Sonoma County Office of Education

Diagnostic Center North: Introduction to Interoception and Polyvagal Theory

This is an introduction to interoception, polyvagal theory, and their relation to trauma-informed interventions. Interoception is the process by which the nervous system uses signals from within the body to support maintenance of homeostatic functioning. Polyvagal theory emphasizes the role of the vagus nerve in emotional regulation, social connection, and fear response. These theories will be used in this training to introduce a relatively new substudy of neuroscience called affective neuroscience. These theories will be used as the basis for highlighting trauma-informed interventions based on internal arousal states.

Participants Will:

  • Increase awareness of up-and-coming fields related to emotional regulation and trauma-informed practices.
  • Increase awareness of the significance of basic biological awareness as a means to access higher-order processing and responses to stress.
  • Obtain resources for additional topical edification.
  • A Certificate of Completion is available to participants. This may be used to document professional development hours or applied towards the credential requirements for Education Specialist Level II non-university activities. The Diagnostic Center is also a California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board approved continuing professional development provider.

    When Friday, August 19, 2022
    10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Location Virtual via Zoom
    Presenter Natalie Jocic, M.S., LEP, ABSNP, School Psychologist
    Cost Free
    Audience School-based therapists, Counseling enriched program therapists, School psychologists, School counselors, and Occupational therapists
    Registration closes 08/17/2022
    Registration Norma Leiva-Fernandez, 7075242750,
    Questions Suzanne Tribbey, (707) 524-2758,

    Online Registration is not available.