Tony Buckley - Polyvagal Theory

Saturday, 16 November 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

This is a training workshop designed especially for counsellors and therapists who would like to deepen their understanding and application of polyvagal theory within the therapeutic relationship. In relation to the autonomic nervous system polyvagal theory outlines 3 hierarchical subsystems which evolved to respond adaptively to environmental (including relational) features of safety, danger and life threat (Porges, 2011). Participants will learn about peripersonal neurons (Graziano, 2018), monitoring the space around us and how both client and therapist react non-consciously to a variety of implicit relational cues which can stimulate behavioural responses through neuroception. The workshop will invite exploration of concepts such as self /interactive regulation, attunement and therapeutic presence. Trainees can participate in a range of interactive exercises which closely examine the social engagement system but also interactive barriers which contribute to enactments and other ruptures within the relational field.

The overall emphasis will be on repair and the implicit establishment of greater levels of safety within the therapeutic relationship. Therapists will learn a range of practical skills for enhancing relationships with clients in the service of therapeutic goals.

Tony’s previous 25-year therapy career includes 6 years as manager of the counselling and trauma department for Transport for London, private practice, and managing counsellor’s in both a university setting and an adolescent counselling service within the voluntary sector. Originally Gestalt trained, Tony is also a qualified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist, consultant and is on the teaching faculty of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, established by Dr Pat Ogden and based in Colorado, USA. He holds a BA Hons degree in Counselling and a Diploma in Supervision and Certificate of Education. Tony teaches all 3 levels of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in UK, Ireland, Norway, Netherlands, Finland and Australia.Tony has an interest in somatic psychology, bodywork and the application of knowledge from the fields of neuroscience and psychobiology to trauma theory and treatment interventions. Tony also runs workshops for industry on stress, mental health and a range of well-being issues. Tony has co-written a chapter titled “Healing the Traumatized Organization” in the 2012 Wiley-Blackwell book called International Handbook of Workplace Trauma Support.