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Embodying Polyvagal Theory: Body-Oriented Learning and Exploration

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Embodying Polyvagal Theory:

Body-Oriented Learning and Exploration for Psychotherapists and Helping Professionals

Your Presenter: Deborah Grant, LCSW, RSMT

This workshop qualifies for 6 CE Hours. ***See details within the continuing education section

Target audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors

Course content level: Beginner & Intermediate level

Can't Attend Live? No worries, you will have 45 days to watch the recording!

DESCRIPTION:

As therapists, we are well aware that our experience of safety, danger, and life threat becomes woven into our personal narrative, beyond our conscious control. Polyvagal Theory helps us to understand how the autonomic nervous system (ANS) influences and shapes this process. Developed by renowned researcher Stephen Porges, Polyvagal Theory explains from a neuro psychophysiological perspective on how and why we move through a continuous cycle of mobilization, disconnection, and engagement with the world. For many who study this theory, it provides conceptual clarity while leaving people unsure about how to utilize the theory or integrate it into their work.

This Embodying Polyvagal Theory workshop offers a body-based way to experience and use the theory, through a day of interactive exploration.

How might an embodied understanding of this theory impact your clinical practice? How can you help change or repattern the ways the autonomic nervous system operates when it seems to be holding you or your clients in patterns of dysregulation? This workshop will teach practical ways to consciously balance and integrate our competing drives to survive with our need to connect and relate safely with others.

Adapted for online learning, this workshop combines didactic and body-based approaches to Polyvagal theory and regulation of the autonomic nervous system. We will:

● Develop/review basic fluency in the language of polyvagal theory.

● Deepen your understanding and use of polyvagal theory using the lens of embodiment.

● Learn and explore how to apply our embodied knowledge of polyvagal theory to our work with clients, with greater attunement to movement of the body.

Please note: Please be prepared to engage actively in this workshop, as this workshop is experiential. This will include movement exercises, sharing in the chat, and a breakout session(s). Keeping your video on is recommended.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Participants will be able to:

● Describe the basic principles of the Polyvagal Theory and its relevance to psychoemotional difficulties in simple terms that can be understood by clients.

● Explain the three primary components of the polyvagal response system (Ventral vagal tone, sympathetic mobilization response, and parasympathetic immobilization response).

● Define and discuss neuroception of safety, danger and life threat to clients.

● Explain how clients can learn to shift their state in therapy using an embodied ‘polyvagal lens’.

● Utilize 3 or more body/movement-based ventral vagal toning techniques with self and clients for self- and co-regulation.

AGENDA

8 a.m. to 9:30 am:

Didactic lecture introducing the polyvagal theory: Learning the basics of the autonomic evolutionary timeline; Tracking the polyvagal hierarchy of ancient (dorsal) vagus collapse through sympathetic mobilization and into social (ventral) vagus connection; Distinguishing between these physiological states. The autonomic nervous system as a ‘neural platform’ for human experience, including mental and physical health.

9:30 am to 9:45 am: Break

9:45 am to 10:45 am:

Embodied Autonomy’: Body-based and somatic approaches to understanding the Polyvagal Theory

● Anatomy of the autonomic nervous system and relevance to Polyvagal Theory

● ‘Exercising the vagal brake,’: Practices for navigating out of low/mild sympathetic and dorsal vagal tone and activating ventral vagal tone.

● The muscles/anatomy of the Social Engagement System and how the system is activated in the body.

● Simple ‘one-off’ practices for self-regulation of ventral vagal tone: Micro movements of the head on the neck; use of sound/toning/other vocalization; movements using sense perceptions.

10:45 am to 11:45 am:

Neuroception (moment-to-moment and in therapeutic settings). Environmentally and relationally, the capacity to recover from trauma, make changes, address addiction, reduce symptoms, etc., is impacted by our neuroceptive experience of safety, danger and life threat. Awareness of and responsiveness to neuroceptive signals as a key starting place for cultivating curiosity and greater coherence in our psychophysical experience of self.

Exploration: Discover/shift the impact of your/others’ micromovements on interpersonal biology.

