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Using Polyvagal Theory to Conceptualize: An Attachment and Interpersonal Neurobiology Approach to Understanding Clients

When: Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Time: 4:30 – 7:30 pm

Where: Miller Room, Miller Education Center, 503 East Bell Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 (no virtual option)

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Shannon Black (LPC-MHSP-S) and Mara Giovanni (MSW, Martial Arts Master) have developed a model to help you conceptualize your cases, build coregulation, treat developmental and single episode trauma, AND add an innovative play element to your treatment menu.

-Now being used at Onsite.
-Now being used at residential treatment centers.
-Based on Bessel van der Kolk, Dan Siegel, Dan Brown, Stephen Porges, and Peter Levine
-Clients love this connective tool!


1. Exploring how to think about your clients and their issues from a “bottom up” approach;

2. Learning the mechanisms by which bilateral stimulation and vibration regulate the nervous system;

3. Practicing a technique you can use with almost any client at any time.

Shannon Black (LPC-MHSP-S)
Mara Giovanni (MSW, Martial Arts Instructor)

Continuing Education:
Participants will earn three (3) clock hours of continuing education.
The MTSU Professional Counseling Program is a National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP No. 4216), which allows all events to be approved to earn continuing education credits designed to meet requirements for professional licensure and/or certifications. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. As an ACEP, the MTSU Professional Counseling Program is solely responsible for programming, including the awarding of NBCC credit.
For questions, please contact Dr. Robin Lee at or by phone at 615-542-9330.