Rewiring Your Practice: Essential Clinical Applications of Polyvagal Theory

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Led by: Deborah Dana, LCSW

Friday, October 19 to
Saturday, October 20, 2018

9:00 am to 4:40 pm

The autonomic nervous system is at the heart of daily living.  It powerfully shapes our clients’ experiences of safety, and influences their capacity for connection.  In response to traumatic experiences, autonomic pathways of connection are replaced with patterns of protection.  With the development of Polyvagal Theory, you now have a guide to the neurophysiological processes of mobilization, collapse, and social engagement.  By understanding the Polyvagal Theory, you can more reliably help clients reshape their autonomic responses and rewrite the stories that are carried in their autonomic pathways.

In this experiential workshop, Deb Dana teaches her integrated approach to using Polyvagal Theory in therapy.  Participants will learn the organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory and work with practices designed to bring the power of Polyvagal Theory directly into clinical work.  Working individually and in pairs, you will learn techniques to map autonomic response patterns and skills designed to reshape the nervous system.

You will learn:

  • The fundamentals of Polyvagal Theory
  • How to create autonomic maps and use them as a guide in treatment
  • How to use the Notice and Name skill to track autonomic states and state shifts
  • Ways to engage the co-regulating pathways of the Social Engagement System in your therapy sessions
  • About autonomic portals of intervention, including breath, movement, touch, and sound
  • How the guiding questions of Polyvagal-informed therapy influence clinical practice
Deb Dana  
The Organizing Principles of Polyvagal Theory
9:00 am—10:30 am
Morning break
10:30 am—10:45 am
Mapping Autonomic Pathways
10:45 am—12:15 pm
Lunch break (on your own)
12:15 pm—1:30 pm
Patterns of Connection and Protection
1:30 pm—2:45 pm
Afternoon Break
2:45 pm—2:55 pm
The Social Engagement System
2:55 pm—4:40 pm
Deb Dana  
Regulating Resources
9:00 am—10:30 am
Morning break
10:30 am—10:45 am
Shaping the System
10:45 am—12:15 pm
Lunch break (on your own)
12:15 pm—1:30 pm
Portals of Intervention
1:30 pm—2:45 pm
Afternoon break
2:45 pm—2:55 pm
The Polyvagal Therapist: Demonstration and Discussion
2:55pm—4:40pm

Event Detail

October 19, 2018 9:00 am
October 20, 2018 4:40 pm