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USABP Announces Grant to Dr. Stephen Porges at the Kinsey Institute Traumatic Stress Research Consortium

30 May 2019 1:30 PM | Anonymous

FOR IMMEDIATELY RELEASE:  Today the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP) announced it has granted a $30,000 research grant to Dr. Stephen Porges at the Kinsey Institute Traumatic Stress Research Consortium (TSRC).  USABP President Dr. Christopher Walling joined Dr. Porges in addressing the USABP members regarding this award, the largest research grant in USABP history.  Dr. Walling stated in the address, “It was clear after my visit to Kinsey Institute and surveying Dr. Porges’ lab that the future of body psychotherapy in the United States would be secured by the vision of this research.” 

The TSRC at Kinsey Institute is located at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.  The Consortium is designed to create an interdisciplinary and international community of clinicians and clinical researchers to improve the outcomes of survivors of trauma.  It will study the impact of trauma and abuse on mental health, physical health, relationships and sexuality and examine the neurophysiological, psychological, developmental, and social processes through which trauma disrupts and compromises the human experience. The TSRC at Kinsey will also create an international consortium of trauma therapists comprised of many therapists from both the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy, the European Association for Body Psychotherapy (EABP) and beyond.  Consortium therapists will provide information about their practice including issues related to treatment and outcome.

Dr. Walling discussed how this partnership which also names Dr. Porges, the 2018 USABP Pioneer Award recipient, as its honorary Director of Research.  In that role Dr. Porges will help mentor various researchers at USABP and EABP alike in advancing the findings of the TSRC as they apply to body psychotherapy education and clinical advancements.  Dr. Porges noted, “On behalf of my entire research team at Kinsey Institute, we are extremely grateful for this generous gift, and are eager to make good use of these funds to help us achieve the mission of TSRC and USABP to help advance the science and practice of polyvagal-informed psychotherapies like those practiced by USABP members.”

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