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Defeating Trauma: Polyvagal Enhanced Resilience Training

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Defeating Trauma: Polyvagal Enhanced Resilience Training

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Master Dean Siminoff

Course Overview

This self-paced course is enhanced by routinely scheduled live discussions with the instructor Master Dean Siminoff. The next optional live discussion is on Wednesday, October 11 from 12 - 1 pm ET. Enhanced Resilience Training empowers people who have been disconnected from their bodies through trauma (whether intergenerational or personal), and uses a group social setting to reset the body’s alarm system, shifting the body and mind to a place of safety through positive neuro-regulation. In this introductory course, you will hear from Master Dean and Dr. Stephen Porges on why ERT™ is so effective, gain new insight into Polyvagal Theory, and learn tools you can use immediately for yourself or your clients. You’ll understand how this unique methodology combines the latest scientific understanding of trauma and the nervous system with a dynamic mind/body approach to “re-program” the nervous system. In your life or professional practice, does full healing seem a bit elusive? Polyvagal Theory has given us a common language and road map of our nervous system that can guide us to a better understanding of our bodies’ response to trauma. Enhanced Resilience Training™ will allow you to work through the body to feel a sense of safety that is essential for the beginning of healing. Most of us have experienced trauma in some form. We recognize we live in a traumatized world. As Dr. Stephen Porges believes, “we have two main biological imperatives: to feel safe and to socially engage.” The Enhanced Resilience Training (ERT™) provides a comprehensive approach to feeding our nervous system what it most desires. Enhanced Resilience Training™ prescribes the ideal mix of physical activities and theoretical training on the impact of trauma on the nervous system to guide participants towards social engagement and resilience. This self-paced course is enhanced by routinely scheduled live discussions with instructor Master Dean Siminoff. In speaking about ERT™, Dr. Porges says, "It is good to have a blueprint for humanity and a language for it, but it is insightful interventions like ERT™ that really grasp onto the basic principles of what it means to be human and give us rehabilitation strategies that are very consistent with what our nervous system is really desiring.” Course includes optional one hour live discussions with Master Dean for students to connect with each other and ask questions. Next live meetup with Master Dean: Wednesday, October 11 from 12 - 1 pm ET. Students will have access to the course for 180 days from the date of purchase. Note: This self-paced training will introduce you to elements of ERT that you would experience with one of Master Dean’s in-person training programs. After you attend this online introductory course, you may choose to attend a 15-hour live session in-person (for locations and schedule, contact Master Dean). PVI students will have their fee waived for attending any live version of this course with Master Dean, if your schedule and location allows.


ERT™ is a comprehensive and dynamic approach for empowering and aiding recovery from the effects of trauma. Through this online, self-paced course, Master Dean will walk you through each key element of ERT™ with explanations and physical demonstrations. The course completes with prerecorded conversations between Dr. Porges, Master Dean and Abby Napora. Optional: Live meetup with Master Dean on Wednesday, October 11 from 12 - 1 pm ET.



Recommended Audience

Anyone who has experienced trauma and/or PTSD, or therapists and clinicians who work with trauma

CE's and/or Certificate of Completion Available

Certificate of Completion upon course completion.
I left the weekend feeling refreshed. Focused. This held me through in the hardest times in my world. Supporting a large family through the death of not one but two pets has been emotionally exhausting. Taking your course has allowed me to move through the experience with calm. Reminding me that I can be the rock everyone needs without it taking away from me. --Patti B, Jan 2023


Master Dean Siminoff

Master Dean Siminoff is a 6th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo and Master Instructor for the past 28 years. He has been operating his own schools for 21 years gaining a unique understanding of the mind and body, working with all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. He is the founder & president of Martial Arts for Justice, a registered Canadian Charity. He is passionate about bringing justice to the poor and vulnerable in our world and has travelled to different parts of Africa. His commitment to helping those facing injustice and gender-based violence, has led to the creation of Enhanced Resilience Training™. ERT™ is now transforming lives in Rwanda where MAJ is delivering training to women and girls giving them new hope through personal empowerment and trauma healing. Over the past 5 years, more than 600 women have received ERT™ including 420 in the year 2021 funded by Martial Arts for Justice, as part of a special Avega Agahozo project, “Rusizi Resilience.”

Master Dean Siminoff


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