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WAFCA-CE The Polyvagal Theory in Practice
Waukesha County Technical College
800 Main Street
Pewaukee, WI 53072
United States

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Thursday, April 20, 2023, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CDT
Category: WAFCA CE Training

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The Polyvagal Theory in Practice: Bringing the Wisdom of the Nervous System into Clinical Work Across Populations 
Presented by Courtney Rolfe, MA, LCPC

Details: April 20 (9:00am - 4:00pm, including a one-hour lunch break)
*lunch is not provided
**Up to 6 CE credits will be issued to those attending this LIVE, IN-PERSON event. See below for details.

Workshop Description: In this live, in-person workshop, participants will be introduced to a comprehensive understanding of the autonomic nervous system through the lens of the revolutionary Polyvagal Theory. Participants will learn important concepts of the nervous system, such as neurocoption: our internal surveillance system; both our regulated and our adaptive survival states; our highly evolved Social Engagement System; and basic concepts of autonomic safety. Participants will have the opportunity to explore their own nervous system states, engage in mapping exercises to bring this awareness to life, and learn how to bring this wisdom into our work with clients across populations. With this approach, participants can learn how to support a healing environment to promote growth and change, support trauma healing, and teach clients a new way of understanding and managing their experience in the world. 

A polyvagal approach fits into Phase One of Phase-based trauma treatment, which is focused on creating safety and stabilization. Learning to create safety and stabilization is an essential first step in using any existing treatment modality. Practitioners can expect improved results in their work by incorporating these crucial concepts into their work.

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to... 
  • Determine the principles of Polyvagal Theory and how to communicate them in client friendly language. 
  • Distinguish three circuits of the autonomic nervous system for use in client psychoeducation. 
  • Analyze how the autonomic nervous system operates as an internal surveillance system and its impact on clientshabitual responses to trauma. 
  • Determine how to help clients engage the regulating capacities of the autonomic nervous system that create an environment of safety. 
  • Determine how to exercise the Social Engagement System to assist clients in becoming more adept in skills of co-regulating and creating reciprocal relationships. 
  • Assess for patterns in clientsautonomic states to better inform treatment planning. 

Presenter InformationCourtney Rolfe, MA, LCPC, is a licensed psychotherapist, trainer, and leading expert in the clinical application of the Polyvagal Theory. Courtney is a long-standing senior trainer in Deb Dana’s Rhythm of Regulation training series and has led several training cohorts through the Rhythm of Regulation’s intensive 6 month “Foundations of Polyvagal Theory in Practice” course. She is steadfast in bringing the Polyvagal Theory to clients and clinicians alike.

Courtney is the founder of Modern Mind & Heart based in Chicago, Illinois, which provides individual counseling, clinical consultation, and training with the specialized focus on application of Polyvagal Theory. Her training in trauma work and somatic-based modalities has allowed her to work with clients presenting a wide range of difficulties, including trauma of all types, relational conflict, anxiety, depression, and emotion regulation.


In-person Event Attendance: To ensure your safety, WAFCA will be requiring masking according to WCTC Campus Guidelines. All participants will be socially distanced and hand sanitizer will be made available. Registrants are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated for their own safety. Registrants experiencing any cold, flu, or COVID-like symptoms should not attend the event. Refunds will be made available to those who cancel at least 1 week prior OR for reasons of illness (with notification provided to WAFCA).

About our Offerings:

WAFCA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6778. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WAFCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Visit the WAFCA-CE registration page for more information on fees and policies. 

Wisconsin Association of Family & Children's Agencies (WAFCA)
16 N Carroll St, #750
Madison, WI 53703  (608) 257-5939 

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