioning-to-adults, and family therapy, exploring therapeutic challenges and transformative moments. The ongoing process of body-based, implicit, nonverbal behavior, and the complex interplay between psychological experience, procedural learning, and sensory processing, are illuminated through an exploration of movement patterns, gestures, stance, postures, prosody, and other non-verbal cues. Participants will learn new ways to enhance self-regulation and relationship skills, foster resilience, and create new competencies, all conducted in an atmosphere of curiosity, play and discovery. After the workshop, attendees will be able to:
- Identify the effects of trauma and attachment dynamics in younger clients and the impact on all family members
- Utilize psycho-education interventions with caregivers, regarding how trauma impacts children’s bodies and nervous systems
- Apply a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy approach using the wisdom of the body to get beneath the words and tap into the somatic narrative with children and adolescents
- Identify the nonverbal cues of the somatic narrative in younger clients’ movement patterns, gestures, stance, postures, prosody, and other non-verbal cues
- Apply Sensorimotor Psychotherapy techniques in therapy with younger clients enhance self-regulation and relationship skills, foster resilience, and create new competencies
- Apply therapeutic tools to enhance mindfulness skills for children and adolescents
“One of the deepest longings of the human soul is to be seen.” (John O’Donohue)
Building Inner Security When Threat is All Around
We evolved, individually and collectively, in the context of threats to our well-being. Risks of harm from hunger, cold, the lack of shelter, and injury and disease are deeply encoded within us, and our nervous systems have become primed to expect and react to these and other threats. One of our automatic threat response and protection mechanisms is the attachment system. Secure attachment includes the inner sense that when threats arise, there will be sufficient inner and outer resources for good enough handling and resolution of the safety challenges that they create. For months now, for all of us, the threat of COVID-19 has been pervasive. Even for people who have been fortunate enough to develop attachment security, that security is challenged by the nature of the threat and by the practices of social distancing, both voluntary and involuntary. We benefit from social engagement, especially in the form of physical contact, touch, and soothing, and for many of us the opportunities for this form of benefit have become much more limited or completely absent. For people with insecure attachment, and those who have experienced trauma, the challenges are even greater. Fortunately, we have resources within us that can be of great help for strengthening the security that we have, and for helping us if we entered this period of threat with attachment insecurity. This webinar will describe and explore our capacities to use imagination to create strong and deep experiences of connection and security, with physical, emotional, cognitive, and even spiritual aspects. Participants will learn specific practices that can be of help, both professionally and personally. The pandemic has affected all of us, and as mental health professionals we have been swimming in the same water as our patients or clients. The better we can swim, the more able we will be to be of help to others. This webinar offers specific guidance for the present circumstances, and will help to deepen participants’ understanding of attachment dynamics and their healing.
From Passion to Action in Times of Corona and Other Major Survival Threats
Like every form of life, we essentially long and attempt to preserve our existence. Unlike many other forms of life, we include multiple needs (unconscious) and desires (conscious). For example, we want and strive to eat, drink, relax, sleep, explore, attach, bond, love, make love, understand. Under threat, we startle, run, freeze, fight, ‘play dead’. Feeling fragile, we hunger for power. Integrating these various urges is a most difficult action. We engage in an action – we are active– inasmuch we manage to get what is useful to us or avoid, or get rid of, what harms us. When powers external to us act on us more than we can act on them, we engage in a passion. In these cases, we are passive in the sense that we undergo active external causes. When we act, we gain power of action and experience joy. When we fail, we lose this ability and experience sorrow. Major threat to our existence and well-being calls for action but may release passion. Ignorance involves ignoring perils and their consequences. This passion includes conducts such as looking the other way, underestimating hazards or belittling risks, remaining naive. Fragility stands for being and feeling confused, overwhelmed, powerless, hurt. It shows, among others, as fear, panic, excessive worry, ineffective or inefficient attempts at defense. A third passion pertains to emotional control, to power displays such as blaming others (persons, nations) or things (such as 5G masts), engaging in misleading authority statements (“stay calm, we are in charge”), minding one’s personal