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Polyvagal Theory for Children
Digital Seminar
$149.99 USD
$74.99 USD
Product Details
Format:
Digital Seminar
Details:
Downloadable/Streaming MP4 Video and MP3 Audio with electronic manual and instructions.
Author:
DAFNA LENDER, LCSW
Publisher:
PESI Inc.
Copyright:
1/14/2021
CE Available:
No, CE credit is not available
Product Code:
POS057410
Objectives
  1. Evaluate the foundational principles and features of the Polyvagal Theory in order to elicit trust in the young clients you work with.
  2. Apply the features of the Polyvagal Theory to inform clinical treatment interventions for children.
  3. Determine the Social Engagement System and how the brain-face-heart connection evolved.
  4. Analyze when a child’s Social Engagement System is compromised by stress and trauma and help to reset it.
  5. Construct how a therapy session can be planned and carried out to maximize client safety, social engagement and regulation.
Outline

Polyvagal Theory – Application for Children

  • Foundational Principles and features
  • Applying Polyvagal Theory in Clinical Practice

Harnessing your Social Engagement System

  • How to Reset when Compromised by Stress and Trauma
  • Elicit Trust - Voice, Rhythm, Racial Expressions, Touch
    • Exercises that hone in on various vocal qualities
    • Create and maintain an open facial expression with defensive children
    • Strategies to incorporate safe touch

Playfulness and Paradox to Suspend Defensiveness

  • Surprise the brain of a defensive child with novel responses to:
    • Grab attention
    • Down-regulate sympathetic activation
    • Interrupt automatic defensiveness
    • Generate curiosity

Movement and Breathing Exercises to Create Connection

  • Ventral vagal activities for open and engaged state
    • Promote attachment behavior
  • Dorsal vagal activities to pendulate between arousal and relaxation
    • Rhythmic activities for maintaining regulation
    • Counteracting shut down, guarded or angry behavior (responses)
Author

DAFNA LENDER, LCSW

Dafna Lender, LCSW Serves as the program director at The Theraplay Institute in Evanston, IL and is certified as a practitioner, supervisor and trainer in both Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Dafna trains psychotherapists internationally in these methods and trains in three languages. She is also a supervisor and author in the field of treating attachment and trauma issues in children.

Dafna has spent her career focusing children’s development of a secure attachment with their caregivers while resolving issues in their traumatic history. Early in her career, Dafna worked in treatment foster care and witnessed child after child “fail” out of foster placements due to difficult behavior. Children were disruptive, unsettled and unhappy, and their caregivers felt defeated. Dafna’s sense of discouragement went away after taking the Theraplay training and learning direct, concrete ideas and interactions that she could apply in home with her treatment families to promote healthier, more hopeful relationships. Dafna has successfully treated children with a variety of backgrounds, including children raised in orphanages, with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, exposed to domestic violence and community violence and children of parents with chronic mental illness. Dafna has worked in the field of child welfare and child mental health for 20 + years.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dafna Lender has an employment relationship with The Theraplay Institute. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Dafna Lender has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Continuing Education Credits
CE Credit is not available for this product.
Audience
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • School Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals