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Deb Dana presents: The Neurophysiological Basis of Safety and Regulation: Polyvagal Theory in Practice – June 25, 2019

June 25 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm PDT


EARLY BIRD PRICE:  $125 until June 1st
AFTER JUNE 1st:  $150

Polyvagal Theory offers a neurophysiological framework to consider the reasons why people act in the ways they do. Through a polyvagal lens, we understand that actions are automatic and adaptive, generated by the autonomic nervous system well below the level of conscious awareness. This is not the brain making a cognitive choice, These are autonomic energies moving in patterns of protection.   And with this new awareness, the door opens to compassion.

Out of Stephen Porges’s brilliant work developing Polyvagal Theory, a world-wide community of Polyvagal-informed people and systems is developing as we better understand the power of the autonomic nervous system to guide our movements and shape our stories.   My work as a clinician, consultant, lecturer, and Coordinator of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute is focused on 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 as we move through states of protection and connection in an ongoing quest for safety.

Join us at the University of Washington on Tuesday, June 25 for a day learning with Deb Dana, the “Pied Piper of Polyvagal Theory.” Deb has a wise, kind, and calming presence and promises to provide you with useful tools in your work with families.

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory
  2. Discuss the function of the vagal brake
  3. Utilize an autonomic map to identify states of connection, mobilization, and disconnection
  4. Summarize typical body responses, behaviors, and beliefs for each autonomic state
  5. List commonplace autonomic cues of safety and danger
  6. Apply strategies that utilize the co-regulating pathways of the Social Engagement System in clinical work
  7. Explain how breath can be used to strengthen vagal flexibility

Refund Policy:
If you register for this event but are unable to attend, you may obtain a refund of the fee less $15.00 for handling. Requests must be made via email ( and received prior to June 18, 2019.


June 25
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Deb Dana, LCSW


176 available
Deb Dana June 25, 2019$125.00