Discussion: Facilitating neuroception of safety in the therapy office (including in telehealth).

11:45 am to 12 pm: Q & A

12 pm to 1 pm: LUNCH

1 pm to 2:15 pm:

Polyvagal theory-informed movement for nervous system regulation.

Movement/somatic exercises for return to/support of ventral vagal tone explored in greater depth: micro-movements of the head and neck; whole body flexion and extension; use of sense perceptions and spatial awareness.

2:15 pm to 2:30 pm: Break

2:30 pm to 3:00 pm: Breakout groups for integration of materialChoose skills and methods to practice/discuss presented in today’s workshop.

3:00 pm to 3:30 pm:

Discussion, Q&A, Next Steps and Closing

About Your Presenter:

Deborah Grant, LCSW, RSMT

BIOGRAPHY

Practicing psychotherapy for over 25 years, Deb Grant, LCSW, LSMT integrates Body-oriented Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), somatic movement, energy psychology (including EFT) and ego state work in her trauma-informed psychotherapy work with clients to help create lasting healing and change.

She brings consultation and professional development workshops to therapists and other helping professionals, exploring the integration of somatic/body-based work with psychotherapy. As a trainer for UZAZU Embodied Intelligence, a movement-based comprehensive therapeutic change modality, Deb also provides professional workshops and certification programs in UZAZU for coaches and therapists.

In 2015 Deb was honored to co-present polyvagal theory workshops with Deb Dana, LCSW, at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health as well as at Omega Institute. Among her many collaborations with Deb Dana, she co-authored a chapter in the book entitled Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-informed Therapies (Editors Stephen Porges and Deb Dana).

Deb is an UZAZU Certified Practitioner and trainer, a Body-Mind Centering® Somatic Movement Educator and a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, and holds two yoga teacher certifications. She also teaches improvisational dance using somatic and relational approaches, offering students ways of using dance as a personal practice for health, well-being and embodiment.

Continuing Education Credits

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association:

(No extra cost for members)

Eligible for 6 CEU hours

Members of CCPA will receive transcripts at no cost listing all attended events assessed as Continuing Education Credit. Nonmembers must attach a cheque for $30.00 payable to CCPA to have CEC’s recorded and to have a transcript issued. Members may request one additional transcript per year.

R. Cassidy Seminars

6 CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS PROVIDED BY R. CASSIDY SEMINARS FOR $40 (SEPARATE APPLICATION REQUIRED)

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates available after satisfactory course completion at https://www.academeca.com/CEUReg/SeminarInfo.aspx?seminarId=3774

***An Extra fee of $40 USD applies for CE Hours through R. Cassidy

***If participants watch the recording version of the presentation, they will have access to Self-Study CE Hours after completion of a short quiz.

Cosponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Psychologists

R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 6 CE hours

Psychoanalysts

NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005. (6) clock hours. Live online.

Social Workers

CA and Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by approved providers with national providerships or will accept the approvals of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Others, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with two national providerships, as well as holding many individual state license type approvals. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.

IL-SWs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #159.000782. (6) hours.

NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 6 contact hours Live online.

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (6) clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists

CA and Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by approved providers with national providerships or will accept the approvals of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Others, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with two national providerships, as well as holding many individual state license type approvals. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.

IL-MFTs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. (6) hours.

NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. (6) contact hours. Live online.

NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. (6) contact hours. Live online.

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (6) clock hours, #RCST110701

TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 6 CE hours.

Creative Arts Therapists

NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists, #CAT-0005. (6) contact hours. Live online.

Chemical Dependency Counselors

CA: Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0222 for (6) CEHs. CCAPP is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states

TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (6) hours general. Expires 3/31/2021. Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297.

Educators

TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (6) CE Hours.

Nurses

CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (6) contact hours

Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days Or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often And while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions Or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

All grievances must be in writing to info@envisionservices.ca, and will be replied to within 5 - 10 business days.

*IF YOU HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS, DISABILITY OR CONCERNS: Please contact Envision at info@envisionservices.ca

*Refund policy

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