A Stick And A Snake: Polyvagal Theory And Complex Traumatization


Ling LLing Lamam

Ling Lam

Speaker: Dr. Ling Lam

Ling Lam, Ph.D. is a Lecturer in the Counseling Psychology Department at Santa Clara University, an A Home Within volunteer, and a TEDx Speaker. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. (with distinction) in Electrical Engineering, both from Stanford University. Ling was also a graduate of the Interpersonal Dynamics Facilitation Training Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Before he became a licensed therapist, Ling worked as an engineer in Silicon Valley and was part of the original engineering team that invented the world’s first HDMI chip.

This workshop explores a holistic framework to conceptualize complex traumatization, integrating Polyvagal Theory and Affect Regulation Theory and the impact of group memberships. Dr. Lam will explain how Polyvagal Theory provides a neurophysiological framework to understand the body’s response to trauma. He will also offer a clinical framework for understanding how early attachment experiences shaped the brain, and by extension, arousal regulation capacity. Finally, Dr. Lam will discuss how group memberships (i.e., race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, affectional orientation) can create traumatic stress due to experiences of discrimination, stigma and othering from the society-at-large.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will increase their understanding of the body’s response to trauma.
  2. Participants will learn how Polyvagal Theory provides a neurophysiological framework for understanding how early attachment experiences have shaped the brains and arousal capacity for former and current foster youth.
  3. Participants will increase awareness of how group membership, based on social identities, can create traumatic stress for former and current foster youth.
  4. Participants will learn strategies for how to best help clients improve affect regulation skills and their self-concept.
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