Yasmin Shaheen-Zaffar

Lead Tutor, BACP Accredited

Yasmin Shaheen-Zaffar is the founder owner of Polyvagal Teen® . Through the Polyvagal Teen® card deck, resources and programs her mission is to support generations of young people and families to become “Polyvagal Aware” - so individuals and families become empowered to build better bonds and lead less stress-led lives.
TEMENOS ADVANCED Certificate with Kate Williams

Sam Rawlings

Guest Tutor, Owner of SR Counselling Services in the U.K.

Sam is the Owner of SR Counselling Services in the U.K. She supports children and young people in a counselling role using a range of creativity and play, her background and experience covers over 25 years in childcare settings. These include nurseries, children's centres, schools, children's residential homes, mentoring for the children's society, the guide association, and recently a mental health support team.
TEMENOS ADVANCED Certificate with Kate Williams

How this course will benefit your practice?

With the online Polyvagal Teen® Foundation Certificate, you'll gain in-depth understanding of the polyvagal framework and cutting-edge neuroscience leaving you competent and confident in applying and sharing your learning in your practice.

  • Make The Polyvagal Framework Accessible by using creative tools.

    Discover how to effectively share Polyvagal Theory with young people, families and those who are neuro-divergent so they can better understand their emotions and behaviours. Gain insight and develop your practical skills to empower them with the skills to incorporate this learning into their everyday lives.

  • Deepen Assessment Skills

    Enhance your client work by improving your assessment skills and working with a diverse range of client presentations while maintaining safety and effectiveness. Acquire the necessary tools to support families and young people and sharpen your ability to work creatively both in-person and online. Grow personally and professionally and take your skills to the next level!

  • Empower Your Clients & expand Network

    By making the Polyvagal Framework accessible to your clients, they can learn how to use this theory in their day to day lives. Empower your clients by fostering self-awareness and resilience. Meet like minded professionals who share similar values and expand your professional network.

How this course will benefit you?

Applying The Polyvagal Framework in your personal development.

  • Personal Development & Improved Communication

    Gain a new found awareness by getting to know your nervous system and understand yourself and those around you better. Insight into how our physiology impacts the nervous system will help link emotions to behaviours, enabling you to communicate your personal and professional needs with clarity.

  • Grow Your Emotional Resilience & Regulation Strategies

    Learn regulation strategies that you can also apply to your personal circumstances - with the opportunity for personal reflection and development in a nurturing environment. Identify and interrupt challenges such as chronic stress, anxiety, explosive anger, sleep disturbance and depression (just to name a few).

  • Therapists that are parents

    As you develop your personal skills you will be able to transfer your professional learning into your personal life which can lead to improved communication.

20 Hours Training Course starting in May 2023

with all the course material and 15 hours live with Yasmin Shaheen-Zaffar

Free Access to the online platform for a year The Creative Connections Toolkit

Cards and deck can be purchase separately, link below

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50% discount for students in the Foundation certificate. Ask for the code

More details about the Foundation Certificate making PVT accessible to young people & families

The Polyvagal Teen® Foundation Level Certificate through deepening your understanding of this theory through personal and professional development teaches you the skills to pass on your Polyvagal Framework knowledge to your clients in a language & structure that is accessible to them.

  • Dr. Stephen Porges polyvagal theory (despite its recent criticisms) is an invaluable theory that by understanding the biology of our nervous system in the first instance can help clients begin to remove any critical or shaming blocks which may be keeping them stuck.

  • The training consists of fifteen hours of training split into three modules spread over three months from April - June 2023. The program is taught using the "I Do, We Do, You Do Model." This means there is opportunity for experiential learning - you will practise your skills using tools, resources & interventions so you will leave confident in your skills of applying and sharing the Polyvagal Framework in your personal and professional practice.

  • In this course, you will gain a deeper working-understanding of :

  • Clarity on what The polyvagal framework Is and What it is "Not". Understanding the criticism of PVT and how it impacts the therapist.

  • Polyvagal 101 & Recap - understanding PVT through the eyes of Dr Stephen Porges & Deb Dana. Embodied Experiencing - the bottom up approach vs top down approach and its connection to PVT

  • Working With Young People - using PVT to help young people to link behaviours to emotions, develop awareness and build resilience. Working With Neurodivergent Individuals - using different resources and tools to adjust to the needs of the neurodivergent individual.

