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PVI Summit Details

Full descriptions available below for each presentation given during the 2021 PVI Summit.

Day 1 - Friday, Nov. 5 | 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Eastern Time

Module 1 |  PVT and Body-based Therapies

9:00-9:45 am

KEYNOTE: A Biobehavioral Journey to Sociality | Stephen Porges, PhD

Polyvagal Theory emphasizes sociality as the core process in mitigating threat reactions and supporting mental and physical health. The theory clarifies the neurobiological and biobehavioral shifts that occurred during the evolutionary transition from asocial reptiles to social mammals. This transition repurposed the autonomic nervous system with capacities to self-calm, to spontaneously socially engage others, and to mitigate threat reactions in ourselves and others through social cues.  Through the lens of the theory, disruptions in behavioral regulation, learning skills, language development, and mental and physical health issues are often related to a disruption of the core neurobiological process underlying sociality.

9:45-10:45 am

Applied Polyvagal Theory in Yoga for Trauma Recovery | Arielle Schwartz, PhD

While you might recognize the value of bringing the body into trauma treatment, you might not know how. Through the lens of Polyvagal Theory, you'll learn all about how the vagus nerve is a bidirectional information highway between mind and body. More importantly, you will learn how to help clients fine-tune their health with yogic breath, movement, and awareness practices that become the building blocks of emotional and mental health. 

10:45-11:45 am

When the Body Speaks: Eating Disorders Through the Lens of Polyvagal Theory | Paula Scatoloni, LCSW, CEDS  and Rachel Lewis,  MS, EDS, LPC, LMBT

Even the best evidenced-based interventions currently available for eating disorders have limited long-term outcomes. Ironically, the body, the very stage where the war is waged, may be the missing link to effective treatment. Embodied Recovery is a new model of treatment designed to bring the body itself to the forefront of the treatment process.  Grounded in the science of Polyvagal Theory, the ERED model addresses the role of neurobiological organization, the subjective experience of self, and our basic human needs for attachment and defense on our capacity to eat and digest effectively. 

11:45-12:00

BREAK

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12:00-1:00 pm

What is My Voice Telling Me?: Voice Problems from a Polyvagal Perspective | Heleen Grooten, SPL

Human voices provide a lot of information about the autonomic state of the speaker, which of course influences the state of the listener. Become more conscious of the voice of your clients, your own voice, and how various states can be reflected in both.

1:00-1:45 pm

LIVE ROUNDTABLE: Polyvagal Theory & Body-oriented Therapies

Stephen Porges joins Arielle Schwartz, Paula Scatoloni, and Heleen Grooten to discuss the role of Polyvagal Theory in body-oriented therapies.

1:45-2:00 pm

Story of Change: The Tree & Me | Katy Dickson, OT

Katy will read her Polyvagal poem, entitled ‘The Tree and Me,’ a personal reflection of her own arc through states, moods and emotions we’re all familiar with, and which form the framework for Polyvagal Theory. The poem references interventions that can support the autonomic nervous system and help shift states.

2:00-2:45 pm

LUNCH BREAK

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Module 2 |  Safety In Schools

2:45-3:45 pm

Optimizing School Leadership with the Polyvagal Theory | Emily Read Daniels, M.Ed., MBA, NCC

The Polyvagal Theory provides an organizing framework through which to consider key aspects of school leadership. It redefines the experience of being a principal, superintendent, or other school leader and informs the essential priority of school leadership: cultivating a culture of safety.

3:45-4:45 pm

The Story of Our Nervous System for Educators and Students |  Lori Desautels, PhD

All chronic behavioral challenges are nervous system challenges and require "felt safety" inside our classrooms and schools.  When we observe only behaviors, we look at the indicators and do not cultivate sustainable changes that meet the needs of our children and youth.  

In this session, you’ll get the practices and tools to assist our children, youth, and yourself in recognizing how dysregulation feels in our bodies and brains. Discover resources to deeply understand how we move through autonomic states when we feel triggered and our bodies prepare to protect and defend when there is no present moment danger or threat.

5:00-6:00 pm

The Neuroscience of Safety: Polyvagal Theory on Supporting Children across all Diagnostic Categories | Mona Delahooke, PhD

The behaviors you frequently observe in your practice are only the tip of the iceberg. Go “below the waterline” to discover the most important treatment goal for all individuals: the neuroception of safety as evidenced by physiological state regulation.

6:00-6:45 pm

LIVE ROUNDTABLE: Safety in Schools

Stephen Porges joins Emily Daniels, Lori Desautels, and Mona Delahooke to  discuss Polyvagal Theory as applied to safety in schools. Topics will include PVT from student, teacher, admin and parent perspectives.

6:45-6:50 pm

Story of Change: PVT and the Rebecca School in New York City |  Morgan Weissman

An occupational therapist from NYC will share with us how the Rebecca School integrated PVT with the DIRFloortime® model to promote compassion, respect and a sense of safety in their school environment and culture.

