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🇪🇸 🇬🇧 🇮🇹 [Available in Spanish, English and Italian] Neurobiology of Love and Human Relationships -Dr. Stephen Porges y Dr. Sue Carter Porges —

05/10/2020|5:00 pm - 09/10/2020|5:00 pm CEST



Neurobiology of Love and Human Relationships

Polyvagal theory, oxytocin, and the neurobiology of love with Dr. Stephen W. Porges and Dr. Sue Carter Porges




12 unique sessions with Dr. Stephen W.Porges and Dr. Sue Carter Porges

Start Date: October 5th, 2020

End Date: October 9th, 2020

Place: Online Platform – Instituto Cuatro Ciclos

Seminar format

Live sessions: duration 1 hr. each

The Live Sessions are: 1st session is about Meeting Dr. Porges and Dr. Carter. Sessions 2 and 3 are Questions and answers with Dr. Porges. While Session 4 is Q&A with Dr. Carter. Session 5 is the closing session. If you are unable to attend, these will be recorded and posted on our learning platform a few days later. In the meanwhile, you can begin to watch the recorded sessions.

7 hours of Recorded sessions

You will also have access to pre-recorded lessons, which you can see on the days and times that are most convenient for you. You will have access to the entire online materials until December 31st, 2020.

Downloadable transcript for the recorded sessions

You can download the PDF with the transcript, to reread the content whenever you want. There will only be a transcript of the recorded sessions (not of the live sessions)

Content in English

The original training is taught in English: all the live sessions recorded sessions and transcripts. As a participant, you have access to the course materials on the digital learning platform until December 31st, 2020.


Session 1: LIVE SESSION. Introduction: Presenting Dr. Stephen Porges and Dr. Sue Carter Day: October 5th, 2020 Time: 11:00 am EST (The Americas)- Spain and Central Europe Time zone: 17:00 pm CET / Britain’s Time Zone: 16:00 UK ( 1hr) Place: Webinar de Zoom.

Session 2: Recorded session. “The Neurobiology of Human Connectivity” – Dr.Porges.

Place: Online Platform


Session 3:  Recorded session. “The Theory of Polyvagal: The Adaptive Function of Evolutionary Changes in the Autonomic Nervous System”

Place: Online platform

Session 4: LIVE SESSION. Live Q&A session with Dr. Porges Day: October 6th, 2020 Time: 11:00 am EST / 17:00 pm CET / 16:00 UK ( 1 hr. duration) Place: Webinar Zoom


Sessin 5: Recorded session. “The Social Engagement System in promoting connection, trust, intimacy, and transforming triggers of defense into play”

Place: Online platform

Session 6: Recorded session. Listening as a therapeutic portal and advances with the auditory protocol SSP to regulate the nervous system

Place: Online platform

Session 7: Recorded session. Dr. Stephen Porges: “How an Oxytocin Model and Polyvagal Theory Reflect Convergent Processes for Understanding Connection, Trust, and Love-Based Relationships.”

Place: online platform

Session 8: LIVE SESSION. Q&A with Dr. Stephen Porges Day: October 7th, 2020 Time: 11:00 am EST / 17:00 pm CET / 16:00 UK (1 hr. Duration) Place: Webinar Zoom

Session 9: Recorded Session. Session with Dr. Sue Carter “The role of oxytocin in birth, social attachment, affective relationships, and in overcoming fear and trauma.”

Place: Online platform

Session 10: Recorded session. Dr. Sue Carter: “How love and fear tune the oxytocin system.”

