15 July 2022: Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory with Stephen Porges, PhD: Trauma, Attachment, Self-Regulation & Emotions

15 July 2022: Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory with Stephen Porges, PhD: Trauma, Attachment, Self-Regulation & Emotions

Statement of need: 

Discover how powerful insight from the Polyvagal Theory can help you tap into your clients’ nervous system and accelerate treatment outcomes.

Polyvagal Theory has revolutionized our understanding of both how the body’s autonomic nervous system responds to fear and trauma and how therapists can work with it to create safety, connection and lasting healing.

Now you can join Stephen Porges, PhD, creator of the evidence-based Polyvagal Theory to learn how the Polyvagal Theory leverages neurobiology and psychophysiological cues to enhance your ability to treat trauma, anxiety, ADHD, addiction, depression – and a host of other mental health conditions.

Get practical guidance into the therapeutic power of facial expression, eye contact, voice modulation, and listening to help your clients overcome traumatic experiences, attachment wounds, and self-regulation problems – insight that can enhance any therapeutic approach and help you achieve lasting clinical outcomes. Through interactive demonstrations, videos, and engaging discussions, you’ll learn practical methods of applying Polyvagal Theory within the clinical setting to help clients of all ages.

You’ll walk away with effective interventions that build client safety and connectedness.

Presented by: The Polyvagal Institute and Unyte Integrated Listening Systems through PESI

Event web site: for additional information: https://www.polyvagalinstitute.org/events to see the event brochure: https://cdn.pesi.com/brochures/87273.pdf

Location: One Ocean Resort & Spa, Atlantic Beach, Florida, or on-line for live video webinar

Session dates: Friday, 15 July 2022

Session times: 7:30 am: registration/morning coffee and tea; 8:00 am program begins; 12:00-1:00 pm: lunch—participants’ responsibility; 3:30 pm program ends; there will be two fifteen minute breaks (mid-morning and mid-afternoon), and lunch and break start times are at the discretion of the speaker

Time zone: Eastern

Target audience: Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Physicians, Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Other Mental Health Professionals 

Course credit hours: 6 hours

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an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. The CE certificate for the live, Webinar can be downloaded after completing the Webinar and passing the online post-test evaluation (80% passing score). NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Florida Social Workers: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number 50-399. This course qualifies for 6.0 continuing education credits.

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Price: $249.00 for in-person registration, which includes downloadable seminar manual or $219.00 for on-demand digital seminar or DVDs; $22.00 for recommended reading Trauma-Informed Yoga: A Toolbox for Therapists 


  • The Polyvagal Theory

• The biology of safety and danger

• The principles and features of the Polyvagal Theory and how to apply it in a clinical setting

• How the Polyvagal Theory can explain several features related to stress-related illnesses and psychiatric disorders such as PTSD, autism, depression, and anxiety

• The Social Engagement System and how it compromised by stress and trauma

• Resetting our Social Engagement System

• Evolutionary changes and adaptive functions in the autonomic nervous system

• Humans response hierarchy to challenges

• Three neural platforms that provide the neurophysiological bases for social engagement, fight/flight, and shutdown behaviors

  • Social Engagement System and Psychiatric and Behavioral Disorders

• A description of the “face-heart” connection that forms a functional social engagement system

• How our facial expressions, vocalizations, and gestures are regulated by neural mechanisms that are involved in regulating our autonomic nervous system

  • Neuroception: Detecting and Evaluating Risk

• How our social and physical environment triggers changes in physiological state

• Understanding that adaptive physiological reactions may result in maladaptive behaviors

• Immobilization without fear

• Play as a neural exercise

  • Listening as a neural exercise
  • “Demystifying” Common Biobehavioral
  • Responses to Trauma and Abuse
  • Fight/flight and immobilization defense strategies
  • Adaptive function of immobilization and the associated clinical difficulties
  • How the stresses and challenges of life distort social awareness and displace spontaneous social engagement behaviors with defensive reactions
  • Polyvagal informed therapy: Applying the Polyvagal Theory in Clinical Settings to Improve Treatment Outcome
  • Understanding the principles underlying Polyvagal Informed Therapy
  • Learn about the Safe and Sound Protocol as a Polyvagal Informed Therapy that may be useful in understanding and treating auditory hypersensitivities and other features of a dampened social engagement system
  • Emotional state regulation as a core feature of psychiatric disorders
  • Deconstructing features of autism and PTSD
  • Strategies to explain disruption and repair of symbiotic regulation
  • Identifying social cues that disrupt or repair defensive reaction
  • Risks & limitations of the theory & clinical practice

Learning objectives:

1 Characterize the principle features and foundation of the Polyvagal Theory.

2 Articulate how the Polyvagal Theory may explain behavioral features related to psychiatric disorders and other behavioral problems.

3 Determine how maladaptive behaviors, which may accompany several psychiatric disorders, may reflect adaptive responses triggered by survival mechanisms.

4 Communicate how the neural process (neuroception) evaluates risk in the environment and triggers adaptive neural circuits promoting either social interactions or defensive behaviors.

5 Appraise the definition of the features of the Social Engagement System to include the neural pathways that connect the brain, face, and heart.Format: 

6 Illustrate how deficits in the regulation of the Social Engagement System are expressed as core features of several psychiatric disorders.

7 Specify how therapeutic presence is based on the interaction between the Social Engagement Systems of client and therapist.

8 Evaluate how the Social Engagement System is involved in optimizing therapeutic outcomes.

9 Ascertain which features of the Social Engagement System are compromised by stress and trauma.

10 Determine how acoustic stimulation, via the Safe and Sound Protocol, may function as an acoustic vagal nerve stimulator to shift autonomic state and facilitate spontaneous social engagement behaviors.


Jul 15 2022


7:30 am - 3:30 pm
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