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The Rhythm of Regulation - Polyvagal Theory with Deb Dana - Foundation II - Mooloolaba Workshop

Simon d'Orsogna MA, Clinical Trainer and Psychotherapist

Monday, 9 August 2021 at 9:00 am - Friday, 13 August 2021 at 5:00 pm (AEST)

The Rhythm of Regulation - Polyvagal Theory with Deb...

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EARLYBIRD Application (Deposit only) 9th-13th August 2021
THIS IS AN EARLYBIRD TICKET DEPOSIT PAYMENT ONLY - AUD $2,450 FULL AMOUNT - DIFFERENCE WILL BE INVOICED. Places are held on submission of a suitable application, and on payment of the non-refundable $750 deposit. On acceptance of the application an invoice will be generated; full payment of the invoice confirms the place. Where the initial application is not accepted the deposit will be refunded in full. Consideration is by date order and acceptance to the program is entirely at the discretion of the trainer and organiser. Ticketing includes workshop and materials, lunches, plus morning and afternoon tea. This ticket includes GST but not the ticketing fee. Earlybird tickets are available only for a limited time, or until the limited tickets are sold out.
01/10/2020 $750.00 $42.34
* Prices include GST

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In this second part of the inaugural Australian Foundation workshop series, participants will learn the depth and breadth of Porge's Polyvagal Theory through  experiential practices to bring the power of co-regulation directly into their clinical work. This workshop will run in Mooloolaba, Queensland at the Mantra Conference Centre.



A Polyvagal theory-guided approach to therapy begins with helping clients map their autonomic profiles and track their moment to moment movement along the autonomic hierarchy. With this foundation, the essential clinical questions address how to help clients interrupt habitual response patterns and find safety in a state of engagement.



This Foundations II workshop will broaden and deepen your use of Polyvagal Theory as a practical application. For the first time, Australian practitioners and therapists will have a training to become a co-regulating resource and to offer concrete ways to help their clients find and savour experiences of safety. 



The ability to flexibly navigate the challenges of everyday life is a marker of well-being and is dependent on the autonomic nervous system. Clients come to treatment with a compromised ability to regulate their autonomic responses. The response patterns that were once adaptive and necessary for survival now bring suffering. When we look toward the autonomic nervous system we find the biological pathways to healing and a roadmap to creating new, resourcing patterns of connection. 


Engaging autonomic pathways in service of safety and connection is an essential ingredient in successful therapy. Building on the basic skills presented in Foundations I, this workshop dives deeper into the elements of Polyvagal informed practice supporting clinicians in embedding the principles of Polyvagal Theory in all aspects of their clinical work. Using individual and dyadic experiential work, role play, demonstrations, and clinical videos, this workshop will offer participants multiple experiences of Polyvagal informed practice and new ways to befriend, attend, and shape the nervous system. 



For further course information see here Foundations of Polyvagal Informed Practice Part I (30 hours online). The second level of Foundations Training (Part II ~ 30 hours/5 days) will run in 2021. The final Advanced Clinical Practice workshop  (30 hours/5 days) will complete this 90 hour course and is programmed to take place in 2022. 


Each workshop will be 30 hours/five day modules with work and consultation in between, and completing all 3 modules leads to a certificate as a Polyvagal Informed practitioner.




Deb Dana's work as a LCSW clinician, consultant, lecturer, and Coordinator of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute is focused on using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma and create ways of working that honor the role of the autonomic nervous system as we move through states of protection and connection in an ongoing quest for safety. 


From Stephen Porges's brilliant work developing Polyvagal Theory, a world-wide community of Polyvagal-informed people and systems is developing as we better understand the power of the autonomic nervous system to guide our movements and shape our stories.  




Deb and Simon offered a FREE WEBINAR on Sunday 5th April 2020  Register to see the FREE replay of this webinar at:  

Access Password: DDANA5AP20





In 2020, Deb will also be offering ONLINE TRAINING for Clinical Applications of Polyvagal Theory. This is set to run approximately every 3rd week on Saturdays from 9am to 3:30pm, from June 2020 - October 2020 online. See the 2020 ticketing page HERE for all information and tickets. 






EARLYBIRD TICKETING (limited number till sold out)

$2,450 (This amount includes a $750 deposit payable at application, plus an invoice for the remaining amount which will be sent on acceptance) 


GENERAL TICKETING (Becomes available after Earlybird sales conclude)  

$2,750 (This amount includes a $750 deposit payable at application, plus an invoice for the remaining amount which will be sent on acceptance)  


A number of reduced-fee places are available for those in financial hardship and those who work for government funded community and acute services. A number of bursary places are available for indigenous practitioners and those working primarily with indigenous communities.  Please note this request on the application form and we will follow up for further discussion depending on places available.  




The Australian Psychological Society advise that APS Members may accrue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours by participating in activities that they determine to be relevant to their specific professional approaches, and professional development goals. CPD activities do not need to be endorsed by the APS. A certificate of attendance will be available. 


