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Embodied Dialogue Series

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Sharing Our Collective Wisdom:
A Call To Action

with Jan Winhall, Ruth Lanius, and Elspeth Bradley

Friday 12pm-1pm EDT, September 6, 2024

Free to join, all welcome.

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My friend Elspeth Bradley and I recently spent an afternoon with Ruth Lanius and we had such a wonderful time exploring our shared journeys! Some themes emerged that are close to my heart:

  • Exploring the Power of Presence.
  • Creating safe spaces for women to reflect on our experiences as therapists, researchers, clients, in a patriarchal system.
  • How to create change through social movements.

I asked them if they would be interested in continuing our conversation and including you, dear friends, in our passionate dialogue. They agreed wholeheartedly!
Ruth will share her journey as a neuroscientist and clinician dedicated to working with trauma, Elspeth will share her background as a radical psychiatrist, devoted to working with neurodivergent populations, and I will share my journey as a deeply somatic and polyvagal informed trauma therapist. We will each start by giving a brief description of what we are most passionate about after decades of working in the field. Then we will open up our discussion so you all have a chance to explore and create with us. Together we will engage in an embodied collective dialogue.

About Jan Winhall

Jan Winhall, M.S.W.  P.I.F.O.T. is an author, teacher and seasoned trauma and addiction psychotherapist. She is an Educational Partner and Course Developer with the Polyvagal Institute where she offers a training program based on her book Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model, Routledge 2021. Completion of four levels leads students to become Felt Sense Polyvagal Model Facilitators. Her new book, 20 Embodied Practices for Healing Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model (publishing with Norton) will be available in March 2025. Jan also has a chapter coming out next year on the Embodied Assessment and Treatment Tool (EATT) in Somatic Oriented Therapies: Emodiment, Trauma and Polyvagal Perspectives (Norton). She is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto and a Certifying Co-Ordinator with the International Focusing Institute. Jan is Co-Director of the Borden Street Clinic where she supervises graduate students. She enjoys teaching all over the world.

Website: https://janwinhall.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jan-winhall-6a0a2314/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janwinhallcommunity
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@JanWinhall
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/janwinhall/

About Ruth Lanius

Ruth A. Lanius, M.D., Ph.D. is a Psychiatry Professor and Harris-Woodman Chair at Western University of Canada, where she is the director of the Clinical Research Program for PTSD. Ruth has over 25 years of clinical and research experience with trauma-related disorders. She established the Traumatic Stress Service at London Health Sciences Centre, a program that specializes in the treatment of psychological trauma.

Ruth has received numerous research and teaching awards, including the Banting Award for Military Health Research. She has published over 150 research articles and book chapters focusing on brain adaptations to psychological trauma and novel adjunct treatments for PTSD.

Ruth regularly lectures on the topic of psychological trauma both nationally and internationally. Ruth has co-authored two books: The Effects of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease: The Hidden Epidemic and Healing the Traumatized Self: Consciousness, Neuroscience, Treatment. Ruth is a passionate clinician scientist who endeavours to understand the first-person experience of traumatized individuals throughout treatment and how it relates to brain functioning.

Visit Ruth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ruthlanius/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/laniusRuth
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@ruthlanius6678

About Elspeth Bradley

Elspeth Bradley, BSc, MB BS, PhD, FRCPC, FRCPsych, is an Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) psychiatrist and psychotherapist and Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. She works in Ontario, Canada providing trauma informed support to individuals, families, family doctors and developmental services. Her approach is eclectic drawing on psychoanalytic (Self-Psychology), EMDR, Polyvagal, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Intensive Interaction/Responsive Communication and Books Beyond Words approaches, working primarily with individuals with little or no verbal language.

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The Felt Sense Polyvagal Approach to Trauma & Addiction Group is a place for you to explore with others, through a polyvagal lens, the experiences of trauma and addiction. We are focusing on understanding addiction through the lens of the nervous system, as an adaptive response to maladaptive environments. Our group is growing in leaps and bounds indicating a hunger for change, for the kind of transformative change that polyvagal theory brings us. The group interacts  online as part of the PVI (Polyvagal Institute) Community App. Once a month the group meets live on Zoom for an hour of exploration and discussion with a guest presenter, in what we now call the Embodied Dialogue Series. 

Free to join the group, all welcome!

PVI Community Member Guidelines

  1. We are cultivating cues of safety, so please be supportive.
  2. Encourage and support your colleagues – Remember criticism, cynicism, advice, or judgment may be signs of threat.
  3. Be courteous and assume the best intentions – respect all opinions, no hate speech.
  4. Share generously – Your stories and experiences may be what another person needs to hear today to solve a problem or seize an opportunity.
  5. Be constructive – We’re here to push each other forward and lift each other.
  6. Find ways to help each other find and create cues of safety and co-regulation, reframe challenges, and stay curious.
  7. Advertising, solicitation, personal or company promotion is not permitted. Those who don’t comply with the guidelines will be requested to leave the app.

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Jan Winhall, M.S.W.  P.I.F.O.T. is an author, teacher and seasoned trauma and addiction psychotherapist. She is an Educational Partner and Course Developer with the Polyvagal Institute where she offers a training program based on her book Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model, Routledge 2021. Completion of four levels leads students to become Felt Sense Polyvagal Model Facilitators. Her new book, 20 Embodied Practices for Healing Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model, will be published by Norton to be available in March 2025. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto and a Certifying Co-Ordinator with the International Focusing Institute. Jan is Co-Director of the Borden Street Clinic where she supervises graduate students. She enjoys teaching all over the world.

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