On-Demand: Polyvagal Interventions to Reshape the Nervous System: Moving from Theory to Practice - 12 CEUs
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- CE Hours Included: 12 Core (See below for details)
- Format: On-Demand Webinar (“Asynchronous”) ~ At your leisure to be viewed at your own pace. You may pause, rewind, and fast-forward at any point during the videos. You are in complete control of how you view this workshop. It also comes with a PowerPoint handout and multiple handouts & forms. There is a quiz at the end to ensure viewing and required by all CE approval organizations.
- Investment: $395 (Payment plans available at check-out) (provides lifetime access!)
- Presented by: Deb Dana, LCSW (see bio below)
- Review the three organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory:
- Autonomic Hierarchy – Recognizing where on the hierarchy your clients’ autonomic nervous system has taken them as well as preventing or navigating dysregulated states is fundamental to the success of therapy. When the ventral vagal state is active, body and brain work together, which, in turn, allows processing and change to take place.
- Neuroception – Most people are simply not aware of what is happening moment to moment with their nervous systems. A simple gesture can send off a chain reaction of neurochemicals and a surge of emotions. The ability to tune into the implicit autonomic conversations between you and your clients is an essential part of creating therapeutic presence and building trust in the therapy process.
- The co-regulating pathways of the social engagement system – the human nervous system does not operate in a vacuum. It is social and requires social interaction for regulation and even survival. As a therapist, you are responsible for being regulated and a regulating presence for your clients. Without your predictable co-regulation in the therapy session, your clients will struggle to engage in the therapeutic process of change.
- Discuss how early experiences and trauma shape our nervous system as well as the stress that COVID-19 has had on our ability (or lack thereof) to stay regulated.
- Formulate language and illustrate tools to successfully introduce nervous system-based interventions with clients.
- Utilize exercises that have been specifically created to empower clients to attune to their nervous system and notice patterns, bringing explicit awareness to implicit experiences.
- Discuss ways to interrupt old autonomic response patterns to engage the regulating capacities of the ventral vagal safety circuit and create resource anchors.
- Differentiate the phases and applicable exercises for awareness and healing involved in Deb’s "BASIC" framework which involves these key skills:
- Befriending is learning to tune in and turn toward autonomic state and story with curiosity and self-compassion.
- Attending practices create the ability to name autonomic states, track the movement between states, and develop a moment-to-moment habit of noticing large shifts and nuanced changes.
- Shaping the system away from habitual survival responses into patterns of connection involves bringing mindful attention to practices that increase the capacity for staying anchored in the ventral vagal system.
- Integrating brings attention to the new autonomic patterns that are emerging and engages them to shape new, resilient pathways.
- Connecting - with new abilities for nervous system regulation, creating safe connections is possible.
- Apply several “BASIC” exercises to help your clients reshape their systems and rewrite their stories by observing Deb in live demonstrations.
- Create homework (or “home-play” as Deb refers to it) for clients between sessions to help them reshape their autonomic patterns and develop a rhythm of regulation.
- Utilize personal progress trackers to assess client progress.
- Assess the timing of moving between phases of the BASIC framework with clients.
- Describe how to work with the body’s innate ability to pick up signals and cultivate “micro-moments” (“glimmers”) of ventral vagal experience in order to regulate automatic responses to stress, conflict, and hardship or to simply shift daily expectations.
- Formulate regulated nervous system maps which go beyond survival maps through experiential exercises and explore Deb’s brand-new circle and star maps as well.
- Illustrate how continuums help us understand the many flavors of a particular nervous system state as well as explore moments of change.
- Create breath maps that will assist clients in a deeper understanding of how their breath may signify where they are on the autonomic hierarchy as well as develop resourcing breath for nervous system regulation.
- Review a live demonstration with Deb illustrating how to help a client become unstuck in a particular state.
- Explain how to use Polyvagal-informed interventions with couples, families, and other social systems and observe a demonstration of Deb working with a couple.
- Describe specific practices that involve imagery, sound, art, play, nature, and ongoing self-inquiry for moving from a place of fear and panic into a grounded space of calm and balance.
- Are your clients familiar with the cues and triggers which cause them to become more aggressive, panic, or shut down in a confrontational situation?
- Are your clients able to read facial cues that signal fear, anger, or discomfort accurately in others? If so, do they know how to navigate these interactions with interpersonal effectiveness without becoming dysregulated?
- Do your clients understand the ways in which their nervous system is in constant dialogue with other people’s nervous systems and the ways in which they can consciously influence that dialogue?
Facilitated by: Deb Dana, LCSW
12 Core CE Clock Hours:
- Psychologists: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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- Georgia Counselors: Per the Georgia Composite Board, Core CE hours are now permitted to be earned through on-demand "asynchronous" webinars, and will count the same as live in-person Core CE hours. Ten asynchronous hours are expressly permitted, and an additional five hours can be used as "independent study" hours.
- Licensed in another state as a Counselor: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) #7153, so all of our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your state rules.
- Licensed in Canada as a Counselor: This workshop is approved for 12 credit hours through the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association, event code 64956628.
- Social Workers: This workshop is approved for 12 core CE hours through GSCSW, approval #072021. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- Georgia Social Workers: Per the Georgia Composite Board, Core CE hours are now permitted to be earned through on-demand "asynchronous" webinars, and will count the same as live in-person Core CE hours. Ten asynchronous hours are expressly permitted, and an additional five hours can be used as "independent study" hours.
- Licensed in another state as a Social Worker: Please see the yellow highlighted section below.*
- Marriage and Family Therapists: This workshop is approved for 12 core CE hours through GAMFT, approval #108-2021. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- Georgia Marriage & Family Therapists: Per the Georgia Composite Board, Core CE hours are now permitted to be earned through on-demand "asynchronous" webinars, and will count the same as live in-person Core CE hours. Ten asynchronous hours are expressly permitted, and an additional five hours can be used as "independent study" hours.
- Licensed in another state as a Marriage & Family Therapist: Please see the yellow highlighted section just below.
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