Trauma Treatment Transformed: Integrating Polyvagal Theory & Somatic Work with Arielle Schwartz

This 6-hour on-demand webinar led by Arielle Schwartz, PhD, was originally broadcast live on May 22/29, 2024.

All registrants receive unlimited access to the recording for 365 days.

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*Pricing shown in CAD. USD equivalent is $191.

Join acclaimed therapist and renowned author, Dr. Arielle Schwartz, for an immersive exploration of “Embodied Healing,” a groundbreaking approach to trauma treatment. In this transformative, 6-hour virtual workshop, delve deep into the intersection of Polyvagal Theory and Somatic Work, and discover how integrating these modalities can revolutionize your therapeutic practice.

Arielle brings her expertise and passion for trauma treatment to this workshop, offering participants a unique opportunity to learn from her years of clinical experience and research in the field. As a leading voice in the integration of somatic techniques and Polyvagal Theory, Dr. Schwartz provides practical insights and evidence-based strategies for addressing the physiological roots of trauma.

Polyvagal Theory offers a transdiagnostic framework for trauma treatment, illuminating the physiological roots of a wide array of physical and mental health conditions. By understanding and addressing the imbalances within the autonomic nervous system, therapists and clients can compassionately navigate the complexities of mood, anxiety, and traumatic stress-related disorders.

While traditional talk therapy often centers on verbal narratives, it frequently falls short in facilitating a comprehensive rebalancing of the autonomic nervous system in trauma treatment. This workshop empowers therapists with time-tested and research-based somatic tools, coupled with yoga-based breathwork, movement, and awareness practices, to effectively alleviate clients’ anxiety, obsessive thinking, and feelings of hopelessness.

Through applied Polyvagal Theory within trauma treatment, participants will gain a profound understanding of how to cultivate lasting changes that promote physiological balance and psychological wellness.

By attending this workshop, you will learn how to guide your clients in:

  • Immediately regulating their own nervous systems
  • Naturally stimulating their vagus nerve for relaxation and resilience
  • Reconnecting with their bodies to access internal resources
  • Grounding themselves in the present moment for increased stability
  • Releasing unresolved patterns of fight, flight, freeze, or faint
  • Expanding their capacity to tolerate emotional discomfort with compassion
  • Cultivating a resilient felt sense that empowers them to thrive in the face of adversity

Don’t miss this opportunity to empower your clients with the tools they need for profound healing and transformation under the guidance of Dr. Arielle Schwartz.

  • Apply polyvagal theory within therapy.
  • Assess Neuroception of safety and threat.
  • Recognize the benefits of co-regulation and the social engagement system.
  • Demonstrate grounding and orientating techniques that increase clients’ resources.
  • Learn about Heart Rate Variability (HRV) as related to stress management.
  • Demonstrate how to enhance health through natural vagus nerve stimulation.
  • Applied Polyvagal Theory in Yoga: Gentle Practices for Emotional Health.

This training offers 6 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

Attendees of the live broadcast will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation after the course is finished.

Attendees of the on-demand recorded version will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify attendance and then receive their Certificate of Participation. On-demand attendees will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation once they have successfully passed the Post-Webinar Quiz at the completion of the webinar.

The Certificate of Participation includes:

  • Name of participant.
  • Title of training.
  • Name of presenter plus their credentials.
  • Number of hours of training.
  • Date of training.
  • Confirmation that showed 100% attendance at the live broadcast or passed a quiz with at least an 80% grade to verify attendance of the on-demand recording.

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  • Arielle Schwartz, PhD
1:00-4:15 pm


Learn how Polyvagal theory explains the tiered response to threat

How our nervous system helps us respond to threats or cues of safety

How the nervous system is wired to keep you safe

Learn key assessment tools for the applied polyvagal theory model

Strategies for co-regulation as a biological imperative

Strategies for proximity Awareness and Relational Resourcing

Attending to competing biological needs for closeness and separateness

Polyvagal perspectives on approach-avoidance attachment dynamics

Work mindfully with rupture and repair cycles

Identify autonomic anchors of safety as inner resources for clients

Exploring Grounding tools in psychotherapy

15-minute break included

  • Arielle Schwartz, PhD
1:00-4:15 pm


Understand vagal tone and vagal efficiency

How Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is related to stress management

Intersection of Neuroplasticity research applied to trauma treatment

Learn natural vagus nerve stimulation practices to promote emotional and physical health

Conscious breathing for stress reduction

How fascia or the connective tissue matrix is essential for mind-body communications

Facilitate Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness practices

Learn strategies for self-compassion and loving kindness

15-minute break included

Event Detail

Who Should Attend

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in accredited programs in the above fields
  • Case Managers
  • Licensed Professional Counsellors
  • All other professionals who would like to develop, update, or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices