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Navigating the Nervous System: Polyvagal Theory in Clinical Practice
By: Deb Dana, LCSW
Date: February 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 18:00-21:00 IST
11:00-14:00 EST
Location: Online

The autonomic nervous system is at the heart of daily living powerfully shaping our experiences of safety and influencing our capacity for connection. Polyvagal Theory, through the organizing principles of hierarchy, neuroception, and co-regulation, has revolutionized our understanding of how this system works. Guided by Polyvagal Theory, we have a deep appreciation of the ways experience shapes the nervous system and of the pathways that lead to healing. Trauma interrupts the development of autonomic regulation and sidetracks building the circuitry of safe connection. Without intervention, adaptive survival responses become habitual autonomic patterns, and pathways of connection are replaced with patterns of protection. With an updated map of the autonomic circuits that underlie behaviors and beliefs, we have a new understanding of the characteristic post-traumatic patterns of hyperarousal, hypervigilance, disconnection, and numbing and can reliably lead our clients out of adaptive survival responses into the autonomically regulated state of safety that is necessary for successful treatment.

This workshop series combines didactic teaching with experiential practices to support participants in developing an embodied understanding of the organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory and integrating the principles into clinical work.

February 6: Navigating the Autonomic Hierarchy
February 13: The Process of Neuroception
February 20: Co-Regulation - Connecting Through the Social Engagement System
February 27: Integration and Application

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

  • Describe the autonomic hierarchy and the emergent properties of states through a process of autonomic mapping
  • Explain how neuroception shapes behavior
  • Apply strategies that utilize the co-regulating pathways of the Social Engagement System in clinical work to improve clinical outcomes
  • Practice skills to identify and interrupt patterns of protection and shape the system toward connection
  • Utilize the guiding questions of Polyvagal-informed therapy to make clinical choices

Note: This course requires live participation. A certificate of completion will be issued to all participants who attended the full course. 11 CE credits are available for this course. If you would like to receive CEU’s, please select this option on the registration page.

Deb Dana


GHI Member

Before January 2, 2022

800 ₪


Before January 2, 2022

990 ₪


After January 2, 2022

1190 ₪

Tuition Payment and Refund Policy:

Upon receipt of your paid registration, an email confirmation from Get Help Israel will be sent to you. Be sure to include an email address that you check frequently. Your email address is used for critical information, including registration confirmation, links to the training, evaluation, and certificate.

Refunds, less an administrative fee of 120 ILS / 45 USD, will be issued for all cancellations received at least three weeks prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be received by email. No refund will be issued should cancellation occur less than three weeks prior. No-shows are subject to the full course fee.

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