• August 16–21, 2020
  • Sunday-Friday: 5 nights

The Rhythm of Regulation A Polyvagal Theory Guided Approach to Therapy

The autonomic nervous system is at the heart of daily living, powerfully shaping our experiences of safety and influencing our capacity for connection. Guided by polyvagal theory, we have a deep understanding of the ways experience shapes the nervous system and of the pathways that lead to healing. With this updated map of the autonomic circuits of connection, mobilization, and collapse, therapists now have practical ways to effectively help their clients identify and interrupt their familiar response patterns and strategies to shape their systems toward safety and connection.

Come explore Polyvagal Theory by learning the language of the nervous system as you map your own autonomic pathways and discover how to become a regulated and regulating resource for your clients. With this knowledge, you can bring the power of Polyvagal Theory directly into your clinical work with practices designed to reliably help clients reshape their systems and rewrite the stories carried in their autonomic pathways.

In this program, Deb Dana helps you understand the science of connection and the art of resetting the system. Looking through the lens of the autonomic nervous system, you learn

  • How to bring Polyvagal Theory into practical application
  • The organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory
  • Strategies to identify and interrupt patterns of protection and shape the system toward connection
  • Ways to safely work with states of alarm and withdrawal
  • Skills to engage the regulating pathways of the social engagement system.

Become fluent in the language of Polyvagal Theory and return to your practice ready to help clients tune in to their autonomic stories, reset their nervous systems, and restore a sense of safety.

Recommended reading Deb Dana, The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation and Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection; and Deb Dana and Stephen Porges, Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies.

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“With seamless fluidity Deb Dana bridges the intuitions of a master clinician with the insights of the Polyvagal Theory to formulate a powerful treatment model to guide the client on a journey from the abyss of helplessness to the empowerment of connectedness.” —Stephen W. Porges originator of the Polyvagal Theory

“Deb Dana’s Polyvagal training has transformed my psychotherapy practice. Deb’s teaching is clear, informative and inspiring. The workshop incorporates the vision and the practical applications of Polyvagal Theory into a user-friendly model that is relevant to any clinical setting.” —Gary Whited, PhD, LMFT, Cambridge, MA

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Deb Dana, LCSW, is a clinician and consultant specializing in working with complex trauma and the coordinator of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute.

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