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Polyvagal Theory: Safety and Centredness in Therapy

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Polyvagal theory is a theory about unconscious responses – making it especially relevant for hypnotherapists. Join us to learn more.

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This month Katina is going to be teaching on a subject that she has made a concerted, personal study of – the Polyvagal Theory, and how it applies to the therapeutic encounter.

The way we have traditionally understood the autonomic nervous system (ANS) to function is as a binary, antagonistic system, where we are either stimulated to action (as in the sympathetic nervous system ‘fight or fight’ response), or where we are calmed (the parasympathetic response – sometimes called the ‘rest and recover’ response ). Though we speak of these things conceptually, they have immediate biological consequences for us: the function of the ANS is to mediate various hormone cascades (eg, adrenaline, or serotonin) to produce physical outcomes that relate to our survival.

Polyvagal theory offers an expanded understanding of our autonomic nervous system. The ANS scans for cues of safety, danger and life threat without involving the thinking parts of our brain. An unconscious and automatic hierarchy of responses has evolved to respond to these cues, and these responses can become habituated in ways that do not serve people to live with safety and pleasure in life.

We can and do have a broader range of behavioural choices available to us – in the Polyvagal theory this is known as the social engagement response. We came into the world wired to connect with others, and in the pursuit of living life in ways where we can feel safe in our bodies, environment and connections with others and ourselves. William James, an American philosopher and psychologist said, “The greatest thing then, in all education, is to make our nervous system our ally as opposed to our enemy.”

Polyvagal theory is a theory about unconscious responses – the relevance for hypnotherapists is evident. Importantly, there are things we can do with and for our clients during the hypnotherapy session that integrate the new understandings of the ANS polyvagal theory has brought us so that we can help facilitate better, happier outcomes.

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David Kennedy School has been providing training in hypnosis since 1987. Originally, our teacher was David himself, and we are fortunate to have comprehensive Course materials based on his life's work to teach from.

 

Katina Gleeson is our new teacher, chosen by David to succeed him. Drawing from her own experience in private practice (Katina is a Mental Health-accredited Social Worker, and practices as a Clinical Hypnotherapist) she provides our workshops with dynamic reinterpretations of David's lectures. She also draws from her own practical experience as an educator, and she is currently engaged as a teacher of Diploma of Counselling with a major Australian RTO. 

 

We have always offered distance learning, supported by seminars and workshops. Our written, video and audio Study materials are being made available online and have been completely edited and re-imagined by Rachel Kennedy. Our workshops are in support of that training. 

 

Experiential learning makes for great study outcomes! We all have strengths to draw from, and any further education should enhance us and utilise any skills we already have. We actively encourage our students to use any learning they acquire for personal development. The more we work on ourselves, the better we can help others.

 

It’s our hope that students of hypnosis develop an eclectic approach to their therapy, to draw from many sources, to seek and take advice from those with experience, and to learn from more than one teacher. This will help you serve your clients better.

 

WHY WE OFFER HYPNOSIS WORKSHOPS 

To facilitate the opportunity for hypnotherapists and students of hypnosis to share time with like-minded people, and to learn from other practitioners.

 

To provide a space where therapists and studetns can debrief, ask questions from experienced teachers, and share ideas with colleagues or fellow-students.

 

OUR AIMS AND INTENTIONS FOR OUR PROFESSION: 

To stay committed to, and encourage the teaching and practise of, traditional hypnotherapy as a modality of healing (and a profession) available to all who are called to it.

 

To nurture our professional community as a place of collaboration, support and encouragement, not competition.

 

To provide the opportunity for professionals and students to take part in group learning and sharing, free from unnecessary bureaucracy.

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