Place: Online platform

Session 11: LIVE SESSION. Q&A with Dr. Sue Carter Day: October 8th 2020 Time: 11:00 am EST / 17:00 pm CET / 16:00 UK (1 hr. Duration) Place: Webinar Zoom

Session 12: LIVE SESSION. Closing Session w/Dr. Stephen W. Porges and Dr. Sue Carter Day: October 9th, 2020 Time: 11:00 am EST / 17:00 pm CET / 16:00 UK (approx. 1 hr.duration) Place: Webinar Zoom

About our presenters

Stephen W. Porges

Stephen W. Porges, PhD, is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium within the Kinsey Institute. He holds the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of both 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 300 peer reviewed scientific 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. He is the author of: 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) and co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018). He is the creator of a patented music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol™, which currently is used by more than 1000 therapists to improve spontaneous social engagement, to reduce hearing sensitivities, and to improve language processing, state regulation, and spontaneous social engagement.CV: Porges CV 11.2018 IUB

C. Sue Carter

C. Sue Carter, Ph.D. is a Distinguished University Research Scientist at Indiana University Bloomington. From 2014-2019, Dr. Carter was Director of the Kinsey Institute and Rudy Professor of Biology at Indiana University where she is now an Emerita Professor. She is also Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was co-director of the Brain-Body Center in the Department of Psychiatry. Previously, Dr. Carter held the position of Distinguished Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland and before that was a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology, Ethology and Evolution at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Carter is a past-president of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society and holds Fellow status in that society, as well as the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She received an NIH Career Award from the National Institute of Mental Health and has been the recipient of federal funding for her research for over five decades. She is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and has edited 5 books (including “Attachment and bonding: A new synthesis) (MIT Press, 2006). Dr. Carter is the scientist who has discovered the relationship between social behavior and oxytocin. Her work examines how oxytocin pathways regulate behavioral and physiological systems, necessary for mammalian sociability and eventually human evolution

Event host: Enrique Arellano Farias

Enrique Arellano Farias Enrique Arellano (1967) is an entrepreneur, event organizer and psychotherapist whose work consists of multi-disciplinary integration in the realization of their projects. He has been working in the field of body psychotherapy for 25 years, and has been involved in continuous training, supervision and clinical psychotherapy in various models, traumatological-psychological, attachment and mind-body work in various countries: Spain, Mexico, USA, Italy and the Netherlands. He is a member of the EABP. Teacher and official facilitator of the following methods: The Circle of Security intervention for parents, a program of parental reflection. Cultivating Emotional Balance, by Paul Eckman and Alan Wallace, an intervention program to regulate anxiety and depression through Shamatah breathing and contemplative practices. Studies: Hotel Management (Glion, Switzerland, 1988), Editorial Design (Politecnico di Design di Milano,1992), Publishing (Oxford Publish, 2003), Body Psychotherapy (CoreEnergética,1997), Graduate Program in Adult Attachment Trauma Treatment (Center for Intentional Living, NY, 2005) Pesso Boyden Psychomotor System (Boston,2009), Psychology (The Open University,2013), IFS Psychotherapy Model (2012-15) and AEDP Psychotherapy Model (2015-2019). He has founded two publishing companies, the most recent of which is Editorial Eleftheria (2009) in the company of his wife, the editor and writer Marta Sofía García. Through his personal career and that of his clients and family, he has learned to value the importance of creating, maintaining and caring for attachments. He is the father of two children: Matteo and Gabriel.

Event moderator: Piero Verani

Psychologist Psychotherapist. Founding member of the Italian Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ITACAT) and member of the International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA). Graduated from the University of Pavia, Piero Verani is a psychologist specialized in Brief Integrated Psychotherapy at the Institute for the Study and Research on Psychic Disorders (ISERDIP) founded in Milan by Prof. Giovanni Carlo Zapparoli and directed by Dr. Maria Clotilde Gislon. After having collaborated with the Paolo VI Onlus Center, extra-hospital rehabilitation center, and with one of the Humanitas hospitals, he currently collaborates as a freelancer with the USL Company of Piacenza for the Mental Health Center of Piacenza and for the Emilia-Romagna Region in the planning and conducting of training activities in the coordination, design and implementation of the quality of services and care pathways within the DCA regional program (eating disorders behaviours). The areas of greatest interest in this period are the beginnings of psychopathological seriousness, eating disorders and mental states at risk. Film lover: artistic director of film reviews and a national film criticism competition.

