Polyvagal Teory, Oxytocin & the Neurobiology Of Social Behavior
Presenter: Stephen W. Porges, PhD and C. Sue Carter, PhD
A TWO DAY WORKSHOP for all healthcare, therapeutic and education professionals, including a network dinner with the guest Professors. Understanding how our nervous system reacts to and recovers from experiences of threat, stress, and trauma.
You will learn:
Stephen W. Porges
- Principles and features of the Polyvagal Theory.
- How health and illness are manifested in the Social Engagement System.
- The adaptive and maladaptive functions of neuroception.
- How the vagal brake regulates behavioural and emotional reactivity.
- How the Polyvagal Theory provides insights into clinical assessment and treatment.
- How oxytocin contributes to a neurobiology of social bonding and love.
- How oxytocin is involved in regulating stress and enhancing health.
- How oxytocin mediates the impact of social support, social bonds, and trusting relationships on physical and mental health.
- How oxytocin and vasopressin act as “neuromodulators” within the theoretical context of Polyvagal Theory.
, PhD is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he directs the Trauma Research Initiative within the Kinsey Institute. He holds the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of both the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioural & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines including anesthesiology, biomedical engineering, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, neuroscience, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, psychometrics, space medicine, and substance abuse. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory. The theory provides insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders including autism, anxiety, depression, ADD, PTSD, and schizophrenia.
C. Sue Carter
, PhD is Director of the Kinsey Institute and Rudy Professor of Biology at Indiana University Bloomington and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she co-directed the Brain-Body Centre in the Department of Psychiatry. She formerly held the position of Distinguished University Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland and prior to that was Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology, Ethology and Evolution at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr Carter is past president of the International Behavioural Neuroscience Society and holds fellow status in that Society and in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Award. She has authored more than 275 publications, including editorship of 5 books including Attachment and Bonding: A New Synthesis
(MIT Press, 2006). Dr Carter discovered the important role that oxytocin plays in establishment of social bonds and parental behaviour.