Ian Robertson, MSW, RSW
SickKids CCMH Learning Institute
Live webinar, August 16 and 18, 2021 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST
This webinar will explore the principles of the Polyvagal Theory along with features of the social engagement system and self-regulation. It will map out the nervous system and explain neuroception; detecting and evaluating risk. The facilitator will review the role of polyvagal theory in the treatment of trauma, along with the application and integration process of the Polyvagal Theory in clinical settings.
Learn effective and proven strategies and interventions that build client safety and connectedness. Explore the role of connection as a biological imperative and establishing compassionate connection. Understand how to mediate the disarming symptoms of trauma, PTSD, depression, autism, ADD, addictions and other mental health disorders. Understand how to create internal and external safety and develop ventral regulation through the breath and within the body.
This training is suitable for:
• Mental Health Professionals: psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, social workers.
• Medical Professionals: nurses, psychiatrists, pediatricians, family doctors.
• Direct Service Workers: Drop in workers, shelter and hostel workers, child and youth workers, youth justice workers.
Level of training: Intermediate/advanced
Client age category: For professionals who work with youth and adult clients (aged 12 years and up).
Description: This webinar will provide you with the principles of the Polyvagal Theory, the features of the social engagement system and how to apply this within your practice. You will learn effective and proven strategies and interventions that build client safety and connectedness, and how to mediate the disarming symptoms of trauma, PTSD, depression, autism, ADD, addictions and other mental health disorders.
• The role of polyvagal theory in the treatment of trauma
• Understanding the neurobiology of safety, danger, and life threat as adaptive responses
• Neuroception: Detecting and evaluating risk
• Understanding self-regulation and social engagement
• The role of connection as a biological imperative
• Applying and integrating Polyvagal Theory in clinical setting
• Mapping out the nervous system
• Establishing compassionate connection
• Creating internal and external safety
• Developing ventral regulation through the breath and within the body
About the Facilitator:
Ian Robertson is a clinical trainer in trauma, mental health, and addictions best practices throughout the province for several hospitals and community-based programs. Ian is also providing consultation and clinical supervision to therapists who operate in private practice and public agency settings. Ian worked for many years as the Regional Clinical Supervisor for Addictions and Mental Health at the Niagara Health System. He is certified as a Clinical Traumatologist, Compassion Fatigue Specialist and ARP, and Substance Abuse Counsellor. Ian has been a speaker at several international and national conferences. He currently provides trainings for organizations in the clinical areas of addictions, trauma, concurrent disorders, mental health, youth at risk, youth threat assessment, Motivational Interviewing, Organizational Trauma-informed Practices, Trauma and Mindfulness, Trauma and Addictions, Transference and Counter-Transference, and CBT for Frontline workers. Ian is Certification as an Advanced Clinical Supervisor from Smith College, School of Social Work in MA, USA and has a Master of Social Work from McMaster University. Ian also works as an organizational consultant for community-based organizations and hospital systems to establish high quality "Standards of Care" and effective service delivery approaches. Ian also owns and operates a private practice in Niagara.