Polyvagal Theory and EMDR:

Unlock the power of the nervous system

Do you feel confused about Polyvagal Theory and how to apply it to clinical practice?

Do you want to know how to integrate Polyvagal Theory into EMDR therapy?

Wanting to feel more confidence with your EMDR practice?

Join EMDR and Polyvagal Theory expert, Rebecca Kase for this advanced EMDR workshop. Author of Polyvagal informed EMDR: A neuro-informed approach to healing (2023), Rebecca literally wrote the book on how to integrate Polyvagal into the 8 phases of EMDR. Get an in-depth understanding of Polyvagal Theory and explore its many applications to EMDR therapy. 

LIVE: July 13-14th, 2023  |   9am-3pm MTN  | Available on-Demand after

This course will be recorded live on July 13-14th, 2023.

Course Details

This course is for any EMDR therapist who wants to take their clinical work to a new level. If you’re in love with Polyvagal Theory, or are looking for a place to learn this model, this course is for you! We will review the basic principles of Polyvagal Theory and how to apply this knowledge to case conceptualization and treatment planning. We will review the power of the social engagement system and its role in therapy and EMDR-focused work. The concept of therapeutic presence will be explored and its clinical relevance to the counseling process. We will learn how to “warm up” EMDR therapy and why putting greater emphasis on the interpersonal relationship is key. You will learn several concrete Polyvagal informed interventions to prepare your clients for memory reprocessing. Participants will learn Rebecca Kase’s Preparation Hierarchy model, which offers a clear road map for identifying skills needed for reprocessing and determining client readiness for desensitization. We will review the many overlaps of Polyvagal Theory and AIP, and how to integrate this model throughout the 8 phases of EMDR therapy.

This innovative and creative course will leave you feeling supercharged with new and inspiring information. You’ll walk away with a number of concrete skills to integrate theory into practice, and help your clients heal!



DAY 1:

  • 9-9:10  Introductions and Course Orientation
  • 9:10-10 Why Polyvagal informed EMDR and what is neuro-informed counseling?
  • 10-10:05  Break
  • 10:05-11  The autonomic nervous system and why it applies to EMDR therapy.
  • 11-11:10  Break
  • 11:10-12  Polyvagal Theory Foundations- the 3 circuits, neuroception, & how to tame your dragon.
  • 12-12:30  Lunch
  • 12:30-12:45 Q&A
  • 12:45-1:15  the vagal brake, vagal tone, and the role of resiliency
  • 1:15-1:45  The Social Engagement System and how it applies to therapy.
  • 1:45-1:55  Break
  • 1:55-2:45  Therapeutic Presence, how to warm up EMDR therapy, and cues of presence
  • 2:45-3  Q& A

DAY 2:

  • 9-9:10  Q&A
  • 9:10-10  PVT & AIP
  • 10-10:50  Break
  • 10:05-10:45  Phase 1 Safety & Case Conceptualization; why safety comes first, when to create an EMDR treatment plan, and the nervous system as the pace setter of treatment
  • 10:45-11 Phase 2 Preparation and the Preparation Hierarchy
  • 11-11:10  Break
  • 11:10-12 Preparation skills, scripts and techniques
  • 12-12:30  Lunch
  • 12:30-12:40  Q&A
  • 12:40-1  Phase 3 Assessment- understanding the intersection of Polyvagal Theory in Phase 3
  • 1-1:45 Phase 4 Desensitization- tracking states, anchoring techniques, and Polyvagal informed interweaves
  • 1:45-1:55  Break
  • 1:55-2:15 Phases 5 & 6 through the lens of Polyvagal Theory
  • 2:15-2:30 Pase 7 Closure techniques and intentions
  • 2:30-2:45  Phase 8 Re-Evaluation though the lense of Polyvagal Theory; creating flexibility in treatment
  • 2:45-3  Wrap up and final Q&A


This course is available for viewing through the Kase & CO learning platform.

If you register before the live recording date, you may attend the live, interactive webinar. Instructions for attending the live, interactive webinar are found in your learner account. You will have access to the on-demand, asynchronous course for 1 year from the live date.

Registrations after the live date, may view this course on-demand, asynchronously for 1 year from your registration date.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe at least two core premises of Polyvagal Theory.
  • Analyze the three circuits of the autonomic nervous system, and describe correlated physical and psychological symptoms for each circuit. 
  • Explain how the social engagement system is influenced by autonomic defenses.
  • Assess commonalities between Polyvagal Theory and AIP, and describe how to apply these theoretical models to case conceptualization. 
  • Describe at least two premises of the social engagement system, and how those premises relate to the client-therapist relationship.
  • List at least two of the four domains of the Preparation Hierarchy, along with corresponding interventions.
  • Analyze the components of the Phase 3 Assessment EMDR protocol through the lens of Polyvagal Theory.
  • List at least two Polyvagal informed interweaves. 
  • Explain how Polyvagal Theory relate to phases 5 & 6 of EMDR reprocessing.
  • Explain the role of Polyvagal Theory in Phase 7 closure, and at least 2 techniques to close an EMDR reprocessing session. 


Fee: $300

Payment is accepted via credit or debit card.

About Your Trainer, Rebecca Kase

Kase & CO Founder Rebecca Kase is recognized as one of the foremost EMDR trainers in the U.S. She is an LCSW, professional EMDR consultant and trainer, registered yoga teacher, and author of Polyvagal Informed EMDR: A Neuro-Informed Approach to Healing (2023). Rebecca has been practicing in the field of trauma counseling since 2006. She’s an expert in working with complex trauma and dissociation and has practiced in both nonprofit and private practice settings. In her own therapy practice, Rebecca incorporates yoga therapy, ego states, somatic approaches, Polyvagal Theory and EMDR into her work with clients, which includes veterans and adults with Complex PTSD. Rebecca is known as a skillful, clear and enthusiastic teacher. She’ll keep you engaged and make you giggle, even in an online trauma training course!

Polyvagal-Informed EMDR by Rebecca Kase

While this book is not a required reading for the course it is a recommended resource.

Linking two cutting-edge approaches to form a robust healing model.

This is the first book to treat these topics together: assessing complex material and presenting it in an approachable, engaging manner.

Polyvagal Theory and EMDR are two well-respected theoretical and practical models with immense implications for therapeutic practice. Polyvagal-Informed EMDR outlines a comprehensive approach for integrating Polyvagal Theory into EMDR Therapy. Individually, each model offers powerful pathways to healing. Combined, these models supercharge therapy and the recovery process.


Additional Information


To register for this course, you must have completed Parts 1 and 2 of EMDR Basic Training.

Continuing Education

10 CEs are available upon completion of all course material.

Kase & CO is an approved continuing education provider. NBCC and EMDRIA CEs are available for this course. 

Participants must complete the full training to receive credit.

Course Completion

To receive a CE certificate, participants must complete the entire course, complete the post-test with a score of 80% or above, and complete the course evaluation. Once completed, a CE certificate will be auto-populated to your online account. 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations requested more than 48 hours prior to the live training are eligible for a refund, minus a $20 administrative fee. Cancellation requests can be submitted via email to admin@kaseandco.com. Refunds are not available for cancellations requested after the recorded video is available on-demand.

Course Approvals

NBCC Approved Provider

Kase & CO has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7033. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Kase & CO is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


EMDRIA Approved Course

Kase & CO is an EMDRIA Approved Training Provider. Kase & CO Courses are individually approved. CE Certificate will contain course approval number.

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