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The Art & Science of Polyvagal Theory

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The Art & Science of Polyvagal Theory

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Cost: $




Stephen Porges, PhD

Deb Dana, LCSW

Course Overview

The Art and Science of Polyvagal Theory course brings Dr. Stephen Porges and Deb Dana, LCSW together for a unique exploration of the scientific foundations of Polyvagal Theory along with a discussion of its clinical application. Dr. Stephen Porges presents the theoretical constructs of Polyvagal Theory and then engages with Deb Dana, LCSW for a discussion of how the constructs shape clinical work. The workshop is divided into six sections interweaving lecture with discussion and culminating in a clinical case study through the lens of Polyvagal Theory. This is an introductory level course for individuals. The main areas the workshop will cover are: • A New Vocabulary: The Organizing Principles of Polyvagal Theory • The Construct of Neuroception • The Social Engagement System • The Biology of Co-regulation • Presenting a One Nervous System Approach • A Polyvagal look at the Pandemic • A Polyvagal Perspective of a Clinical Case Study The next live broader student community discussions are: • August 8, 2023 at 11 am Eastern Time with Deb Dana, LCSW • August 17, 2023 at 11 am Eastern Time with Stephen Porges, PhD Students will have access to the course for 180 days from the date of purchase.


8.5 hours of recorded lectures and live broader student community discussions with Stephen Porges, PhD or Deb Dana, LCSW



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CE's and/or Certificate of Completion Available

Upon course completion, 6.5 CEs (psychoanalysts, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, educators, nurses, and dentists) are available for purchase for $40 from co-sponsor R. Cassidy Seminars. CEs with the APA are currently unavailable. Certificate of Completion upon course completion.
"Stephen Porges's masterful theory of the nervous system is one of the most detailed, true to life portraits of the embodied nervous system―something of which we only had glimpses of, because of some huge blind spots that Porges has remediated." ―Norman Doidge, M.D., author of The Brain That Changes Itself and The Brain's Way of Healing


Stephen Porges, PhD

Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. is a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He is the originator of the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral, mental, and health problems related to traumatic experiences. He is the creator of a music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol ™ , which currently is used by approximately 3,000 therapists to improve spontaneous social engagement, to reduce hearing sensitivities, and to improve language processing, state regulation, and spontaneous social engagement. Dr. Porges is a founder of the Polyvagal Institute.

Stephen Porges, PhD

Deb Dana, LCSW

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.


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