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The Rhythm of Regulation - Polyvagal Theory with Deb Dana

Simon d'Orsogna MA, Clinical Trainer and Psychotherapist

Monday, 11 May 2020 at 9:00 am - Friday, 15 May 2020 at 5:00 pm (AEST)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price * Fee Quantity
Application (Deposit) 11-15th May
DEPOSIT PAYMENT ONLY - DIFFERENCE WILL BE INVOICED. Workshop runs Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. 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 organizer. Ticketing includes workshop and materials, lunches, plus morning and afternoon tea as well as an evening Gala buffet. There is an optional night of conscious dance-movement included. NOTE 1: Accommodation can be arranged onsite using the ACCOMMODATION FORM for discounted stays, as sent with acceptance email. NOTE 2 The application fee includes GST but not the ticketing fees.
10/05/2020 $750.00 $42.34
Application (Deposit) 18th-22nd May
DEPOSIT PAYMENT ONLY - DIFFERENCE WILL BE INVOICED. Workshop runs Mon-Thurs 830am-530pm & Fri 830am-1230pm. 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. Consideration is by date order and acceptance to the program is entirely at the discretion of the trainer and organizer. Ticketing includes workshop and materials, lunches, plus morning and afternoon tea as well as an evening Gala buffet. There is an optional night of conscious dance-movement included. NOTE 1: Accommodation can be arranged onsite using the ACCOMMODATION FORM for discounted stays, as sent with acceptance email. NOTE 2 The application fee includes GST but not the ticketing fees.
10/05/2020 $750.00 $42.34
* Prices include GST

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Event Details

In this inaugural Australian workshop series participants will learn the basics of Polyvagal Theory, and through experiential practices bring the power of co-regulation directly into their clinical work. Each week covers the same material in 30 hours. A followup 3 day Deepening workshop will be offered to those who have completed either week here, proposed currently for early 2021.


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.


These two 5 day (30 hours) workshops will introduce Polyvagal Theory as a practical application. The same material is covered in each workshop, come to either in order to attend the Deepening workshop later in 2020 and 2021. 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. 


We will experiment with:

  • multiple ways to map autonomic responses
  • practical ways to help clients identify and interrupt their familiar response patterns
  • skills to safely explore patterns of action, disconnection, and engagement
  • techniques to build autonomic regulation and resilience
  • strategies to shape the autonomic nervous systems toward safety and connection

Become fluent in the language of Polyvagal Theory and return to your clinical work with practices designed to reliably help your clients re-shape their systems and re-write the stories that are carried in their autonomic pathways.


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. Out of 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.     



US-based Rhythm Of Regulation Trainer Deb Dana will offer this large group experiential-learning event twice in Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland over the course of two weeks, May 11-15th, and May 18-22nd 2020. 

Each week covers the same material in 30 hours. A followup 3 day Deepening workshop is proposed currently for August 2020 and 2021, and will be offered to those who have completed either week here.

General Workshop Fees


2 x 30 hour workshops available in consecutive weeks in May 2020  - place your application early in this inaugural Australian event!


NB - the same material is covered in each workshop: choose one week




Workshop #1 - 11-15th May 2020
(30 hours over 5 days) 
Monday-Friday - 
9:00am - 5:00pm 



Workshop #2 - 18-22nd May 2020
(30 hours over 4.5 days) 
Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 5:30pm & 
Friday 22nd 8:30 - 12:30 *** note early finishing time ***






Earlybird ticketing

till 1st of March 2020 or limited tickets sold out
($750 deposit for application plus invoice on acceptance) 



 General ticketing 


($750 deposit for application plus invoice 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.  




See Deb's 30min introduction to PVT (starts at 2:30)



The autonomic nervous system is at the heart of daily living, powerfully shaping experiences of safety and influencing the capacity for connection.  Operating outside of conscious awareness, autonomic circuits assess safety and initiate actions to help us navigate the challenges of daily living.  Guided by the principles of Polyvagal Theory, we have a deep understanding of the body-brain pathways that lead to healing.  With an updated map of the autonomic circuits that underlie behaviors and beliefs, we can reliably lead our clients out of adaptive survival responses into the autonomically regulated state of safety that is necessary for successful treatment.

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. However a discounted rate has been negotiated for course participants, for both rooms and apartments at the venue. These can be booked via a supplied booking form (subject to availability) which will be sent to you once your course application is accepted. Please note that 2 and 3 bedroom apartments with full kitchens are available at Mantra, and provide an even more economical way for peers and friends to travel and learn together. 


There is plenty of accommodation and alternate options available through local letting agents and online. 


