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Defeating Trauma: Polyvagal Enhanced Resilience Training

Defeating Trauma: Polyvagal Enhanced Resilience Training




Cost: $


CE's Available:


Master Dean Siminoff

"I left 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

Course Overview

This self-paced course is enhanced by routinely scheduled live discussions with the instructor Master Dean Siminoff. 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. 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.



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.
  • What is the attendance policy for a course?
    Live/Hybrid courses: While specific course policies may vary, we typically allow one absence for a live or hybrid course and require watching the recording and sometimes submitting a reflection for the missed session. If a participant is absent for more than the permissible number of live sessions, they may not be eligible for a certificate. Self-paced courses: In short, not applicable. Attendance does not apply to self-paced as they are designed to be consumed when the student is willing and able to take the course. All material is pre-recorded content, reading, or individual assignments.
  • How are live sessions held?
    Live sessions are held via Zoom. Zoom links are available inside the course content and in email reminders sent to enrollees.
  • What if I am unable to attend a live session?
    We upload recordings of our live sessions within 72 hours. (Please see the attendance policy above.)
  • How can I tell what time the live session will be in my local time zone?
    We typically provide live session start times in the four time zones of the continental United States. To convert live session times to your local timezone, please visit
  • Where can I find the course material?
    Thinkific is our learning management system. Upon enrolling in a course, you will receive an invite email to the course in Thinkific, where you can find all of the course materials and links.
  • Is this course accredited?
    The course page will list any continuing education credits (CEs) or other professional benefits that might be available for the course (and any applicable restrictions). If none are listed, then none are available.
  • How do I reset my password to Thinkific?
    You can reset your password by going to and clicking “Forgot Password?” link below the password field. You will then enter the email address you used when creating your account to receive a one-time password reset link. Use the instructions in that email to complete your password reset. If you have any other technical questions, feel free to reach out to us at
  • Is there closed captioning?
    Yes. Most pre-recorded content is hosted in Vimeo, which has closed captioning. If you come across a video that does not have closed captioning, please send us a message at
  • In which currency are your prices listed in?
    Our prices are listed in USD (United States Dollars). Your credit card or bank statement will likely reflect the price in your local currency.
  • Will I be charged sales tax?
    If you are located in the US or Canada, you will be charged sales tax on the cost of your course.
  • Are there scholarships available?
    Yes, PVI offers scholarships for all of our courses on a rolling basis. You can apply for a scholarship at
  • Are there group discounts?
    Yes. For groups of five or more participants, a 15% discount is available for each participant.
  • What is your refund policy?
    30 day money back guarantee for all of our courses (from date of purchase for self-paced courses and from date of first live session for live courses). Please reach out to us at if you'd like to inquire about a refund.
  • Can I purchase a gift certificate for PVI courses?
    Give the gift of learning! Yes, Polyvagal Institute offers digital gift certificates that arrive by email, and can be used towards any of our courses. Gift certificates are a simple way to share polyvagal insight and knowledge that stems from a better understanding of the human experience. Purchase a gift certificate now!


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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