Course Description

Hours: 12

The polyvagal theory (PVT) has been enthusiastically heralded by trauma therapists worldwide as a game changing framework with which to understand client symptoms and intervene more effectively in treatment. Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, the PVT offers a more nuanced explanation of what happens to the nervous system when we experience a neuroception of safety, danger or life threat, and practical tools to guide client work in a variety of contexts. From a trauma perspective, understanding the body’s response to trauma, and the role of the autonomic nervous system, assists clients in being able to tune into somatic sensations, expand the window of tolerance, and physiologically ground themselves in and out of sessions, ensuring they can safely process. 

This two-day educational and applied workshop will draw on the work of Dr. Stephen Porges and Deb Dana to translate the complex neuroscience model into easy-to apply concepts that participants can explore in relation to their own lives, their workplaces, and their clients. 


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext. 5234

Cancellations and Transfers
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Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Polyvagal Theory: A Bottom-Up Approach for Trauma Treatment
Workshop Remote
Th, F
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Feb 09, 2023 to Feb 10, 2023
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Workshop Remote  
Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $360.00
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Instructor: Ian Robertson, MSW, RSW

Location: This workshop is being held remotely through Zoom. 

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

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