Our approach is underpinned by Polyvagal Theory in that it seeks to engage the PNS (Parasympathetic Nervous System) to improve social engagement.
Pushing education on people ‘to tick boxes’ is no longer an acceptable option for those lacking in safety and trust:
Mr P from Be Super has experienced first hand the difficulties in supporting individuals who suffer from trauma and chronic stress. He has experienced great success by adopting an approach that focuses on what he has termed ‘T.E.S.T.’ (Therapeutic Education with an emphasis on Safety and Trust).
In addition to his own ‘knowing from doing;’ T.E.S.T. combines insights from ‘Hawkins’ Power vs Force (Levels of Consciousness) with the SPIM (Somatic Psychological Interactive Model) – as adapted by Prof Stephen Porges in his Polyvagal Theory. This factors in more detailed aspects of negativie force (with 7 stages of trauma severity); and cross references it with 3 categories of traumatic experience – he has then further adapted it to encompass ‘all perceived stressors/challenges’ rather than just human predators (this is much more useful and accurate on apractical basis). More details on T.E.S.T. at the end.
Mr P has produced an incredibly practical approach for both diagnostic use and guidance. This can be useful in identifying the most suitable strategy for each individual. This strategy requires a ‘holistic encompassing approach’ from everyone involved.
The approach is also complimentary, but different, to AHCT Therapy (Assessment and Healing of Complex Trauma) – as used within certain educational establishments – our short video clarifies this: