The Heart of Learning: Using Relationships to Create Safe Learning Environments
Presented by the Rebecca School and ICDL
Friday March 6, 2020
8:00AM - 4:00PM
Executive Conference Center
1601 Broadway
New York City
Professionals $150 ($125 Early Bird before January 7, 2020)
Parents, Students, and Self-Advocates $95
Keynote Presenter
Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D

Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland.  He served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers across several disciplines including anesthesiology, biomedical engineering, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, neuroscience, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, psychometrics, space medicine, and substance abuse. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders. The theory is leading to innovative treatments based on insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders. He is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation (Norton, 2011), The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe, (Norton, 2017) and co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018).  He is the creator of a music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol ™ , which currently is used by more than 1400 therapists to improve spontaneous social engagement, to reduce hearing sensitivities, and to improve language processing, state regulation, and spontaneous social engagement.

Breakout Sessions:  Professionals from Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Counseling, Social Work, Education, Music Therapy, and related fields will present interdisciplinary presentations from a DIR® Floortime developmental perspective.  Video examples and real world applications will be used to illustrate theoretical developmental perspectives.  A more detailed description of breakout sessions will be posted soon.
Continuing Education & Presenter Disclosure Statements: ICDL is in the process of applying for CEU credits for speech therapists, social workers, teachers, counselors, and occupational therapists.  We will post an update on the status by January 1, 2020. 

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