Revolutionizing our understanding of autonomic physiology.


This is the informational website of Dr. Stephen Porges, author of the Polyvagal Theory, Distinguished University Scientist at the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina.


Please see our workshops page for information about upcoming workshops with Dr. Porges.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL GATHERING April 26-27, 2019, in beautiful Atlantic Beach, Florida!

The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a research-based therapy developed by Dr. Stephen Porges based on Polyvagal Theory. It is a five-day auditory intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. It calms the physiological and emotional state, opening the door for improved communication and more successful therapy. In just five days it shows significant results in the following areas:

  1. Social and emotional difficulties

  2. Auditory sensitivities

  3. Anxiety and trauma-related challenges

  4. Inattention

  5. Stressors that impact social engagement

This convening is a unique shared learning experience that will foster opportunities to share clinical observations and insights on how to optimize the effectiveness of the SSP.

read a personal invitation from Dr. Porges to this unique co-learning gathering

I wish to share my feelings of gratitude to Gabriel Kram for creating this webpage.  Gabriel generously donated his time and insightful skills in designing and implementing this inviting portal for those interested in learning more about Polyvagal Theory and how the theory supports the heroic quest for safety that we share.