• 20-22 OCTOBER 2017 @NEW YORK

    Attachment and Trauma:
    The Neurobiology of Healing

    Join us for 3 days full of inspiration and education on Attachment and Trauma. 11 speakers will provide insights into their work and offer ways to make us all better at what we do.



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October 2017 - Attachment and trauma : The neurobiology of healing


We are proud to introduce 11 speakers from all over the world to participate in this year's Congress.


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Sue Johnson

Facing the Dragon Together: Working with Traumatized Couples in Emotionally Focused Therapy

The most potent arena for healing traumatic injuries is in the arms of a trusted loved one, paradoxically the emotional dysregulation resulting from such injuries is also toxic for close relationships. This workshop will outline the attachment perspective on trauma and recovery from trauma and describe the three phases of couples treatment, stabilization, restructuring attachment and shaping restorative interactions, and consolidation. The treatment of relationship traumas such as infidelities and wounding abandonments will also be addressed. Specific issues that arise with traumatized partners, such as intense escalation and chronic numbing will be addressed.


An overview of attachment science and the map for intervention this science offers as provided by Emotionally Focused Therapy

An overview of an attachment perspective on trauma and the unique aspects of working with traumatized couples

Working in session with the escalation/reactivity and the numbing and frozen withdrawal that are part of PTSD

This will consist of didactic presentation, the viewing of DVD’s of EFT sessions and experiential exercises, as well as question and answer and discussion of cases material.

Objectives: Participants will learn how to:

1. Understand the trauma trap – how the echoes of trauma destroy relationships and relationship breakdown perpetuates traumatic stress
2. Outline the perspective offered by attachment science for treating couples dealing with trauma – the necessity for relationship intervention
3. Systematically use the interventions of EFT to shape a secure bond that allows a couple to face trauma together and to face it well.

Suggested Reading – books by Dr Sue :

Love Sense: The revolutionary new science of romantic relationships (2013)

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love (2008)

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy for Trauma Survivors (2002)

Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist – The Workbook (2005)

Peter Levine

Peter A. Levine, PhD Fall 2017

Physiology of Bonding and Attachment: Restoring Broken Connections New York Congress of the Institute of Cognitive Science

“Attachment and Trauma: The Neurobiology of Healing”

Those first, complex interactions and processes that both parent and infant will experience profoundly shape the child’s larger perspectives of the world throughout the developmental arc of their lives. When there is a disruption in bonding, such as what occurs in trauma, these perceptions become distorted, and our capacity for confidence, happiness and drive for connection and attachment becomes diminished as we are cut off from our social mammalian heritage.

Trauma is the product of overwhelming stress that locks the mind and body in a state of perpetual danger, tension and hyper-activation or “shutdown.” Utilizing body-based tools can allow the infant and child to gradually access these difficult sensations so that they can be integrated and transformed. By employing a graduated (titrated) approach, the evolutionary based bonding physiology can “come back online.” This way distortions and fragmentations of the infant-self can be renegotiatedas child and parent emerge together stronger and closer.

Dr. Peter A Levine has written several bestselling books on trauma including two books on children and trauma: Trauma Proofing Your Kids: A Parents Guide to Instilling Confidence, Resilience and Joy; as well as Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing. During this presentation, Dr. Levine will provide a tour of the evolutionary brain structures that are involved in stress responses, as well as a guide to how the brain develops in utero, showing how these structures interrelate and provide a coherent strategy for effective treatment.

Vittorio Gallese

Emotions in action. Emotion regulation and recognition in traumatized and neglected young individuals.

Vittorio Gallese 1, 2
1Dept. Of Neuroscience, University of Parma, Italy.
2Institute of Philosophy. School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK.

According to a widely shared perspective, experiencing and expressing a given emotion are two different and independent processes. I’ll propose an alternative perspective: the behaviour connected to a specific emotion is part of the emotion itself. In my talk I will present and discuss recent neuroscientific studies showing the link between emotion experience and expression. I will also present recent empirical research on the impact of trauma and neglect on emotion regulation and recognition in children and young adolescents.
Stephen Porges

The Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe:

Safety is critical in enabling humans to optimize their potential. The neurophysiological processes associated with feeling safe are a prerequisite not only for social behavior but also for accessing both the higher brain structures that enable humans to be creative and generative and the lower brain structures involved in regulating health, growth, and restoration. The Polyvagal Theory explains how social behavior turns off defenses and promotes opportunities to feel safe. It provides an innovative model to understand bodily responses to trauma and stress and the importance of the client’s physiological state in mediating the effectiveness of clinical treatments. From a Polyvagal perspective, interventions that target the capacity to feel safe and use social behavior to regulate physiological state can be effective in treating psychological disorders that are dependent on defense systems.
We are proud to introduce 11 speakers from
all over the world to participate in this year
Antonio Damasio

Title: “The Neurobiology of Feeling”

Brief Abstract:

The management of attachment and trauma require a clear perspective on the relations between body and brain and on how they assist the construction of feelings and emotions. In my lecture I will review recent findings and fundamental theory on these subjects.

