Polyvagal Theory and Pathways
to Connection

webinar time

Tuesday 13 November
9.00am – 10.30am ADST
Duration: 90 minutes


$143 ($130 +GST)

Inclusions: recording of the webinar made available after the session, a certificate of attendance with 1.5 CPD hours, any handouts as provided by the presenter

Webinar outline

In response to traumatic experience, the autonomic pathways of connection are replaced with patterns of protection and the drive to survive works in opposition to the need for connection.  The regulating influence of the ventral vagus is missing and cues of danger overwhelm the autonomic nervous system’s capacity for regulation.  Therapy through the lens of Polyvagal Theory utilizes the therapist as a co-regulating resource to help shape the client’s autonomic nervous system toward safety and connection.  The therapist is responsible for creating neural exercises that engage the vagal brake and bring the right degree of neural challenge to shape the system without overwhelming the client and triggering a habitual survival response.

Building on the first webinar, Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Navigating the Nervous System, this second in the series explores ways therapists can create safe opportunities to utilize autonomic portals of intervention, actively engage the vagal brake, and co-regulate through the Social Engagement System.  From a foundation of Polyvagal Theory, the goal of therapy is to build autonomic regulation and resilience.  Through bringing explicit awareness to the implicit workings of the autonomic nervous system and creating opportunities to intentionally engage the biological resources of the ventral vagal system, therapists help their clients create new response patterns and rewrite beliefs.

In this webinar we will:

  • Learn how to create an environment of autonomic safety using the guide of “inside, outside, and between”
  • Understand ways eye gaze, vocal prosody, breath, proximity, and touch can be used as regulating resources
  • Utilize the “notice and name” practice to track clinician and client autonomic state
  • Explore the process of autonomic rupture and repair

Learning Objectives

  • Identify specific autonomic cues of safety and ways to activate in sessions
  • Describe embodied practices that are effective co-regulating resources
  • Track experiences of autonomic resonance and rupture
  • Incorporate aspects of Polyvagal Theory into clinical practice

Who should attend

Psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, coaches – any professional who is providing services online.




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