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Social Engagement System

The human neurobiological network that is accessed when individuals feel safe, which facilitates connection/affiliation with others and surrounding environment through eye contact, facial expressions, vocalization and orienting of the body/face toward others. The Social Engagement System is believed to be shaped by early attachment relationships with primary caregivers, and is a foundational construct in various trauma-focused treatment models (e.g. SMART, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy) to facilitate therapeutic relational safety and support interactive (client-therapist) efforts to develop/enhance affect regulation.


View SMART and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy treatment models