CPTSD Books | February, 2024 Releases

Check out the latest CPTSD Books February 2024 Releases from Dr. Stephen Porges and Deb Dana, prominent Polyvagal Theory experts.

We also spotlight Reiner Hartmann’s The Power of the Vagus Nerve: The Up-To-Date Guide to Enhancing Vagal Tone and Boosting Brain & Body Energy

Polyvagal Prompts by Deb Dana | February, 2024 New Release


Discover the remarkable ways your nervous system works in service of your safety and well-being in Polyvagal Prompts by Deb Dana.

Polyvagal Theory, developed by researcher and scientist Dr. Stephen Porges and popularized by therapist Deb Dana, has impacted countless lives.

It has changed the way therapists work with their clients and provided a pathway toward healing for those who have experienced hardship or trauma.

In Polyvagal Prompts by Deb Dana and Courtney Rolfe invite readers to explore their nervous systems through Polyvagal Theory with engaging questions and exercises, which readers can respond to directly in the pages of the book.

Readers are guided in noticing their systems, listening with curiosity, and reflecting on what they learn.

The prompts can be used as a daily practice or to explore specific topics at the reader’s own pace, and are also ideal for helping clients track and reflect upon their polyvagal-informed therapies.

No matter how readers decide to explore, Polyvagal Prompts offers an invaluable opportunity to begin the life-changing journey of befriending one’s nervous system.

About Deborah Dana, author of Polyvagal Prompts

Deborah Dana, LCSW, is a clinician, consultant, author and speaker. Her work is focused on using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma in our lives.

She is a founding member of the Polyvagal Institute and lectures internationally.

Deb’s work shows how an understanding of Polyvagal Theory is applicable across the board to relationships, mental health, and trauma.

She delves into the intricacies of how we can all use an understanding of the organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory to change the ways we navigate our daily lives.

Deb believes that we all benefit when we have a basic understanding of the ways the nervous system works and learn how to become active operators of this essential system.

Polyvagal Theory Books by Deborah Dana

Clinical works written by Deborah Dana with publisher W.W. Norton include:

The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation

Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client Centered Practices the Polyvagal Flip Chart, the Polyvagal Card Deck, and

Polyvagal Practices: Anchoring the Self in Safety

Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory.

Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)

The Handbook of Trauma-Transformative Practice by Dr. Stephen Porges | February, 2024 New Release

The Handbook of Trauma-Transformative Practice by Stephen Porges

Preorder The Handbook of Trauma-Transformative Practice by Stephen Porges

The definitive Handbook of Trauma-Transformative Practice brings together the work of leading international trauma experts to provide a detailed overview of trauma-informed practice and intervention: its history, the latest frameworks for practice and an inspiring vision for future trauma-transformative practice.

The Handbook is interdisciplinary, incorporating trauma research, interpersonal neuroscience, the historical and continuing experiences of victims and survivors, and insights from practitioners.

It addresses a range of current issues spanning polyvagal theory, the social brain, oxytocin and the healing power of love, and the neuropsychological roots of shame.

It also considers trauma through the lens of communities, with chapters on healing inter/trans-generational trauma and building communities’ capacity to end interpersonal violence.

Furthermore the Handbook makes the case for a new way of thinking about trauma – trauma transformative practice.

One which is founded on the principle of working with the whole person and as part of a network of relationships, rather than focusing on symptoms to improve practice, healing and recovery.

About Dr. Stephen Porges

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 400 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.

Books by Stephen Porges

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)

Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory by Stephen Borges and Deb Dana

The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018)

Polyvagal Safety: Attachment, Communication, Self-Regulation (Norton 2021).

The Power of the Vagus Nerve: The Up-To-Date Guide to Enhancing Vagal Tone and Boosting Brain & Body Energy by Reiner Hartmann | February, 2024 New Release

The Power of the Vagus Nerve: The Up-To-Date Guide to Enhancing Vagal Tone and Boosting Brain & Body Energy by Reiner Hartmann

Have you ever wondered how your body does so many amazing things without you even thinking about it?

Like how you breathehow your heart beats, and how you feel happy or sad?

Well, there’s a superhero nerve in your body called the vagus nerve, and it’s super important for helping you feel good, stay calm, and even make friends!

While traditional therapeutic approaches have focused primarily on talk therapy, there is a growing recognition of the importance of somatic-based interventions in trauma healing.

