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Digital Seminar

Polyvagal Theory & Application to Clinical Practice: Interventions via the Autonomic Nervous System to Promote Safety, Healing, and Connection.

Ari Badaines, PhD
One full day
Audio and Video
Oct 19, 2022
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Polyvagal, dorsal vagal, ventral vagal, ventral brake, collapse, ventral vagal anchors – are these terms ‘gobbledegook’ to you?  Even if you are familiar with these terms, what difference does it make to you, the therapist/counsellor and the person(s) sitting in your practice space? Well, it means a lot! By the end of this course, you will not only make sense of Polyvagal Theory (PVT) but be able to apply it to your practice. It is not intended to replace the models of therapy you practice, but to provide an underpinning provided by polyvagal science.

This training (based on the work of Stephen Porges and Deb Dana) offers a new conceptualization of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and the three significant autonomic states. The workshop covers the relevant theory and function of the Polyvagal system and its relationship to co-regulation and connection, safety and danger. Once we have covered how the polyvagal system operates and influences our emotional states, the remainder of the training day focuses on practical application of the system with specific techniques to help clients safely tune back into their autonomic states and reconfigure their ANS. Learning polyvagal techniques is both cognitive and experiential and effective work with clients depends on our ability to be acquainted with our own autonomic patterns so that we can be a co-regulating support for out clients. You will have opportunities to experience your autonomic states, and learn how to help your clients connect with and resolve old autonomic patterns that keep them stuck.



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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Dr Ari Badaines trained as a clinical psychologist in the USA and received a post-doctoral National Institute of Mental Health fellowship in Washington, DC. Ari has been a consultant to numerous organisations including Relate in the UK, Richmond Fellowship and Youth-in-Search in Australia. He has taught at various universities in the USA, UK, and Australia including ACU and ACAP in Sydney and has also has led workshops in over twenty countries. Ari has been in private practice for over 45 years. The main theoretical orientation of his training was psychodynamic psychotherapy, and he had many years of supervised, clinical practice, including a one year pre doctoral internship at a psycho-analytic training institute in New York. As the demands for therapy grew, the ‘payer’ (governments, insurance companies, clients) demanded more parsimonious approaches, Ari undertook trainings to develop the skills for TLDP. He currently maintains a private practice in Sydney, consults to treatment organisations and supervises other therapists; he is a popular presenter for Pesi AU and runs trainings in the UK and Europe twice a year.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the background amd purpose of  Polyvagal Theory and it's relevance in clinical application.
  2. Account for the important role of the vagal nerve and the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS).
  3. Outline the three major principals of Polyvagal Theory: The ANS, Neuroception and Co-regulation.
  4. Explain how using polyvagal theory enables a sense of safety and reconnection in your clients.
  5. Recognise the skill of ANS mapping in session and to teach the skill to clients. 
  6. Sumarise the principals of 'Anchors', 'Triggers' and 'Glimmers' and how to apply them in client work. 
  7. Manage connection through mirroring.
  8. Apply Polyvagal prinicpals to rupture and repair
  9. Implement practical application of this theory with specific techniques to help our clients feel safer, self-regulate, and reconnect to themselves and you, the therapist, and then others.
  10. Experience these interventions yourself before applying them to your clinical practice

"By participating in this workshop – you will be able to offer something purposeful and potent to clients stuck in ‘unsafety’ and fear. And, I will endeavor to make it a maximum learning experience in a fun and safe context.”   Dr Ari Badaines

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Understanding the latest research on the impacts of trauma on the nervous system.
  • Use knowledge about how the human nervous system works to regulate arousal.
  • Respond effectively when emotions arise in the course of your work.



  • Presentation of the Polyvagal System and its influence on safety, danger, reconnection.
  • Applications to your clients - both inside and outside the therapy setting. Experiential exercises.


  • Introduction and demonstration of specific techniques followed by participants’ practicing them.
  • Questions and discussion after each practice session.

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Social Workers and Psychiatrists

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