Overview and goals

Sessions with Dr. Stephen Porges:

  • Participants will gain an understanding of the principles and features of the Polyvagal Theory
  • Participants will understand how the Polyvagal Theory can demystify several clinical symptoms related to psychiatric diagnoses (e.g., PTSD, autism, depression, and anxiety disorders
  • Participants will understand that maladaptive behaviors, including states of dissociation, may be an emergent property of an adaptive physiological state triggered by survival mechanisms
  • Participants will be informed about a face-heart connection that defines a social engagement system linking bodily feelings with facial expression, vocal intonation, and gesture
  • Participants will understand how deficits in the regulation of the Social Engagement System are related to the core features of several psychiatric disorders
  • Participants will be informed about a neural process (neuroception) that evaluates risk in the environment and triggers adaptive neural circuits that promote either social interactions or defensive behaviors
  • Participants will understand how Polyvagal Theory identifies the specific features of “acoustic” stimulation embedded within vocal music and prosodic voice that may contribute to the improvement of social engagement behaviors
  • Participants will understand how trauma and stresses can “retune” auditory processing and distort our ability to process human speech


Frequently asked questions

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To do this training it is necessary to have a pc or mac, tablet or mobile phone with access to the internet. In addition to some note sheets to take notes

Requirements to connect to Zoom:

For security reasons, each person will need to have their own zoom account.
What you need to download Zoom:
1. Open up your browser of choice and enter zoom.us.
– This is accessible from your phone, tablet, or computer desktop.
– Zoom is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge. However, it is not
compatible with Internet Explorer.
– As far as mobil devices, iOS Safari (11 or higher), Chrome and Samsung Internet will work.
2. Once you are on the Zoom main page, you can click “sign up, it’s free”
3. You will be asked to enter your date of birth and your email address.
4. You will then need to confirm your email address and once this is complete you will be able to
login with your details.


Requirements to connect to the online course platform.

You will need one of the following browsers:

For desktop:

– Safari
– Microsoft Edge


– iOS Safari:  11 and up
– Chrome
– Samsung Internet

Note that we do not support Internet Explorer

In case you cannot attend some of the sessions, don’t worry because you will have access to the recordings of the live sessions, so you can see them whenever you want.

There will be no refunds of the price of the tickets, since the content will be recorded and you will be able to see it later.

If you have made a mistake during the registration process, please send us an email to [email protected] and we will help you.

You can contact the event organizer by sending an email to [email protected]


You can pay by credit card or Paypal. An invoice is issued with the information that you fill in the payment process and it is sent to you by email to the address indicated in the registration.

ECM accreditation

CME (Continuing Education in Medical Profession credits, ITALY) accreditation was requested for all healthcare professions (16.5 CME credits, for 200 places).
Participation is subject to payment of the registration fee and the order of arrival. It is possible to participate in the course even beyond the 200 enrolled, but in order to get CMEs it is necessary to enroll a be among the first 200 participants.

Responsible for the event: Dr. Maria Cristina Fiorani
ECM Provider: Ausl Company of Piacenza – PG201201055752 UOSD Training [email protected]

Learning evaluation and CME satisfaction questionnaire to be sent by email to [email protected] at the end of the course on 9 October 2020.

Cancellation policy

You have the right to cancel your participation in any of our online courses with the following conditions:

  • You must write by email requesting your wish to cancel your participation in the seminar to which you have subscribed: attention: [email protected]
  • You have the right to a refund of your money, less € 50 of administrative expenses, if you cancel at least 15 days before the date of the event.
  • Once the event has started, you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • If you are dissatisfied with the online seminar, please contact us by email at: [email protected] and explain your complaint, we will try to respond appropriately.

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05/10/2020|5:00 pm CEST
09/10/2020|5:00 pm CEST