Hybrid Remote Home Program
Safe and Sound Protocol Description: from iLS integratedlistening.com.
The SSP, formerly known as “The Listening Project Protocol,” is based on more than 40 years of research investigating relationships between the autonomic nervous system and social-emotional processes.
Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, the originator of The Polyvagal Theory (1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2007), SSP is an auditory intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience.
There are three versions of SSP (see description below)
SSP Connect (Classical) – Provides a gentle and “safe” introduction when needed. Playlist consists of classical music curated to be calming, grounded. For more sensitive clients, or those with a highly dysregulated nervous system, this is the recommended first step.
SSP CORE – the traditional 5 hour listening protocol.
SSP Balance – you can begin 1 to 4 weeks after SSP core. This is largely unsupervised and can be used at home. Used to extend and integrate the gains from SSP. Same playlist as SSP CORE but filtered differently with a lighter frequency modulation algorithm. Can also be used as ongoing daily support for clients who need it, many find it calming and grounding. This is also used as a “warm up” before SSP CORE booster.
For the remote (on your own) version of SSP, two 30 minute SSP sessions are provided to coach the client on how to track Sympathetic, Parasympathetic, and Ventral states, discharge ANS arousal, or engage the ventral vagal system. This is based on the work of Deb Dana. Ph.D (https://www.rhythmofregulation.com/).
Clients may complete the remainder of the SSP sessions on their own if appropriate or engage a “safe” person in the home such as an animal, a partner, or a friend.
Originally, SSP was given as a 5–15 day intervention (the 5-15 days can include a mixture of three different programs called Connect, Core, and Balance). Experience has now shown us that for sensitive systems, the SSP protocol can take 5-10 weeks to complete, going slowly and listening to 1-2 sessions per week. You will have access to the program for three months so that you do not feel rushed to complete it in 10 days.
Maximum listening for one dose is 30 minutes of SSP during a session. Individuals who have a sensitive ANS will need to stop after 10 or 15 minutes, take a break for an hour or two and then do 15 minutes later in the day or even the next day. And then others may require many stops and lots of time to regulate and take up to one hour to complete the 30 minutes each day. It really depends on what your ANS can handle, and the goal is to listen to the ANS and not push to complete too quickly. Listening to your system signal to you about how much is enough becomes part of the work. Too much too quickly can overwhelm your system.
Individuals who would like my services to facilitate the entire program over telehealth will attend 60-minute appointments from 10 days to 5 weeks in order to complete the program. See cost breakdown below for this version of SSP.
It is important to know that SSP is not a stand-alone therapy, but rather a platform for other therapies of your choice. It is critical to have support in place before, during, and after SSP has finished such as friends, family, other providers, or myself.