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Polyvagal Theory: Principles & Practice for Individuals

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Polyvagal Theory: Principles & Practice for Individuals

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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 discussions: • August 8, 2023 at 11 am Eastern Time with Deb Dana, LCSW • August 17, 2023 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. If you represent an organization interested in scheduling a private offering of this course, please refer to Polyvagal Theory: Principles and Practice Group Webinar, then 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

CEs (psychoanalysts, social workers, counselors/MFTs, educators, nurses, dentists) are available for purchase for $40 from co-sponsor R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. CEs through the APA are currently unavailable. 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 and consultant specializing in using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma and create ways of working that honor the role of the autonomic nervous system. She developed the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and lectures internationally on ways Polyvagal Theory informs work with trauma survivors. She is a founding member of the Polyvagal Institute, clinical advisor to Khiron Clinics, and an advisor to Unyte.

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, and the Polyvagal Flip Chart. 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 forthcoming print book Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory.

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Deb Dana, LCSW


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