Polyvagal Teen®
Pre-Foundation Certificate

Practical Steps To Sharing The Polyvagal Framework With Young People, Adults & the Neurodivergent community. A program for counsellors, therapists, educators, teachers, SENCO, SEN Learning - wanting to integrate polyvagal skills in their practice effectively and with confidence.

Seven Module Online Self-Study complete in your own time

Practical Steps To Sharing The Polyvagal Framework With Young People, Adults & the Neurodivergent Community.

Unlock the Power of Polyvagal Principles for Therapists! 🌱

Polyvagal Teen® Self Paced 5 Hour Program.


Calling all counselors, school counselors, coaches, therapists, DBT therapists, Interpersonal Therapists, SENCOs, and SEN Learning counsellors! Are you ready to enhance your skills in de-escalation, foster stronger connections, and support the emotional growth of young people, adults, and the neurodivergent community?

We'll begin by introducing the importance of emotional regulation and activation states, using Polyvagal Principles as a basis for a common vocabulary.

We will then go on to explore the impact of stress on our nervous system and link behaviours to emotions, whilst learn stratergies and tools for resourcing.

Learning Outcomes - in this 3 module
workshop you will learn:

Polyvagal Theory 101 

  • Introduction 
  • What Is Polyvagal Theory? 
    • Dr Stephen Porges & Deb Dana 
    • The Science of Safety 
    • The Emotions Hierarchy 
    • The Mind Body Connection 
    • The Role Of Connectedness 
    • Embracing Co-Regulation 
    • Awareness of our Nervous System. 
  • Our Autonomic Nervous System 
    • What Does It Do? 
    • The Bridge Our Autonomic System 
    • Neuroplasticity – Shaping Emotions 
    • Stress Trauma & Childhood Experiences 
  • Polyvagal Foundation Principles 
    • Introduction Recap 
    • Neuroception 
    • Hierarchy 
    • Co-regulation 
  • Hierarchy In Depth 
    • Ventral Vagal 
    • Sympathetic 
    • Dorsal Vagal 
    • The Hierarchy Different Ways Of Representing. 

Creative tools to use to help make this theory accessible & put into practice:  The Window Of  Tolerance

The R.U.D Process

  • Recognise State, Story & Sensations 
  • Unravel & Understand 
  • Diffuse & Develop Strategies. 
  • Tracking States -The Teen Track 
  • Catching Glimmers
  • The Window Of Capacity.

Assessment Forms & Questionnaires. 

  • Body Perceptions Questionnaire – short form.
  • Neuroception of Psychological Safety. 
  • Body Brain Sensory Scales.
  • Create A Sensory Profile.

Intervention Programs & Resources 

  • The Alert Program 
  • Scent Based Integration 
  • Tactile Strategies For Integration 
  • Vestibular Regulation Integration 
  • Somatic Regulation Integration. 


  • The Role Of Interoception 
  • The Role Of Neuroception 
  • The Conditions That Support Learning
  • Working With Alexithymia  
  • Working With Emotional Regulation 
  • Working With The Inner Teen 

Who is this Program For?

For those Counsellors, Therapists, Social Care Professionals, Coaches Who ......

Discover the transformative power of Polyvagal Theory and gain practical insights to enhance your therapeutic approach. What to Expect:

✅ Gain deep insights into the inner workings of the nervous system and how it profoundly impacts well-being.

✅ Explore the art of utilizing micro-moments to effectively transform response patterns and cultivate meaningful connections.

✅ Discover powerful techniques to engage your body's natural pathways of connection, promoting increased social engagement and improved emotional regulation.

✅ Learn how to create an environment of safety and support by harnessing the innate power of the autonomic nervous system.

✅ Deepen your understanding of Polyvagal Theory and its direct applications in therapeutic settings.

✅ Learn how to effectively share this knowledge with your clients and students in an accessible and impactful manner.

✅ Explore the intricate relationship between sensory processing and emotional regulation.

✅ Acquire invaluable strategies for resourcing clients and students of all ages, empowering them on their journey of healing and growth.

Don't miss this exceptional opportunity to expand your therapeutic toolkit . Enroll in our workshop today and embark on a transformative journey towards enhanced therapeutic practice.


Are you a counselor seeking to enhance your therapeutic practice and empower your clients with the transformative knowledge of the Polyvagal Framework? Look no further! By completing our creative interventions program, you’ll gain the skills to effectively share the Polyvagal Framework with your clients and students in a language and structure that resonates with them.

What’s Included:

✅ Comprehensive worksheets and resources to support your clients on their journey.

✅ Step-by-step guidance on applying creative interventions to facilitate understanding and engagement.

✅ Accessible language and structure that makes the Polyvagal Framework relatable and easily digestible.

Polyvagal Teen®
Pre-Foundation Certificate

Practical Steps To Sharing The Polyvagal Framework With Young People, Families and The Neuro-Divergent Individual. - For counsellors, therapists, coaches working with adults & young people.

