"We enter the world wired to connect and embark on a lifelong quest to feel safe in our bodies, in our environment, and in our relationship with others." So states Stephen Porges, the originator of the Polyvagal Theory. Nearly 100 years earlier, Alfred Adler’s holistic biopsychosocial approach had similarly emphasized how social relationships and our safeguarding strategies are at the center of understanding responses to stress and trauma.
In this online interactive session, Anthea Millar outlines Porges’ theory, making links with Adler’s approach, and introduces some practical applications of the Polyvagal theory in therapy.
Karen John will address the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the well-being, learning, and psycho-social growth of children and youth. Evidence of trauma, social isolation, and interrupted developmental trajectories will be considered. Adlerian theory will inform strategies to counteract and remediate underlying inequalities that have been uncovered together with ongoing traumatic responses, and the promotion of greater social equality, equity, and inclusion.
Individual Psychology is a theory that was borne out of a desire to ensure equality for all humankind. Adler’s theory allowed for the great concern for social inequalities and injustice and considered that when evaluating clients. Social inequality, racism, creates trauma and, in Adler’s view, is a disease that harms entire populations. This presentation will explore the intersection of Trauma, Race, and Individual Psychology.
The Center of Adlerian Studies (Uruguay) has participated in the project, “Epidemiological study in mental health in times of COVID-19 in Latin America”.
In one of the studies, the objective was to evaluate the cross-cultural measurement invariance of the Fear of COVID-19 Scale (FCV-19S) in 7 Latin American countries (Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay). The presentation will share the results of the study, the role of crises in human growth and development, and the place of Adlerian psychology in preventing discouragement, promoting cooperation, and increase of community feeling in a face of life challenges.