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A Polyvagal Exploration of the Impact of Choice to the Experience of Safety

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Deborah Dana, LCSW, LICSW
1 Hour 15 Minutes
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Nov 10, 2022
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A women's autonomic nervous system is at the heart of daily living powerfully shaping their experiences of safety and influencing their capacity for connection. What begins with their biology becomes the story that each day. Polyvagal Theory provides a guide to the autonomic circuits that underlie behaviours and beliefs and an understanding of the body to brain pathways that give birth to stories of safety and survival especially within trauma. Through this science of connection, we have a new understanding of the ways traumatic experience shapes the nervous system and the pathways that lead to healing.      

Polyvagal Theory offers us a roadmap to navigate this unfamiliar territory.  Anchored in the safety of a regulated nervous system, pathways of connection come alive, and we can travel those pathways in service of healing. In this recording, we will use the organizing principles of hierarchy, neuroception, and co-regulation to guide our exploration and answer the essential question when one has been affected by trauma, “What does the nervous system need in this moment to find safety in connection?”



This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



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Deb Dana, LCSW, LICSW, is a clinician and consultant specializing in using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma and create ways of working that honor the role of the autonomic nervous system. She developed the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and lectures internationally on ways Polyvagal Theory informs clinical work. She is a founding member of the Polyvagal Institute, clinical advisor at Khiron Clinics, and an advisor to Unyte.


Deb is the author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation (Norton, 2018), Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client-Centered Practices (Norton, 2020), Befriending Your Nervous System (Sounds True, 2020), Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory (forthcoming from Sounds True), co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018), and creator of the Polyvagal Flip Chart (Norton, 2020).

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Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Deborah Dana maintains a private practice, is an advisor with Unyte/iLS and is a consultant with the Veterans Association and Khiron Clinics. She receives a consulting fee and speaker honorarium from Sounds True. Deborah Dana receives a speaking honorarium from Life Architect and Embody Lab and receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.
Non-financial: Deborah Dana has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Assess how having restricted or unlimited options can activate different autonomic survival states.
  2. Practice skills to offer choice in a way that encourages autonomic regulation.
  3. Evaluate how societal decisions impact individual and collective autonomic responses.


  • The Biology of Choice – Understanding how the body and brain respond to the presence and absence of choice
  • Changing States – Tracking the emergent properties of autonomic states and the impact on decision-making
  • Safe Enough to Choose – Using a client’s autonomic response to guide how to offer choice
  • Self, Other, and Society –  Considering the impact of lack of choice and loss of choice to individuals and groups

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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