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Polyvagal Theory
Friday, December 10, 2021, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Category: Clinical Division

Polyvagal Theory

Friday, December 10, 2021

12pm – 2pm

Presented by:
David Aftergood, MD

Sponsored by:
Westchester Center for Psychological Education
Westchester County Psychological Association


Virtual Lecture
Held on Zoom


General Admission
General Admission includes entrance to the event and access to 2 NYS/APA continuing education credits for psychologists. In order to receive Continuing Education Credit, participants must complete the assessment and survey emailed after the program. 
WCPA Members - $10     Non-members- $40

The Polyvagal theory was first proposed by psychophysiologist Dr. Stephen Porges in 1995. He described the evolutionary changes of the Parasympathetic Nervous System that led to a shift from defensive only behaviors to adaptive, social and creative behaviors. These shifts came as a result of activation of the new social vagal branch of the PNS. This has fundamental clinical applications in  understanding the creation of  safety  in the interpersonal therapeutic relationship. It is relevant and useful in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

The course will include lecture, discussion and experiential exercises in small breakout groups. It is useful for all clinicians engaged in psychotherapy and especially useful for clinicians that treat trauma.

Teaching goals of the workshop:

1) Describe the ways in which the principles of  the Polyvagal theory expand the  understanding of the Autonomic Nervous System.

2) Describe the difference between perception and neuroception.

3) How does an understanding of the Polyvagal theory inform the practice of psychotherapy?

4) What is co-regulation and what is its relevance to the therapeutic relationship?

5) How can the therapist utilize the principles of the Polyvagal theory to create safety in the therapeutic space?

Brief Bio:
Dr. David Aftergood is a board certified psychiatrist who is in private practice in Westchester County.
After completing his residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine he served there as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. He went on to study complimentary approaches to psychiatric treatment including hypnotherapy, mind-body medicine, Buddhist psychology, mindfulness meditation and EMDR.
He draws from these various methods to help patients achieve healing and growth through the integration of biological, psychological and mind-body perspectives. The focus of his practice is in the treatment of anxiety disorders, trauma and long term effects of childhood adverse experiences.
Dr. Aftergood has taught meditation groups to both patients and therapists and varied workshops highlighting his approach to treatment.

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Zoom links will be sent to registrants the day before the presentation, the morning of the presentation, 2 hours before the presentation starts, and again 10 minutes before the presentation begins.

Cancellation policy: A full refund will be given if cancellation is made 3 business days before the presentation.