or national interests at the expense of meeting general interests, inventing a conspiracy theory, abusing the occasion to gain political power, going to war. Trauma is a profound loss of power to act. It typically manifests as a trinity of ignorance, fragility and emotional control, within and between individuals, institutions, and nations. Healing is a progression from passion to action, particularly a growth in the ability to act from reason. Acting from reason involves a higher-order longing and creative striving to integrate multifarious other needs and desires. In the case of global threats such as corona viruses, pollution, climate change, and boundless greed it takes a realization that interpersonal and international empathy, sympathy, bonding, and collaboration is eventually in everyone’s best interests. Acting from reason is as difficult as it is urgent. A major challenge, it takes permanent training that starts in childhood. Many academic skills can to a significant degree be gained with the help of technical devices. Acting from reason takes social learning. This insight should prompt us to compose and proliferate a fitting educational system. In this video presentation, Ellert Nijenhuis explores how individuals, institutions, and nations tend to react when confronted with major threat. Such threat calls for efficient action but may release inadequate responses (passions) involving patterns of ignorance, fragility, and (emotional) control. This ‘trinity of trauma’ becomes dominant the more the causal power of the threat exceeds the power of action of those whose mental and physical existence under threat. Gaining power of action in times of corona and other major threat takes acting from reason. This concept will be detailed.
ANANDI JANNER STEFFAN
“Recovering from post COVID PTSD with Lifespan Integration® Therapy
In the beginning, Peggy Pace, founder of Lifespan Integration® (LI) will present LI in an overview, followed by the presentation by Dr A. Janner Steffan, LI trainer. In this crucial moment, we need to hone our skills to face the unavoidable flare-up of psychobiological disorders following the COVID pandemic. As in each crisis, the awareness and the resources of the mental health professionals are essential to initiate recovery and to “turn the ship around”, moving from a chaotic domino effect to integration and healing. Mainly PTSDs, as well as stress enhanced disorders (for example burn-out, depression, addictions, anxiety disorders and increased OCDs) will increase significantly. Thus, this presentation focusses on the treatment of COVID induced PTSDs, more particularly through Lifespan Integration® (LI). First, we will review the main characteristics of PTSD and the factors contributing to its genesis, which in the case of the virus pandemic and the measures taken to contain it, were manifold, unpredictable and life threatening. The varying impact on individuals according to their previous symptoms, attachment deficiencies and preverbal trauma as well as the post-COVID bio-psycho-social situation needs to be considered. PTSD results from a dissociation between body and mind: the mind being well aware that the event is no longer happening, but body and emotion still being confined in lock-down mode, reliving fragmented episodes of what happened, in an inner isolation and a suspended time mode. Neurobiology tells us that traumatic memories stay trapped in the subcortical region of the brain, their charge and fragmentation inhibiting their integration into the autobiographical memory. The hippocampus shuts down and thus timestamping cannot take place. LI therapy restores the embodied experience of time-flow by integrating the fragmented memories from past to present through repetitions of the person’s timeline. The gradual discharge will lead from a stress-flooded state to subcortical appeasement, accompanied by the bodily understanding “it’s over, it is no longer happening”. The person will now be able to adapt to the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, having recovered her/his inherent resources. Grieving the loss of beloved ones and building new projects become accessible, adapted to the altered situation we are all in. With LI, we can observe the appeasement of the trauma symptoms within a few sessions, sometimes in a single session in case of a mono-traumatic event. Artificially induced coma and the effects of respirator assisted breathing can be accessed and integrated; the main criteria being that the event is in the past, even if the person has been unconscious or is amnesic. We will look together at how to use the LI PTSD protocol, including ways to help the person stay present in her body, using healthy non-trauma related body sensations to keep the person grounded and connected to present time. For mental health professionals, the LI approach has certain advantages: the PTSD treatment is straightforward, based only on the client’s memories and your skill to regulate a person into the WOT. With LI we use only minimal exposure to trauma. Different traumatic aspects of the COVID-experience can be resolved with the same procedure. You can adjust it to couples and families. You can use it to integrate your own COVID-stress by working with a colleague whom you trust.
