Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Learning the Language of the Nervous System

Thursday, October 4, 2018
The Crestview Country Club 
Agawam, MA
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
6 CE Contact Hours

Deb Dana, LCSW
What Spring 2018 participants in this same conference wrote about their experience:

  This was a great workshop! I loved the topic. Deb Dana was articulate, smart, had a sense of humor, and beautifully modeled the transparency and self-regulation necessary to do this work well with clients. 

 Deb Dana was one of the very best speakers I have ever heard at a conference. She was extremely prepared, creative, warm, and she provided a very safe and supportive learning environment. From beginning to end, interesting and enjoyable and useful.

Deb Dana was extremely clear, organized, responsive to questions, and very interactive with the participants.
One of the best workshops I have attended!

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Course Description

The autonomic nervous system is at the heart of our experiences of safety.  Trauma interrupts the development of autonomic regulation replacing pathways of connection with patterns of protection.  Polyvagal Theory has revolutionized our understanding of how this system works.  We now have a guide to the neurophysiological processes of mobilization, collapse, and social engagement and can reliably help our clients re-shape their systems and change the stories that are carried in their autonomic pathways.

Learning Objectives - at the end of this workshops, participants will be able to: 

1. Explain the basic principles of Polyvagal Theory.
2. Describe the autonomic hierarchy and associated response patterns.
3. Assess client responses through autonomic state and state shifts.
4. Track client and clinician states of regulation and dysregulation.  
5. Identify ways to use co-regulating pathways in clinical sessions.

Deb Dana, LCSW, is a clinician, consultant, and Coordinator of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute.  She is author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation, and co-editor with Stephen Porges of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies. 

Schedule and Course Outline
Thursday, October 4, 2018
The Crestview Country Club, Agawam, Massachusetts

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Registration and Coffee
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM Origins of Polyvagal Theory
Implications for the Treatment of Trauma
Evolution and Architecture of the Autonomic Nervous System
The Organizing Principles of Polyvagal Theory
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break & Refreshments
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Mapping the Autonomic Nervous System     
Using Autonomic Maps to Inform Clinical Choices

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch at the Crestview, included with your registration
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Cranial Nerves and the Social Engagement System
Experimenting with Autonomic Cues of Safety and Danger
Tracking State Shifts  
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Break and Refreshments
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Toning the Autonomic Nervous System
Resourcing through the Ventral Vagus
Rupture, Repair, and Co-regulation 

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Questions and Answers