Registration is open for the 20th Annual Julie Claire Gutterman Memorial Lecture, a full-day workshop for mental health professionals.
This year’s presentation, featuring Deborah A. Dana, LCSW (pictured), will address “Navigating the Nervous System: A Polyvagal Theory Guided Approach to Therapy.” The day will include continental breakfast and lunch.
When: Wednesday, April 10, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Where: Ledgemont Country Club, 131 Brown Ave., Seekonk, MA
Continuing Education Credits
Application has been submitted for 6 CEUs (including 1 in Ethics) for social workers, psychologists, marriage & family therapists, and licensed mental health counselors.
The autonomic nervous system is at the heart of daily living, powerfully shaping experiences of safety and influencing the capacity for connection. Polyvagal Theory outlines the ways our bodies respond to both the ordinary and extraordinary challenges of life. With an updated map of the autonomic circuits that underlie behaviors and beliefs, we have a new understanding of what triggers post-traumatic patterns of mobilization or collapse and can reliably lead our clients out of adaptive survival responses into the autonomically regulated state of safety that is necessary for successful treatment.
In this workshop, Deb Dana shares her Polyvagal Theory guided approach to therapy with strategies to help clients identify and interrupt their familiar patterns of protection and skills to find, and savor, experiences of safety. Explore the language of the autonomic nervous system and learn to help your clients safely tune into their autonomic stories, reshape their nervous systems, and rewrite the trauma stories that are carried in their autonomic pathways.
Deb Dana, LCSW, is a clinician and consultant specializing in working with complex trauma and is Coordinator of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute. She developed the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and lectures internationally on ways in which Polyvagal Theory informs work with trauma survivors. Deb is the author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation and co-editor, with Stephen Porges, of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies.
For more information, including a complete workshop schedule, see the 2019 Gutterman lecture brochure.