Rachel Yehuda

Biological Correlates of Treatment Outcome and Symptom Improvement in PTSD

Can information obtained from blood provide meaningful information to clinicians seeking information relevant to detection of risk, prognosis, diagnosis or treatment response related to PTSD? To date, there have been numerous, large efforts underway to detect PTSD biomarkers. This presentation will review the rationale for new integrative biological approaches towards biomarker detection in PTSD as well provide an update on the state of the science and data thus far. Knowledge about molecular networks is critical for informing treatment innovation for PTSD, and blood markers have the greatest potential for widespread application. A scientific risk is that peripheral blood will not reflect the brain regions associated with PTSD, but validation studies with animals comparing blood to brain, and reprogrammed human neuronal cell comparisons. These approaches, and the data that can be obtained from them, will be discussed. The presentation will also comment on what promising future data can be anticipated towards the development of customized precision medicine techniques. Indeed, to the extent that molecular disruptions related to PTSD can be identified, it will be possible to use novel drug repositioning approaches to identify novel treatments for PTSD.

Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Director, Traumatic Stress Studies Division
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Director, Mental Health Patient Care Center
James J. Peters VA Medical Center

Robin Shapiro

Identifying, Unzipping, and Reassigning "Protector" Parts in Dissociated Clients

This practical talk shows how to use ego state therapy (and EMDR, if you know it) to work with entrenched and often self-destructive parts that may "protect" clients from uncomfortable (negative or positive) affect, intimacy, or new, positive experiences in their healing process.
Allan N. Schore

The growth-promoting role of mutual regression in deep psychotherapy

Dr. Schore will discuss his ongoing theoretical and clinical work on therapeutic expertise in facilitating structural changes
in the patient’s early developing right brain attachment and stress regulating systems. He will focus on right brain systems of the deep unconscious, and how they can be directly accessed in treatment. Expanding his neurobiological studies of interpersonal creativity and clinical intuition he will present neuropsychoanalytic models of both structural and topographic regression in the treatment of early attachment trauma, and will differentiate clinical work with spontaneous enactments and controlled mutual regressions at different stages of therapy. He will argue that the concept of regression, banished at the end of the last century, needs to return to the clinical literature.

Pat Ogden

Pat Ogden, PhD, is a pioneer in somatic psychology and the Founder and Education Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, an internationally recognized school specializing in somatic–cognitive approaches for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and attachment disturbances.  Her Institute, based in Broomfield Colorado, has 19 certified trainers who conduct Sensorimotor Psychotherapy trainings of over 400 hours for mental health professionals throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute has certified hundreds of psychotherapists throughout the world in this method.  She is co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, past faculty of Naropa University (1985-2005), a clinician, consultant, and sought after international lecturer. Dr. Ogden is the first author of two groundbreaking books in somatic psychology: Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015) both published in the Interpersonal Neurobiology Series of W. W. Norton, and numerous articles.  Her current interests include writing and developing training programs in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for children adolescents and families with colleagues, Embedded Relational Mindfulness, culture and diversity, couple therapy and working with challenging clients.

Beyond Conversation: Neuroplasticity, Embedded Relational Mindfulness and the Body

The manner in which we think, feel, and act is based on early learning that is established into patterns of organizing internal experience over time.  Rewiring the brain is potentiated when clients discover these routines, inhibit them, and practice new options.  Using mindfulness in the therapy hour quiets the mind and increases sensitivity to internal signals -- sensations, movements and emotions -- that sustain the routines.  Sensorimotor Psychotherapy’s relational mindfulness calls for clients to verbally share their moment to moment awareness of internal signals with the therapist, rather that only noticing the signals in solitude and privacy, as is the case with most mindfulness and meditation practices.  Embedded relational mindfulness cannot take place without safety. This presentation will clarify the foundational principles of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy that, when embodied, convey an active, deep compassion and positive regard to the client that optimizes relational safety. Drawing on the polyvagal theory, affect regulation theory, and principles of interpersonal neurobiology, principles and interventions of sensorimotor psychotherapy that capitalize on the brain’s capacity for neuroplastic change will be illustrated through video illustrations and brief experiential exercises.   In a safe therapeutic relationship, with interventions that specifically target emotional, psychological and physical signals that contribute to suffering, clients can process painful states (including child or regressive states), and then focus their attention on novel actions that change these states and speak directly to the unconscious implicit self in ways that words rarely do.

Daniel Siegel

Daniel Siegel


"The Science of Consciousness and the Future of Psychotherapy."

The advances across a range of disciplines---including brain science, psychiatry, attachment theory, quantum physics, and spirituality to name just a few---have expanded our conception of consciousness and their implications for the practice of psychotherapy.   Once we offer a definition of the mind, a new view of mental health emerges, one that involves an embodied and relational regulation of energy and information flow as the mind self-organizes our lives. What self-organization is, and how consciousness can be integrated within psychotherapy to cultivate well-being will be explored.


