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Understanding Anxiety: Polyvagal Theory Explained - 30 January 2019

Understanding Anxiety: Polyvagal Theory Explained - 30 January 2019
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Date: 2019/01/30
Price: R150.00

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Evening Talks at Bellavista School, JHB

Understanding Anxiety: Polyvagal Theory Explained

Natalie Solomon

HPCSA Awards 1 CEU (Level 1)


The Polyvagal Theory is the product of decades of research by Dr Stephen Porges. Through this lens we see the role of the autonomic nervous system as it shapes experiences of safety and affects our ability for connection. The theory replaces our old notions of how the sympathetic (fight/flight) and parasympathetic nervous systems (rest and digest) help to keep us calm, alert and safe. It provides a neurobiological framework for understanding the connection between the mind, body, and emotions. Polyvagal Theory gives therapists, teachers and parents a neurophysiological framework to consider the reasons why people act in the ways they do.


Through a polyvagal lens, we understand that actions are automatic and adaptive, generated by the autonomic nervous system well below the level of conscious awareness. This is not the brain making a cognitive choice. These are autonomic energies moving in patterns of protection. Polyvagal theory offers support in repatterning the ways the autonomic nervous systems operates when the drive to survive competes with the longing to connect with others. It provides a comprehensive approach to intervention by presenting ways to map autonomic responses and shape the autonomic nervous system for safety. Polyvagal Theory is “the science of safety—the science of feeling safe enough to fall in love with life and take the risks of living” (Dana, 2017). 


Place:  Bellavista School, 35 Wingfield Avenue, JHB

Date:  Wednesday 30 January 2019

Time:  19h00- 20h00

Cost:    R150.00 per person