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Face-to-Face Training

POLYVAGAL THEORY & APPLICATION TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Interventions via the Autonomic Nervous System to Promote Safety, Healing, and Connection. (Melbourne)

Ari Badaines, PhD Clinical Psychologist, MAPS Psychotherapy
One full day
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Face-to-Face Training
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Melbourne, VIC
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Polyvagal, dorsal vagal, ventral vagal, ventral brake, collapse, ventral vagal anchors – are these terms ‘gobbledegook’ to you?  Even if you are familiar with these terms, what difference does it make to you, the therapist/counsellor and the person(s) sitting in your practice space? Well, it means a lot! By the end of this course, you will not only make sense of Polyvagal Theory (PVT) but be able to apply it to your practice. It is not intended to replace the models of therapy you practice, but to provide an underpinning provided by polyvagal science.

This training (based on the work of Stephen Porges and Deb Dana) offers a new conceptualization of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and the three significant autonomic states. The workshop covers the relevant theory and function of the Polyvagal system and its relationship to co-regulation and connection, safety and danger. Once we have covered how the polyvagal system operates and influences our emotional states, the remainder of the training day focuses on practical application of the system with specific techniques to help clients safely tune back into their autonomic states and reconfigure their ANS. Learning polyvagal techniques is both cognitive and experiential and effective work with clients depends on our ability to be acquainted with our own autonomic patterns so that we can be a co-regulating support for out clients. You will have opportunities to experience your autonomic states, and learn how to help your clients connect with and resolve old autonomic patterns that keep them stuck.


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Ari Badaines, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who trained in the United States. In 1980 he obtained a post-doctoral fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, DC where he studied Group Therapy, Family and Couple Therapy. Later, he undertook further training at the Institute for Family Therapy in London.  Ari has been a consultant to numerous organisations including Relate in the UK, Richmond Fellowship and Youth-in-Search in Australia. He has taught at various universities in the USA, UK, and Australia. He was twice a keynote speaker for the annual conference of Marriage Guidance Counsellors (now Relationships) in the UK.  In 2015, Ari led a two-day workshop for the Psychological Society of Ireland on ‘Action Techniques with Individuals and Couples’ which was so positively received that he has been invited back each year since to present on couples and family therapy. He is renowned as an engaging and popular presenter for PDP and for several European organisations. He has been in private practice for over 45 years, and has led workshops in over twenty countries on group therapy, couple and family therapy, and a variety of trainings on individual therapy including Gestalt therapy, Psychodrama, Solution-focused brief therapy, and Action-Methods.

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Program Information

Event Schedule

Morning Session
  9:00am - 12:30pm (includes 15 minute break at 10:30am)

Lunch Break
  12:30pm - 1:00pm

Afternoon Session
  1:00pm - 4:30pm (includes 15 minute break at 2:45pm)

Registration Details

Face-to-Face registration
Fee:  $249
         $29 to purchase and keep the recording of this event. 

  • Tea and coffee are included and food may be purchased from the many surrounding cafes or you can order a fresh lunch as part of your registration.
  • You will need to sign in on arrival to be eligible for an Attendance Certificate. 
  • Your attendance certificate for 7 hours of face-to-face, active training can be retrieved on completion of your evaluation via your login account.
  • A soft (digital) copy of notes and resources will be available in your account indefinitely and you may also purchase a hard (print copy) as part of your registration.
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to attend this face-to-face event on the day, your registration will be transferred into the live interactive webcast of this event with three month's access to the recording. 

We operate from registered Covid-Safe venues and are committed to your safety. 
Our operations and procedures are continually updated to ensure we comply with all relevant health orders. 
We will communicate any changes to health orders to you as soon as they are available to us. 
We ask for and appreciate your cooperation in complying with the orders.

In the interests of everyone's safety, we ask that you notify our team if you are unable to comply with the current orders. We can then offer you a transfer to an option to ensure you are can complete your training. 


Learning Objectives:

  1. A clear and concise understanding of polyvagal theory and in particular the role of vagal nerve.
  2. How using polyvagal theory enables a sense of safety and reconnection in your clients.
  3. Practical application of this theory translated into very specific techniques to help our clients feel safer, self-regulate, and reconnect to themselves and you, the therapist, and then others.
  4. Experience these interventions yourself before applying them to your clinical practice

"By participating in this workshop – you will be able to offer something purposeful and potent to clients stuck in ‘unsafety’ and fear. And, I will endeavor to make it a maximum learning experience in a fun and safe context.”   Dr Ari Badaines

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Understanding the latest research on the impacts of trauma on the nervous system.
  • Use knowledge about how the human nervous system works to regulate arousal.
  • Respond effectively when emotions arise in the course of your work.


Morning Session (includes a short break)

  • Presentation of the Polyvagal System and its influence on safety, danger, reconnection.
  • Applications to your clients - both inside and outside the therapy setting. Experiential exercises.

Afternoon Session (includes a short break)

  • Introduction and demonstration of specific techniques followed by participants’ practicing them.
  • Questions and discussion after each practice session.

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Social Workers and Psychiatrists

Venue information

This Accor hotel has a fully implemented plan attending to the health and safety of all venue attendees.
You will be required to abide by the safety  measures current at the time and in line with public health orders. These will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
In the interest of everone's safety, the venue and PDP reserve the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow the current COVID safety plans. 

This venue offers wheelchair access from the street level. 

Conveniently located right by several bus routes and a 7-minute walk to Parliament Station.

Links to reasonable early-bird parking close to the venue:

All day tea, coffee and water are provided.
If you have pre-purchased lunch, hotel staff will have you selection ready for you.
The venue has a restaurant and is surrounded by cafes and restaurants should you choose to eat out.
Please note that lunch bought from outside providers cannot be eaten in the hotel.


The seminar venue is the Mantra on Russell Hotel which offers a discount on accommodation for the PDP community. Please quote the code RUSSELL2021

Quest on Lonsdale is a 6 minute walk from the venue.
Hotel Grand Chancellor is a 2 minute walk from the venue.



222 Russell Street, 222 Russell Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
+61 1300 092 872

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