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Polyvagal Theory in Action: Help Clients Come Home to Safety

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1 Hour 59 Minutes
Mar 17, 2023
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In this deeply polarized and uncertain world, we’re bombarded with cues of danger that cause us either to react in anger and fear or to retreat in despair. Unchecked, these habitual responses are what can lead many to get stuck and seek therapy. Fortunately, our nervous system has a pathway to regulation, and the ability to come home to safety is accessible to us—if only we can find our way. In this session, we’ll explore how to help clients find their way to safety and experiment with practices that support individual and communal well-being. You’ll discover how to:

  • Use the “glimmer practice” tool to help clients find predicable and unpredictable micro-moments in their lives in which they can access regulation
  • Use images, sounds, scents, touch, and movements to safely explore survival states
  • Get beneath a client’s symptoms to listen to the story the nervous system is telling, which can reveal how we can work to reshape it
  • Use the “state creates story” practice to safely take clients through regulated and dysregulated states in order to reshape our narrative of safety and survival


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 2.0 hours CPD.



Deb Dana, LCSW, LICSW's Profile

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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 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. Utilize micro-moments of regulation in a session to enhance a client’s capacity for connection.
  2. Analyze a client’s cognitive narrative through looking at emergent properties of autonomic states.
  3. Employ an autonomic landscape technique to safely explore states of regulation, activation, and collapse.


  • How to use micro-moments of regulation in session to enhance a client’s capacity for connection and safety in their lives
  • Practices that support nervous system regulation
  • How to analyze a client’s cognitive narrative through looking at emergent properties of their autonomic states
  • The impact of physiological state to psychological story
  • The story of three states in practice
  • Employ an autonomic landscape technique to safely explore states of regulation, activation, and collapse
  • The limits of research on the autonomic nervous system in psychotherapy

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners 
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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