Diana Fosha

Title: The Neurobiology of Healing:
A Framework for Undoing Aloneness and Doing Transformational Work in AEDP

Abstract: Four foundational aspects of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) allow it to reliably do transformational work and transform suffering into flourishing:
(i) Its healing orientation, and its belief, supported by neurobiology and recent advances in neuroplasticity, that we are all self-righting organisms wired with an innate motivational tendency, towards health, healing and growth, which in the right environments, can be potentiated into clinical action; (ii) Undoing the aloneness that people feel in the face of overwhelming emotional experiences through an attachment-based stance and dyadic affect regulatory techniques; (iii) Mobilizing subcortical affective systems specialized to adapt to environmental changes by rapidly transforming behavior through its experiential interventions and transformational work with intense emotions; and
(iv) Metatherapeutic processing techniques, where, by experientially working with the experience of transformation, and the positive emotions invariably associated with moments of change for the better, non-finite upward spirals of positive emotions are systematically activated. The positive emotions that fuel the self with energy and vitality, are the vehicles of neuroplasticity that, in effect, re-wire the brain.
AEDP emphasizes the co-creation of safety: with accompaniment, patients can risk revisiting past trauma and suffering. Healing and neuroplasticity are set in motion through fully experiencing previously feared emotions in a secure relationship, and through gentle, yet focused, explicit attention to the experience of healing within the patient-therapist relationship. Processing both traumatic and restorative emotional experiences to completion, the AEDP process culminates in vitality, energy, and the non-finite positive emotion-fueled spirals of resilience, well-being and creativity that are so highly correlated with health.
Clinical videotapes of AEDP in action will be used to illuminate how, through undoing aloneness and experiential work with transformational experience, emotional suffering can be not only ameliorated, but systematically and reliably transformed into resilience, flourishing, and well being.

Bio: Diana Fosha is the developer of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy), and founder and current director of the AEDP Institute, an internationally recognized school that specializes in training therapists in a healing-oriented transformational approach to the treatment of attachment trauma. A leader in the field of transformational studies in trauma treatment, Fosha’s work on healing transformational processes focuses on integrating neuroplasticity, recognition science and developmental dyadic research into experiential clinical process work with patients. She is the author of The transforming power of affect: A model for accelerated change (Basic Books, 2000); with Natasha Prenn, co-author of Supervision essentials for Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. APA, 2016); and senior editor, with Daniel Siegel and Marion Solomon, of The healing power of emotion: Affective neuroscience, development & clinical practice (Norton, 2009). She is the author of numerous papers and chapters on healing transformational processes in experiential therapy and trauma treatment. Three DVDs of her live AEDP clinical work have been issued by the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Fosha practices in New York City and leads workshops and trainings worldwide. She was previously on the faculty of the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology of NYU and Mt. Sinai Medical Centers in New York. Many of her papers are available through the AEDP website at www.aedpinstitute.org.


  • Oct 20th - 22nd, 2017
    New York

  • 8.30 - 9.30


  • 09.30 - 11:00

    Stephen Porges

    “The Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe”
  • 11.00 - 11.30


  • 11.30 - 12.30

    Daniel Siegel


    "The Science of Consciousness and the Future of Psychotherapy."

  • 12.30 - 14.00


  • 14.00 - 15.30

    Rachel Yehuda

    “Biological correlates of treatment outcome and symptom improvement in PTSD”
  • 15.30 - 16.00


  • 16.00 - 17.30

    Pat Odgen

    Beyond Conversation: Neuroplasticity, Embedded
    Relational Mindfulness and the Body
  • 17:30 - 18:30


  • 9.00 - 10.30

    Antonio Damasio

    “The Neurobiology of Feeling”
  • 10.30 - 11.00


  • 11.00 - 12.30

    Vittorio Gallese

    “Emotions in action. Emotion regulation and recognition in traumatized and neglected young individuals”
  • 12.30 - 14.00

    Lunch break

  • 14.00 - 15.30

    Allan Schore

    “The growth-promoting role of mutual regression in deep psychotherapy”
  • 15.30 - 16.00


  • 16.00 - 17.30

    Sue Johnson

    “Facing the dragon together: working with traumatized couples in emotionally focused therapy”
  • 17.30 - 18.30


  • 9.00 - 10.30

    Diana Fosha

    “The Neurobiology of Healing: A Framework for Undoing Aloneness and Doing Transformational Work in AEDP”
  • 10.30 - 11.00


  • 11.00 - 12.30

    Peter Levine

    “Physiology of Bonding and Attachment : Renegotiating/Restoring Broken Connection”
  • 12.30 - 14.00


  • 14.00 - 15.30

    Robin Shapiro

    “Identifying, unzipping, and reassigning “protector” parts in dissociated clients”
  • 15.30 - 16.00


  • 16.00 - 18.00



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