Polyvagal Theory Basics: Considerations for Reflective Practice

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
8:00 am - 11:00 am AKDT (with an OPTIONAL informal lunch discussion facilitated by WA-AIMH following from 11am - noon AKDT)
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Video Conferencing
Cost Range
$75.00 to $100.00
Training costs $75 and CEUs are available for an additional $25

Host And Instructor

Washington Association of Infant Mental Health
Jacqui Van Horn, MPH, IMH-E®

Training Overview Description

Author and mental health therapist, Deb Dana refers to Polyvagal Theory as “the science of safety” (Dana, D., 2018). In order to engage in reflective practice, we need to feel safe enough to be socially engaged and connected to others. When we understand what helps us feel safe, and also be aware of when something might be interfering with our sense of safety, we are better able to make sense of why we do what we do, as well as why others might do what they do.

As professionals who support parents with infants and young children, our ability to engage in reflective practice will be enhanced through a basic understanding of key aspects of the Polyvagal Theory (Porges, S.W., 1995).

Who should attend this training?

Home visitors, early intervention professionals, mental health therapists, as well as reflective supervisors and consultants can practice more effectively with this information. If you are hoping to learn in-depth neuroanatomy related to the Polyvagal Theory this is NOT the webinar for you!

What can you expect?

This 3-hour live, interactive webinar will:

  • Explain some of the basic concepts included in the polyvagal theory; and
  • Highlight how these concepts apply to reflective practice in the infant and early childhood-family support fields; and
  • Provide opportunities to practice simple, practical strategies that can help us become more aware of our autonomic state; and move from states of mobilization or immobilization to a ventral vagal/socially engaged and connected state.

About your instructor

Jacqui Van Horn, MPH, IMH-E® provides reflective consultation and specialized IMH training to practitioners who work with infants, young children, and their families in a wide variety of work settings. She has worked for 40 years providing infant-family services, as well as training and consultation to families, practitioners, programs and systems in New Mexico, throughout the US, and internationally.

Competencies & Endorsement

This training will cover certain competencies required for Endorsement®. AK-AIMH administers the Endorsement® to recognize the attainment of professional competencies in working with children 0-3. For more information about Competencies® & Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health®, please visit AK-AIMH's website.

Event-specific Details

The Alaska Association of Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (AK-AIMH) has listed this training for the benefit of Alaska's professionals as part of our initiative Project Compass: Leading the Way to Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Workforce Development. Project Compass is funded by AK-AIMH members and donors, the Alaska Children's Trust, and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.

Registration Information

Visit the Washington Association for Infant Mental Health's registration form to register for this training opportunity.
Please email any questions to training@wa-aimh.org.