Guest Speaker: Deb Dana, LCSW
Host: Stephanie West Allen, JD, PPI Dean of Neuroscience and Contemplative Practices
Description: Social distancing, mask wearing, media warnings. What lasting responses will the pandemic have on our feelings of safety around others? What happens when over and over we see other people as cues of danger? How do we cope with the many new paradoxes and choices presented by COVID and the constant reminders of the uncertainty of an ambiguous future? How can we protect ourselves from sadness, anger, or despair resulting from loss of usual ways of life and feelings of control? Are there ways to use the pandemic as a catalyst to become more thoughtful, productive, and creative? Is it possible to smile at others from behind our masks with our voices and eyes?
Please join us as Deb Dana, an expert on the Polyvagal Theory, looks at dilemmas presented by this unique time in our lives and shows us practices, mindsets, and skills that can increase our sense of safety and calmness, connection and comfort, effectiveness and freedom.
Introduction to Our Guest Speaker
Deb Dana, LCSW is a clinician and consultant specializing in working with complex trauma. She is a consultant to the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute, Clinical Advisor to Khiron Clinics, and an advisor to Unyte. She developed the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and lectures internationally on ways Polyvagal Theory informs work with trauma survivors. Deb is the author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation, Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client-Centered Practices, co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies.