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Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Practical Applications for Treating Trauma

Deb Dana: Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Practical Applications for Treating Trauma

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the organizing principles of the Polyvagal Theory

  2. Describe how Polyvagal Theory applies in a clinical setting

  3. Identify the autonomic nervous system and provide an example of an autonomic response

  4. Describe autonomic response mapping

  5. Discuss techniques to build autonomic regulation and resilience

  6. Discuss what the Social Engagement System is and how it evolved

  7. Describe how deficits in the regulation of the Social Engagement System relate to the core features of several psychiatric disorders

  8. Describe how the Social Engagement System is compromised by stress and trauma

  9. Discuss how to help clients interrupt habitual response patterns and find safety in a state of engagement

  10. Describe how autonomic interventions with breath, movement, touch and sound can reset the nervous system

  11. Indicate how Polyvagal Theory can address stress-related illnesses and psychiatric disorders

  12. Discuss how neural process evaluates risk in the environment and triggers adaptive neural circuits which promote either social interactions or defensive behaviors

  13. Define and discuss Immobilization without fear and how to reset it

  14. Identify social cues that disrupt or repair defensive reactions