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Polyvagal Theory and the Modern Family:
Finding Safety and Connection

LIVE June 14-16, 2024

Polyvagal Institute's Gathering returns, and is now international in Potsdam, Germany!
Our venue is a modern hotel situated on a picturesque lake, 
surrounded by forest, just outside of Berlin. This landmark event will bring together Stephen Porges, Gabor Maté Deb Dana, and an exciting line-up of international and European experts, all presenting in English. Find details on the event venue, speakers and topics, and registration options on this page. A virtual option is also available, as will translation via our PVI International Partners!

In-person seats are limited; early registration is suggested.
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Stephen Porges, PhD, developer of Polyvagal Theory and co-founder of Polyvagal Institute, will be our Keynote Speaker

PVI International Gathering 
Potsdam, Germany

Join the international polyvagal community for this unique 2.5-day event in Potsdam, Germany, where we will focus on topics including child and adolescent mental health, family relationships, and transgenerational trauma and the many applications of Polyvagal Theory. 

Just outside Berlin, our event location in Potsdam is perched lakeside, surrounded by nature and beautiful scenery. The event schedule allows for plenty of time for networking, relaxing, and connecting with your fellow attendees. 
Register early as in-person seats are limited!

Themes and topics we will explore together:

  • Child and adolescent mental health

  • Family relationships

  • Parenting

  • Transgenerational trauma

In-person attendees will also have opportunities to attend alternative sessions featuring embodiment practices, co-regulation, and attuning to nature.

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Community and connection are a key part of your event experience.

When you register to attend in-person, you will have the opportunity to join a dedicated online group in the PVI Community App where you can share things like travel plans and ideas, arrange meet-ups or ride shares, or find dinner companions. 


In-person programming includes opportunities for collective embodiment practices, experiential felt-sense focusing with Jan Winhall, psychological safety support, and co-regulation.

A more detailed agenda and additional event details will be provided soon. 

In the meantime, please take advantage of our Early Bird Pricing for In-Person and Virtual Tickets, and be sure to reserve your room at the event venue. 

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Event Schedule

June 14, 15, and 16, 2024

Friday and Saturday 

8:30 -12pm Morning Sessions
12-2pm Lunch (lunch is included with your in-person ticket)
2:00-5:00pm Afternoon Sessions 

Sunday Schedule

8:30-1pm Morning Session

Please note, all times are listed as GMT+1, Berlin Time

Community and Connection

Questions about this event? Contact us at

Our Presenters and Speakers

We have gathered some of the best and brightest from around the globe to gather with us and share their work, research, and perspective on the topic of the modern family, specifically through a polyvagal lens. 

Full German translation available for in-person attendees. Additional translations available for virtual attendees in select languages 

Onsite amenities include sauna, spa, and bicycle rental, all in a beautiful natural setting

Meet and connect with the international polyvagal and trauma community, and grow your professional network

Lunch and coffee breaks included each day of the event to enjoy with your colleagues

Continuing Education Credits (CEs/ CEUs)

This event will provide 12 optional CEs for LMFTs, LMHCs, LCSWs, LPCCs, psychologists, and nurses for an additional cost of $65.

Please be sure to read through the following information, understand the required commitment, and confirm your eligibility  before adding Continuing Education Credits to your registration during the checkout process. 

CE Policies & Guidelines

For in-person attendees:

In order to be eligible for CEs, you must attend all speaker presentation sessions on all days of this event; attendance will be monitored per SCA requirements.

For virtual/ online attendees:

In order to be eligible for CEs, you must attend all speaker presentation sessions on all days of this event in real time.* This means that you must be live on camera during the live stream of this event. Online attendance will be monitored at several points throughout the event per SCA requirements.

*Please be sure to convert the event times listed here (all times posted are GMT+1, Berlin Time Zone) to your own local time zone so that you can determine your ability to attend in real time. Need help with the conversion? Use a website like this.

Learning Objectives 

At the end of the program, participants will be better able to…

• Assess client responses through identifying co-existing moments of grief and glimmers

• 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.

• Utilize practices to help clients increase the intergenerational transmission of wider windows of tolerance

• Describe the impact of racial identity as collective trauma

• Describe a neural process (neuroception) that evaluates risk in the environment and triggers adaptive neural circuits that promote either social interactions or defensive behaviors

• Explain the relationships between oxytocin and Polyvagal Theory

• Explain the essential role of Polyvagal Theory in the treatment of relational trauma

• Apply tools to help clients create a felt sense of safety to effectively address old wounds

• Assess the dissociation of intimacy in social engagement and in family relationships that originates from traumatic relational experiences that have not been integrated in development

• Utilize practical skills from Polyvagal Theory to support humanitarian workers responding to humanitarian crises in the field

Additional CE Information

 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 sponsors of CE who are approved by the American Psychological Association.
• LCSW, LPCC, LEP and LMFTs, and other professionals from outside of California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept credits from 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. Nurses outside of California must confirm acceptance with their licensing boards.
•For questions about your certificate or the content, logistics, or other support issues regarding this course, please contact Polyvagal Institute at
For questions about whether APA CE is valid for you, contact your licensing board directly. For general questions about APA CE, contact SCA at

Accommodations & Pricing



Kongresshotel Potsdam
Am Luftschiffhafen 1
14471 Potsdam, Germany

T: +49 331 907 75120

a short ride by train, car,

or bus from Berlin or the

Berlin Brandenburg Airport

Book your hotel room directly with the venue at the link below. Breakfast is included with your room reservation. Lunch is included with your event registration. If you wish to have dinner on-site, you must opt to add it to your room reservation in advance. Taxis and other transportation into the center of Potsdam may be arranged should you wish to dine offsite. (Please contact the hotel for transportation information.)

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In-person and virtual attendee ticket options are available, starting at $200* for virtual,

now $100 off the regular price of $300- no code needed!

and $520 in-person.

Optional 12 CEs for $65

In-person seats are limited!


 If cost is an obstacle to your participation in the 2024 PVI International Gathering, we encourage you to apply for financial accessibility. There are payment plans and limited scholarships (in-person/virtual) available. Scholarships will be awarded first come/ first served, on an ongoing basis, with an application deadline of May 31, 2024. 

To learn more and apply, please follow the link below. 

We look forward to being in community with you this June!

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