Undoing Aloneness in the Time of Corona — What AEDP Has to Offer the Worldwide Community
AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy has always viewed aloneness, more specifically the experience of unwanted and unwilled aloneness, in the face of overwhelming emotional circumstances as key to understanding the development of psychopathology and undoing aloneness as cornerstone and sine qua non of its neuroplasticity-informed experiential methodology for its treatment of trauma and attachment trauma. In the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, aloneness and social isolation, painful and traumatic to the human psyche when unwanted, are paradoxically the core elements of maintaining safety in the fight against the virus. Attachment theory tells us that we are wired to seek proximity and connection to feel safe and counteract fear. However, what makes us humans feel least safe, i.e., unwilled and unwanted aloneness in the face of danger, at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic has paradoxically become the very thing what we need to embrace to stay safe.
It is to this paradoxical situation, tailor-made for breeding disorganized attachment (i.e., needing to depend for safety on the very thing of which we are most afraid) that we apply AEDP, which in turn seems almost tailor made for resolving this paradox at the level of experiential work that reaches across the cyber void and social isolation to wire the experience of connection into the nervous system that so craves it. And while dealing with the here-and-now crisis brought on by the pandemic, we discover the opportunity to engage and process older traumas in a way that can be not just supportive but potentially transformative This workshop will explore the power of undoing aloneness and the explicit and experiential processing of deep relational experiences, both traumatic and reparative. AEDP has developed powerful relational processing techniques for working experientially with deep relational experience, and powerful metatherapeutic processing techniques for working experientially with the emergent transformational corrective relational experiences. Diana Fosha will delve into the vital role of positive relational emotions in the process of change, that emerge as an integral aspect of therapeutic work with the painful and overwhelming emotional experiences associated with both historical trauma and attachment trauma, as well as the current global pandemic. Specific interventions and helpful approaches for psychotherapists navigating the novel challenges and demands to their clinical work during the pandemic through an AEDP perspective will be illuminated. This includes finding an entry point for accessing the pain; specific relational/experiential interventions for undoing aloneness; the power of judicious self-disclosure; moving through the pain and getting to the other side; the art and science of dyadic affect regulation; and last but not least, paying close attention to vitality within suffering and this the potential for transformative pathways. We will also discuss recommendations for the health and care of the self of the therapists, and their such as attuning to self-needs, anticipating and detecting dysregulation, staying with the good, meaning-making, identifying and responding to burnout. In conclusion, this workshop will explore the deep issues that come up in the current pandemic that go to the traumas at the core of individuals’ suffering, and how to work with these in transformance-informed ways that bring vitality and energy to both patient and therapist, as well as to the therapeutic process itself in a way that reinforces how re are all in this together.
Making Virtual Psychotherapy a Relational Experience
In a climate of fear and isolation that affects us all, therapists are now being asked to help clients deal with the practical and emotional challenges caused by the COVID epidemic—at a distance. At a difficult time, virtual psychotherapy can be stressful for the therapist and the client. Often, both are overwhelmed by the technical challenges of working online, dysregulated by the stress they face at home, and feeling the need for more relationship, not less.
