- How persistent and chronic pain can be understood by incomplete sympathetic fight/flight responses;
- Specific direct and indirect somatic strategies to help regulate dorsal vagal responses linked to pain;
- Ways to down-regulate sympathetic active defense responses related to pain;
- How social engagement is the solution to more primitive causes of pain;
- Ways to teach self-regulation of pain related to active defenses;
- Tools to turn on the ventral vagal response to widen the window of healing opportunities;
- How the fear/immobility cycle is connected to both the sympathetic and dorsal vagal circuits and how to help clients move out of this cycle.
Live demonstrations and practice exercises will be used to expand key points and develop skills. The ventral vagal engagement between therapists and client will be explored, and avenues to repair that promote integration and developmental maturation will be examined. Case consultation and clinical discussions are welcomed.
This first day emphasises Polyvagal Science and its unique links to the creation of trauma and pain and keys to their solution. We will review clues in body expression that may indicate trauma, and how persistent or chronic pain can be explained by incomplete fight, flight, and freeze/shutdown. We will discuss the fear/immobility cycle, how it is connected to both the sympathetic and dorsal vagal circuits, and practice strategies to help clients move through this cycle.
The second day provides a focus on Polyvagal Solutions for Emotional and Physical Pain Conditions. We will highlight Sympathetic/Adrenal pain and effective interventions, Social Engagement and Ventral Vagal pain and solutions, and pain related to dorsal vagal shut-down, freeze and dissociation. We will explore the role of faulty neuroception and how to shift these reactions, and examine how the ventral vagal connection can be viewed as the solution to more primitive, early life roots of pain.
We will also identify and practice strategies drawn from Somatic Experiencing and Somatic Ego-State Therapy to help regulate dorsal vagal responses linked to pain, to down-regulate sympathetic hyperactivated responses related to pain, and tools to turn on ventral vagal responses so that healing is possible and enduring.
19th October 2019 – 20th October 2019 all-day
Maggie Phillips, Ph.D., lives and works as a licensed clinical psychologist in the Oakland Hills above the San Francisco Bay. As the author of four books and numerous papers, chapters, and articles on trauma, dissociation, pain, ego-state therapy, hypnosis, and mind-body healing, she specialises in the treatment of traumatic stress, dissociation, and pain disorders. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and co-recipient of its Crasilneck award for the best writing in the field of hypnosis. Maggie is also a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and co-recipient of its Cornelia Wilbur award for contributions to the study and treatment of dissociation. She has taught at major conferences and presented invited addresses and workshops on Energy Psychology, Somatic ExperiencingÒ, trauma, hypnosis, Ego-State Therapy, EMDR, and behavioural medicine, in the U.S., the UK, Canada, Europe, South Africa, Australia, Scandinavia, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, and Japan. Her most recent best-selling books, Freedom From Pain (co-authored with Peter Levine) and Reversing Chronic Pain: A 10-Point All-Natural Program, were released in 2012 and 2007.
She is creator of a companion online pain self-help program and a pain CD coaching program available at www.reversingchronicpain.com. Maggie is also creator and host of a popular monthly teleseminar/webinar and newsletter series (www.maggiephillipsphd.com), which has featured a recent webinar series with Peter Levine and Stephen Porges on Polyvagal Solutions to Pain and Trauma and several e-courses co-presented with Peter Levine, including an audio series on Somatic Approaches to Treating Pain and Trauma, which provided the genesis for their joint best selling book, Freedom From Pain. Maggie has also released two e-books on Ego-State Therapy (co-authored with Claire Frederick, MD): Empowering the Self through Ego-State Therapy, and Ego-State Therapy in Mindbody Healing. She has also recorded two pain CD programs, “Hypnosis: The Pain Solution” and “Hypnosis: The Headache Solution” distributed by www.hypnosisnetwork.com. Her earlier books are Finding the Energy to Heal (W.W. Norton, 2000) and Healing the Divided Self (W.W. Norton, 1995), co-authored with Dr. Claire Frederick, MD. As an innovator in mindbody healing and in the treatment of persistent pain and trauma, Dr. Phillips is particularly interested in the interface of trauma, dissociation, and emotional and physical pain conditions.