FREE WEBINAR: Polyvagal Theory and ACT

A Discussion with Steven C. Hayes and Stephen Porges

CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Steven C. Hayes, PhD Co-founder of ACT, leader of contextual behavioral science, and renowned author
Stephen Porges, PhD Originator of Polyvagal Theory, researcher, and author

About This Course

For the first time, Dr. Steven C. Hayes, co-founder of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and Dr. Stephen Porges, developer of polyvagal theory (PVT), will sit down for a live online dialogue focusing on the intersection of their communities and schools of thought.

Through in-depth and open-hearted discussion, they’ll explore the similarities and differences of their approaches, and how they can complement each other in therapeutic work to help heal trauma, promote flexibility, nurture compassion, and encourage prosocial actions.

Moderated by Dr. Maarten Aalberse, this free online webinar is a collaborative production by Praxis and the Polyvagal Institute.

Join us for this exciting opportunity to hear from two brilliant scientists and leaders in rapidly growing fields as they build bridges between their distinct approaches and collaborate on how to cultivate deeper healing and prosperity in the lives of the people they serve.

Polyvagal Theory

PVT has provided exciting new insights into the way our autonomic nervous system unconsciously mediates social engagement, trust, and intimacy.

Through PVT, we can identify rapid and flexible responses to contextual cues of safety or danger using inherited behavior-patterns described as social engagement, mobilization (a.k.a. fight-or-flight), or immobilisation (aka shut-down) and explore how these responses are utilized as ways to either connect with others or protect oneself.

PVT has offered trauma and body-oriented therapists a perspective that enables more precise, attuned ways of responding to their clients' needs as well as methods that enhance co-regulation and self-regulation. See

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

ACT is a process-based approach to healing human suffering. In contrast to evidence-based therapy guided by syndromes and protocols, ACT focuses on observing, understanding, and transforming the processes that are the driving force of human suffering. ACT aims to work in conjunction with other psychological models to help people lead lives guided by their values.

With roots in Skinnerian Behaviorism and Eastern philosophies such as Buddhism, ACT relies heavily on mindfulness techniques: consciously bringing awareness to the here-and-now experience with openness, curiosity, and flexibility.

Used to treat everything from anxiety and depression to chronic pain and substance abuse, ACT provides a philosophy and set of techniques for helping clients open up to painful experiences and shift behaviors in the direction of their goals.


Session 1: May 24, 2021, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm EDT

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