Without the connection that clients and therapists value as the heart and soul of psychotherapy, virtual sessions can feel distant and impersonal. Adding to the stress, many of our clients have histories of abuse, failed attachment, neglect, and failed trust that increase their sensitivity to distance and abandonment. Therapists, wanting to support them, can feel helpless and ineffective or even guilty. Just when they need us the most, we are “not there.” But virtual psychotherapy does not have to be impersonal! This webinar addresses how to overcome the limitations of telehealth technology to make remote psychotherapy a warm and relational experience. Clients and therapists share the belief that relationship and connection require in-person contact, but that perspective is not helpful in a world where the coronavirus requires social distancing. The inability to feel emotionally connected in a virtual space is rooted in the failure of object constancy in early attachment relationships, not caused by online teletherapy. Object constancy allows us to internalize those closest to us and trust that they care even at a distance or when there is a change in emotional state. Instead of focusing on the loss and disappointment, we can use this difficult situation to help our clients develop greater object constancy.
His webinar will offer:
- Ways of understanding the sense of abandonment experienced by clients in online work;
- How to use virtual psychotherapy to increase the client’s sense of object constancy;
- Practical tips for making online therapy feel personal and connected;
- Resources for helping clients tolerate isolation and loneliness;
- How to use the therapeutic relationship to regulate the client’s nervous system.
Overcoming Challenging Moments in Trauma Treatment: Toward the Restoration of the Self
This seminar will discuss treatment challenges frequently encountered in trauma treatment from a clinical and neurobiological perspective. Practical strategies on how to deal with these difficulties will be outlined throughout the seminar through clinical case examples. Integrative therapeutic interventions aimed at restoring the self through resolution of key symptoms, including reliving flashbacks, dissociative voice hearing, self-mutilation, and intolerance of positive emotions will be described and demonstrated through clinical examples. The capacity to deal more effectively with these difficult to manage symptoms will make therapists feel more competent and reduce burn out.
Trauma and neglect in childhood and youth in adverse environmental conditions. Ten years of research in Sierra Leone (Africa).
In the last ten years, in collaboration with the Ravera Children Rehabilitation Center in Freetown, Sierra Leone Africa, we have developed a research project with the aim of integrating psychological and anthropological approaches with neurophysiology to apply it to the study of childhood and youth trauma and neglect. . We have worked with former child soldiers, children victims of sexual abuse, torture and ill-treatment and recently with survivors of the Ebola epidemic, focusing on the study of emotional regulation and the recognition of emotions. The main results of these studies will be presented and discussed.
Creating a Story of Safety: A Polyvagal Guide to Connection
The autonomic nervous system is at the heart of daily living powerfully shaping experiences of safety and influencing the capacity for connection. Polyvagal Theory provides a guide to the autonomic circuits that underlie behaviors and beliefs and an understanding of the body to brain pathways that give birth to our personal stories of safety and survival. We now know that trauma interrupts the development of autonomic regulation and shapes the system away from connection into patterns of protection. For many clients, states of fight, flight, and collapse are frequent, intense, and prolonged while the state of safety and connection is elusive. With an updated map of the autonomic nervous system, we have a new understanding of the characteristic post-traumatic patterns of hyperarousal, hypervigilance, disconnection, and numbing and can reliably lead our clients out of adaptive survival responses into the autonomically regulated state of safety that is necessary for successful treatment. A Polyvagal Theory guided approach to therapy offers strategies to help clients identify and interrupt their familiar patterns of protection and skills to find, and savor, experiences of safety. When we speak the language of the nervous system, we can help clients safely tune into their autonomic states, reshape
At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:
- Apply three organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory in clinical work;
- Utilize autonomic mapping in clinical sessions;
- Utilize the Social Engagement System as a co-regulating resource during clinical sessions.
Bonnie Goldstein, Ph. D. is the founder and director of Lifespan Psychological Center in Los Angeles, offering an integrated therapeutic treatment approach to child, adolescent, family and group treatment. She is part of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute faculty and has co-developed (with Dr. Pat Ogden) a series of workshops and seminars on Child, Adolescent and Family Treatment through the lens of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Dr. Goldstein is a part-time professor at USC’s School of Social Work and has been part of USC’s larger commitment to bring issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion to the forefront of the academic curriculum, while developing a treatment model elucidating the interconnectedness of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Attachment theory and human development.
