Trauma and Addictions

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 "A new, deeply humane and promising model of addiction treatment."  

Gabor Mate

This self-directed course covers a bottom-up, felt-sense approach to Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Polyvagal Model.

This inspiring and effective approach to treating Trauma and Addictions introduces effective embodied practices that allow us to tap into the body’s inner wisdom. In sharp contrast with the current top-down medicalized method to treating addiction, you will learn the felt sense polyvagal model (FSPM), a paradigm-shifting, bottom-up approach that considers addiction as an adaptive attempt to regulate emotional states and trauma. This model draws from Porges’ polyvagal theory, Gendelin’s felt sense, and Lewis’ learning model of addiction to offer a deeply embodied way of conceptualizing and treating addiction through supporting autonomic regulation. This model de-pathologizes addiction as it teaches embodied practices through tapping into the felt sense, the body’s inner wisdom.

Course Includes

  • 4 On-Demand Video Lectures, covering 2+ hours of lecture content
  • Links to Recommended Book & Resource Pages
  • Learn a Felt-Sense Grounding Practice
  • Short Quiz at the end of course - open book, with unlimited attempts permitted. Take and re-take this quiz multiple times for comprehensive learning.
  • Enjoy a 'Self-Directed Learning Model' - study at your own pace, on your own time
  • Resources for Trauma informed practices

Course Benefits

  • Gain knowledge of trauma, addictions treatments from a bottom up, non-patriarchal approach
  • Learn to integrate polyvagal theory and felt sense experience as a model for treatment
  • Learn how to view and treat addiction not as a disease but as a way of regulating the nervous system to adapt to the person’s social context.
  • Increase self-awareness on personal development and reduce the risk of secondary traumatization
  • Be introduced to Body-centred/Somatic Therapy & Polyvagal Theory in relation to Trauma
  • Learn about Felt-Sense approaches to Trauma and Addictions
  • Be introduced to a Felt-Sense Grounding Practice for Self/Clients
  • Gain a deeper. more compassionate understanding of one's own addictive behaviours
  • CEUS Available

Who is this course ideal for?

  • This compassionate approach to understanding and treating trauma and addiction is adaptable to any school of psychotherapy and will appeal to addiction and trauma specialists, and clinicians and practitioners in all mental health fields.
  • This course will also be of support to those personally seeking alternative approaches to working through their trauma and addictions.
  • Practitioners of Integrative Medicine including TCM, Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Allopathic Medicine, Nutrition, Therapy & Counselling, Coaching, Yoga, Soundwork
  • Those seeking to implement a Trauma-Informed Approach to their clinical practice
  • Anyone looking to be feel more empowered and prepared around trauma and addictions

Meet Your Instructor


Jan Winhall, MSW, FOT is an author, teacher, and psychotherapist. She is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Social Work, University of Toronto. She is director of Focusing on Borden, a psychotherapy and training center. Jan presents internationally on trauma and addiction, and is the author of Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model: A Bottom-Up Approach.