SSP Session Structure
Building a Roadmap to Healing:
Exploring the structured session framework of the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) for optimal therapeutic progress and regulation
Autonomic tracking and Titration decision
Integrating activity & movement
Wrapping up listening sessions
Session notes & monitoring
When working with children, the provider may need to consider how and when to include parents or caregivers throughout the process and even the potential for parental sessions as appropriate autonomic.
The complete Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) program offers three different pathways: SSP Connect, SSP Core, and SSP Balance. These pathways are facilitated by a qualified and certified SSP Provider like Maryam, who can deliver the program both in-person and remotely via video conference. If done remotely, it is necessary to have a quiet and safe environment without distractions.
During the SSP Core program, which consists of a 5-hour audio program with heavily processed and filtered music, the client listens to the music in a specific order while actively paying attention to the music and their body's reactions. The music is played through headphones while the client engages in a calm activity. The Unyte ILS digital application is used for this process, which can be accessed through an Apple or Android mobile device or tablet. It is important to note that earplugs are not allowed; an external headset should be used.
Throughout the SSP process, the SSP Provider monitors the client's response to the music by observing, asking questions, and providing answers. The provider may intervene if necessary, suggesting breaks, engaging the client in social interaction, or guiding gentle exercises involving the body or breath.
Your provider may start with 10 to 15 min while monitoring closely for any signs of dysregulation and build up to approximately thirty-minute listening sessions, the most common length of a listening session.
Your provider estimates your capacity to tolerate the SSP. To prevent your nervous system from getting overwhelmed, your provider may choose to start with short sessions. Every session will be different, and your provider will still use their titration skills to assess the right amount of listening for you.
Some changes may be noticeable immediately during the SSP process, but most changes occur between 3 months and one year as the individual learns to engage and relate in new ways with themselves and the world.
It is important to understand that SSP is not a standalone therapy but complements other therapeutic approaches. While it is not a cure-all, SSP can create physiological changes that are otherwise challenging to achieve.
After completing the SSP Core program for a minimum of 2-3 months, individuals may gain access to SSP Balance. This program uses the same music, but it is lightly processed. It allows individuals to continue training their nervous system for calmness and emotional regulation at their own pace, helping them maintain the gains achieved during the program.