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2-Day: Polyvagal Theory for Embodied Trauma Recovery: Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) Certification Training

Arielle Schwartz, PhD, CCTP-II, E-RYT
Approx. 12 Hours
Nov 13, 2023
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Trauma recovery is as much about healing the body as it is the mind.

Yet, so often, the focus of healing involves retelling the story of the past without addressing the physiological imbalances that trauma leaves in its wake.

While you might recognize the value of bringing the body into trauma treatment, you might not know how to do this effectively.

Watch Arielle Schwartz, PhD, CCTP-II, E-RYT, international leading voice in the healing of PTSD and complex trauma, as she bridges the path of healing between the psyche and the body.

Grounded within the principles of polyvagal theory, affective neuroscience, and trauma-informed care, Dr. Schwartz will guide you through research-based somatic tools, yoga-based breath, movement, and awareness practices to reduce the burdens of trauma, anxiety, obsessive thinking, and feelings of hopelessness from your client’s body and mind!

As your clients feel empowered by these changes, you can more successfully help them to heal from the pain of the past.

Watch and learn:

  • Co-regulation strategies to resource client’s nervous system
  • Vagus nerve stimulation techniques to immediately regulate client’s nervous system
  • Mind-body strategies to safely prepare for deeper trauma recovery work
  • Bilateral stimulation techniques to connect the brain and body
  • Personalized embodiment and yoga-based practices to build resilience
  • Client’s internal systems to identify and overcome treatment barriers
  • And so much more!

When you complete this training, you’ll be immediately eligible to become a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)*....

Giving you the opportunity to stand out from the crowd and let clients and colleagues know that you’ve invested the time and effort needed to provide treatment at the highest level.

AND your first year of certification is FREE (a $99.99 value)!

Don’t miss this chance to intensify and expand your trauma treatment to help your client release trauma from their body and create an increased sense of freedom and possibility for the future!


  • No hidden fees – PESI pays for your application fee (a $99 value)*!
  • Simply complete this training and the post-event evaluation included in this training, and your application to be a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional through Evergreen Certifications is complete.*

Attendees will receive documentation of CCTP designation from Evergreen Certifications 4 to 6 weeks following completion.

*Professional standards apply. Visit for professional requirements.


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All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


Arielle Schwartz, PhD, CCTP-II, E-RYT's Profile

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Arielle Schwartz, PhD, CCTP-II, E-RYT, is a clinical psychologist, internationally sought-out teacher, therapeutic yoga instructor, and leading voice in the healing of PTSD and complex trauma. She is the author of six books based upon her integrative, mind-body approach to trauma recovery: The Complex PTSD Workbook; The Post Traumatic Growth Guidebook; A Practical Guide to Complex PTSD; EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology; The Complex PTSD Treatment Manual, and Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery. Her unique blend of spirituality and science can be found in her writings, guided trauma recovery programs, and applied Polyvagal Theory in yoga for trauma recovery.

Dr. Schwartz is an accomplished teacher who guides therapists in the application of EMDR, somatic psychology, parts work therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions for the treatment of trauma and complex trauma. She has a succinct way of speaking about very complex topics. She is a longtime meditation and yoga practitioner with a passion for the outdoors; all of which she incorporates into her work as founder of the Center for Resilience Informed Therapy in Boulder, Colorado where she maintains a private practice providing psychotherapy, supervision, and consultation. Dr. Schwartz believes that the journey of trauma recovery is an awakening of the spiritual heart. Discover more at


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Arielle Schwartz maintains a private practice and is a trainer with Advanced EMDR Therapy Trainings. She receives royalties as a published author and receives compensation as an international presenter. Dr. Schwartz is a paid consultant for Evergreen Certifications. She receives speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Arielle Schwartz is a member of the American Psychological Association, EMDRIA, Colorado Association of Psychotherapists, and the Yoga Alliance.

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  1. Understand the relationship between stress, trauma, and your health.
  2. Apply polyvagal theory within therapy.
  3. Assess Neuroception of safety and threat.
  4. Discuss the tiered response to threat and hybrid nervous system states.
  5. Demonstrate grounding and orientating techniques that increase client’s resources.
  6. Recognize the benefits of co-regulation and the social engagement system.
  7. Learn about Heart Rate Variability (HRV) as related to stress management.
  8. Demonstrate how to enhance health through natural vagus nerve stimulation.
  9. Explain “top-down” and “bottom-up” interventions.
  10. Apply tools to help clients expand their window of tolerance.
  11. Apply principles of somatic psychology into trauma recovery.
  12. Provide therapeutic yoga practices for your clients.


The Neuroscience of Trauma:
How trauma is held in the body and mind

  • When acute trauma turns into PTSD and the difference with complex PTSD
  • Early attachment wounds and the patterning of the nervous system
  • How transgenerational trauma, collective trauma, and epigenetics shapes the autonomic nervous system

Assessment and Differential Diagnosis:
Address co-morbidities in trauma treatment

  • How trauma might underlie other presenting diagnosis
  • Differentiation between bipolar, ADHD, major depressive disorder, personality disorders and trauma
  • How the autonomic nervous system shapes the health of our immune system

Applied Polyvagal Theory to Trauma Treatment:
Resource the client’s nervous system

  • Psychoeducation on how the nervous system is wired to keep us safe
  • Key assessment tools for the applied polyvagal theory model
  • Strategies for co-regulation as a biological imperative
  • Strategies for proximity awareness and relational resourcing

10 Natural Vagus Nerve Stimulation Techniques
Promote regulation, relaxation, and calmness in the body

  • Promote regulation, relaxation, and calmness in the body
  • Enhance the tone of the vagus nerve to improve health outcomes
  • How heart rate variability (HRV) is related to stress management
  • Ways to measure health of the autonomic nervous system
  • How fascia or the connective tissue matrix is essential for mind-body communications
  • Conscious breathing for stress reduction

An Embodied Path for Trauma Recovery
Apply somatic and body psychotherapy principles

  • Safely prepare clients for the deeper work of trauma recovery with mindbody resourcing strategies
  • Bilateral stimulation techniques for brain-body integration
  • Help a client safely work through traumatic material at a pace they can tolerate
  • Research, risks, and treatment limitations

Consider Client’s Internal Systems to Overcome Treatment Barriers

  • Navigate “resistant” parts of a client’s inner system
  • Attend to competing biological needs for closeness and separateness
  • Polyvagal perspectives on approachavoidance attachment dynamics
  • Work mindfully with rupture and repair cycles

Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery
Apply the principles of polyvagal theory with mind-body awareness

  • Intersection of neuroplasticity research applied to trauma treatment
  • Facilitate trauma sensitive mindfulness practices
  • Strategies for self-compassion and loving kindness
  • The science of neuroplasticity as applied to mindful mobilization
  • Trauma-informed meditation and yoga nidra practices
  • Empower growth post-trauma and help clients build resilience

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Art Therapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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