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Jan Winhall FOT 2023

Jan Winhall

Jan Winhall - Revolutionizing Trauma and Addiction Treatment with the Felt Sense  Polyvagal Model™ 

Our current model of understanding addiction as a brain disease is failing. The Felt  Sense Polyvagal Model™ (FSPM) shifts the current pathologizing paradigm to a strength-based approach. Through the lens of Polyvagal theory, addictive behaviors are seen as the bodies adaptive attempt to regulate by acting as propellers that facilitate neurophysiological shifts in our nervous system.
This presentation is an introduction to my book Treating Trauma and Addiction with  the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model. The FSPM teaches clinicians a new way of  working with two embodied processes, interoception (felt sense) and neuroception  (polyvagal). Application of the model will be demonstrated in an introduction to The  Embodied Assessment and Treatment Tool. (EATT)™. 

Jan Winhall, M.S.W. 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 teaches a certificate course based on her book Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model, Routledge 2021. 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.