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Safe and Sound: How Your Voice Can Contribute to Healing Trauma

Stephen W Porges, PhD
1 Hour 54 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 19, 2021
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Can the way we use our voice actually help change a person’s nervous system? Polyvagal Theory provides a neurologically based understanding of how human vocalizations and the way we say what we say can support mental and physical health. Discover how the Safe and Sound Protocol promotes social engagement and safety in therapy.



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Stephen W. Porges, PhD, is a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he directs the Trauma Research Center within the Kinsey Institute. He holds the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of both 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 250 peer-reviewed scientific 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. The theory provides insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders including autism, anxiety, depression, ADD, PTSD, and schizophrenia. His research has led to the development of innovative interventions designed to stabilize behavioral and psychological states and to stimulate spontaneous social behavior that are being applied to autism and other clinical diagnoses.

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Financial: Dr. Stephen Porges has employment relationships with Indiana University Bloomington and the University of North Carolina. He is a published author and receives royalties. Dr. Porges receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He is a scientific advisor to Integrated Learning Systems/Unyte and receives a royalty. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.

Non-financial: Dr. Stephen Porges is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Psychophysiological Research.

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  1. Investigate the nervous system’s response to auditory signals after trauma.
  2. Apply features of vocalization to enact desired responses changes in the nervous system.
  3. Extrapolate therapeutic interventions from research on trauma and the auditory circuits of the nervous system.
  4. Demonstrate 3 ways to use the auditory and vocal systems during trauma treatment.


  • How trauma “re-tunes” the auditory system in trauma survivors  
  • How to apply the specific features of vocalizations and vocal music that can help create a sense of calm and safety for clients  
  • How to utilize the voice to support the regulation of clients’ nervous systems and support healing 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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