Treating Trauma & Addiction – Jan Winhall
Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model: A Bottom-Up Approach
Saturday October 30, 1-3pm
“A new, deeply humane and promising model of addiction treatment.” Gabor Mate
In this informative workshop Jan, author of Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model: A Bottom-Up Approach, takes us through her inspiring and effective approach to treating Trauma and Addictions – and introduces effective embodied practices that allow us to tap into the body’s inner wisdom.
In sharp contrast with the current top-down medicalized method to treating addiction, Jan presents the felt sense polyvagal model (FSPM), a paradigm-shifting, bottom-up approach that considers addiction as an adaptive attempt to regulate emotional states and trauma.
The felt sense polyvagal model draws from Porges’ polyvagal theory, Gendelin’s felt sense, and Lewis’ learning model of addiction to offer a deeply embodied way of conceptualizing and treating addiction through supporting autonomic regulation. This model de-pathologizes addiction as it teaches embodied practices through tapping into the felt sense, the body’s inner wisdom.
This compassionate approach to understanding and treating trauma and addiction is adaptable to any school of psychotherapy and will appeal to addiction and trauma specialists, and clinicians and practitioners in all mental health fields.
This informative workshop will also be of support to those personally seeking alternative approaches to working through their trauma and addictions.
Jan Winhall, MSW, FOT is an author, teacher, and psychotherapist. She is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Social Work, University of Toronto. She is director of Focusing on Borden, a psychotherapy and training center. Jan presents internationally on trauma and addiction.