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Digital Seminar

Harnessing the Polyvagal System to Help Clients with Anxiety, Depression, and Anger

Dafna Lender, LCSW |  Jon Baylin, Ph.D
5 Hours 23 Minutes
Mar 22, 2018
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We all know therapists who seem magically able to establish a powerful sense of trust and connection with even the most distrusting clients. In this workshop, we’ll take a close look at the power of the polyvagal system and the way certain vocalizations, facial expressions, and gestures elicit more open and collaborative communication. 

*Please note this is the same content as Becoming a More Magical Therapist: Harnessing Your Social Engagement System at the 2018 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, you cannot receive self-study credit for this program if you have already attended the live activity.



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Dafna Lender, LCSW, is an international trainer and supervisor for practitioners who work with children and families. She is a certified trainer and supervisor/consultant in both Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Dafna's expertise is drawn from 25 years of working with families with attachment in many settings: at-risk after school programs, therapeutic foster care, in-home crisis stabilization, residential care and private practice. Dafna's style, whether as a therapist or teacher, is combining the light-hearted with the profound by bringing a playful, intense and passionate presence to every encounter. Dafna is the co-author of Theraplay: The Practitioner's Guide (2020). She teaches and supervises clinicians in 15 countries in 3 languages: English, Hebrew and French.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dafna Lender is the founder of Dafna Lender Psychotherapy Training and Consulting. She receives royalties as a published author. Dafna Lender receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dafna Lender has no relevant non-financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Jon Baylin, Ph.D Related seminars and products

Jonathan Baylin, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist with 30 years of experience, offers the workshop "Putting the Brain in Therapy." He's coauthoring a book with Daniel Hughes on the parenting brain and treatment for parents experiencing blocked care.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Jon Baylin receives royalties as an author for Norton Press.
Non-financial: Jon Baylin has no relevant non-financial relationship.

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Program Information

Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.


The Social Engagement System-What is it?
  • Underlying biology
  • Effect on fight/flight/freeze reaction
  • How interacting with others can help
The Social Engagement System-How to use it
  • Voice Prosidy
  • Resonance
  • Facial expressions
  • Eye contact
  • Touch
Play as a neural exercise for harnessing the SES to create safety and connection
  • The concept of interstate travel
  • Practicing various games for calming, regulating, establishing trust, maximizing eye contact, maximizing prosodic voice


  1. Explore how to connect with defensive clients, eliciting novel responses that grab their attention, interrupt automatic defensiveness, and generate curiosity
  2. Explore how to practice exercises for helping guarded or angry clients feel more open
  3. Explore how to develop skills to create small but transformative moments in therapy
  4. Explore how to master specific behaviors that elicit trust, like a sing-songy, rhythmic voice; open, curious eyes; reassuring touch; and sounds of empathy
  5. Explore how to use games to help anxious clients more relaxed and depressed clients more energized

Target Audience

Psychologists, Physicians, Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Behavioral Health Professionals

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