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USABP FORUM – Integrating Addiction and Trauma Treatment

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USABP - IBPJ FORUM PRESENTS: A Paradigm Shift Using Bottom-Up, Top-Down, and Systemic Models

This event was a USABP fundraiser that took place in February 2021 and has now been released for general public viewing.

Addiction treatment has been driven by a pathologizing model that leaves out the wisdom of the body in the healing journey. This forum brings together leading experts who share the evolving new paradigms based on cultural trends, scientific discoveries, recent research, new clinical approaches, and treatment center experiences.

Clinicians, practitioners, professionals, and staffers can expect to get big-picture and in-practice insights for treatment as expert panelists address aspects of managed care at treatment centers and the inter-related treatment of trauma and addiction using bottom-up and top-down integrative approaches. 

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Panelists & Topics

Master of Ceremonies – Introductions
Liam Blume, CPRA
Programs Director
United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP)

A Clinical & Historical Perspective:
Treating Addiction, Trauma and Emotional Loss Together amidst a Toxic Culture

Dr. Gabor Mate
Addiction expert
Speaker-author on trauma, addiction, stress, and childhood development
His next book is The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture (Arriving September 2022)


The Unfolding Findings of Threat Response with Addiction
Dr. Stephen W. Porges
Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University
Founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium.
President of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences
A former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award
Author including, Polyvagal Safety: Attachment, Communication, and Self-Regulation (Norton, 2021)
Creator of a music-based intervention, the SSP (Safe and Sound Protocol ™)
Honorary Director of Research, USABP
2018 Pioneer Award Recipient, USABP

The Felt Sense Polyvagal Model of Trauma and Addiction
Seeing Addictions as Adaptive Responses to Maladaptive Environments

Jan Winhall, MSW, RSW, FOT
Co-Director, Borden Street Clinic
Director, Focusing on BordenCoordinator with the International Focusing Institute
Adjunct Lecturer, University of Toronto
Author of Treating Trauma and Addiction with The Felt Sense Polyvagal Model, Routledge, 2021

New Perspectives on the Therapeutic Use of Touch in Clinical Work
Right Brain-to-Right Brain Implicit Processes for Integrated Attachment Repair
Dr. Aline LaPierre, PsyD, MFT
Editor-in-Chief, International Body Psychotherapy Journal
Founder, NeuroAffective Touch® Institute
Co-author of Healing Developmental Trauma: How Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship

Research Presentation:
Mindful Interoceptive Awareness Training for those in Recovery

Dr. Cynthia Price, MA, LMT
Director of the Center for Mindful Body Awareness
Research Professor at the University of Washington
Research studies have been community-based and include large
NIH-funded randomized controlled trials focusing on Substance Dependency, PTSD, and HIV
Author of two scales to measure interoceptive awareness: the Scale of Body Connection (SBC) and the Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness (MAIA).

Treatment Center Care:
Systemically incorporating bottom-up and top-down approaches into treatment center practices

Dr. Joanne Barron, PsyD, NMP, Co-Founder of Trauma & Beyond
Certified Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing
(Attachment-Focused – EMDR)
Certified Neuroaffective Relational Model Provider and Training Assistant (NARM)
Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM)
Psychobiological Relational Psychology

General Agenda 

  • Movement:
    Open event with movement and/or focusing felt sense exercise that sets up the program
  • Panel:
    – Short expert panel introductions and short presentations from panelists
    – Panel reactions to opening remarks plus discussion on set topics proctored by MC
  • Advanced Q&A from registrant submissions
  • Live audience Q&A time thru zoom chat (time permitting).
  • IBPJ New Edition Announcements & USABP Closing
 Join and support the USABP. For a little more money paid as a member – instead of an event registrant – you can participate in 12 plus upcoming webinars FREE and get access to the library of training – lectures. Plus get the International digital and/or printed version of the International Peer Reviewed Journal and much more.

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. 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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