ONLINE: Polyvagal Theory: Therapeutic Presence and The Relational Space Between Us

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Date(s) - Saturday 28th November, 2020
10:00 am - 3:30 pm


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Saturday 28th November 2020

Trainer: Tony Buckley

Venue: ONLINE and on CATCH-UP for 6 days

This workshop will be delivered ONLINE via YouTube. There will be live Q&A opportunities with our trainer Tony Buckley.

How It Will Work: Delegates will be sent all the details they need to attend this event online via email a few days before the event takes place. It is therefore vital that we have your correct email address. Please make a note of the email address you used to book your ticket as all correspondence will be sent to that email address. Please be aware that btinternet and btopenworld servers regularly reject our emails, often without providing a bounce back message to let us know. We would advise anyone with a btinternet or btopenworld email to provide an alternative email address for the purposes of attending this course.

On the day of the workshop you will be able to pause and return to the live streaming, and the content will stay online for 6 days after the event so you can carry on viewing. You do not need any special equipment to join this course online, other than an internet connection and a suitable device (computer, laptop, tablet, enabled TV or smartphone) on which you can watch material via YouTube. If you wish to take part in the on-the-day group chat you will need access to a keyboard (either an actual keyboard or via voice input).

All delegates will be supplied with a CPD Certificate. This will be sent automatically to all delegates within 10 days of the date of the conference.

Schedule: 10am to 3.30pm (approximately, eventual timings may differ slightly).

Course Fee:

£95 (standard ticket price before 11am on Thursday 26th November when bookings close – pick this ticket if you can afford to pay this, or if all the discounted tickets have been sold).

£80 (discounted ticket – pick this ticket if you are on a reduced income because of CoVid19, or you are a student counsellor/psychotherapist, or you are a newly qualified therapist (2019 or later graduation). Proof of student/graduate status will be required. Limited ticket numbers until 31st October only.


Payment is via Paypal (Paypal account is NOT required) or bank transfer only. We are NOT accepting payment by cheque at this time. Bookings must be paid for either via Paypal, Credit/debit card (via Paypal, no Paypal account required), or bank transfer. To pay by bank transfer pick OFFLINE payments in checkout, otherwise choose PAYPAL. ANY OFFLINE BOOKINGS MUST BE PAID FOR BY 11AM ON THURSDAY 26th NOVEMBER IN ORDER TO SECURE YOUR PLACE!

Course Description:

Polyvagal Theory is possibly one of the most exciting and innovative developments to impact the therapy world in the past 30 years. It was Stephen Porges in 1994 who proposed the theory which linked existing knowledge about the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) to the emergence of social behaviour. This workshop is BEYOND neuroscience, for learning about the Polyvagal Theory and how to work with it, especially in relation to trauma and/or affect regulation, has the potential to change the way we work as therapists. 

This is a training workshop designed especially for counsellors and therapists who would like to deepen their understanding and application of polyvagal theory within the therapeutic relationship.

In relation to the autonomic nervous system polyvagal theory outlines 3 hierarchical subsystems which evolved to respond adaptively to environmental (including relational) stimuli indicating features of safety, danger and life threat (Porges, 2011).  Participants will also learn about peripersonal neurons (Graziano, 2018), which monitor the boundary spaces around us. We will explore how both client and therapist react non-consciously to a variety of implicit relational cues which can stimulate behavioural responses through neuroception.

The workshop will invite exploration of concepts such as self /interactive, co-regulationattunement and therapeutic presence. Trainees can participate in a range of interactive exercises which closely examine the social engagement system but also interactive barriers which contribute to enactments and other ruptures within the relational field.

The overall emphasis will be on repair and the implicit establishment of greater levels of safety within the therapeutic relationship. Therapists will learn a range of practical skills for enhancing relationships with clients in the service of therapeutic goals.


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Early Bird - Polyvagal ONLINE
until 31/10/20
Standard Ticket - Polyvagal ONLINE
until 26/11/20

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