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Anchored: A Polyvagal Guide to Navigating Challenging Times

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Deborah Dana, LCSW, LICSW
1 Hour 43 Minutes
Nov 21, 2022
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The autonomic nervous system is at the heart of daily living powerfully shaping our experiences of safety and influencing our capacity for connection. What begins with our biology becomes the story that shapes our days. Polyvagal Theory provides a guide to the autonomic circuits that underlie behaviours and beliefs and an understanding of the body to brain pathways that give birth to stories of safety and survival. Through this science of connection, we have a new understanding of the ways experience shapes the nervous system and the pathways that lead to healing.

In this time of deep disruptions to everyday life, we are confronted with experiences that challenge our ability to feel safe and find ways to connect. Polyvagal Theory offers us a roadmap to navigate this unfamiliar territory. Anchored in the safety of a regulated nervous system, pathways of connection come alive and we can travel those pathways in service of healing. In this presentation we will use the organizing principles of hierarchy, neuroception, and co-regulation to guide our exploration and answer the essential question, “What does the nervous system need in this moment to find safety in connection?”



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Deb Dana, LCSW, LICSW, is a clinician and consultant specializing in using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma and create ways of working that honor the role of the autonomic nervous system. She developed the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and lectures internationally on ways Polyvagal Theory informs clinical work. She is a founding member of the Polyvagal Institute, clinical advisor at Khiron Clinics, and an advisor to Unyte.


Deb is the author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation (Norton, 2018), Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client-Centered Practices (Norton, 2020), Befriending Your Nervous System (Sounds True, 2020), Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory (forthcoming from Sounds True), co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018), and creator of the Polyvagal Flip Chart (Norton, 2020).

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Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Deborah Dana maintains a private practice, is an advisor with Unyte/iLS and is a consultant with the Veterans Association and Khiron Clinics. She receives a consulting fee and speaker honorarium from Sounds True. Deborah Dana receives a speaking honorarium from Life Architect and Embody Lab and receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.
Non-financial: Deborah Dana has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Develop an understanding of how the autonomic nervous system shapes behaviours and beliefs.
  2. Summarize the emergent properties of autonomic states.
  3. Categorize the distinct stories that emerge from autonomic states.
  4. Utilize micro-moments to resource autonomic regulation.


  • The Impact of Trauma to the Nervous System 
  • How Neuroception Activates States of Safety or Survival 
  • The Autonomic Hierarchy and the Emergent Properties of Autonomic States  
  • Co-regulation as a Biological Imperative 
  • Creating Resources to Return to Regulation  

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers



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