Psychiatry Grand Rounds – The Emergence of Polyvagal Informed Therapies: Harnessing the Neuroception of Safe in Clinical Treatment

Presented by:
Stephen Porges, PhD

Distinguished University Scientist

Kinsey Institute

Indiana University

Faculty Disclosure:

Dr Porges has disclosed that he receives other financial and material support from license technology for the Safe and Sound Protocol to Integrated Listening Systems/Unyte. No one else in a position to control content has any financial relationships to disclose.

Conflict of interest information for the CME Advisory Committee members can be found on the following website:

Release Date: February 1, 2021
Expiration Date:  January 31, 2024

Target Audience: Primary Care Physicians, Specialty Physicians, Clinical Neurologists

Learning Objectives:

As a result of participation in this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe how specific circuits in the autonomic nervous system are related to social and defensive behaviors.
  2. Describe the physical features of the clinical conditions necessary to promote feelings of safety in the client.
  3. Explain why deficits in the Social Engagement System are core features of several psychiatric disorders.
  4. Explain how trauma triggers neural states that support defensive reactions and disrupt typical function of the auto-nomic nervous system.

Requirements for successful completion: Certificates are awarded upon successful completion (80% proficiency) of the post-test.

Accreditation: The University of Florida College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit: The University of Florida College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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