Introduction and benefits
The Safe and Sound Protocol is an evidence-based intervention and has been found through research to have a positive impact on individuals who participate in it. We are hopeful it will be helpful for you as well. A description of the interventions follows.
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a result of Dr. Stephen Porges’ 40 years of research on the relationship between the autonomic nervous system, auditory sensitivities and social emotional processes. The SSP is a 5 day sound-based intervention that has been found to calm physiological and emotional states. It was designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity and enhance social engagement and resilience by stimulating nervous system regulation through exercising and systematically challenging the auditory system with specifically processed or filtered music. You will engage in a relaxing activity while listening to this specially processed music for one hour each day.
The SSP is a powerful intervention, which is intended as an adjunct to therapy, not as a therapy in itself. It is strongly recommended that you have access to a therapist during and after the SSP to support you through the process and to help consolidate your gains.
What is involved?
If you decide to participate, you will listen to the SSP intervention for five consecutive days. During the intervention, you will engage in a relaxing activity, such as colouring or playing with putty, or simply rest and relax. It is strongly recommended that adult clients have a friendly adult present in the room with them during the listening, as this helps regulate the nervous system.
There will be a clinician available by email in case you have problems, concerns or questions.
With SSP, there is some possibility that you will experience some gastrointestinal symptoms. This is not uncommon, but it does not happen with everyone. Some adults report bowel changes or feel gassy.
You also may experience an uptick in strong emotions or auditory sensitivity for a short time. In part, this is due to the fact that the interventions are “changing” the nervous system into a more settled state, but because this “feels” different, it can be disorientating. As time passes, you should settle into a new, calmer state. If you are going through a period of stress (anniversaries, starting college or school, etc), participating in this project should be postponed until circumstances have settled down. In addition, with SSP, you can help yourself by keeping extra activities and stress to a minimum for the week of and week or so after the intervention.
There may also be other risks that we cannot predict. If you experience any adverse effects, please contact us immediately so that we can offer support.
Your rights and responsibilities
You agree to take responsibility for your own self-care during the intervention and to take responsibility for any unforeseen adverse effects. Your clinician will check in on you by email on a daily basis, to ask how the intervention is going and to offer support as necessary. You are responsible for making use of this support, particularly if problems or concerns arise. Sometimes it is advisable to slow down the intervention or to make other adjustments.
You have the right to stop the intervention at any time, but will not be entitled to a refund of the rental fee.
You have a right to complete confidentiality except in the case of reported child or elder abuse, or planned harm to self or others.