Integrating Porges’ Polyvagal theory into EMDR practice

Gunilla Klensmeden

Saturday 18 june 2016

15:00 - 16:00h at Amazon

Categories: Neurobiology, Techniques

Parallel session: Porges’ polyvagal theory

According to the Polyvagal Theory (Porges, 2011), a safe childhood environment is crucial for development of a balanced autonomic nervous system (homeostasis). In this workshop participants will learn how to use the polyvagal theory in their EMDR practice.

In the first phase, to understand the impact of dangerous and life-threatening childhood environments on the autonomic nervous system, and in the second phase to learn specific techniques aimed at helping the patient to feel safe in the therapy relationship, and to prepare the patient for reprocessing. In the third phase, participants will learn how to assess autonomic states (face expression, breathing etc.), and in the fourth phase learn ways to identify and handle over-activation (e.g., hyperarousal) of the autonomic nervous system. The techniques taught are specifically developed for personality disorders and complex trauma, but can be used in the treatment of most mental disorders. The overall objective is customization of treatment to increase effectiveness. Clinical implications of the polyvagal theory. The presentation will include case examples and demonstrations.


Learning objectives

1. Learn the basis of the autonomic nervous system and the polyvagal theory.

2. Learn how the polyvagal theory can be integrated into EMDR therapy

3. Learn specific techniques based on the polyvagal theory.

More information

  • Location(s)
  • plattegrond Amazon