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Digital Seminar

Harnessing the Polyvagal System to Help Clients with Anxiety, Depression, and Anger

We all know therapists who seem magically able to establish a powerful sense of trust and connection with even the most distrusting clients. In this workshop, we’ll take a close look at the power of the polyvagal system and the way certain vocalizations, facial expressions, and gestures elicit more open and collaborative communication. 

*Please note this is the same content as Becoming a More Magical Therapist: Harnessing Your Social Engagement System at the 2018 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, you cannot receive self-study credit for this program if you have already attended the live activity.


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Dafna Lender, LCSW |  Jon Baylin, Ph.D
5 Hours 23 Minutes
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Mar 22, 2018
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 5.5 hours CPD.



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Dafna Lender, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the field of child welfare and child mental health for 20+ years. Dafna serves as the program director at The Theraplay Institute in Evanston, IL and is certified as a practitioner, supervisor and trainer in both Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Dafna trains psychotherapists internationally in these methods and trains in three languages.

Dafna’s focus is children’s development of a secure attachment with their caregivers while resolving issues in their traumatic history. Early in her career, Dafna worked in treatment foster care and witnessed child after child “fail” out of foster placements due to difficult behavior. Children were disruptive, unsettled and unhappy, and their caregivers felt defeated. Dafna’s sense of discouragement went way after taking the Theraplay training and learning direct, concrete ideas and interactions that she could apply in home with her treatment families to promote healthier, stable relationships. Dafna has successfully treated children with a variety of backgrounds, including children raised in orphanages, with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, exposed to domestic violence and community violence and children of parents with chronic mental illness.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dafna Lender is the founder of Dafna Lender Psychotherapy Training and Consulting. She is a published author and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dafna Lender has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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Jonathan Baylin, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist with 30 years of experience, offers the workshop "Putting the Brain in Therapy." He's coauthoring a book with Daniel Hughes on the parenting brain and treatment for parents experiencing blocked care.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Jon Baylin receives royalties as an author for Norton Press.
Non-financial: Jon Baylin has no relevant non-financial relationship.

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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.


The Social Engagement System-What is it?
  • Underlying biology
  • Effect on fight/flight/freeze reaction
  • How interacting with others can help
The Social Engagement System-How to use it
  • Voice Prosidy
  • Resonance
  • Facial expressions
  • Eye contact
  • Touch
Play as a neural exercise for harnessing the SES to create safety and connection
  • The concept of interstate travel
  • Practicing various games for calming, regulating, establishing trust, maximizing eye contact, maximizing prosodic voice


  1. Explore how to connect with defensive clients, eliciting novel responses that grab their attention, interrupt automatic defensiveness, and generate curiosity
  2. Explore how to practice exercises for helping guarded or angry clients feel more open
  3. Explore how to develop skills to create small but transformative moments in therapy
  4. Explore how to master specific behaviors that elicit trust, like a sing-songy, rhythmic voice; open, curious eyes; reassuring touch; and sounds of empathy
  5. Explore how to use games to help anxious clients more relaxed and depressed clients more energized

Target Audience

Psychologists, Physicians, Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Behavioral Health Professionals



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