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Our current brain disease model of trauma and addiction desperately needs a fresh approach, one that honors the wisdom of the body. The Felt Sense Polyvagal Model™ (FSPM) shifts the current pathologizing paradigm to a strengths-based approach. Through the lens of Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal theory, trauma and addiction is seen as an adaptive stress response in our autonomic nervous system. Trauma/addictive behaviors are the body’s attempt to emotionally regulate by acting as propellers that facilitate neurophysiological shifts in our nervous system. The “Felt Sense” model integrates Porges’ Polyvagal theory and Gendlin’s “Felt Sense” enabling us to appreciate these behaviors as adaptive responses in maladaptive environments.

This live webinar training provides an overview of Jan Winhall’s recent best-selling book “Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model,” Routledge, 2021. She will discuss the development of the model over forty years of clinical practice. Gain full clinical understanding of the FSPM theoretical framework, as well as an introduction to the Embodied Assessment and Treatment Tool™ and Carnes’ Four Circle Harm Reduction Practice. Participants will also learn and about Gendlin’s Focusing/Felt Sense somatic practice.

The FSPM provides a foundational framework that offers a clear and powerful way to integrate embodiment into practice. Clinicians can integrate therapeutic modalities including: Internal Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, Sensory Motor Psychotherapy, DBT, CBT, Interpersonal Neurobiology and more. A mixture of didactic information, experiential practices, demonstrations, and case examples will guide the clinician in applying the model. Downloads including the client and clinician FSPM graphic models, Body Cards, Four Circles, and more are available for the workshop on my website. Students need a journal and crayons. This course will be informative for those new to the field of trauma/addiction as well as seasoned practitioners.



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Attendance and Location Details


Date and Time


Friday, November 8, 2024 9:00am to 12:00pm CST / 10:00am to 1:00pm EST / 7:00am to 10:00am PST


*Zoom link will be made available to you 24-48 hours prior to event date.



This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Discuss and explain addiction through the lens of Polyvagal theory, describing the paradigm shift.

b). Describe the neurophysiological states of the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model™ and how we work with each one.

c). Learn and describe the Four Circle Harm Reduction Practice and how to apply it with addicted clients.


Target Audience:

The target audience for this event includes psychologists, social workers, counselors, MFT’s, psychiatrists and other clinical mental health professionals.


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jan Winhall, MSW, FOT

Material Author(s): Jan Winhall, MSW, FOT

Jan Winhall, M.S.W. P.I.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 offers a training program 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. You can reach her at

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