Coaching in Context: How Polyvagal Theory Informs Coaching
This Session is Eligible for 1.0 Coach Continuing Education Units (1.0 Core Competency)
SPEAKER: Sandra Dunsmore, PCC, MA
DATE: Wed., March 1
TIME: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. PT / 2-3 p.m ET
Neuroscience is catching up with what ancient traditions have known for thousands of years about the wisdom of the body. Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory (PVT) is a transdisciplinary theory that provides a neuroanatomical foundation for the development of an integrated and expansive body/brain science.
Only when a person feels physiologically safe is it possible to be fully present and accessible to oneself and another (coaching core competency). PVT gives us insight into how, below the level of conscious thought, the autonomic nervous system (ANS) acts as personal surveillance mechanism constantly scanning for cues of safety and of danger. Through the lens of the theory, we see how the ANS is both shaped by daily experience and, in turn, shapes how we understand and experience life.
Join us to explore the biological foundation of coaching presence, and how understanding and befriending the ANS can be applied to our work with clients.
Sandra Dunsmore, PCC, MA
Sandra was a consultant on the inaugural offering of Deb Dana’s Foundations of Polyvagal-Informed Practice in 2020 and became a trainer for the course in 2021. In 2022, at Deb Dana’s invitation, fellow-coach Kerry Cullen and Sandra designed and launched Polyvagal Theory and Practice for Coaches: The Fundamentals.