One groundbreaking theory that is gaining traction is the combining the Polyvagal Theory and trauma therapy treatments.

Polyvagal Theory, developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, offers a comprehensive understanding of the physiological responses to trauma.

It explores the intricate connection between the autonomic nervous system and our social engagement system, shedding light on why trauma can lead to a sense of disconnection and dysregulation.

By understanding the Polyvagal Theory, therapists and practitioners can tailor their approaches to trauma healing, promoting safety, connection, and regulation.

In The Power of the Vagus Nerve, you’ll learn more about the Vagus Nerve and its role in regulating your nervous system.

Understanding the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)

The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is a complex network of nerves that regulates our bodily functions and automatic responses to stress and danger.

It consists of two main branches: the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS).

The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for our “fight or flight” response, activating when we perceive a threat or danger.

It triggers a cascade of physiological changes, such as increased heart rate, rapid breathing, and heightened alertness.

This response is essential for survival in acute danger but can become dysregulated in individuals who have experienced trauma.

On the other hand, the parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for our “rest and digest” response, promoting relaxation and restoration.

It helps regulate heart rate, digestion, and other bodily functions, allowing us to recover from stress and maintain a state of calm.

The Polyvagal Theory focuses on the role of the parasympathetic branch in trauma healing.

The Three States of the Autonomic Nervous System

According to the Polyvagal Theory, the autonomic nervous system can be conceptualized into three distinct states: the ventral vagal state, the sympathetic state, and the dorsal vagal state.

These states represent different levels of engagement and regulation in response to perceived threat or safety.

The ventral vagal state is associated with a sense of safety and social connection.

It allows for engagement, connection, and regulated physiological responses.

This state is essential for healthy social interactions and a sense of well-being.

The sympathetic state is activated when the ventral vagal state is unable to regulate the perceived threat.

It is characterized by the “fight or flight” response and can lead to hyperarousal, anxiety, and hypervigilance.

In individuals who have experienced trauma, this state may become chronically activated, leading to a state of dysregulation.

The dorsal vagal state is the most primitive state of the autonomic nervous system.

It is activated when the perceived threat is overwhelming and the individual feels powerless to fight or flee.

This state is associated with freeze responses, dissociation, and shutdown.

Individuals who have experienced severe trauma may become stuck in this state, leading to a sense of disconnection and immobilization.

Understanding the different states of the autonomic nervous system is crucial for trauma healing.

Therapists can use this knowledge to identify dysregulation and tailor interventions that promote safety, regulation, and connection.

The Role of the Vagus Nerve in Trauma Healing

At the core of the Polyvagal Theory lies the vagus nerve, the longest cranial nerve in our body.

The vagus nerve plays a significant role in regulating our physiological responses, including heart rate, digestion, and breathing.

It is also responsible for activating the social engagement system, which allows us to connect with others and form meaningful relationships.

In individuals who have experienced trauma, the vagus nerve may become dysregulated, leading to difficulties in social engagement and regulation.

This dysregulation can manifest as hypervigilance, dissociation, or a sense of disconnection from oneself and others.

However, the good news is that the vagus nerve is highly adaptable and can be retrained through specific interventions.

By targeting the vagus nerve, therapists can help individuals restore regulation, promote feelings of safety, and foster connection.

In The Power of the Vagus Nerve, we’re going on an adventure to discover all the cool stuff this nerve does and how you can make it even stronger. It’s like giving superpowers to your body’s superhero! Here’s what you’ll find inside:

  • Fun facts about how the vagus nerve is like the boss of your body’s feelings and health.
  • Easy ways to check if your vagus nerve is feeling strong or if it needs a little boost.
  • Super simple exercises that you can do to make your vagus nerve the best it can be. You’ll learn how to breathe in ways that chill you out, move to feel awesome, and even eat foods that make your vagus nerve happy.

And because we think you’re super cool for wanting to learn about your body, we’ve got some extra special stuff just for you:

  • How to turn stress and worry into calm and happy vibes.
  • Tips for getting the best sleep ever and waking up feeling like a superhero.
  • The secret to making friends and feeling great around other people.

So, are you ready to unlock the superpowers of your vagus nerve and feel amazing?

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IF I had dug deeper on the internet, or asked a better question, I wouldn’t have suffered so long.

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