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Workshop Description

This training (based on the work of Stephen Porges and Deb Dana) begins with the relevant theory and function of the Polyvagal system and its relationship to co-regulation and connection, safety and danger.

Day 1: Once we have covered how the polyvagal system operates and influences our emotional states, the remainder of the day focuses on practical application of the system with specific techniques to help our clients feel safe and reconnect to themselves and others.

You will understand typical client behaviours such as disengagement, shutting down, hyper-vigilance etc in the therapy room from a polyvagal perspective.


DAY 2 focuses on your work with clients and how the knowledge and techniques of Polyvagal Theory can help clients move out of 'protective' autonomic states into more connecting and fulfilling ones, moving from “stuckness” to progress, from perceptions of danger to experiencing safety

Polyvagal applications are effective with a broad range of clients, including those suffering from trauma and clients who have difficulty with emotional regulation and connection.

During the workshop we will weave together theory and practical applications to your therapeutic work of various modalities with clients in individual and group therapy and for yourself as well. Ari will introduce/demonstrate the techniques and you will then have the chance to practise them in dyads.

There will be opportunities to reflect on your specific therapeutic work from a polyvagal perspective to apply the theory and techniques to progress the work past ‘stuck points’.

By the end of this workshop, you will not only comprehend Polyvagal Theory and its implications but will also be able to apply it to your clinical practice and personal life.


How will you benefit from attending this training?

· Learn the core principles of Polyvagal Theory.

· Understand how trauma and attachment difficulties impact the nervous system.
· Use knowledge about how the human nervous system works to regulate arousal.

· Understand client behaviours and emotions from a Polyvagal perspective and apply the theory to your work with a broad range of clients.


For further information contact: Nikki Linfield to reserve a place and training fees

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