See the APS Guidelines on continuing professional development (CPD), and 

Guidelines on continuing professional development (CPD) set down by the Psychology Registration Board of Australia.


See the Australian Psychological Society PD event calendar listing for the Rhythms of Regulation workshop here



For training and administrative details please read the Terms and Conditions down below. Application and ticket purchase confirms you have read and agreed to these T&C.




Once your application and deposit is accepted, you will be sent a confirmation email with options described in how to pay the remainder either in a single payment or with a workshop payment plan to confirm your place in this training. Instructions will be provided for participants wishing for a payment plan which is available in parts or equal monthly instalments, including the 5% administration fee. Payment by credit card carries an additional 3% bank fee charge. EFT payments incur no additional fees. 


Accommodation is not included in the workshop fee. Residential accommodation is available at the venue onsite using the Booking Request Form (sent with the ticket confirmation). Non-residential booking is available and plentiful - please find your own accommodation locally using the usual agents and online platforms. 


Each day's lunch, morning & afternoon tea is included in the fee.







 This Mooloolaba workshop will be held at the Mantra Mooloolaba Beach where participants come along each day.

Address: 7 Venning Street, Mooloolaba QLD

From Caloundra to Rainbow Beach and encompassing the chic coastal hamlets of Noosa and Mooloolaba, the Sunshine Coast offers a vibrant destination with easy access to the lush hinterland, innovative and award-winning restaurants, shopping and attractions.




Each day's lunch, morning & afternoon tea is included in the fee. In your application, you will be asked to select your dietary preference. Please note while we do try to cater for a variety of dietary requests, we will also suggest that those with particular and multiple preferences do look at self-catering to assure they are best covered.




Accommodation is not included in the workshop fee. Residential accommodation is available at the venue onsite using the Booking Request Form (sent with the ticket confirmation). Non-residential booking is available and plentiful - please find your own accommodation locally using the usual agents and online platforms. 

Mantra accommodation include apartments with kitchens, storage and self-catering options. There is a supermarket within 50 metres of the Mantra, a short toddle down Venning street. 

Reception hours: 24 hours

  • Check-in: after 2pm
  • Check-out: 10am latest




Brisbane International Airport is an easy 90 km drive and the Sunshine Coast Airport servicing domestic flights is just 12 km away.


  • Domestic Airport: Sunshine Coast, 18km (15-20 min by shuttle)
  • International Airport: Brisbane, 100km (70-90 min by shuttle)

Shuttle Bus (to/from either airport) -

Please do book ahead of time - youwill need your flight code, carrier, and time of arrival to confirm the booking.


Interested participants are invited to submit the above online form and non-refundable deposit via the green ORDER NOW button on this page above. Add your name to the waitlist if tickets are sold out. The training team will review and reply to you within 10 business days. If your application is not accepted your application deposit will be refunded to you within 14 days of decision. 



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Have questions about The Rhythm of Regulation - Polyvagal Theory with Deb Dana - Foundation II - Mooloolaba Workshop? Contact Simon d'Orsogna MA, Clinical Trainer and Psychotherapist

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Mantra Mooloolaba Beach
57-59 Esplanade
at Venning St
Mooloolaba, QLD 4557

Monday, 9 August 2021 at 9:00 am - Friday, 13 August 2021 at 5:00 pm (AEST)

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Simon d'Orsogna MA, Clinical Trainer and Psychotherapist


Simon d’Orsogna is an individual and family therapist, clinical trainer and facilitator based in Melbourne, with individual clients and supervisees across Australia and the globe. He provides psychotherapy, process consultancy, and adult developmental coaching. He specializes in treating depression and anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and assisting life transitions. 

He is the US Institute of IFS International partner, a Level 3 IFS practitioner with training specializations working with couples and working with survivors of trauma. Simon has facilitated and arranged more than 220 days of Internal Family Systems trainings and workshops since 2015, along with founding and leading trainings of Coherence Therapy, IFS and Poly Vagal informed Therapies in the region. He has presented at the US annual IFS Conference as well as in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and across Australia and New Zealand.

He completed his Clinical Masters in Systemic Family Therapy at Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University, and continues studying the late David Grove's unique therapeutic approach to 'Clean' language and space. He facilitates experiential learning events including Coherence Therapy workshops across Australia, and co-developed the four-part online training, "Theory and Practice of Coherence Therapy" with  Dr Niall Geoghegan. Additionally Simon is an Associate Instructor with the Coherence Psychology Institute, and a member of the Harvard Institute of Coaching Professional Association. He is a level 2 training candidate for Leslie Greenberg's EFT with the Australian Institute of Emotion Focused Therapy.

Simon is a certified Immunity to Change coach (Harvard Professors Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey's adult developmental approach to growth and transformation), and a member of the Focusing Institute (US). The ideas underpinning the effectiveness of these approaches align with the recent neuroscience learnings about memory reconsolidation and release from implicit emotional learnings.

Simon provides therapy and executive coaching from Melbourne, Australia to the world via the interwebs and from his rooms in Carlton.  Enquiries via mobile 0418 321 254 / +61 418 321 254  or websites 




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