David S. Elliott, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1989. He is co-author of the book “Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair” (Norton, 2016), which was given the Pierre Janet Writing Award from the Inter¬national Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. He is Faculty and Chair of the Advisory Board at the International School for Psycho¬therapy, Counseling, and Group Leadership (St. Petersburg, Russia), was President of the Rhode Island Psychological Association (USA), and has held leadership positions in several mental health advocacy organizations. His psychotherapy practice is based in the USA, and he consults and teaches internationally on psy¬chotherapy, attachment, personality and self-development.
Ellert R.S. Nijenhuis, Ph.D., is a psychologist, psychotherapist, and researcher. He engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of severely traumatized patients for more than three decades, and teaches and writes extensively on the themes of trauma-related dissociation and dissociative disorders. He initiated and continues to be engaged in biopsychological studies of complex dissociative disorders. Nijenhuis is a consultant at Clienia Littenheid, Switzerland, and collaborates with several European universities. His theoretical, scientific, and clinical publications (see www.enijenhuis.nl) include the book Somatoform Dissociation (Norton, New York). With Onno van der Hart and Kathy Steele he co-authored the book The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization (Norton, New York). This work has been translated in many languages. The first two volumes of Nijenhuis’ recent trilogy The Trinity of Trauma: Ignorance, Fragility, and Control (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen) appeared in 2015. The third volume, Enactive Trauma Therapy was released in April 2017. In 2004 Queen Beatrix from the Netherlands appointed him Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion for his outstanding contributions to the study and treatment of chronically traumatized individuals. Nijenhuis has been one of the founders of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation granted him several awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award.
ANANDI JANNER STEFFAN
Dr Anandi Janner Steffan is a certified Lifespan Integration® trainer and supervisor, teaching LI in several European countries since 2014. She developed a systemic model of LI for trauma integration with families, couples, and children. Anandi Janner Steffan has presented LI repeatedly in European congresses in recent years. She has participated in several publications about Lifespan Integration. She has been actively involved in trauma therapy since 1995, when she opened her own practice in the French speaking Switzerland. She is multilingual, born in Rome, Italy in 1946. In 1978, after obtaining her PhD in Switzerland, she became a researcher in cell biology at the MRC, Cambridge (UK). After leaving the academic career in favour of her patchwork family, Aikido and meditation became regular everyday practices and she then chose to move from cell biology to human trauma therapy. From the very beginning, the discoveries of neurobiology appealed to her as a researcher and were part of the clinical observations. Dr Janner Steffan is also trained in Family and couple therapy, Attachment, PITT, SE, Structural Dissociation, Polyvagal theory, Family constellation, and Holding.
Diana Fosha, Ph.D. is the developer of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy), healing oriented, transformational experiential model of therapy, and Founder and Director of the AEDP Institute. For the last 20 years, Diana has been active in promoting a scientific basis for a healing-oriented, attachment emotion- and transformation-focused trauma treatment model. Fosha’s work focuses on integrating neuroplasticity, recognition science and developmental dyadic research into experiential and transformational clinical work with patients. Her most recent work focuses on flourishing as a seamless part of the process of transforming emotional suffering. She is the author of The transforming power of affect: A model for accelerated change (Basic Books, 2000); co-author, with Natasha Prenn, of Supervision essentials for Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (APA, 2016); 1st editor, with Daniel Siegel and Marion Solomon, of The healing power of emotion: Affective neuroscience, development & clinical practice (Norton, 2009), and editor of the soon to be released AEDP 2.0: Undoing aloneness and the transformation of suffering into flourishing (APA, in press). Four DVDs of her live AEDP clinical work, including one documenting a complete 6-session treatment, and one on clinical supervision have been issued by the American Psychological Association (APA). Described by psychoanalyst James Grotstein as a “prizefighter of intimacy,” and by David Malan as “the Winnicott of [accelerated experiential] psychotherapy,” Diana Fosha’s writing style is powerful and precise, yet poetic and evocative. Her phrases, —” undoing aloneness,” “existing in the heart and mind of the other,” “stay with it and stay with me,” “rigor without shame” and “True Other” — capture the ethos of AEDP. Many of her papers are available through the AEDP website at www.aedpinstitute.org.
Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as an author, speaker, and consultant, she is also Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, an EMDR International Association Continuing Education Provider, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. She is co-author with Pat Ogden of “Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment” and author of “Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation” and “Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: A Workbook for Survivors and their Therapists.”
Ed Tronick, PhD, a developmental neuroscientist and clinical psychologist, is a world class researcher and teacher recognized internationally for his work on the neurobehavioral and social emotional development of infants and young children, parenting in the U.S. and other cultures, and infant-parent mental health. Dr. Tronick is a University Distinguished Professor of Psy¬chology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston; Director of the UMB Child Development Unit; Research Associate in Newborn Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and a Lecturer in Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School. He is also on the faculty of the Maternal and Child Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and Human Development at the Harvard School of Education, and a a member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Dr. Tronick developed the Still-face paradigm, which has become a standard experimental pro¬totype for studying social emotional development in the fields of pediatrics, psychiatry, clinical and child psychology, and nursing. In his studies using the still-face he revolutionized our under¬standing of the emotional capacities and coping of infants and the effects of factors such as ma¬ternal anxiety and depression on infant social emotional development. The goals of Dr. Tronick’s research are to understand the nature of the process of normal and abnormal developmental processes which are embedded in the moment by moment emotional and social exchanges of infants and young children and their caregivers.
Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry is the director of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research unit at the University of Western Ontario. She established the Traumatic Stress Service and the Traumatic Stress Service Workplace Program, services that specialized in the treatment and research of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related comorbid disorders. She currently holds the Harris-Woodman Chair in Mind-Body Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests focus on studying the neurobiology of PTSD and treatment outcome research examining various pharmacological and psychotherapeutic methods. She has authored more than 150 published papers and chapters in the field of traumatic stress and is currently funded by several federal funding agencies. She regularly lectures on the topic of PTSD nationally and internationally. She has recently published a book ‘Healing the traumatized self: consciousness, neuroscience, treatment’ with Paul Frewen.
Vittorio Gallese is full Professor of Physiology at the Dept. of Neuroscience of the University of Parma, Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at the Dept. of Art History and Archeology, Columbia University, New York, USA and Professor in Experimental Aesthetics at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of London, U.K. He is the coordinator of the PhD Program in Neuroscience and Director of the Doctoral School of Medicine of the Uni¬versity of Parma. Neuroscientist, among his main scientific contributions is the discovery of mirror neurons together with his colleagues of Parma, and the proposal of a new model of intersubjectivity: embodied simulation theory. He did research and taught at the Universities of Lausanne, Tokyo, Berkeley and Berlin. He is the author of more than 230 scientific articles published in international journals and books, of two books as author and three books as editor. He received the George Miller Fellowship from the Uni¬versity of California at Berkeley in 2001, the Grawemeyer Award for Psychology in 2007, the Doctor Honoris Causa from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium in 2010, the Arnold Pfeffer Prize for Neuro-psychoanalysis in New York in 2010, the Musatti Prize from the Italian Psychoanalytic Society in Milano in 2014, the Kosmos Fellowship from the Humboldt Universität of Berlin and the Einstein Fellowship at the Berlin School of Mind & Brain of Humboldt University for 2016-2018.
Deb Dana, LCSW is a clinician and consultant specializing in working with complex trauma. She is a consultant to the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute, clinical advisor to Khiron Clinics, and an advisor to Unyte. She developed the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and lectures internationally on ways Polyvagal Theory informs work with trauma survivors. Deb is the author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation (Norton, 2018), Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client-Centered Practices, (Norton, 2020) Befriending the Nervous System (Sounds True, 2020) co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018), and creator of the Polyvagal Flip Chart (Norton, 2020).