Speaker Bio & Presentations
Deb Dana, LCSW is a clinician, consultant and author specializing in working with 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. Deb is the developer of the Rhythm of Regulation 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, and the Polyvagal Flip Chart, and she is co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies 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.
Presentations & Workshops
Navigating the Nervous System: A Polyvagal Theory Approach to Clinical Work
Join Dr. Stephen Porges and Deb Dana, LCSW for an exploration of the scientific foundations of Polyvagal Theory and integration of these organizing principles in clinical practice. Explore the unique art and science of Polyvagal Theory with a journey into understanding the principles that have revolutionized our understanding of how we are human and experimenting with the practices that bring theory into clinical application. Stephen Porges will set the stage for the workshop presenting the scientific basis and constructs of his ground-breaking Polyvagal Theory. Deb Dana will then translate the science using her own unique framework and explain the tools and techniques she has developed to integrate the theory into clinical work.In the second half of the workshop Deb will conduct a live session illustrating the elements of polyvagal guided clinical work. Following the demo, Stephen and Deb will deconstruct the experience with the client and the audience to delve into the principles and show the practical and universal applications of using a polyvagal lens in clinical work.
- Categorize the organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory
- Formulate a depathologizing view of human behavior and disease
- Summarize the impact of trauma to the nervous system
- Analyze the adaptive qualities of survival responses
- Investigate how Polyvagal Theory explains clinical symptoms related to mental health diagnosis
- Evaluate the hierarchy of human autonomic responses
- Determine the impact of neuroception to clients’ behaviors and cognitions
- Define the pathways of the social engagement system and face-heart connection
- Assess client autonomic profiles and patterns of protection
- Utilize active engagement with the ventral vagus to promote healing in clinical work
- Determine ways to help clients engage the regulating capacities of the autonomic nervous system to create an environment of safety
- Assess clinical interactions through a polyvagal perspective
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