Course Description

Hours: 12

This level two professional development course will build on prior knowledge and skills from the introductory polyvagal course (0111-Polyvagal Theory: A Bottom-Up Approach for Trauma Treatment). This training will provide an expanded understanding of the following areas within a polyvagal-informed approach, including:

  • Overview of the three principles of polyvagal theory.
  • The how-to’s of bringing polyvagal theory to your clients.
  • The role of vagal tone and physiological regulation of emotions.
  • The vagal pathway as a means towards compassion.
  • The role of polyvagal-informed group psychotherapy.
  • The neurophysiological mechanisms of ‘feeling safe’ within the therapeutic relationship.
  • A new understanding of psychological disorders and somatopsychological problems from a polyvagal-informed practice. 

A significant component of this training will cover many practical hands-on exercises for applying polyvagal-informed techniques to your practice.


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

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 548-889-5128

Cancellations and Transfers
Be sure to carefully review our cancellation and transfer information before registering.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


This course has already taken place for the current academic year (July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025).

The 2025/2026 Faculty of Social Work Professional Development course dates will be posted on this website on July 3, 2025.

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