Speaker Bio & Presentations

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Special Speaker

Deb Dana

Deb Dana, LCSW is a clinician, consultant and author specializing in complex trauma. Her work is focused on using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma and creating ways of working that honor the role of the autonomic nervous system. She is a founding member of the Polyvagal Institute, consultant to Khiron Clinics, and advisor to Unyte.

Deb is the developer of the signature Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and is well known for translating Polyvagal Theory into a language and application that is both understandable and accessible for clinicians and curious people alike. Deb’s clinical work published with W.W. Norton includes The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation, Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client Centered Practices, the Polyvagal Flip Chart, and the Polyvagal Card Deck. She partners with Sounds True to bring her polyvagal perspective to a general audience through the audio program Befriending Your Nervous System: Looking Through the Lens of Polyvagal Theory and her print book Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory. Deb can be contacted via her website www.rhythmofregulation.com.

Presentations & Workshops

Promoting The Rhythm of Resilience: A Polyvagal Perspective

Humans are naturally resilient beings. In a world filled with challenges, we find ways to survive, hold on to hope, and keep moving forward. Resilience is a quality that can be developed and deepened. It is the product of an autonomic nervous system that can flexibly navigate the ordinary, and sometimes extraordinary, demands of daily life without getting stuck in old habits and survival stories. Each time we are pulled out of balance and find our way back to regulation, we become more resilient. Polyvagal Theory provides a roadmap to becoming more resilient. Join Deb Dana for a polyvagal guided exploration of autonomic interventions designed to increase resilience using the regulating pathways of the autonomic nervous system. Through presentation and experiential practice you will learn the skill of autonomic mapping, create a resilience continuum, and follow the react, return, reflect, and restory sequence to engage the body’s safety circuit. Explore your own resilience pathways and become skilled in helping others discover theirs.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of how the autonomic nervous system shapes behaviors and beliefs
  • Utilize an autonomic mapping practice to illustrate the autonomic hierarchy and emergent properties of states
  • Apply polyvagal-informed processes to engage the regulating pathways of the autonomic nervous system
  • Design a resilience continuum into a state of regulation
  • Practice polyvagal-informed interventions to increase a client’s capacity to move from a survival state back into a state of regulation

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