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Polyvagal Institute International Gathering Embodiment Session

To optimize the human experience by creating a safe and connected world.

OUR VISION:

Stephen Porges first presented Polyvagal Theory in 1994. Over the next 10 years it was gradually adopted by a new wave of leading trauma therapists who found in Polyvagal Theory (PVT) a clear explanation for the effectiveness of their body-based methodologies. For these new-thinking therapists, and the generation of clinicians who followed, Polyvagal Theory opened up the ‘black box’ that is our nervous system and connected, for the first time, our sense of safety with behavior and communication patterns. 
 

In the past few years, the polyvagal perspective has spread beyond the field of trauma to other disciplines as well as to the broader wellness and healthcare communities. We, as a society, are in the process of realizing we communicate through our nervous systems as much as our intellects. Hear from experienced polyvagalists working in a variety of disciplines what the theory means to them in this video about Polyvagal Theory.

We’ve launched Polyvagal Institute, a non-profit organization, as a means to further this trend. Founded by Stephen Porges, Deb Dana, Karen Onderko, and Randall Redfield in 2020, PVI's mission is to advance social communication and connectivity by building community, facilitating research, improving quality of care, and offering education on this new understanding of the mind/body system. We believe we can effect change at both individual and societal levels: as individuals, we become better, more compassionate communicators as we understand how human connections are formed, and as a society we can glean a new paradigm for providing care, whether the care be given in a hospital or classroom or home.  

Thank you for joining us on this journey. Give us feedback, chime in, and if you think we’re on the right track we’d love to have your support!

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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George Thompson, MD

Chairman of the Board

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Karen Onderko 

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Niki Elliott, PhD

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Kal Kseib, DPsych,

MSc, MA

Les Aria

Les Aria, PhD

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Stephen Porges, PhD, 

​Ex Officio Board Member 

OUR TEAM

Randall Redfield

Randall Redfield

Executive Director and

Co-Founder​

Blake O'Connor

Blake O'Connor

Director of Education

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Suzie Cavassa

Chief Operating Officer

Jen Stengel

Jen Stengel

Director of Enrollment

& Customer Care

Jerry Mocciola

Jerry Mocciola

Media Director

Stephanie D'angelo

Stephanie D'Angelo

Head of Organizational Training & PVI Community App Manager 

Caroline Vasquez

Caroline Vásquez

Director of Marketing & Communications 

Chanti Calabria

Chanti Calabria

Events & Communications Coordinator

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OUR FOUNDERS

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Deb Dana, LCSW

Co-Founder

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Stephen Porges, PhD

​Ex Officio Board Member and Co-Founder

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Karen Onderko

Board Member and

Co-Founder

Randall Redfield

Randall Redfield

Executive Director and Co-Founder

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Founders

OUR ADVISORS

Sue Carter

Sue Carter
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Ruth Lanius

Ruth Lanius
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Chris Rutgers

Chris Rutgers
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Diana Fosha

Diana Fosha
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Peter Levine

Peter Levine
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Dan Siegel

Dan Siegel
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David Hanscom

David Hanscom
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Gabor Mate

Gabor Maté
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Marilyn Sanders

Marilyn Sanders
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Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson
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Pat Ogden

Pat Ogden
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Ed Tronick

Ed Tronick
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Bessel van der Kolk

Bessel van der Kolk
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George Rapier

George Rapier III
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