Basic foundations for understanding and applying Polyvagal Theory

  • Theory

    Learn the basics of Polyvagal Theory, including the history and three pillars of the autonomic nervous system. This basic foundation will provide the knowledge necessary for using Polyvagal assessments and interventions.

  • Assessments

    Assessments used with Polyvagal Theory include asking one simple question, clinical observations, assessing your office setting, and physiological measures.

  • Interventions

    Applied interventions for supporting clients in therapy are provided, including passive and active interventions. Worksheets are provided that can be used in session to support the client to greater regulation of their nervous system.

What you will learn in this course:

  • Basics of Polyvagal Theory including the history, three pillars (hierarchy, neuroception, and coregulation), and relationship to the Window of Tolerance and Interpersonal Neurobiology.

  • Assessment strategies including one simple question that provides a wealth of clinical information, clinical observations, assessing your office setting, and physiological measures.

  • Passive and active therapy interventions including Porges' evidence based Safe and Sound Protocol. Worksheets to be used for identifying resources and triggers, supporting client's understanding of their own autonomic nervous system process, and improving skills to self-regulate.

  • Strategies for using Polyvagal Theory, assessment, and interventions within the following populations: Play Therapy, Parent-Child Therapy, Child Welfare, Couples Therapy, School Based Referrals, and Supervision & Management.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • How to get the most out of this course

  2. 2
    • PowerPoint Slides

    • Handouts

  3. 3
    • Recorded Workshop


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