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Polyvagal Theory: Principles & Practice for Individuals

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Polyvagal Theory: Principles & Practice for Individuals

CE's Available:


Cost: $





Deb Dana, LCSW

Course Overview

In the last few years there has been groundbreaking neuroscience research that has fundamentally changed our understanding of how trauma, adverse childhood experiences and chronic stress impact individuals psychologically, physiologically, emotionally and socially. Polyvagal Theory provides a guide to a new view of well-being through understanding the body’s nervous system. With Polyvagal Theory we have a framework to explore the ways experience shapes the nervous system and the pathways that lead to healing. This workshop presents the organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory in combination with practices that bring the theory into practical application through recorded teaching modules with master clinician Deb Dana. This is an introductory webinar for individuals who wish to explore the key principles of Polyvagal Theory and how to bring them into clinical practice. 4 CEU’s are available for purchase. The main areas the workshop will cover are: (1) the three organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory: neuroception, hierarchy, coregulation; (2) the vagal brake; (3) the social engagement system; and (4) Basic befriending skills: personal profile map, story of states, ventral vagal anchors. At the end of this workshop participants will be able to: 1. Describe the autonomic hierarchy 2. Discuss the process of neuroception 3. Explain the function of the vagal brake 4. Describe the co-regulating pathways of the social engagement system 5. Identify common body responses, behaviors, emotions, and beliefs for each autonomic state 6. Review what it means to apply a polyvagal lens in daily living Optional one hour live broader student community discussion: • Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 11 am Eastern Time with Stephen Porges, PhD APA CEs are currently unavailable while we are applying through a new co-sponsor organization Students will have access to the course for 180 days from the date of purchase. 3 month payment plan is available at registration. If you represent an organization interested in scheduling a private offering of this course, please refer to Polyvagal Theory: Principles and Practice Group Webinarthen reach out to us at


3-hours of recorded teaching modules plus 1-hour recorded discussion and live broader student community discussions with Stephen Porges, PhD or Deb Dana, LCSW.



Recommended Audience

clinicians, psychologists, psychoanalysts, physicians, psychiatrists, social workers, MFTs, counselors, substance abuse counselors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, coaches, nurses, other healthcare providers, and more.

CE's and/or Certificate of Completion Available

2 Ways To Purchase Your CEs:R. Cassidy: 4 CEs for psychoanalysts, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, educators, nurses, and dentists are available for purchase for $40 from co-sponsor R. Cassidy Seminars. Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA): 4 CEs for psychologists, LPCs, LCSWs, LMFTs, and nurses are available for purchase for $35. CEs are provided by co-sponsor Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA). Certificate of Completion upon course completion.
Deb Dana guides us, by means of simple exercises, to understand and befriend our autonomic nervous system, engaging its healing capacities to connect with ourselves and with our social world." --Gabor Maté, MD, author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts


Deb Dana, LCSW

Deb Dana, LCSW, is a clinician, consultant, author and speaker. Her work is focused on using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma in our lives. She is a founding member of the Polyvagal Institute, consultant to Khiron Clinics, and advisor to Unyte.

Deb’s work shows how an understanding of Polyvagal Theory is applicable across the board to relationships, mental health, and trauma. She delves into the intricacies of how we can all use an understanding of the organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory to change the ways we navigate our daily lives. Deb is well known for translating Polyvagal Theory into a language and application that is both clear and accessible and for pioneering Rhythm of Regulation® methodology, tools, techniques and practices which continue to open up the power of Polyvagal Theory for professionals and curious people from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life.

Deb believes that we all benefit when we have a basic understanding of the ways the nervous system works and learn how to become active operators of this essential system. Following this passion has led her to offering workshops in partnership with groups and communities outside of the clinical arena - and bringing the Polyvagal perspective to the ordinary, and sometimes extraordinary, experiences of daily living.

Deb’s clinical work published with W.W. Norton includes The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation, Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client Centered Practices, the Polyvagal Flip Chart, the Polyvagal Card Deck, and Polyvagal Practices: Anchoring the Self in Safety. She partners with Sounds True to bring her polyvagal perspective to a general audience through the audio program Befriending Your Nervous System: Looking Through the Lens of Polyvagal Theory and her print book Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory.

Deb Dana, LCSW


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