Polyvagal Theory in Clinical Practice For Healthcare Professionals

“Trauma compromises our ability to engage with others by replacing patterns of connection with patterns of protection” (Porges, 2011)

This CPD training is designed for health practitioners who want to learn how to implement the Polyvagal Theory in clinical practice and to offer affect regulation and resilience practices for their clients. The 2-day workshop focuses on the Polyvagal Theory research of Dr. Stephen Porges to develop strategies for psycho-physiological regulation and safety. It also weaves together the neurophysiology trauma-informed research practices of Dr. Peter Levine, Babette Rothschild, Deb Dana, and others. Experiential exercises are informed by the finely attuned body awareness and interoceptive practices of biodynamic craniosacral therapy.

As healthcare professionals and therapists, it is vital to understand our own self regulation practice as the ground for creating a safe environment for our clients. With an awareness of our own neurophysiological responses, we can support safety through simple embodied practices, listening deeply with compassion and empathetic presence.

  • ~ learn the foundational principles of the Polyvagal Theory
  • ~ learn practices for enhanced co-regulation and to better support clients
  • ~ experience how to be fully present for your clients
  • ~ establish healthy boundaries in clinical practice as a means to create safety
  • ~ learn resilient communication techniques to share with your clients
  • ~ develop tools and techniques to ground yourself when with a challenging client
  • ~ take home Polyvagal-informed body awareness practices to integrate into your professional practice protocols
  • ~ develop sensitive interoceptive techniques for greater body awareness
  • ~ enjoy self-care time out for yourself in beautiful tranquil natural surroundings

Participants will benefit from on-going learning and support:

  • ~ 3 weekly online group supervision sessions for participants
  • ~ course manual
  • ~ online resources including guided meditations, research papers, essays, guided exercises.

This workshop is for anyone working in psychotherapy, counselling, bodywork, yoga teaching, primary care health, social workers or other healthcare settings.

**CPD attendance certificates provided**


International educator and therapist Jane Shaw (MA) has been studying with Dr. Stephen Porges since 2009, integrating the Polyvagal Theory (PVT) into her craniosacral therapy clinical practice and running workshops on the PVT in clinical practice for many years. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) is a PVT-informed therapeutic practice involving gentle slow touch and deep listening, which allows both practitioner and client to move towards physiological safety and regulation. See full bio here

Gareth Toner (MSc)  is an educator and bodyworker working for over 20 years in mainstream education settings supporting students to connect with the sensing, living body. As a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist (BCST) and Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) facilitator, Gareth’s approach embodies and conveys the complex principles of health in an accessible, compassionate and simple way. He received his sport science degree from Manchester University, his Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and Masters in Exercise Physiology from University of Ulster, Belfast. He has a clinical practice in Northern Ireland and teaches both in Northern Ireland and internationally.


Elmfield Estate


£235 incl VAT


  • ~ Lunch and all refreshments
  • ~ Course manual
  • ~ 3 online follow up group supervision sessions
  • ~ Online resources including research papers, meditations, guided exercises
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09 - 10 Feb 2023


10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Elmfield Estate


Jane Shaw
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