Your Trainer - Yasmin Shaheen-Zaffar

Yasmin is a qualified counsellor in private practice working with relationships, anger & trauma. She is the founder and creator of Polyvagal Teen®  resources, tools and programs. Making Polyvagal Theory accessible to young people, parents & caregivers. The Leeds regional ambassador for The Creative Counsellors Community and founder of World Let’s Stop Shouting Day. 

She states “My commitment is to create psychoeducation, resources and programs so we therapists, educators, parents & caregivers can help build  generations of young people that are friends with their nervous system. 

Yasmin is diagnosed with Dyslexia, ADHD & has Dyspraxia. Her resources, programs, tools & learning style keep the neurodivergent community at the forefront.

Recent Feedback of Training

(This has been re-tweaked based on feedback )

Learning Outcomes - in this 5 module
workshop you will learn:

  • Polyvagal 101 Recap
  • What is Polyvagal Theory
  • Polyvagal & The Vagus Nerve 
  • The Vagal Break 
  • What is Vagal Tone
  • Polyvagal Foundation Principles 
    • Neuroception 
    • The Hierarchy 
    • Safety & Connection 
    • Touchpoints & Catching Glimmers
  • Achieving Vagal Tone 
  • Online Quiz 
  • Module Length: 60 minutes 

  • Exploring the Pros & Cons of The Polyvagal Theory 
  • Polyvagal Is Pseudoscience 
  • Dr Paul Grossman 
  • The Criticisms 
  • Dr Stephen Porgeses Response 
  • What this means for the practitioner 
  • Does Polyvagal Theory de-pathologise mental health disorders? 
  • The DSM5 & Its Creation 
  • What is the answer?
  • A place for both? 
  • Exploring the DSM5 with clients 
  • Quiz 
  • Module Length: 60 minutes 



Working with Parents – How do we explain Polyvagal Theory To Parents & Caregivers in relation to family relationships. 

  • The Hierarchy
  • Neuroception
  • Co-Regulation
  • Polyvagal And Parenting
  • Tracking States
  • Grounding exercises for parents.
  • Parenting & Stress 
  • Addressing the parents inner child. 
  • Parental Healing & Attachment 
  • Module Length: 120 minutes 

Working With Young People – Using Polyvagal Theory in sessions to help young people to link behaviours to emotions & become aware of emotions.

  • The Neuroscience of the teenage brain
  • Keeping it simple
  • Using The Metaphor of a Teen Track
  • Using The Polyvagal Teen Cards Effectively – one to one & in groups. 
  • Tracking States & Sensations
  • Using the following 3 questions to explore
    • what gets me here?
    • what keeps me here
    • what gets me out of here?
  • Grounding exercises for young people.
  • Teen Life & Relationships
  • Teen Life & Education
  • Childhood & Attachment
  • What Is Trauma – a short overview. 
  • Module Length: 120 minutes 

How we can use  Polyvagal Theory to create connection in our practice: 

  • Different ways of working – online or face to face. 
  • The beginning – initial contact & assessment.
  • The therapy space.
  • Our engagement in sessions with our clients.
  • Creative Resources & Tools For The Polyvagal Framework. 
  • The Window Of  Capacity – The SMART Model  
  • Somatic Strategies.

Practitioner Burnout Using A Polyvagal Framework.

  • Recognising the signs 
  • Strategies & systems to minimise
  • Polyvagal Informed Embodied Mindfulness 
  • Creative Exercises for Practitioners for 
  • Module Length: 60 minutes 

Introduction to working with teens who have ADHD. 

  • Introduction to ADHD
  • A personal experience
  • Masking – What it can look like 
  • Sensory Processing Disorders & ADHD Overlap
  • How ADHD Effects Emotions
  • Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria
  • State Creates Story
  • Coping Strategies
  • Flexible Thinking 
  • Creative Interventions 
  • Strategies for Calm and Connection 
  • Module Length: 120 minutes 

How to enhance your online practice using the Polyvagal Framework. 

We will look specifically at working online – tools & resources to use to make the Polyvagal Framework engaging and relatable to your online clients. 

Program Format

Your Questions Answered

Research tells us that over 50% of adult mental illness begin in childhood.

Our vision through psychoeducation, resources, tools & workshops is to offer support to therapists, educators, parents and caregivers to build communities  that are “Polyvagal Teen® Aware”.

What this means is if we can help create generations of children that have this knowledge … it contributes towards prevention not just cure. This through the lens of epigenetics may positively impact generations to come. 

Part of the workshop is recorded and available for  6 months. 

The experiential part of the workshop is not recorded.

We address the criticisms of Polyvagal Theory in this workshop – allowing you as a therapist to make an informed choice.  As a therapist myself I have spent a lot of time deciphering &  understanding the criticisms.

We have available: 

  • Become A Certified Polyvagal Teen® Coach –  details of training to be released September 2023. 

No – the learning and resources can be used with younger children, emerging adults and adults also. 

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