 
 
 
 
 

Day 2 - Saturday, Nov. 6 | 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Eastern Time

Module 1 |  PVT in Healthcare Systems

9:00-9:45 am

KEYNOTE: Changing the World One Nervous System at a Time | Deb Dana, LCSW

Guided by Polyvagal Theory we have a roadmap to find our way to regulation and engage the power of the nervous system to hold ourselves and others in care and compassion. From an anchor in regulation, we can travel the autonomic pathways of connection and send messages of safety out into the world.  Join Deb Dana in an exploration of the gifts and responsibilities of being a Polyvagal informed human.

9:45-10:45 am

Embedding PVT in Healthcare Practice | Marilyn Sanders, MD, and Molly McClain, MD, MPH

All chronic behavioral challenges are nervous system challenges and require "felt safety" inside our classrooms and schools.  When we observe only behaviors, we look at the indicators and do not cultivate sustainable changes that meet the needs of our children and youth.  

In this session, you’ll get the practices and tools to assist our children, youth, and yourself in recognizing how dysregulation feels in our bodies and brains. Discover resources to deeply understand how we move through autonomic states when we feel triggered and our bodies prepare to protect and defend when there is no present moment danger or threat.

10:45-11:45 am

Polyvagal in Practice in Residential Treatment | Benjamin Fry, MA, MBA and Prahlad Ilex Galbiati, RCST, BCST, SEP

Discover how Polyvagal Theory provides many cues of safety for a living community of trauma treatment and recovery. It also gives us a model to understand the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that emerge in such an environment and during the trauma modalities of treatment.

12:00 - 1:00 pm

PVT in Public Mental Health | Larry Villano, MA, MC, LPC, LISAC, CEO of Resilient Health

Polyvagal theory contains important elements that can enhance the delivery of public mental healthcare. Discover why PVT is not widely adopted in the public (i.e., Medicaid) mental health system and what innovative clinicians are doing to implement the principles of the autonomic nervous system and Polyvagal Theory into clinical practice on a public healthcare level.

1:00 -1:45 pm

LIVE ROUNDTABLE: Polyvagal Theory in Healthcare Systems

Deb Dana joins Marilyn Sanders, Molly McClain, Benjamin Fry, and Larry Villano to discuss the challenges and rewards of applying Polyvagal Theory to various healthcare provider systems. The discussion will include in-patient, residential, and outpatient mental health perspectives. 

1:45-2:00 pm

Story of Change: Creative Connection in the Time of COVID | Liz Charles, MD and Dennis Schmidt

Liz Charles, MD is based in the UK while her client, Dennis Schmidt, lives in Germany.  Their shared journey of therapy for Dennis’ trauma history and Parkinson’s Disease includes sensitive use of the Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP) and an assortment of sensory, movement, and regulation activities - all done via Zoom.  The remarkable results have been life-changing.

2:00-2:45 pm

LUNCH BREAK

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Module 2 |  Paradigm Shift

2:45-3:45 pm

Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model | Jan Winhall, MSW, FOT

From a polyvagal perspective, addictions are adaptive responses to maladaptive environments. The Felt Sense Polyvagal Model (FSPM) provides a paradigm shift from the traditional disease approach of addiction to an embodied understanding of trauma and its underbelly through the lens of our autonomic nervous system (ANS). Specific tools for developing harm reduction strategies will be presented. Case examples will be included.

3:45-4:45 pm

Group Psychotherapy as a Neural Exercise: Polyvagal Theory Perspective  | Philip J Flores, PhD, ABPP, FAGPA

This presentation demonstrates how group psychotherapy conducted and guided by the insights of Polyvagal Theory can help craft an ideal “neural exercise regimen” for promoting the biobehavioral adjustments necessary to regulate emotions and improve autonomic homeostasis, psychological resilience, physical health, emotional attunement,and behavioral flexibility.

4:45-5:00

BREAK

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5:00-6:00 pm

Feeling Safe Enough to Heal: Chronic Pain |  Les Aria, PhD

Polyvagal theory contains important elements that can enhance the delivery of public mental healthcare. Discover why PVT is not widely adopted in the public (i.e., Medicaid) mental health system and what innovative clinicians are doing to implement the principles of the autonomic nervous system and Polyvagal Theory into clinical practice on a public healthcare level.

6:00-6:45 pm

LIVE ROUNDTABLE:  A Polyvagal Theory Paradigm Shift

Deb Dana joins Jan Winhall, Phil Flores, and Les Aria to discuss Polyvagal Theory as applied to different treatment paradigms. The discussion will include trauma and addiction, group psychotherapy, and chronic pain.

6:45-6:55 pm

Summit Closing Part 1: Benevolence Meditation by Deb Dana

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6:55-7:00 pm

Summit Closing Part 2: Closing remarks by Stephen Porges

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