Full Course Description

Polyvagal Informed Therapy Master Class with Deb Dana, LCSW: with Special Guest Stephen Porges, PhD

Program Information


  1. Assess the principles of Polyvagal Theory and how to communicate them in client friendly language.
  2. Differentiate the three circuits of the autonomic nervous system for client psychoeducation.
  3. Determine how to help clients engage the regulating capacities of the autonomic nervous system to create an environment of safety.
  4. Exercise the Social Engagement System to assist clients in becoming more adept in skills of co-regulation and creating reciprocal relationships.
  5. Assess for patterns in clients’ autonomic states to better inform treatment planning.
  6. Determine the right degree of neural challenge and exercises to employ with clients to help shape the autonomic nervous system toward safety and connection.
  7. Demonstrate the reciprocity-rupture-repair cycle to help clients achieve the biological need for connection.
  8. Analyze the current research support limitations for Polyvagal theory and interventions.


How to Apply Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: An Introduction (46 min)

  • The meaning of neuroception
  • The three parts of our nervous system
  • The purpose and meaning of co-regulation
  • Completing a Personal Profile Map with Clients
Using Polyvagal Theory with Mapping & Guiding Clients Through Clients Three States of Our Nervous System: Ventral, Sympathetic, & Dorsal (1 hr 39 min)
  • Demonstration session with analysis and commentary
Using Polyvagal Theory with Fears, and Phobias from Past Experiences (54 min)
  • Demonstration session with analysis and commentary
Using Polyvagal Theory with Grief & Loss (1 hr 2 min)
  • Demonstration session with analysis and commentary
Re-Cap & Analysis of Three Polyvagal Sessions with Stephen Porges & Deb Dana (51 min)
  • Deep dive into many of the concepts from the course and demonstration sessions

Copyright : 02/05/2020

Polyvagal Theory in Action

Program Information


  1. Employ exercises designed to engage the neural circuits of your client’s Social Engagement System to improve clinical outcomes. 
  2. Catalogue moments of autonomic disconnection and find the right repair in sessions. 
  3. Create an environment of autonomic safety using the “inside, outside, and between” guide. 
  4. Use your own Social Engagement System to effectively coregulate with clients. 
  5. Assess the impact of trauma on the autonomic nervous system.


The Autonomic Nervous System

  • The Autonomic Impact of Trauma
  • Flexible vs. Rigid Autonomic Nervous System

Polyvagal Theory
3 Organizing Principles 

  • Neuroception
  • Hierarchy
  • Co-regulation

The Social Engagement System

  • The Power of Eyes
  • Prosody
  • Vocal Bursts
  • Reciprocity-Rupture-Repair
  • Breath
  • Movement

Guiding Questions & Conclusion

Copyright : 03/22/2019