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Atlantic Beach, Florida

Stephen Porges, PhD and Deb Dana, LCSW bring Polyvagal Theory to life on November 10-11, 2023, in Atlantic Beach, Florida (and virtually online). In-person seating and room accommodations are limited! Ticket sales end Friday November 10 at 8am ET. 

LMFTs, LMHCs, LCSWs, LPCCs, psychologists, and nurses can earn 10 CEs! See details below.

This event has now concluded.
Recordings of this event will be made available December 15, 2023. 
Thank you to all who joined us live! 
Dr. Stephen Porges (photo by Rick Wilson)
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Bringing Polyvagal Theory to Life
for Therapists and Clinicians
with Stephen Porges, PhD and Deb Dana, LCSW

Join Polyvagal Theory (PVT) developer Stephen Porges and world-renowned trauma therapist and PVT expert Deb Dana for this unique two-day live workshop in Dr. Porges’ hometown Atlantic Beach, Florida. This intimate event is planned as a deep dive into the clinical application of PVT in therapy, exploring it from both scientific and practical perspectives. The two days include live demonstrations followed by deconstruction and discussion, lots of time for Q&A, and meals together at the lovely beachside location.

10 CEs available!


Event Details

Those who have seen Stephen Porges and Deb Dana in conversation or presenting together know the deep connection they share and the wisdom that organically emerges as they engage in dialogue about the many ways Polyvagal Theory helps us understand how we are human, and how we can use Polyvagal Theory in therapy. 

Explore a compassionate and connecting lens for engaging with the world, and hone the principles and tools for applying Polyvagal Theory to your professional practice. Polyvagal Theory emphasizes the role the autonomic nervous system --especially the vagus nerve-- plays in regulating our health and behavior. Created and developed by Stephen Porges, PhD, the theory describes the physiological/psychological states which underlie our daily behavior as well as challenges related to our wellness and mental health. 

Guided by Dr. Porges and Deb Dana– a clinician and trainer whose work and research focuses on using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma in our lives– you will learn to understand your own nervous system so that you can better understand and create an environment of safety, connection, and co-regulation for and with your clients. During this two-day workshop, you’ll develop skills to assess your clients’ responses, engage the neural circuits of their social engagement system, and utilize polyvagal-informed processes to help clients return to regulation. Through our live demonstrations and interactive discussions, you’ll see how these principles and practices can improve clinical outcomes. 

Designed primarily for therapists, clinicians, counselors, mental health and social workers as well as individuals in related fields, this two-day event offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in Polyvagal Theory and to learn first-hand from those who know it best. 

The course will also be live-streamed for online participants.

Virtual Attendees:
Access this event via the link in your email confirmation or visit the Online Event page here. 

In-Person Attendees:
Check your email for a full event schedule and venue details.

Questions? contact

Agenda at a Glance

Friday Morning 9:00 am-12:15 pm ET

Stephen Porges: Polyvagal Theory- A Personal Journey 

Friday Afternoon 2:15-5:15 pm ET

-Q&A with Stephen Porges

-Panel Discussion: A Polyvagal Approach to Systemic Injustice- Feeling Safe Enough to Be Who We Are

-Additional Q&A with a focus on Treatments and Outcomes 

Saturday Morning 9:00 am-12:15 pm ET

-Deb Dana: Bringing Polyvagal Theory into Clinical Practice

-Principles to Practice: Sample Exercises

Saturday Afternoon 2:15-5:15 pm ET

-Deb Dana: Clinical demonstration & discussion of applied polyvagal principles 

-Our Circle of Connection: An Experiential with Mattie & Michael

-Stephen Porges & Deb Dana: The Future of Polyvagal Theory

Breakfast will be served on Friday and Saturday for registered in-person attendees. 

For lunch and dinner, we encourage you to explore Atlantic Beach. Reservations are suggested. View a local map and list of dining options here. 

Registration Information

In-person Attendance:

Online Attendance:


Optional CE fee: $60. 

See additional details about CEs and in-person hotel accommodations below. 

Your in-person or online registration includes access to the event recordings for up to 180 days. 

Refunds may be issued for virtual tickets until November 8, 2023 at 11pm ET, and for in-person tickets until November 3, 2023 at 11pm ET. Eventbrite ticket fees are non-refundable. 

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop participants will be better able to:

  • Analyze the organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory

  • Apply tools to help regulate their own autonomic state to create an environment of safety for clients

  • Assess client responses through autonomic state and state shifts

  • Apply an understanding of Polyvagal Theory to create an environment for clients that encourages safety and connection

  • Utilize exercises designed to engage the neural circuits of a client’s Social Engagement System to improve clinical outcomes

  • Apply polyvagal-informed processes to help clients return to regulation

  • Use co-regulating practices to match a client’s autonomic capacity for connection

This event will provide 10 optional CEs for LMFTs, LMHCs, LCSWs, LPCCs, psychologists, and nurses for an additional cost of $60.

Deb Dana and Dr. Stephen Porges

In-person Details 

PVI acknowledges that the systemic decisions being made in the state of Florida do not reflect the values embodied within Polyvagal Theory.  It is our hope that this event will inspire and support meaningful dialogue based around the principles of connection, community and collective healing. 


One Ocean Resort and Spa

1 Ocean Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

a short 35 minute ride from

Jacksonville International Airport

Book your room with our

special event pricing here. 

Rooms are limited, so book early! 

Our venue for this event is a beautiful hotel situated right on the beach.  The schedule includes plenty of time for talking with Steve and Deb over meals, as well as taking time for yourself, walking on the beach, or networking.  


You won’t need a car or an Uber here - restaurants, shopping and entertainment are all within walking distance. Bring a hat, your sunglasses, a notepad for clinical and personal revelations, and your most curious self.

One Ocean hotel room

CE Information

This event will provide 10 optional CEs for LMFTs, LMHCs, LCSWs, LPCCs, psychologists, and nurses for an additional cost of $60.

You will have the opportunity to add CEs to your registration during the check-out process. 

In order to be eligible for CEs, you must attend all sessions on both days of this event.

For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance for this event, contact Polyvagal Institute at


For questions about CEs, contact Spiritual Competency Academy at

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• CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

• The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.


• LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.


• SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain their certificate of attendance for 4 years after the course concludes.

Contact PVI with any questions at

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