Each day's lunch, morning & afternoon tea is included in the fee, in addition to one evening's Gala buffet meal - each week's dates to be confirmed closer to time.


Each workshop week there is an optional evening of conscious dance (Open Floor) a dance/meditation practice where there are no steps to learn and no right way or wrong way - just clear guidance from the trained facilitator in a low-lit welcoming environment. The invitation is to come as you are and join others doing the same, dancing freely, following your feet and your body; discovering the power of embodiment. No experience is necessary. More here


Daily structure 

10:30 - 10:55am   Morning tea 
1:00 - 2:30pm       Lunch  
3:45 - 4:00pm       Afternoon tea (usually working break)



VENUE - Mantra Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Training will run at the Mantra hotel and conference venue. 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. 

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.


Venue & Environ details

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.

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



  • 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.





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Terms and conditions


Participants need to be familiar with the terms and conditions on this page. Applying to and attending this event confirms both understanding and abiding these as below.


  1. Safety is a basic and necessary requirement for learning. The organiser presumes participants have a mature level of interpersonal competency, good communication skills, a working knowledge of counselling frameworks, and sufficient self-regulation skills to manage their own needs while attending the course.

  2. Any abuse, discrimination, rudeness or disrespect for any reason of anyone in the training by a participant is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.  The safety of all trainers, assisting staff and participants are paramount at all times. If a participant at a training event is not able to: manage and regulate themselves adequately or they pose excessive distraction; are rude or otherwise disrespectful to the trainer, staff or any other participant; or are preventing the trainer adequately teaching the course because of their behaviour; the organizer reserves the right to immediately discontinue that participant’s right to participate in the remainder of the training and they will be asked to leave immediately.
    These trainings DO NOT provide basic training in trauma informed therapy or basic counselling skills.
  3. This training course include experiential exercises. Please take care of your own safety by taking up the option to “pass” at any point or leave the room as necessary, and to practice appropriate self-disclosure.
  4. Confidentiality of private material shared by any participant throughout the workshop is a core expectation in line with professional standards and ethical behaviour.
  5. We expect all participants have regular supervision and ready access to therapeutic support if they need it after the training for processing personal matters that may get brought up during course training exercises.
  6. All training course participants will need to provide the organizer with their contact details, including their email address. The organizer undertakes to keep a database of participants’ contact details and record their attendance at training events. This information is stored securely. Only with permission will contact details will be shared with others attending the same training, and specifically with the caveat to not be passed on to other parties, or used for purposes other than peer contact and practice. Participants should inform the course administrator/organiser’s assistant if they do not want to share contact details with other participants on the same training course.
  7. A deposit forms part the training fee, and will be required to secure a training place. The required deposit is non-refundable. In the case of withdraw ahead of the final 4 weeks any additional payments may be returned minus an administration fee at the organiser's discretion following a request in writing.
  8. The final payment should be paid by the date(s) specified in the relevant training brochure; the full fee will be required 4 weeks prior to the commencement of training. The full fee is non-refundable at this stage.
  9. The organizer reserves the right not to allocate places on training courses to participants who have not paid on time or made a prior alternative arrangement about payment of fees.
  10. Participants applying to do a level of training will need to commit to all training sessions at that particular level. If the minimum training hours are not completed for a level, then the full level must be repeated.  This protects the group formation, and the other participant's safety and learning.
  11. The organizer reserves the right to cancel a training course if deemed necessary. This would only happen as a last resort and in exceptional circumstances. Please note in case of cancellation we cannot reimburse any expenses you may have incurred, but we will reimburse the cost of travel insurance directly related to attending this workshop, on receipt of your insurance receipt. If you cannot attend, a qualified substitute may attend in your place, pending approval from the training team. Please take out your own comprehensive travel. medical, and accident insurances.
  12. Places on training courses will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, with some trainings having prerequisite qualifications. Acceptance into the workshop/training is entirely at the discretion of the organizer.  Participants are advised to book early to avoid disappointment. If a course is over-subscribed, we will operate a waiting list and also advise on any suitable alternative training events. Please join the email list for updates and announcements of trainings.
  13. If you have any special access needs or particular requirements, please contact us as soon as possible.
  14. Please note that venues and training dates are occasionally subject to change. Where a venue or date change is necessary, we will endeavour to contact participants using the contact details they have supplied.
  15. Participants can contact the organizer (  to apply for alternative payment arrangements (eg a series of part-payments) if this is needed.


Have questions about The Rhythm of Regulation - Polyvagal Theory with Deb Dana? 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, 11 May 2020 at 9:00 am - Friday, 15 May 2020 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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