About the course
This 2-hour on-demand course combines a lecture by Dr. Thibault with a conversation between he and Dr. Porges which takes a polyvagal view of the course material. The course integrates foundational information on pre-birth trauma, including epigenetics, as well as information on the sensitive period of attachment post-birth. Tenets of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Polyvagal Theory are taught within a framework geared to helping adoptive parents better understand managing attachment and developmental trauma. Highly informative for both professionals in the field as well as for parents.
Norman E. Thibault, PhD, LMFT
Stephen Porges, PhD
Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He is the originator of the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral, mental, and health problems related to traumatic experiences. He is also the creator of a music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol ™, which is used by therapists to improve language processing, state regulation, and spontaneous social engagement.