Peter Levine, PhD
Somatic Experiencing: Healing Trauma Through the Wisdom of the Body

Key Points:

Why trauma so profoundly affects the physical body
The difference between “bottom-up” and “top-down” therapies
Methods for counteracting the arising of shame and other intense negative emotions

The Healing Trauma Summit presenter “Zainab Salbi”

Zainab Salbi
The War Within: Rediscovering Ourselves in the Wake of Trauma

Key Points:

Why breaking the silence around trauma can be both the most difficult and important step on the path to resolution
The steps for beginning to understand all the dimensions of traumatic experience, including serious self-examination
What it will take for movements such as #MeToo to foster lasting societal change

The Healing Trauma Summit presenter “Stephen W. Porges, PhD”

Stephen W. Porges, PhD
Connectedness as a Biological Imperative: Understanding Trauma Through the Lens of the Polyvagal Theory

Key Points:

How to describe an explicit statement of the polyvagal theory
How a polyvagal perspective provides insights into clinical assessment and treatment
Describing a face-heart connection that defines a social engagement system that links our bodily feelings with facial expression, vocal intonation, and gesture
How maladaptive behavior, including states of dissociation, may be an emergent property of an adaptive physiological state triggered by survival mechanisms