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We are thrilled to announce our Spring 2023 training will be hosted by Deborah A. Dana, LCSW. Join us for this two-day training, Navigating the Nervous System: A Polyvagal Approach to Working with Complex Trauma.

Event Details

Dates: Thursday and Friday, March 23 and 24, 2023

Time: 12pm to 3:15pm EST

Location: Zoom

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About the Workshop

The autonomic nervous system is at the heart of daily living powerfully shaping our clients’ experiences of safety and influencing their capacity for connection. Polyvagal Theory, through the organizing principles of hierarchy, neuroception, and co-regulation, has revolutionized our understanding of how this system works. Guided by Polyvagal Theory, we have a deep appreciation of the ways trauma shapes the nervous system and of the pathways that lead to healing. Trauma interrupts the development of autonomic regulation and sidetracks building the circuitry of safe connection. Without intervention, adaptive survival responses become habitual autonomic patterns and pathways of connection are replaced with patterns of protection. With an updated map of the autonomic circuits that underlie behaviors and beliefs, we have a new understanding of the characteristic post-traumatic patterns of hyperarousal, hypervigilance, disconnection, and numbing and can reliably lead our clients out of adaptive survival responses into the autonomically regulated state of safety that is necessary for successful treatment.

Working with the autonomic nervous system brings the science of safety into practical application with ways to help clients identify and interrupt their habitual survival patterns and strategies to shape their systems toward connection. In this two-part series participants will engage in experiential practices to develop an embodied understanding of the organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory and bring the principles alive in clinical work.

Learning Objectives

  1. Construct an autonomic map to identify the emergent properties of states
  2. Determine ways neuroception shapes behavior
  3. Apply strategies that utilize the co-regulating pathways of the Social Engagement System in clinical work to improve clinical outcomes
  4. Utilize practices that bring a return to regulation

Target Audience

All health care professionals seeking to gain knowledge of and refine their skills in working with complex trauma.

Webinar Recording

This two-day webinar will be recorded. Recordings will be shared with all registrants within 5-7 days of the webinar taking place. These will be available for 60 days once the recordings are released.

Course Fees

Regular: $255 CAD +HST = $288.15 CAD

Early-Bird Regular: $225 CAD +HST = $254.25 CAD

Student*: $205 CAD + HST= $231.65 CAD

Early-Bird Student*: $175+ HST= $197.75 CAD


* Students must submit a copy/scan of their valid student ID or confirmation of enrolment to: cmbhworkshops@gmail.com

** A 5% discount is available for groups of 5+ registering at the same time.


Deb DanaDeb Dana, LCSW is a clinician, consultant and author specializing in complex trauma.  Her work is focused on using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma and creating ways of working that honor the role of the autonomic nervous system.  She is a founding member of the Polyvagal Institute, consultant to Khiron Clinics, and advisor to Unyte. Deb is the developer of the signature Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and is well known for translating Polyvagal Theory into a language and application that is both understandable and accessible for clinicians and curious people alike.

Deb’s clinical work published with W.W. Norton includes The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation, Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client Centered Practices, the Polyvagal Flip Chart, and the Polyvagal Card Deck. She partners with Sounds True to bring her polyvagal perspective to a general audience through the audio program Befriending Your Nervous System: Looking Through the Lens of Polyvagal Theory and her print book Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory.


Registration Options

  1. Register online and pay with credit card
  2. Email completed registration form and send an e-Transfer (payment + HST) to cmbh@cmbh.space

Multiple Registrants: One registration form is required per attendee.

Registration Confirmation: Please allow 1-2 business days for our workshop staff to confirm your registration. We will email you an official receipt upon confirmation, including further details on workshop format and preparation materials.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: An administrative fee of $75 will be charged for cancellations. For a refund, written notification must be received by March 8, 2023. Written notice of cancellation should be emailed to cmbh@cmbh.space. Refunds will not be issued after March 8, 2023. CMBH reserves the right to cancel workshops due to unforeseen circumstances.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits

OPA: Approved for 6 CE credits for psychological practitioners.

MDPAC: Approved for 6 hours of MDPAC Group CE credits and 1 hour of MDPAC CCI credits (automatically calculated when MDPAC member submits Group CE hours).

Participants must attend both days of the webinar in real-time to receive a certificate of completion detailing CE credits. Attendance will be noted manually by our workshop staff on both days. Participants who are unable to attend one or both days of the webinar may view the recordings once they are released and can be provided a questionnaire upon request to receive full CE credits.

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