Learning Community: Awareness, Agency and Advocacy Through a Polyvagal Lens

The Northwest MHTTC is excited to partner with Rebekah Demirel, L.Ac MPCC, to offer a live learning community about leadership and advocacy through a polyvagal lens.


Advocating as a behavioral health professional often involves making difficult decisions, which don't always feel good, and can be a struggle to release at the end of the day. While away from work, our minds may still be full of the day's details, and when we go back, it’s like we never left. A mind that never rests equals a nervous system that never rests, which can lead to emotional and mental burnout.

Learning and operating from a Polyvagal perspective, we can become more aware of our nervous system responses and cultivate skills for more clarity and confidence. Starting with increased awareness, we can gain a sense of agency, connection and safety with others and most importantly, with ourselves.

This is a dynamic trauma-informed learning community for behavioral health professionals who care deeply about what they do, yet want to feel supported, safe, stable and connected. Participants will learn about how humans operate, while befriending our nervous systems and strengthening our resolve to effect systemic change.

Learning Objectives:
- Identify nervous system phases related to Polyvagal theory
- Identify personal nervous system patterns
- Develop skills to balance and calm a dysregulated nervous system
- Cultivate broader awareness and connection with others
- Discover newfound mental health resilience through self-inquiry


  • Members of the mental health/behavioral health workforce who are based in the states of Alaska, Oregon, Idaho & Washington (HHS Region 10)
  • Commitment to attend the whole series is required
  • Each individual must have access to computer/web camera/audio to participate
  • Seats are limited, and applications are due by Friday, April 5. We will notify you of your application status by April 10.
  • Questions: For questions about this series, including eligibility and registration please contact the Northwest MHTTC at [email protected].

SESSIONS: Wednesday, April 17 - April 24, 2024 

12:30-2:00 pm AK / 1:30 - 3:00pm PT / 2:30 - 4:00pm MT

Session 1 (April 17): Advocacy Beyond Burnout – A Polyvagal Perspective 

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain confidence in understanding polyvagal terminology 
  • Recognize personal neuro-patterns  
  • Apply polyvagal principles to advocacy work 


Session 2 (April 24): Befriending the Nervous System

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify regulated and dysregulated nervous system states in self and others
  • Adopt tools for self-soothing and self-regulating
  • Cultivate increased personal awareness and agency


*Sessions 3 and 4 have been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.*


Rebekah Demirel, L.Ac MPCC

Rebekah Demirel L.Ac. MPCC, is the founder and director of Trauma Integration Programs, with more than a decade as an ambulance paramedic, twenty-two years as a paramedic trainer, eighteen years of mental health counseling experience, specializing in traumatic stress, and she is a licensed East Asian medicine practitioner and acupuncturist. Rebekah’s unique skill set and experience are informed by her own traumatic childhood and teen years spent on the street and in the foster care system, giving her a special familiarity and empathy for trauma and loss.

*Continuing Education Contact Hours Details

Physicians, physician assistants, primary care ARNPs, psychologists, and other health care providers may be eligible for CME or CEUs for completing the course. Retain your Certificate of Completion and verify its suitability for CME/CEUs with your licensing/credentialing entity. The University of Washington is an approved provider of continuing education for DOH licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychologists, substance use disorder professionals, nurses and physicians under the provisions of: WAC 246-809-610, WAC 246-809-620, WAC 246-811-200, WAC 246-840-210, WAC 246-919-460 and WAC 246-924-240.

Starts: Apr 17, 2024 1:30 pm
Ends: Apr 24, 2024 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline
April 6, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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