THE BRAIN-GUT CONNECTION

A FIVE-PART WEBINAR SERIES

for People Suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Other Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction (DGBIs) like Chronic Constipation, Functional Dyspepsia, and Cyclic Vomiting.

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ABOUT THIS WEBINAR SERIES

After twenty years of working in private practice with patients who have a wide range of gut-brain (and other mind-body) disorders, Dr. Franklin has a solid understanding about how healing happens and how to facilitate it psychotherapeutically. She is ready and eager to share what she knows with you!

Learning how to heal your gut and body starts with an understanding of the role your nervous system, especially your Autonomic Nervous System, plays in the generation, perpetuation, and exacerbation of digestive and other symptoms. The five-part Brain-Gut Connection Webinar Series offers you (and your loved ones) an education in the mind-gut/body connection based on clinically-sound information presented through the lens of Polyvagal Theory. This is the essential information Dr. Franklin wishes she had had back when she was suffering from IBS.

By registering for the Brain-Gut Connection Webinar Series, you will gain access to five webinars, each containing about an hour of material, presented in the following order:

Webinar 1: Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)— To understand how your Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) works, you first need to know what it is and its parts. There is more to the picture than just the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems. Through the lens of Polyvagal Theory, the “science of safety,” Dr. Franklin will discuss the three parts / four components of the ANS.

Webinar 2: Regulation & Dysregulation— The meat and potatoes of this series, this webinar explains how bodies function under conditions of healthy ANS regulation and offers a different way of thinking about IBS: IBS and other functional medical problems as well as mood-related or psychological symptoms like anxiety and depression are likely just symptoms of one larger problem—dysregulation.

Webinar 3: Stress Response— People with digestive issues are often told to reduce stress in their lives. Easier said than done when stress is a normal part of life. This webinar will address the relationship between stress and your body, specifically your gut, to help you to work with your ANS and body to promote healing given your body’s natural, normal stress responses.

Webinar 4: Trauma— If Webinar 2 is your meat and potatoes, Webinar 4 is your serving of veggies, and it’s important to eat your veggies. Trauma is a sexy topic in the field of medicine and psychology right now and is highly relevant to IBS and other digestive (and non-digestive) symptoms. In this webinar Dr. Franklin offers a broader definition of trauma and explains how the undigested, unmetabolized experiences in your life may relate to your digestive dysfunction.

Webinar 5: Putting Parts 1-4 Together and Intro to Healing— In this webinar Dr. Franklin discusses what healing means when it comes to IBS and other DGBIs/functional medical problems. The information contained in Webinars 1 through 4 will be put together in a new way as she offers an overview of the healing process.

Completion of the Brain-Gut Connection Webinar Series is a prerequisite for the soon-to-be-released Brain-Gut Healing Webinar Series.

About Dr. Jennifer Franklin

Dr. Jennifer Franklin is an experiential, relational, somatic, and mindfulness-based psychologist dually licensed in North Carolina and California offering individual and couples therapy, teletherapy, and consultation. She worked at the UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders in Chapel Hill and specializes in healing functional medical problems, especially Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction like IBS, along with issues associated with anxiety, panic, interpersonal relationships, attachment, and trauma. She has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, has taught mindfulness/Vipassana meditation, and has been a long-time yoga practitioner.