Have you had a client who could out-think their trauma? Likely you haven’t...because trauma isn’t healed through thought.
Clients come to us looking for ways to feel safe and regulated in their daily lives – but the trauma client is often stuck in a dysregulated state.
Like us, they want to be able to navigate the normal “shifting” we do in our daily life – transitioning from one state to another. Hyper to calm, irritated to relaxed, overwhelmed to feeling in control.
In the words of author and international trainer Deb Dana, LCSW, they are “longing to come into a state of regulation”.
And it’s our job to help them. It’s what we trained for, what we dreamed of doing, and where we get the deep satisfaction from the work we do.
By purchasing this training, Deb will give you:
A deep knowledge of Polyvagal Theory - in easy to understand language
Practical ways to work with the autonomic nervous system that creates connection and safety…through techniques she’s honed and will share with you
The Polyvagal approach is not a model of therapy or a protocol to follow. It is an understanding of three organizing principles around which you can create your own approach and technique, blending them with your preferred model.
The goal is that you leave the training inspired to try something new with a client - - and that you have a roadmap to do so effectively.
Each client is unique, each therapist unique, and each approach unique, but using the foundation of our autonomic nervous system and working with states of engagement and dysregulation are universal ingredients for clinical success to happen.
Learning Polyvagal Theory and how to apply it in your practice may become one of the most transformational moments in your career
Purchase this training and revolutionize your practice.
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 6.5 hours CPD.
Deb Dana, LCSW, is a clinician and consultant specializing in working with complex trauma. She is a consultant to the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute and clinical advisor to Khiron Clinics. She developed the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and lectures internationally on ways Polyvagal Theory informs work with trauma survivors. Deb is the author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation, Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client-Centered Practices, co-editor with Stephen Porges of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies, and creator of the Polyvagal Flip Chart. rhythmofregulation.com
Financial: Deborah Dana maintains a private practice. She is an author for W.W. Norton and receives royalties. She receives a consulting fee from Indiana University; and the Veterans Administration. Ms. Dana receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Deborah Dana has no relevant non-financial relationship.
Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)
Access never expires for this product.
Determine the principles of Polyvagal Theory and how to communicate them in client friendly language.
Distinguish three circuits of the autonomic nervous system for use in client psychoeducation.
Analyze how the autonomic nervous system operates as an internal surveillance system and its impact on clients’ habitual responses to trauma.
Determine how to help clients engage the regulating capacities of the autonomic nervous system that create an environment of safety.
Determine how to exercise the Social Engagement System to assist clients in becoming more adept in skills of co-regulation and creating reciprocal relationships.
Assess for patterns in clients’ autonomic states to better inform treatment planning.
ESSENTIALS OF POLYVAGAL THEORY
The evolution of the autonomic nervous system
How trauma shapes ways the body responds
Three organizing 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
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
SHAPING THE AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM TOWARD SAFETY
Identifying portals of intervention
Using breath as a regulator
Resourcing new patterns through movement
Exploring the autonomic response to touch
Using autonomic imagery
INCORPORATING POLYVAGAL THEORY IN CLINICAL PRACTICE
Getting comfortable teaching Polyvagal
Theory to clients
Tracking the flow of a Polyvagal-guided clinical session
Polyvagal-guided assessment and treatment planning