About the Presenter

Deb Dana, LCSW is a clinician, consultant, author and speaker specializing in working with complex trauma.  Her work is focused on using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma.

Deb has a busy career training therapists around the world in how to bring a Polyvagal approach into their clinical practice, and also works with agencies and larger systems to explore how to incorporate a Polyvagal perspective. She is widely credited with adapting Polyvagal Theory to trauma treatment. She is founding member of The Polyvagal Institute, a consultant to Khiron Clinics, and an advisor to Unyte.

Deb is the author of
The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation, Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection, creator of the Polyvagal Flip Chart, and co-edited, with Stephen Porges, Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies

​​​​​Instructor: Deb Dana, LCSW
Location: Online Live Stream Event

Early Bird Cost: $379 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) by April 10, 2023
Regular Cost: $419 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) after April 10, 2023
​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.74 USD (as of Jan. 6, 2023 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 10, 2023 at 7:30am ET

* For information about Group Rates and Discounts
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Polyvagal-Informed Treatment for Trauma, Anxiety,
Depression & More
with Deb Dana, LCSW, Author of Polyvagal Theory in Therapy 


May 10 & 11, 2023  10am – 5:30pm ET*

2-day workshop

*Convert to your Time Zone 

For more information about Deb and her work, visit: www.rhythmofregulation.com

​​​​Workshop Description

Deb Dana brilliantly transforms a neurobiologically-based theory into clinical practice and Polyvagal Theory comes alive.
- Stephen W. Porges, PhD, Originator of Polyvagal Theory

Polyvagal-Informed Treatment for Trauma, Anxiety, Depression & More 

​PTSD, anxiety, depression and most other mental illnesses share a common underlying factor: a dysregulated nervous system. This dysregulation not only results in many troubling and unremitting symptoms, it also interferes with the therapeutic relationship and therapy outcomes unless we are able to address it first. 

Polyvagal Theory, developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, provides an innovative model to understand our nervous systems, our bodily responses to trauma and stress, and the importance of the client’s physiological state in mediating the effectiveness of clinical treatments. 

While many clinicians have heard about Polyvagal Theory and enthusiastically embrace its concepts, it can be difficult to translate the theory into language that clients understand, and to apply it in our clinical work in tangible ways. That’s where Deb Dana comes in.  She’s been called the “world’s foremost translator of Polyvagal theory into clinical practice” and participants who attend this training will see why. 

In this workshop, based on her books 
Polyvagal Exercises for Safety & Connection and The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy, Deb will explain the Polyvagal Theory in a user-friendly way, and provide us with easy-to-understand, practical tools that we can immediately apply with clients suffering from a wide range of mental health conditions. 

You will learn: 

  • The fundamental principles of Polyvagal Theory 
  • How to introduce Polyvagal Theory to clients in an accessible way 
  • How to create autonomic maps and use them as a guide in treatment 
  • How to guide clients to safely connect to their autonomic responses and navigate daily experiences in new ways
  • How to incorporate a Polyvagal lens regardless of approach / modality 
  • Polyvagal-informed exercises for anxiety, depression, trauma and more 

Who Should Attend? 

Any helping professional who provides some form of counselling including (but not limited to), therapists, social workers, psychologists, and other mental health and/or health-care professionals.

You will receive:

  • ​​Login details and instructions emailed in advance of the workshop
  • Downloadable handouts
  • Certificate of Attendance 
  • Access to a recording of the workshop for a limited period of time after the workshop - so if you can’t join live, or need to miss part of the live workshop and want to view it afterwards, we’ve got you covered!​​

​​Certificates of Attendance / CEU's / CE Information 

For those requiring a Certificate of Attendance, certificates will be issued upon either:

1. Verification of 100% attendance during the live broadcast OR

2. Successful completion of a post-training quiz with a minimum score of 75% (multiple attempts allowed)*

    *This option is for those who do not attend the full workshop “live”.

Certificates will indicate the number of direct education hours (12), not including breaks. Certificates may be used to qualify for eligibility for Continuing Education Credits from licensing boards and professional colleges; it is the participant’s responsibility to contact their college or association to confirm its requirements and the workshop's eligibility for CEU's / CE’s. This workshop has been pre-approved for 12 continuing educations hours by the CACCF.

Cancellation Policy

​​An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations. Cancellation 14 or more days prior to the workshop date – receive a refund, less $50 administration fee. Cancellation less than 14 days prior to the workshop date – receive a credit, less $50 administration fee, to be applied to a future workshop. No credit or refund will be issued if you do not notify us in advance of the workshop date. You may transfer your registration to another individual at no extra cost. In this case, please notify Mission: Empowerment of the name of the alternate person. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to instructor illness, extreme weather, under-enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a workshop is cancelled, any registration payment will be returned in full. Liability is limited to a refund of workshop/live-stream fees only. 

Refunds will not be issued in cases where a registrant did not receive the workshop login instruction email due to email issues.  It is the registrant’s responsibility to contact us if they don’t receive the required login information at least 24 hours prior to the start time of the workshop.