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Interpersonal Neurobiology


A 4-part Webinar Series with Ron Manley

Originally recorded on November 11th, 18th, 25th and Dec. 2nd, 2017. Cost $49

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This 4-session webinar series will outline the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology and enable participants to understand relatively recent developments in our understandings of trauma and it’s neuroscience underpinnings. We will cover information about the brain, and how early attachment relationships can shape brain structure and function. Porges’ (2011) Polyvagal Theory will be outlined, as it has been a major contributor to understanding our physiological and psychological responses to trauma. The different attachment “states of mind” will be discussed and their implications for understanding our “default” response tendencies in intimate relationships. We will discuss the nature of co-regulation, mirror neurons, post-traumatic growth, self-directed neuroplasticity, and somatically-based psychotherapy. We will also talk about the role of spirituality, nondual realization, and “spiritual bypassing”.

Learning outcomes include that participants will:

  • learn how the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology provides a roadmap for understanding our relative being-in-the-world
  • shift towards a view of trauma as residing in the nervous system and not in the event
  • learn how Polyvagal Theory informs understanding of our responses to trauma as being survival-based
  • appreciate early attachment and how it forms a template for later relationships
  • understand the contributions of somatically-based psychotherapy in healing trauma, and
  • explore how we may use spirituality to “bypass” and avoid dealing with wounded aspects of self

Ron Manley

Ron Manley, Ph.D., is a registered Psychologist in Vancouver, Canada who has worked for over three decades in the field of eating disorders, including eleven years as Clinical Director of a specialized eating disorders program for children & adolescents. He has trained as a personal trainer and yoga teacher.

He is now in private practice where he offers psychotherapy, consultation for therapists, and workshops and trainings. His interests include human potential generally as well as attachment issues, trauma recovery, and spirituality. Further information can be found at his website at

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Course Description:

Week 1: Nov. 11 – Understanding Interpersonal Neurobiology and the Nature of Trauma
We will focus initially on the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology in general and specifically on the brain and how trauma can impact the brain. We will discuss the central question of “What is trauma?” as it can lead participants to shift away from the traumatic event to an emphasis on our physiological and psychological responses to the event and to traumatic triggers. Porges’ work on a hierarchy of responses to trauma (Polyvagal Theory) and its implications will be discussed.
Duration: 90 mins

Week 2: Nov. 18 – The Neurobiology of Attachment and Co-Regulation
In this session we will discuss the nature of attachment and how an understanding of our dominant attachment “working model” or “template” can enable us to better navigate our relationships. The importance of co-regulation and getting to a place of “earned secure attachment” will be discussed.
Duration: 90 mins

Week 3: Nov. 25 – The Good News: Post-traumatic Growth, Mirror Neurons, and the Somatic Psychotherapies
In this week we will focus on how trauma can provide opportunities for continued personal growth, including spiritual growth. We will talk about the brain’s plasticity, and how we can utilize self-directed neuroplasticity in our own growth. The somatically-based psychotherapies will be discussed, and how these types of therapies may enable “discharge” of traumatic energy from the autonomic nervous system, thereby promoting an enhanced sense of settling and self-regulation.
Duration: 90 mins

Week 4: Dec. 2 – Spirituality, Nondual Realization, and Spiritual Bypassing
In this session, the myriad ways in which spirituality may be used by the ego for its own ends and hence “bypass” aspects of our own necessary relational healing will be discussed. The proposal presented is how healing early attachment wounds may free us to embrace a more “liberated” spirituality. We will also discuss the possible role of nondual realization in this regard.
Duration: 90 mins

Webinar Materials:
There will be a weekly Powerpoint slide presentation available for participants. This weekly handout will serve as a structure for the session. A guide to further readings in this area will also be available.

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