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Friday CE Series: Finding Safety & Connection Using Polyvagal Theory

  • Fri, December 08, 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • online via Zoom


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  • Members of SFCAMFT, RECAMFT, and East Bay CAMFT chapters are invited to participate in our session for free!

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Learn clinical applications of Polyvagal Theory to treat trauma, anxiety, depression & more.

Finding Safety & Connection Using Polyvagal Theory

Presented by Carly Clifford Bloom, LMFT

2 CEs available

Free for Marin CAMFT members and reciprocal chapter members!

Workshop Description

This training offers a foundation in Polyvagal Theory, coupled with experiential and practical applications that bring the theory to life within clinical practice. By integrating these principles, clinicians can assist their clients in discovering a new sense of self-regulation and fostering connections with themselves and the world around them.

Polyvagal theory is a neurobiological theory developed by Dr. Stephen Porges that helps us understand the role of the vagus nerve in regulating our physiological and emotional responses, particularly in the context of stress and social interactions. The theory is based on the idea that the vagus nerve, which is a major component of the autonomic nervous system, plays a central role in our responses to threats and social engagement.

This training will share the Polyvagal-informed model for therapy as introduced by Deb Dana, LCSW. This model lets therapists work from the level of the nervous system and personalize the approach to each client’s unique adaptive strategies for finding safety. With Polyvagal Theory, therapists have a language of the body that can help the client reshape their story, offering them a toolkit that they can reach for to transform their physical response, and a conceptual model that joins therapists' understanding of attachment and trauma with neurobiological science.

Educational Goals

This training will cover a conceptual and practical understanding of Polyvagal Theory that can be integrated into any psychotherapy practice or treatment modality. The course will present interventions that aim to increase the client's sense of safety and connection, which can strengthen the therapeutic relationship and lead to more positive outcomes in therapy.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  1. Define the three essential elements and the three organizing principles of Polyvagal theory.

  2. Describe the evolution of the nervous system and the autonomic states.
  3. Navigate themselves and others through the autonomic ladder, which will be utilized as a tool to find increased safety and connection for clients.
  4. Explain the vagal brake and describe an effective intervention for exercising it.
  5. Utilize Polyvagal theory and its concepts to identify how racism and discrimination interferes with adaptive regulation of the nervous system.


    Carly Clifford BloomCarly Clifford Bloom, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in Kentfield, CA. In her initial career as a yoga instructor, Carly developed an appreciation for the therapeutic potential of the breath and its capacity to create stillness and connection in the mind and body. While pursuing a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology, Carly came to realize that the impact of trauma can severely impede an individual's ability to access that inner stillness, and furthermore, it could transform the body into an unsafe space. By acquiring an advanced training in EMDR (Eye-movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Carly was equipped with a powerful tool to help her clients confront their trauma and reduce the physical discomforts that often accompany it.

    Carly's breakthrough came after the Polyvagal Training with Deb Dana, LCSW. The principles of Polyvagal theory became a cornerstone of her practice, reshaping her clinical understanding as well as the lives of many clients. This cutting-edge theory provided her with a solid scientific foundation, enabling her to seamlessly integrate Attachment theory with EMDR and trauma research. This blend of insights has allowed Carly to craft a dynamic and effective approach to treatment that directly targets the root causes of prevalent clinical issues, such as depression, anxiety, substance use, relationship difficulties, and personality disorders.

    PLEASE NOTE: This event will be recorded. By registering for this event you are consenting to a recording being made which may include your voice and/or image. This recording may be available for review and downloading. By registering for this event, you are agreeing for your likeliness to possibly be used by Marin CAMFT.

    The Zoom link and password are provided in the registration confirmation email after sign-up is completed.

    Attendance at the live event in full and completion of the evaluation at the end qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education (2 CEUs).

    Date: Friday, December 8
    Time: 12 noon to 2 pm Pacific
    Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members and reciprocal members, $20 for non-members.
    Location:  Online via Zoom. Password and link sent upon registration.

    Additional Information about Marin CAMFT CE Programs

    For more information about the Friday Continuing Education Series or about joining the Marin CAMFT Continuing Education Committee, please contact our Director of Programs Norman Hering.

    • Continuing Education: This workshop meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and/or LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. These CEs will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CAMFT Provider # 56895), which is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. We regret that at this time we are not able to provide CE units for Licensed Psychologists. Participants must attend the full duration of the program (on Zoom, or in person, per event details above) and complete the course evaluation to receive the CE completion certificate. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Contact our Director of Programs at for more information.

    • Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.

    • Refund Policy: Our refund policy requires a $20 processing fee, therefore refunds are not available for this program, as the maximum purchase price is $20. We also do not provide refunds in case of non-attendance by the registrant.  Please contact our Director of Programs at with any questions.

    • Request for Accommodations: If you need accommodations for this event, please contact the Director of Programs at
    • Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the Director of Programs.

    • Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, creed, national origin, citizenship status, religion, age, ability, or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

    Continuing education credits are available for attendance in the Zoom presentation. You must stay on the Zoom meeting for the entirety of the training and complete the course evaluation afterward in order to receive a completion certificate. Because of the requirement to attend the training in full, if you attempt to log in to the Zoom late, after the training is already underway, you may not be admitted. Please log onto the event promptly at the listed start time.

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    (415) 459 3484

    Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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