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Digital Seminar

Polyvagal-Informed Practices

Anchoring in Change Through the Nervous System

Arielle Schwartz
2 Hours 03 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 23, 2024
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Traditional psychotherapy can often leave clients knowing about their problems but unable to change them. Polyvagal Theory bridges that gap between knowing and changing. Whatever approaches you use, polyvagal-informed interventions can be woven into them. In this workshop, you'll learn how to help clients recognize their own dysregulation, take steps to cultivate a regulated ventral vagal state, and begin moving toward greater physiological balance and psychological wellness. You’ll discover how to:   


  • Quickly reduce anxiety, obsessive thinking, and feelings of hopelessness with somatic tools like yoga-based breath, movement, and awareness practices  
  • Recognize and track autonomic cues of stress and signs of safety and intervene appropriately 
  • Increase clients’ emotional and physiological resources through grounding and orientating techniques  
  • Teach clients vagus nerve stimulation techniques for enhancing nervous system health


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


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 2.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



Arielle Schwartz's Profile

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Arielle Schwartz, PhD, is a psychologist, certified Kripalu yoga instructor, and leading voice in the healing of PTSD and complex trauma. She’s the author of five books and the founder of the Center for Resilience Informed Therapy in Boulder, Colorado, where she maintains a private practice. She’s a teacher with the Polyvagal Institute and offers a course on Applied Polyvagal Theory in Yoga along with Stephen Porges.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Arielle Schwartz maintains a private practice and is a trainer with Advanced EMDR Therapy Trainings. She receives royalties as a published author and receives compensation as an international presenter. Dr. Schwartz is a paid consultant for Evergreen Certifications. She receives speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Arielle Schwartz is a member of the American Psychological Association, EMDRIA, Colorado Association of Psychotherapists, and the Yoga Alliance.

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  1. Discuss the Neuroscience of Trauma from a Polyvagal Perspective. 
  2. Apply the Principles of Polyvagal Theory in Psychotherapy. 
  3. Recognize the benefits of co-regulation and the social engagement system. 
  4. Demonstrate how to enhance health through natural vagus nerve stimulation. 
  5. Explore Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery. 


Understanding the Neuroscience of Trauma from a Polyvagal Perspective  

  • Defining trauma & resilience 
  • The critical difference between a resolved vs. unresolved stress response 
  • What happens when our instincts are thwarted during a traumatic event  
  • The autonomic nervous system from a polyvagal perspective 


The Principles of Polyvagal Theory in Psychotherapy 

  • Applied polyvagal theory as a transdiagnostic approach to care 
  •  Research Limitations and Potential Risks 
  • The relationship between PTSD and sensory processing  
  • The role of neuroception in trauma recovery 
  • Empirically validated tools to assess physiological distress and psychological safety  
  • Reflect and Regulate: 5-point check in 


The benefits of co-regulation and the social engagement system 

  • The different types of Co-Regulation 
  • Interventions for psychobiological regulation 
  • The benefits of proximity awareness in therapy 


Enhancing health through natural vagus nerve stimulation 

  • Understanding and working with the vagal brake  
  • Defining heart rate variability  
  • Neuromodulation and natural vagus nerve stimulation 
  • Reflex Integration and Trauma Recovery 
  • Practice: Self-Havening Touch, Tragus stimulation, Humming, Rocking 


Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery 


  • What does the research say about how mind-body therapies work  
  • Five types of interventions for therapeutic yoga for trauma 
  • Research efficacy of therapeutic yoga for trauma  
  • Trauma sensitive mindfulness and yoga  
  • Research Limitations and Potential Risks 
  • Practice: Conscious Breathing and Cross-Lateral Movement for Nervous System Regulation  

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Counsellors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Social Workers

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