Polyvagal Theory
A deeper dive - Part Two

Tuesday 19 November 2024
9am - 12.30pm
Online via Zoom

We advise registrants to have completed the Befriending Your Nervous System - Polyvagal Theory Part 1 first. 

 Have you explored the Theory behind Polyvagal Theory – and are you now looking for how to take that into practice?

You might be a coach, counsellor or therapist, looking to apply polyvagal in a therapeutic or mental health context  Or you might be a coach looking to assist people to regulate their state and step into flow and even greater performance.  You might even be a teacher curious about how polyvagal theory shows up in the classroom or a manager, leader, supervisor, wondering how to identify polyvagal responses in the workplace.

This workshop will explore what we see in practice in each of the autonomic states AND what we see when people are stuck in ONE state.  We will also explore some adaptations (fawn, feign, people pleasing) and we will discuss a range of interventions to assist people to create neurological flexibility, reinstating choice and control.

We know that if people do not feel safe, truly, deeply safe, they will close down: physically, emotionally, mentally, socially and spiritually.

This practical workshop will introduce approaches to a practical application of Polyvagal Theory and will share with you:   

  • How different neurological states show up in practice in contexts such as therapy, learning environments and workplaces

  • Common Trauma responses and impacts on autonomic state

  • What you might expect if someone is ‘stuck’ in one familiar response

  • How to safely explore with clients their reality to enhance their own understanding

  • How to work with the client to extend flexibility and control

Learning Outcomes

After completing the workshop you will be able to:

  • have a deeper understanding of Polyvagal Theory and how it shows up in practice

  • explore complexity and adaptability of autonomic responses

  • recognise common traumatic responses in terms of polyvagal reaction

  • recognise a range of autonomic reactions in different contexts

  • encourage safe neurological flexibility for yourself and others

  • consider applications in your own field of work

Who Should Attend?

The workshop is aimed at healthcare professionals, coaches, counsellors and therapists who want to begin to explore and work with polyvagal theory. 

Ideally you will have already done Part 1.  You must already know the basics of polyvagal as Part 2 will not be covering the basics like the Ladder – the three levels – neurocpetion / coregulation / hierarchy etc.

NOTE - If your organisation is interested in having Suzanne present face-face to your team as a private workshop, please contact feona@grow.co.nz for more information.

Date and Time

This workshop will be held on:
Online - 19 November, 9am - 12.30pm

Pricing & Registration process

Online Workshop:
Earlybird Rate: $215 pp incl GST (before 28 October)
Standard Rate: $298 pp incl GST

Registration process

Payment online is by debit or credit card (VISA, Mastercard or American Express) only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.  
Our registration platform is hosted by Lil Regie, our NZ based booking agent. Upon completing your registration by hitting the blue 'Confirm Booking' button, you will receive an automated email from Lil Regie confirming the booking and amount paid by credit card. This will appear on your statement as from LIL REGIE LTD WELLINGTON.  A GST Tax Invoice showing your payment in full will also be emailed to you.

Can't pay online and require an invoice?

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by debit or credit card) there will be a $25.00 inc GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply:

  • The full name and postal address required to appear on the invoice.

  • The contact name and email of the person(s) responsible for authorising this expense and approving payment.

  • Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.

Please email feona@grow.co.nz  if you would like to reserve a place, as our workshops fill quickly.

What Past Participants Said

  • I thoroughly enjoyed Suzanne as a speaker and educator.  She spoke from both her head and heart.

  • I used some of the practical tips the very next day with clients, felt great to be able to jump straight in.

  • It was informing, clearly presented and easy to understand.  I came away with improved skill base and helpful ideas to use in the therapy room.  A great presenter!

  • I enjoyed the mixture of theory and practical strategies and tools.  I like having research based ideas and suggestions that I could take into my practice immediately.

Cancellation Details

What happens if you have to cancel?
We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:
Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $20.00 inc GST per attendee service charge.
If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred. 
All cancellations must be received in writing (email). 
Training is cancellable by GROW with 3 days’ notice if a minimum number of attendees is not met and full refunds will be provided.
Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the workshop – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.
For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

Meet Dr Suzanne Henwood

Suzanne started her working life in healthcare – moving from being a practitioner in Diagnostic Imaging, to educator and to Associate Professor. She has 30+ years’ experience of teaching and training at an advanced level and is an NLP Coach and Trainer, a Mindfulness Facilitator, a Map of Meaning facilitator and an mBIT Master Coach and Master Trainer – one of only two people in the world to hold both titles. 

She is also trained in Polyvagal Informed Therapy, ACT, Havening, Heartmath, IDT (Interactive Drawing Therapy), Time Line Therapy,  Existential Coaching, Map of Meaning, The Emotional Culture Deck, Solution Focused Brief Therapy for severe stress and anxiety and Refocussing Counselling.  Suzanne works as a Neuroscience Based Coach and Counsellor, integrating her skills and working in am embodied way. 

She has authored numerous books, book chapters, magazine articles and writes regularly for Great Health Guide, Worldwide Coaching Magazine and Rapport.  Suzanne brings a down to earth, practical and pragmatic approach (along with a sense of humour!) to share her ongoing learning, her workshops are highly evaluated and in 2022 she was one of three finalists in a Global Award for Education and Training through ANLP. 


For further details, please contact:
e: feona@grow.co.nz
p: 027 204 0425

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