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Digital Seminar

Polyvagal Essentials for Every Therapist: An Introduction to Applying Polyvagal Theory In Practice

Deborah Dana, LCSW, LICSW
5 Hours 57 Minutes
Sep 21, 2022
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As a therapist, have you always wanted to learn more about Polyvagal Theory but didn’t know where to begin?  Or did you understand Polyvagal Theory, but didn’t know how to put it into practice?  This six hour workshop provides a great foundation for easily understanding Polyvagal Theory and also how to use it with your clients.  Topics that are covered include the autonomic impact of trauma, the three organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory, and the Ventral Vagal Upward Spiral.  During this workshop, guiding principles and exercises are also introduced so mental health clinicians can learn more about their own nervous system and help clients learn how to navigate theirs.



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 6 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Deb Dana, LCSW, LICSW, 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 clinical work. She is a founding member of the Polyvagal Institute, clinical advisor at Khiron Clinics, and an advisor to Unyte.


Deb is the author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation (Norton, 2018), Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client-Centered Practices (Norton, 2020), Befriending Your Nervous System (Sounds True, 2020), Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory (forthcoming from Sounds True), co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018), and creator of the Polyvagal Flip Chart (Norton, 2020).

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Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Deborah Dana maintains a private practice, is an advisor with Unyte/iLS and is a consultant with the Veterans Association and Khiron Clinics. She receives a consulting fee and speaker honorarium from Sounds True. Deborah Dana receives a speaking honorarium from Life Architect and Embody Lab and receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.
Non-financial: Deborah Dana has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Integrate autonomic hierarchy processing techniques in therapy sessions to gain a better understanding of how the client is operating in their nervous system.
  2. Determine which polyvagal interventions would be effective in therapy sessions to effectively help clients increase self-regulation.
  3. Practice a multi-layered polyvagal approach in sessions to gain an understanding of your own nervous system and the importance of co-regulation which will help to deepen the therapeutic relationship and perspective.
  4. Implement techniques based on the concepts of neuroception and discernment so clients can increase their self-awareness regarding automatic behaviours and reactions they are having and create new pathways of behaviour.
  5. Choose appropriate interventions for clients to create flexible automatic nervous systems and increase their experience and familiarity with ventral energy.
  6. Formulate plans to improve client outcomes who have experienced trauma from the lens of the three organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory and increase clients’ understanding of the autonomic impact of trauma.

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