Speaker Bio & Presentations

Dr. Peter A. Levine

Special Speaker

Peter A. Levine, Ph.D.

Peter A Levine, Ph.D., is the developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a naturalistic and neurobiological approach to healing trauma. He is the Founder and Advisor for Somatic Experiencing International and the Founder and President of the Ergos Institute for Somatic Education. Dr. Levine is the author of several best-selling books on trauma, including Waking the Tiger, Healing Trauma (published in over 29 languages); In an Unspoken Voice, How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Health; and Trauma and Memory, Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past. In recognition of his groundbreaking therapeutic works, Dr. Levine has received Lifetime Achievement awards from Psychotherapy Networker and from the US Association for Body-Oriented Psychotherapy. He holds a doctorate in Biophysics from UC Berkeley and a doctorate in Psychology from International University. He served as a Stress consultant for NASA in the early space shuttle development and has served on the American Psychological Association task force for responding to the trauma of large-scale disasters and ethno-political warfare. He is currently a Senior Fellow and consultant at The Meadows Treatment Center in Wickenburg, Arizona and continues to teach trauma healing workshops internationally.

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Special Speaker

Betsy Polatin , MFA, SEP

An internationally recognized breathing/movement specialist and best-selling author of HUMANUAL, Betsy Polatin, MFA, SEP, is currently a master lecturer at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts teaching actors and musicians. Her background includes forty-five years of movement education and performance, as well as training in the Alexander Technique, trauma resolution, yoga, and the broader healing arts. Her work is greatly influenced by the teachings of Spiritual and Meditation Masters. Betsy leads international trainings where she presents her unique and revolutionary fusion of ideas: scientific knowledge combined with ancient wisdom and intuitive human creativity. She co-teaches Trauma in the Public Eye with Peter A. Levine, PhD  and The Wisdom of Trauma with Dr. Gabor Maté. Betsy is the author of HUMANUAL, an Epic Journey to your Expanded Self and The Actor’s Secret, Techniques for Transforming Habitual Pattens and Improving Performance. As a well-known educator, she has published numerous articles in the Huffington Post. She maintains a private practice online and presents at Conferences internationally. Please visit: HUMANUAL.com

Presentations & Workshops

How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Health

Somatic Experiencing® meets Humanual®

Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) is a naturalistic and neurobiological approach to healing trauma and other stress-related disorders. SE offers a framework to assess where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight, or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states. It offers practical skills appropriate to various healing and helping professions, including mental health, medicine, physical and occupational therapies, bodywork, addiction treatment, first response, educators, and more.

During this program, Peter A Levine, Ph.D., the developer of Somatic Experiencing, will demonstrate how SE addresses trauma through a combination of theoretical explanation and body-oriented experiential exercises. Participants in this program will learn the underpinnings of trauma and explore how nervous system regulation and awareness of bodily sensations can bring clients out of a trauma state and into a more embodied and regulated sense of authentic self.

Betsy Polatin will explore with us how Trauma affects Support, Suspension, and Breath. Trauma tends to fragment and/or diminish our sense of self. This presentation will offer simple exercises to enhance sensory skills by exploring the musculoskeletal, respiratory, and nervous systems, and how they relate to the larger universe, and to trauma. Learn to awaken inherent potential by finding the support from the ground that can lead to full stature and the expanded Self, while noting how trauma and overwhelm can interfere with this process.

  • Differentiate between top-down and bottom-up processing and discuss how they can work together. 
  • Classify the trauma response as a set of defensive bodily reactions mobilized to protect us.
  • Define how trauma-based perceptions remain fundamentally unchanged, often replaying themselves, until the internal experience of the body changes.
  • Demonstrate how trauma, when accessed at the level of body sensations can open us up to an incredible yet subtle array of feelings fostering a deeper connection to ourselves and others.

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