Transformation Through Connection

CANCELLED:: Using Poly Vagal Theory in Couples Counseling with Deb Dana

  • 1 Jun 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • McLean Baptist Church, 1367 Chain Bridge Road, McLean VA


(depends on selected options)

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Using Poly Vagal Theory in Couples Counseling

The autonomic nervous system powerfully defines our clients’ experiences of safety and influences their capacity for connection.  Operating outside of conscious awareness, autonomic circuits assess safety and risk and initiate actions to navigate the challenges of daily living.  In this workshop participants will first learn the organizing principles of polyvagal theory and then explore practices to help couples identify and interrupt their familiar response patterns and strategies to shape their autonomic nervous systems toward safety and connection.  

Deb Dana

My passion for neuroscience leads me into collaboration with researchers to better understand the science and psychology of lasting change. This passion informs my clinical work, my teaching, and my writing.  I have a particular interest in Polyvagal Theory and the influence of the autonomic nervous system in shaping the ways we move through the world.  

We come into the world wired to connect.  With our first breath we embark on a biologically driven quest to feel safe in our bodies, our environments, and in relationship with others. Life experiences often interrupt our path toward safety and connection propelling us instead into patterns of mistrust and dysregulation.  

Along our path to healing...

We learn to safely remember our histories and become active authors of our life stories.   

We investigate the origins of our patterns of protection and connection.  

We explore creating relationships that bring joy, movement that feels free, and daily living experiences that are filled with abundance.  

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EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Early Bird Registration Available until October 11, 2019

Cancellations: Until May 25th– full refund less 20% processing fee; NO REFUNDS will be issued for cancellations after May 25th.   

Continuing Education Credit:  Those who attend the workshop and complete the evaluation forms will receive six (6) continuing education credits provided by NASW-MD.  CE Credit is granted to participants with documented attendance at individual workshops and completed evaluation forms for those sessions.  Attendance is monitored.  Credit will not be granted to registrants who are more than 15 minutes late, are absent for more than 15 minutes, or depart more than 15 minutes early from a session.  Credit will not be granted to registrants who do not submit a completed evaluation form at the end of the session.  It is the responsibility of registrants to comply with these requirements.

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