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Polyvagal Institute’s Annual Conference:
The Many Voices of Polyvagal Theory 

NOVEMBER 5 - 6, 2021

A virtual conference exploring the application of PVT to psychotherapy, education, healthcare, and body-based therapies.




up to



early bird price through Nov. 4


$299 on nov. 5



All-access pass includes both days of keynotes and workshops with instant replay of all sessions, 30-days of unlimited on-demand access, session handouts to take home, live panels and discussion groups, and the official conference bookstore with attendee-only pricing on speaker books, clinical resources, and more!  

Final CE approvals coming soon! Up to 10 CE's will be available.

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On behalf of the entire team at the Polyvagal Institute, we want to warmly welcome you to the 2021 Polyvagal Summit!

We’ve partnered with our friends at PESI to bring you Stephen Porges, Deb Dana, and many of the creative thinkers who are integrating Polyvagal Theory into new territory. Whether you're a psychotherapist, educator, body-based therapist, healthcare professional, or curious polyvagalist, this conference will expand your understanding of 'the science of human connection,' Polyvagal Theory.  

Event Schedule

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Friday, Nov. 5th 9:00am - 7:00pm EDT

Module 1

PVT and Body-based Therapies

9:00-9:45 am | Keynote - A Biobehavioral Journey to Sociality 
Stephen Porges, PhD

9:45-10:45 am | Applied Polyvagal Theory in Yoga for Trauma Recovery

Arielle Schwartz, PhD

10:45-11:45 am | When the Body Speaks: Eating Disorders Through the Lens of Polyvagal Theory

Paula Scatoloni, LCSW, CEDS  and Rachel Lewis,  MS, EDS, LPC, LMBT

11:45-12:00   Break

12:00-1:00 pm | What is My Voice Telling Me?: Voice Problems from a Polyvagal Perspective

Heleen Grooten, SPL

1:00-1:45 pm | Live Roundtable: Polyvagal Theory & Body-oriented Therapies

Stephen Porges, Arielle Schwartz, Paula Scatoloni, and Heleen Grooten

1:45-2:00 pm | Story of Change: The Tree & Me

Katy Dickson, OT

Module 2

Safety In Schools

2:45-3:45 pm | Optimizing School Leadership with the Polyvagal Theory
Emily Read Daniels, M.Ed., MBA, NCC

3:45-4:45 pm | The Story of Our Nervous System for Educators and Students
Lori Desautels, PhD

4:45-5:00   Break

5:00-6:00 pm | The Neuroscience of Safety: PVT on Supporting Children across all Diagnostic Categories
Mona Delahooke, PhD

6:00-6:45 pm | Live Roundtable: Safety in Schools
Stephen Porges, Emily Daniels, Lori Desautels, and Mona Delahooke

6:45-6:50 pm | Story of Change: PVT and the Rebecca School in New York City
Morgan Weissman, OT

day one

day two

Saturday, Nov. 6th 9:00am - 7:00pm EDT

Module 1

PVT in Healthcare Systems

9:00-9:45 am | Keynote: Changing the World One Nervous System at a Time
Deb Dana, LCSW
9:45-10:45 am | Embedding Polyvagal Theory in Healthcare Practice
Marilyn Sanders, MD, and Molly McClain, MD, MPH
10:45-11:45 am | Polyvagal in Practice in Residential Treatment
Benjamin Fry, MA, MBA and Prahlad Ilex Galbiati, RCST, BCST, SEP


11:45-12:00   Break
12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Polyvagal Theory in Public Mental Health
Larry Villano, MA, MC, LPC, CEO at Resilient Health
1:00 -1:45 pm | Live Roundtable: Polyvagal Theory in Healthcare Systems
Deb Dana, Marilyn Sanders, Molly McClain, Benjamin Fry, and Larry Villano 

1:45-2:00 pm | Story of Change: Creative Connection in the Time of Covid
Liz Charles, MD and client Dennis Schmidt

Module 2

Paradigm Shift

2:45-3:45 pm | Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model
Jan Winhall, MSW, FOT 
3:45-4:45 pm | Group Psychotherapy as a Neural Exercise: Polyvagal Theory Perspective
Philip J Flores, PhD, ABPP, FAGPA

4:45-5:00   Break

5:00-6:00 pm | Feeling Safe Enough to Heal: Chronic Pain
Les Aria, PhD
6:00-6:45 pm | Live Roundtable: A Polyvagal Theory Paradigm Shift
Deb Dana, Jan Winhall, Phil Flores, and Les Aria
Summit Close
6:45-6:55 pm | Benevolence Meditation by Deb Dana
6:55-7:00 pm I Closing Remarks by Stephen Porges

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