Befriending your Nervous System: A practical workshop on working with Polyvagal Theory

Auckland - 15 September, 9.30am - 3.30pm
Online -  28 September, 9am - 12.30pm

Whilst both sessions cover the same overall topic, the online session is an introduction, as it is half the time as we recognise zoom fatigue and that roleplay and experiential application is not as possible.  Therefore the face to face session will be a deeper and more experiential workshop working more deeply with the models shared.


There can be no doubt that the world can be challenging, disruptive and uncertain.  The figures globally for stress and anxiety are the highest ever recorded and people are struggling to get access to therapeutic support. But not everyone needs high level mental health support. For some, learning to regulate their nervous system can change everything.

Polyvagal Theory was proposed by Stephen Porges over 25 years ago, and currently is hugely popular in coaching, counselling and therapy as a mechanism for deeper understanding of how our bodies react to triggers and stress.  Polyvagal Theory gives insight into how our nervous system, as a wise, adaptive intelligence, responds to keep us safe – and how some of those responses, while effective in the short term, can leave us with neural wiring that no longer serves us.

This one day, practical workshop will introduce the basic concept of Polyvagal Theory and will share with you:              

  • The 3 key neural hierarchical levels
  • The additional ‘blended states’, along with other adaptations that we use to navigate around our autonomic hierarchy
  • How to recognise where in the hierarchy you (and your clients) are
  • How to move flexibly across the autonomic states
  • The ‘Autonomic Ladder’ and ‘Autonomic Spacing’ models of application
  • How autonomic state links to deep held beliefs
  • How to map your (and your client) autonomic maps
  • How to create a plan to return to Ventral Vagal ‘Home’ under your own steam

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. 

Learning Outcomes

After completing the workshop you will be able to:

  • get a basic understanding of Polyvagal Theory
  • understand the polyvagal hierarchy: Ventral Vagal, Sympathetic and Dorsal Vagal
  • touch on the complexity and adaptability above and beyond the basic three stage hierarchy
  • apply and explore practical tools to map the polyvagal hierarchy
  • explore models from Stephen Porges / Deb Dana / Grant Soosalu
  • map the specifics of each state to enhance awareness and understanding
  • explore moving around the hierarchy purposefully
  • safely explore ‘hands on’ to get an integrated experience above and beyond a cognitive awareness of the theory.

Date & Time

This workshop will be held on:
Auckland - 15 September, 9.30am - 3.30pm
Online -  28 September, 9am - 12.30pm

Whilst both sessions cover the same overall topic, the online session is an introduction, as it is half the time as we recognise zoom fatigue and that roleplay and experiential application is not as possible.  Therefore the face to face session will be a deeper and more experiential workshop working more deeply with the models shared

Auckland

Thursday 15 September 2022

Venue
Parnell Hotel and Conference Centre
10 - 20 Gladstone Road
Parnell, 1052 Auckland 

Parking

Limited free carparking is available at the Hotel 


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 (no pre-existing knowledge is required).

Pricing & Registration

Auckland Workshop: 
Earlybird rate:  $355 pp incl GST (until 18 August)
Standard rate: $430 pp incl GST

Online Workshop:
Earlybird Rate: $195 pp incl GST (until 31 August)
Standard Rate: $270 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 confirming the booking and amount paid by credit card. A GST Tax Invoice showing your payment in full will also be emailed to you.

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by credit card) there will be a $25 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.

If you would like to reserve a place, as our workshops fill quickly, or have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Feona Horrex on 027 204 0425 or email feona@grow.co.nz.

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.

CONTACT FEONA


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

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