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Trauma trainings that aren't traumatizing.

I present complex biological and psychological ideas in plain language that is accessible for anyone.

I don't need shock value to teach about trauma.

I've been to a number of trauma trainings during my years as a therapist. And each of them rely on shock value to get their point across. I make it my goal to teach about trauma without using these tactics. I make sure my trauma trainings are not only clear and concise, but actually engaging, use multimedia and interactive elements.

Meet Justin.

Hi, I'm Justin & I'm a Polyvagal Nerd.


I initially learned the Polyvagal Theory to enhance my therapy outcomes for heavily traumatized clients. It quickly became my obsession along with a drive to teach it simply. Now, I'm one of a few hand-picked members of the Polyvagal Institute's Editorial Board.


I specialize in trauma therapy with somatic techniques and a strong grasp of the theory. I created the Polyvagal Trauma Relief System to effectively teach self-regulation. I've taught PVT globally through my podcast and directly to teachers, social workers, police, therapists, and more.

Complex ideas.
Clear language.

If you listen to the podcast, you know I can present complex ideas in plain language.  I do the same as a speaker, using my real life anecdotes from my work as a therapist in numerous settings.  You also know that I can present about trauma... without being traumatic.  I don't use specific details of traumatic events.  It's just not necessary.

Informative, fun, & interactive.

Live polling

Audiences use their preferred devices to interact with polling software anonymously. The results are shown on a big screen immediately, creating a fun experience that is free of judgment.

Mixed media

You'd be surprised at how effective a clip from the Office can be at showing defensive autonomic states.  Or how Ferris Bueller's Day Off can be the perfect example of vocal prosody.


I use both large group and small group discussion to elicit connection with audience members and real world application of ideas.

Fun "experiments"

Activities to experience state shifts, like talking to a partner while the other is not allowed to show facial expression!

I don't just stand and talk.  I use many tools throughout the presentation to boost audience involvement.

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