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Polyvagal Theory: Principles and Practice Group Webinar

Polyvagal Theory: Principles and Practice Group Webinar




Cost: $


CE's Available:


Deb Dana, LCSW

"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

Course Overview

Please reach out to us at to inquire about scheduling this course for your group. If you are interested in learning this material as an individual, please register for

Polyvagal Theory: Principles & Practice for Individuals.

In the last few years there has been ground-breaking 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 health, growth, and restoration.

This workshop presents the organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory in combination with practices that bring the theory into practical application through recorded teaching modules and live discussion with one of our polyvagal experts. This is an introductory webinar for groups who wish to combine training in the key principles of Polyvagal Theory with discussion of how a polyvagal perspective can be applied in their work environments with the populations they serve.

This introductory webinar is for groups who wish to combine training in the key principles of Polyvagal Theory with discussion of how they can apply it to their field. Three hours of self-paced lectures by Deb Dana, LCSW plus a one-hour FAQ session are combined with 90 minutes of live guided discussion with one of our polyvagal experts specific to the trainee’s practices. The workshop is very popular for its integration of a theoretical framework with practical application.

This is an introductory level course for organizations and groups. The main areas the workshop will cover are:

(1) the three organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory: Neuroception, Hierarchy, Co-Regulation

(2) the vagal brake

(3) the Social Engagement System

(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

Students will have access to the course for 180 days from the date of purchase.


4-hours of self-paced course materials followed by 90-minutes of live discussion with one of our polyvagal experts.



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CE's and/or Certificate of Completion Available

CEs (psychoanalysts, social workers, counselors/LMFTs, 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.
  • 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?
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  • 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.
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  • 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!


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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