Using the Polyvagal Theory to Understand and Treat Clients During Times of Uncertainty and Isolation

Learn how the Polyvagal Theory provides a framework for understanding and treating clients who are experiencing the stress of Covid 19, and chronic stress, in their day-to-day lives. Gain an understanding of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and how it impacts the client. Participants will revisit the trauma model to understand how clients can be triggered by current events and will gain concrete strategies for supporting clients as they navigate uncertainty, now and in the future. Understand the therapist’s role in providing services to clients while simultaneously experiencing similar uncertainties. Erin Hodge-Williams, LCSW-C will offer an activity that can be used to create insight and coping mechanisms unique to the client. Purchase will include 1.5 hour video and activity sheets with 30 minutes set aside to complete the activity. Purchasers agree that they will complete the activity and quiz forwarded with the video.

Workshop Trainer:

Erin Hodge-Williams, LCSW-C
Erin Hodge-Williams is a licensed clinical social worker with a master’s degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Erin has over 25 years of experience working with children, adults and families in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Erin practices therapy with the Chesapeake Mental Health Collaborative in Towson. Her specialty is in addressing trauma; anxiety and depression; grief and loss; chronic/acute medical conditions; and life/career transitions. Erin utilizes a trauma informed approach integrating the Polyvagal Theory, ACT, CBT, and other client centered approaches. Prior to her work as a therapist, Erin was the executive director of Higher Achievement, a non-profit organization in Baltimore City serving middle school students and their families.