Polyvagal theory, developed by Stephen Porges, provides a framework to understand how activation of the vagus nerve serves to trigger the calming response of our nervous system in more nuanced ways than previously understood. This calming response is crucial in balancing our sympathetic (i.e. active) response, which is often overactive in clients experiencing various forms of chronic psychological distress. Now, through Polyvagal theory, we are introduced to a third part of our nervous system (in addition to the classic “fight-or-flight” and “rest and digest” parts) Porges calls the “social engagement” system. The ventral branch of the vagus nerve operating above the diaphragm is thought to serve this “social engagement” system that essentially provides for nuanced modulation and activation of the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems through interaction with others (i.e. coregulation) in a way that cultivates a sense of safety and allows for more flexible coping styles and ultimately better relationship experiences.
Learn how these systems work and how to employ this cutting edge theory into practice. Help your most stuck or overactive clients feel safe, shift into their social engagement biology, and achieve nervous system regulation through embodiment and connection with others.
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This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:
a). List three organizing principles of polyvagal theory.
b). Describe the autonomic hierarchy.
c). Explain at least two processes involved with co-regulation.
d). Identify treatment strategies that target presenting client concerns.
e). Apply and practice therapeutic techniques that foster safety and connection.
The target audience for this event includes psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed counselors, marriage and family therapists, and other clinical mental health professionals.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Instructor(s): Brent Moore, PhD, LPC
Material Author(s): Brent Moore, PhD, LPC
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