Many of our clients struggle to find and maintain the safety needed to face the risks and the wonder inherent in living.
The Polyvagal Theory has been termed the science of safety. This safety allows us to regulate our emotions, process our trauma memories, and engage with others successfully.
This work gives us a psychological and physiological understanding of our shifts through mobilization, disconnection, and engagement. Dr. Stephen Porges’ evidenced perspective shapes new approaches to trauma treatment, relational concerns, and mood disorders.
Your presenter, Dr. Debra Alvis, will give you the science and theory in easy to understand language…and in an applied manner. End the day knowing how to map the autonomic response and how to repattern the autonomic nervous system for safety.
Experiential exercises and worksheets provided in the live webcast will guide you in the application of polyvagal knowledge to clinical work.
Watch Debra for this exciting day of theory, research, and application. A well-seasoned and national presenter, she brings an extensive background in neuroscience, the experience of a twenty-five-year clinical practice, and a love of whole-person treatment approaches to the seminar.
Enjoy anecdotes, take in clinical scenarios designed to clarify application principles, and practice interventions with Debra’s expert guidance. Return to your practice with:
New, evidence-based approaches to replace clients’ maladaptive protective patterns
Ways to enhance your clients’ capacity to connect to the self and others
A transformational understanding of the autonomic nervous system to promote healing from trauma wounds
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Manual - Polyvagal Essentials for Every Clinician
Debra Alvis, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and private practitioner with over 25 years of clinical experience in supporting clients’ recovery from shame, trauma, anxiety, depression and relational concerns. A seasoned international presenter and consultant, Dr. Alvis is a therapeutic yoga educator and retired as faculty from the University of Georgia where she developed and led the Mind/Body Program. The program included a clinician training program integrating contemplative approaches in psychotherapy. A thirty-five-year personal contemplative practice, research experience, and a deep understanding of applied neuroscience, Polyvagal Theory, and compassion resiliency further enrich her presentations. She draws upon this unique background to provide effective and easily applicable skills designed for immediate integration into clinician’s practices.
Financial: Debra Alvis is in private practice. Dr. Alvis receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Debra Alvis has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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Analyze how the Polyvagal Theory expands therapeutic knowledge and treatment concerning trauma, anxiety, depression, and social engagement disorders.
Compose everyday language to better explain the Polyvagal Theory, helping clients understand their symptoms and increase their motivation.
Assess client states of threat, risk, and safety and identify effective polyvagal interventions.
Integrate therapist co-regulation tools designed build the client’s self-regulation capacities.
Apply interventions to enhance self-regulation, support internal calm, increase feelings of safety, and increase social engagement.
Utilize awareness-based approaches to strengthen resiliency.
Employ contemplative practices that strengthen the clients’ capacity to shift their nervous system to better manage physiologic responses.
The Polyvagal Theory & How It Drives Behaviours
The biology of safety and danger
Evolutionary changes and adaptive functions
Social engagement, fight/flight, and shutdown
The human response hierarchy for challenges
Face-heart connection – the how and why of nervous system regulation
Gestures, vocalizations, facial expressions
Polyvagal theory risks and limitations in clinical practice
Building Skills to Assess & Increase Safety
Recognize how environments trigger physiological states
Identify adaptive physiological reactions and maladaptive behaviours
Build greater nervous systems flexibility:
Play as a neural exercise
Listening as a neural exercise
Attending to visceral feelings and social cues
Strengthen Self-Regulation Skills
Increase autonomic state awareness to strengthen emotional regulation
Map vagal states with writing, drawing, & mirroring
Identify social cues that initiate defensive reactions
Explore the regulation/dysregulation continuum
Establish Disorder-Specific Skills to Address Mood and Attachment
Recognize & shift characteristic nervous system states for depression, anxiety, and attachment
Navigate the sympathetic response
Escape the tiger!
Enliven from depression:
Engage with awe, experience wonder
Savour moments and states
Repair attachment to self & others:
Explore the face/heart connection
Negotiate Trauma Treatment – Explore Abuse and Neglect Responses
Name defence strategies of fight, flight, and immobilization
Highlight adaptive functions of immobilization, fight, & flight
Label defence reaction behaviours
Repattern social withdrawal & shutdown responses
Recognize Autonomic States & Strengthen Resiliency Through Contemplative Practice
How contemplative practices enhance nervous system responses
The five senses & the polyvagal system
Build present moment & witnessing skills
Gentle movements and interoceptive awareness
Titrate movement into stillness
Tone the vagal nerve with breath, sound, & imagery
Expedite Recovery, Increase Well-Being – The Polyvagal Therapeutic Container
Co-regulate with the client
Recognize, Reach, Resonate, Regulate
Conclude the session with a return to social engagement
Yawn and stretch
Evoke safety through room & exterior design
Returning to Practice Integrating a Polyvagal Approach
Additional Participant CE must be purchased for each additional viewer. These viewers will watch the video with the main registrant, but will have individual access to course handouts and certification. The standard price of this program includes certification for main viewer.