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: Aug 22-23, 2024     |   9am – 4:30pm MTN

Available for synchronous or asynchronous learning.

Download your free Understanding The Nervous System Guide here!

Created for you by Rebecca Kase to complement her EMDR Advanced Training: Polyvagal Theory & EMDR!

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

  • 9-9:15 Orientation to course and environment
  • 9:15-10 Overview of Polyvagal informed EMDR 
  • 10-10:05 Break
  • 10:05-11 The autonomic nervous system: mixed states, Phase 1 and clinical interventions
  • 11-11:10 Break
  • 11:10- 12:15 Neuroception, case conceptualization & clinical interventions
  • 12:15-1:15 lunch
  • 1:15-1:30 Q&A
  • 1:30-2:30 The vagal brake, vagal tone, and how to build vagal resiliency
  • 2:30-2:40 Break
  • 2:40-3:30 The social engagement system and the EMDR process
  • 3:30-3:35 Break
  • 3:35-4 Therapeutic presence
  • 4-4:15 PVT & AIP overview for Phase 1 and 2 work
  • 4:15-4:30 Q&A

Day 2

  • 9-9:30 Phase 1 Polyvagal informed case conceptualization: why safety comes first, how to track the nervous system to determine readiness
  • 9:30-10 Introduction to the Preparation Hierarchy
  • 10-10:05 Break
  • 10:05-11 The Preparation Hierarchy and aligned interventions
  • 11-11:10 Break
  • 11:10-12:15 PV-EMDR Treatment Planning & Phase 3 Assessment
  • 12:15-1:15 Lunch
  • 1:15-1:30 Q&A
  • 1:30-2:30 PV-EMDR Phase 4 Desensitization- tracking states, anchoring techniques, interweaves
  • 2:30-2:40 Break
  • 2:40-3 Phase 5 & 6 of PV-EMDR
  • 3-3:20 Phase 7 of PV-EMDR
  • 3:20-4 Phase 8 of PV-EMDR
  • 4-4:30 Q&A and course wrap up


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

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


Fee: $420

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

12 CEs are available upon completion of all course material.

Kase & CO is an approved continuing education provider. ACE, NBCC and EMDRIA CEs are available for this course.  This course is not approved for APA CEs.

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. You may retake the post-test as needed. Once completed, a CE certificate will auto-populate to your online account.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests must be received in writing at least 48 hours prior the live event. Requests can be sent to admin@kaseandco.com and are subject to a $20 administrative fee. Refunds are not available for on-demand courses.


ACE Approved Provider

Kase & CO, #1869, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 1/16/2024 – 1/16/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 10 total credits clinical continuing education credits.

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 Provider

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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