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Polyvagal Essentials for Every Therapist: Foundation skills in Applying Polyvagal Theory in Practice



Join expert clinician Deb Dana, LCSW in this online CPD workshop to fully learn the theory and the practice of integrating the basics of Polyvagal Theory into your clinical work.

In times of crisis, our clients may want to anchor in an autonomic state of calmness and social engagement. But our physiological state, emotions, and nervous state can override our capacity to be calm and we often mobilise into sympathetic fight and flight, anger and anxiety, or dorsal despair, disconnection, and collapse.

This pervasive threat may destabilise our nervous systems and limit our capacity to provide the cues to our clients consistent with our benevolent intentions to connect, support, and be present.

Now you can learn the science that explains how social behaviour turns off defences and promotes feeling safe – critical in the world of treating trauma and other symptoms – and how to inform your practice with this latest, and most respected, science.

Applying a Polyvagal perspective to our therapeutic strategies that witness and expand the capacity to feel safe - and use social behaviour to regulate the physiological state - can be effective in treating psychological issues that are dependent on defence systems.


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Product Details
Average Rating:
   4.7
Speakers:
Deborah Dana
Duration:
6 Hours 17 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Nov 28, 2020
Product Code:
PDR031105
Media Type:
Digital Recordings

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This online program is worth 6 hours CPD.



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DEB DANA, LCSW, specializes in treating complex traumatic stress and lectures internationally on the ways Polyvagal Theory informs clinical interactions with trauma survivors. She is the coordinator of the traumatic stress research consortium in the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and the developer of the Rhythm of Regulation clinical training series.

Deb is the author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy (Norton, 2018) and co-editor with Stephen Porges, of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory (Norton, 2018). Deb received her B.A. in social welfare and her M.S.W., both from the University of Southern Maine.

She is trained in Internal Family Systems, Tapas Acupressure Technique, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. She completed the certificate program in traumatic stress studies at the Trauma Center. To learn more about Deb’s work, visit www.debdanalcsw.com or www.rhythmofregulation.com


Objectives

  1. Describe the organising principles of Polyvagal Theory
  2. Explain and understand the process of neuroception
  3. Describe autonomic hierarchy
  4. Determine how to help clients engage the regulating capacities of the autonomic nervous system to create an environment of safety
  5. Assess how to use the pathways of the Social Engagement System to assist clients in becoming more adept in skills of co-regulation and creating reciprocal relationships
  6. Employ the right degree of neural challenge and select appropriate autonomic exercises to use with clients to shape the autonomic nervous system toward safety and connection.

Target Audience

  • Psychotherapists
  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Nurses and Doctors
  • Other Professionals Who Work within the Mental Health Fields

Outline

ESSENTIALS OF POLYVAGAL THEORY  

  • The evolution of the autonomic nervous system  
  • How trauma shapes ways the body responds 
  • Three organising principles of Polyvagal Theory:  
    • Neuroception: Detection without perception  
    • Hierarchy: 3 predictable pathways of response  
    • Coregulation: The biological imperative  

NEUROCEPTION AND THE SHAPING OF AUTONOMIC PATHWAYS 

  • How the internal surveillance system works Identifying cues of safety and danger  
  • Connecting to our innate autonomic wisdom  
  • Understanding patterns of protection and connection  

NAVIGATE THE AUTONOMIC HIERARCHY  

  • Exploring three autonomic circuits Sympathetic mobilisation Ventral vagal connection Dorsal vagal collapse  
  • How trauma shapes biology Moving between states Introduction to autonomic mapping  

THE SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT SYSTEM  

  • The five elements of the Social Engagement System  
  • What happens when parts of the system are unavailable?  
  • Using the Social Engagement System to regulate states How to “exercise” the Social Engagement System  

EXPERIENTIAL EXERCISES AND PRACTICE  

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