Trauma: Polyvagal Exercises For Safety & Connection

1 day 2:00pm – 4:00pm 7 CPD hours

Course Brief

  • Have you heard of Polyvagal Theory, but never quite understood it?
  • Understood it but been unsure how to practically use it with your clients?
  • Wanted to ask about it, but have never felt up for it?
  • Do you want to finally learn from a tutor who dedicated their life to it?
  • This is a course for you!

Deb Dana, LCSW is a clinician and consultant specialising in working with complex trauma. She is a consultant to the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute and clinical adviser to Khiron Clinics. She developed the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and lectures internationally on ways Polyvagal Theory informs work with trauma survivors.

The autonomic nervous system is the foundation for our lived experience. What begins with our biology becomes the story that shapes our days. Polyvagal Theory gives us a road-map to listen with curiosity and compassion to emerging autonomic states and answer the essential question, *“What does the nervous system need in this moment to find safety in connection?” *

In this series of three interactive Zoom sessions we will explore exercises that engage the nervous system in shaping pathways of connection and how to utilise practices to support our clients in finding safety in regulation.

Session 1: We will briefly explore the three organising principles and background and then dive into ways to anchor in ventral and engage the pathways of the Social Engagement System.

Session 2: We will explore how to find the right degree of challenge to shape the nervous system toward regulation and connection and utilise practices that directly influence autonomic regulation.

Session 3: We will look at ways to connect beyond the individual self and explore how to integrate practices to support our clients moving toward safety and regulation.

At the end of the series participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basic function of the autonomic nervous system
  • Utilise specific practices to support autonomic regulation
  • Employ exercises designed to engage the neural circuits of a client’s Social Engagement System to improve clinical outcomes

Deb Dana, LCSW is a clinician and consultant specialising in working with complex trauma. She is a consultant to the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute and clinical adviser to Khiron Clinics. She developed the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and lectures internationally on ways Polyvagal Theory informs work with trauma survivors.

Deb is the author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation, Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client-Centered Practices, and Befriending the Nervous System. She is the co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies, and creator of the Polyvagal Flip Chart.

This workshop will run over three days, on Mondays, at a convenient time in the afternoons, between 14.00 and 16.00 UK time.

  • 16 November 2020

    Session 1: We will briefly explore the three organising principles and background and then dive into ways to anchor in ventral and engage the pathways of the Social Engagement System.

  • 23 November 2020

    Session 2: We will explore how to find the right degree of challenge to shape the nervous system toward regulation and connection and utilise practices that directly influence autonomic regulation.

  • 30 November 2020

    Session 3: We will look at ways to connect beyond the individual self and explore how to integrate practices to support our clients moving toward safety and regulation.

Course Tutor

Deb Dana
LCSW

Deb Dana is a clinician, consultant, lecturer, and Coordinator of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute. Her work focused on using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma and create ways of working that honour the role of the autonomic nervous system as we move through states of protection and connection in an ongoing quest for safety.