"Integrating Polyvagal Theory Into Practice"

  • Friday, March 18, 2022
  • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM


  • If you are a current Bachelors or Masters-level student, and a member of MHCCF, you may register for this educational training under this category. MHCCF Student membership DOES NOT apply to Doctoral students who have completed their Masters degrees. Students are not applicable to receive CEUs, and if you are seeking CEU credit, you must update your membership-level to the appropriate status prior to registering for a MHCCF training. Thank you!

Program Information: 

Title: Integrating Polyvagal Theory Into Practice

Presenter: Dr. Samuel Sanabria, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC, CST

Date: March 18, 2022

Live Event: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

(Announcements, virtual networking) 9:00 - 9:30 am

(Presentation) 9:30 - 10:30 am

*Your Zoom Link will be sent out at 8:30 am on the day of the event.*

Presentation Summary:

The past several years has seen the emergence of interpersonal neurobiology to the forefront of the mental health professions. However, counselor training programs have neglected to include even the basic neuroscience learning in the curriculum. This presentation will focus on introducing Porges' Polyvagal theory as it is related to automatic threat response systems. Attendees will be able to enhance their counseling and diagnostic skills through understanding this theory.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will become familiar with current threat response systems through Polyvagal theory. 

  2. Participants will gain understanding of the importance of knowing brain development and plasticity as well as basic neurobiology to better address clients’ needs. 

  3. Participants will develop an integrative therapeutic framework using Polyvagal theory. 

Speaker Bio:  Dr. Samuel Sanabria, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC, CST is a professor of counseling at Rollins College and specializes in multicultural, social justice and sexuality issues in counseling with a focus on neurobiological trauma responses. He currently teaches a course on neuroscience for counseling and psychotherapy.   

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