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Understanding the Polyvagal Theory and It's Importance to Trauma

Total Credits: 2.5 including 2.5 APA Credit, 2.5 California Board of Registered Nurses, 2.5 California CLE, 2.5 California Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors

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Child Trauma - Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) |  Trauma in Clinical Settings |  *Area of Emphasis: Child Abuse
Julia Knach, MA
Course Levels:
2.5 Hours
Audio and Video
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The Polyvagal Theory, originally introduced by Stephen Porges, MD, has revolutionized the field of psychotherapy, particularly working with clients who have experienced trauma. The Polyvagal Theory has changed how we assess and treatment plan, but also how we understand the importance of the therapist’s way of being in the therapy space, not their doing. The theory provides the science behind the importance of the connection between the therapist and the child. Understanding the different systems and how each child switches through these systems helps guide a therapist in their response and play with children. This training will introduce The Polyvagal Theory and how to integrate this knowledge into your work with clients who have experienced trauma.

Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the function of the three branches of the autonomic nervous system based on the polyvagal theory
  2. Articulate the concept of neuroception of safety and how clients must take steps to create a felt-safe environment
  3. Explain how clients can use this knowledge at home to feel safe

Originally recorded at IVAT's 18th Hawai'i International Virtual Summit



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My Crossing Paths Counseling Center

Julia Knach, MA, is the Owner of My Crossing Paths Counseling Center, a private practice she started in January 2021. Julia was previously the Manager of Clinical Services at Baltimore Child Abuse Center (BCAC) and the Clinical Supervisor with Family and Children’s Services (FCS), supervising both Baltimore City and County. She works with all populations dealing with trauma and abuse. Prior to joining FCS, she worked at Hope Health Systems satellite office where she worked with families throughout Baltimore City that were dealing with both trauma and addictions. She is currently an adjunct professor at CCBC, teaching in the human service counseling department. She recently published her first book called Crossing Paths: The Intersection between Trauma and Addictions. She received her BA from Arcadia University in 2002. She is currently in school for her PsyD at California Southern University.