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Polyvagal Theory in Action: Harnessing the Healing Potential of the Autonomic Nervous System

At its most basic level, human communication is one nervous system responding to another, searching for signals that it’s safe to connect and flooding us with distress responses when it’s not. Polyvagal Theory has revolutionized our understanding of the complex, unconscious forces at play in therapeutic interactions, offering a road map to help us navigate and engage this deeply embodied system. Learn how to use the five pathways of the Social Engagement System to regulate your own states and enter into fuller autonomic attunement with your clients. You’ll explore how to: 

  • Use your own autonomic nervous system to create an environment of safety for your clients 
  • Develop the expressive range of your eyes, voice, breath, and body to enrich your nonverbal attunement skills 
  • Help your clients listen to their internal state and let go of their problem stories 
  • Reliably guide your clients from state to state and enhance their capacity for self-regulation 


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Deb Dana, LCSW
3 Hours 42 Minutes
Mar 18, 2021
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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 3.75 hours CPD.



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Deb Dana, LCSW, is a clinician, consultant, and author 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 trained in Internal Family Systems, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Tapas Acupressure Technique, and completed the Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies at the Trauma Center.

Deb is a founding member of the Polyvagal Institute, clinical advisor to Khiron Clinics, and an advisor to Unyte. She 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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Financial: Deborah Dana maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with the University of California Davis. She is a consultant to Khiron House Clinics and an advisor to Unyte/Integrated Learning Systems. She receives royalties as a published author and receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.

Non-financial: Deborah Dana has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Employ exercises designed to engage the neural circuits of your client’s Social Engagement System to improve clinical outcomes. 
  2. Evaluate and track moments of autonomic disconnection to optimize repair in sessions. 
  3. Create an environment of autonomic safety using the “inside, outside, and between” guide. 
  4. Use your own Social Engagement System to effectively coregulate with clients.  


  • Employ exercises designed to engage the neural circuits of your client’s Social Engagement System to improve clinical outcomes. 
    • Present the architecture of the Social Engagement System with an overview of the function of cranial nerves V, VII, IX, X, XI describing the impact on relationships and autonomic regulation  
    • Teach specific exercises to activate each cranial nerve and ways to track the response 
    • Identify actions of the Social Engagement System in specific clinical issues and ways to engage the system to shape specific clinical outcomes  
  • Identify and track moments of autonomic disconnection and find the right repair in sessions. 
    • Present ways to map clinician autonomic response patterns  
    • Learn what constitutes an autonomic rupture and an effective autonomic repair  
    • Present ways to track levels of attunement and provide guided exercises to practice the repair process 
  • Create an environment of autonomic safety using the “inside, outside, and between” guide. 
    • Teach the organizing principle of neuroception 
    • Present ways to track visceral, environmental, and relational cues of safety and danger within the autonomic response system  
    • Practice ways to reduce cues of danger and create cues of safety using the autonomic experience of neuroception 
  • Use your own Social Engagement System to effectively coregulate with clients.  
    • Present a live demo to illustrate application of skills in a clinical session 
    • Offer guided dyadic practice   
    • Create personalized ways to use the five elements of the Social Engagement System as co-regulating resources 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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