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Introduction to Polyvagal Theory
Friday, March 08, 2024, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Category: Clinical Division

Introduction to Polyvagal Theory
Presented by Dara Denton, MA, LPCC, LCPC
Friday, March 8, 2024
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sponsored by
Westchester Center for Psychological Education
Westchester County Psychological Association Clinical Division
Admission (includes access to 2.0 continuing education credit)
WCPA Members: $20
Non-Members: $50
WCPA Student Members: Free

This 2-hour presentation will introduce Polyvagal Theory, offering a neurophysiological framework for understanding behavior. It has been developed from the work of Deb Dana, LICSW, based upon Dr. Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory. Emphasis will be placed on recognizing survival responses, identifying the ways in which our nervous systems try to protect us, and viewing patterns of behavior as adaptive responses to threat and safety. Discussion will focus on the ways in which experiences shape and wire our autonomic nervous systems.

Speaker's Bio: Dara Denton, MA, LPCC, LCPC Dara Denton is a clinical counselor, licensed in Minnesota and Illinois, with experience providing individualized care to adults and adolescents who have survived complex trauma. Over the past decade, she has worked with clients of diverse backgrounds, and in various settings, from prisons to private practice. This has included work with individuals, couples, non-traditional family systems, and groups. As a therapist, Dara is committed to empowering clients to improve their relationships, recover from trauma, and cope with the stress of life. As a trainer and consultant for Deb Dana’s Foundations of Polyvagal Informed Practice and other Rhythm of Regulation trainings, it is Dara’s goal to help as many people as possible learn about their nervous systems, identify ways to regulate, and connect safely with the world.

Learning Objectives. Participants will:
1. gain the ability to describe the organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory
2. be able to describe the hierarchy of responses

3. gain the ability to create their own autonomic profile using personal profile mapping.