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Digital Seminar

Polyvagal Theory in Public Mental Health

Larry Villano, MA, MC, LPC, LISAC
57 Minutes
Nov 06, 2021
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Polyvagal Theory is a relative newcomer to the field of mental healthcare, and as such is not widely recognized or implemented across public health initiatives and delivery of care. However, Polyvagal theory contains important elements that can enhance the delivery of public mental healthcare. Come learn why PVT is not widely adopted in the public (i.e., Medicaid) mental health system and what innovative clinicians are doing to implement the principles of the autonomic nervous system and Polyvagal theory into clinical practice on a public healthcare level.



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Larry Villano, MA, MC,LPC, LISAC, is the Chief Executive Officer of Resilient Health. His education background includes Master's Degrees in: business administration, counseling and philosophy. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a certified business coach and holds a certificate in nonprofit management from ASU's Lodestar Center. He has worked in the behavioral health field for 23 years in a variety of diverse leadership positions. Larry has worked in both the service provider and managed care arenas. Larry has presented at several local and national conferences, as well as local radio, television and national television.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Larry Villano is the Chief Executive Officer at Resilient Health. Mr. Villano receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Larry Villano has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Appraise 3 reasons why PVT is not widely adopted in the public mental health system.
  2. Defend 3 reasons why Resilient Health decided to adopt this framework.
  3. Justify 3 ways Resilient Health is using PVT to improve treatment services.


  • Understand the history of the public mental health system from institutionalization to deinstitutionalization and its impact on the current public behavioural health system and the adoption of PVT.
  • Describe how PVT can help mitigate stigma and be a powerful paradigm for building and thinking about resilience.
  • Recognize how various therapeutic interventions, like the therapeutic arts, can be used with PVT to help children and adults heal.

Target Audience

  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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