  • Creative Resources & interventions: the different types available - physical and digital to support engagement of clients.

  • Strategies to share with clients for safety and connection.

  • Yasmin Shaheen-Zaffar has crafted this program with livid experience of learning difficulties in education. All video recordings are split into bitesize lessons of no more than 10 minutes at a time.

Yasmin Shaheen-Zaffar is a qualified creative counsellor registered with the BACP in the U.K. She is also a trainer and Leeds regional ambassador of the Creative Counsellors Community. She has a specialised interest in ADHD, parenting and managing emotions, drawing on her lived experience of the education system as a late diagnosed ADHD, Dyspraxic and Dyslexic individual.

Yasmin is the founder owner of Watoto Play, a company that creates digital and physical psychoeducation resources and programs for emotional wellbeing. 

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In practice

15 Hours Live Online Training + 5 hours Self Study Videos

  • 15 live training hours over 3 months

    The training will start in January 2024 and will finish March 2024 for the first Cohort. Each weekend will consist of 5 hours live training: Live Workshop & Reflection (3 hours); Q&A (1 hour); Group Processing (1 hour)

  • Dates

    Course Dates: Saturday and Sunday, January 6th to 7th, 2024: 10:00am - 1:30pm (3 hours learning), 30-minute break Saturday and Sunday, February 10th to 11th, 2024: 10:00am - 1:30pm (3 hours learning), 30-minute break Saturday and Sunday, March 9th to 10th, 2024: 10:00am - 1:30pm (3 hours learning), 30-minute break

  • Induction meeting

    1-hour Induction Meeting for Course Orientation and Q&A's - will always be on the Thursday before the start on Saturday

  • Price

    £495. The price includes all the materials for the course, the PDF for each session, the 5-hour Videos with Practical Exercises, Pop up Facebook Community, Ventral Anchors, etc. Access to The Creative Connections Toolkit for one year, the cards and board, and access to the recording of each live training session.

  • Zoom in large and small groups

    In order to facilitate group Reflective Processing, we plan to use the Zoom platform and its facilities with breakout rooms. You will be offered space in a safe environment to process your learning. The group will be divided into smaller break out groups each session - giving you an opportunity to interact with different group members.

  • ZOOM

    This workshop will be hosted by TEMENOS on the Zoom meeting platform where we will use our camera and microphones to interact with each other as a group. Every session will be recorded.

  • Creative resources and tools

    You will be introduced to creative interventions and tools enabling you to make this theory accessible to young people, families and the neurodivergent community. By making this knowledge accessible to your clients, they will learn how to use it in their everyday lives - fostering self-awareness and resilience.

  • Experiential Learning

    There will be time set aside once a month to support integration of the theory, skills and tools into your client work. You will have the opportunity to learn from each other and will present a client.

  • With the Polyvagal Teen® Foundation Certificate, you'll have access to:

    Online zoom face-to-face workshops Q&A sessions Clinical demonstrations Guest speakers Bitesize learning videos, transcripts, audio and video recordings Quizzes

Who can apply & prerequisite’s

  • Therapy & Personal Work

    To have completed a minimum of 40 hours personal therapy. And, to have worked through your own trauma sufficiently to undertake a course of this nature.

  • Suitability

    This program is suitable for professionals - therapists, coaches, counsellors, social workers, educators to use this learning in their professional & personal life.

  • Responsibilities & External Support

    To have the capacity to take responsibility for own safety and capacity to take responsibility for own reactions, experiences and feelings. To have sufficient external support and to be prepared to work through anything that arises during the training in supervision or personal therapy.

  • NOTE

    Please note that this course is a professional training and not to process your own trauma or past. Due to the personal development aspect of the course it’s not unusual for past traumas to get stirred.

  • It’s important that you are able to stabilise yourself during the training and to take personal material into your own therapy. It’s important that your own material doesn’t interfere with your learning and the learning of the group so having sufficient support in place is vital.

  • Number of participant

    The course will be limited to 35 participants.

Application process & Validation process

  • Please follow the link to apply on the Temenos website and to make your payment. This will secure your place on the course.We will also be able to access all the course material and the online platform.

  • You will then be invited to a 1-hour induction meeting for course orientation and to ask any questions. It will also be an opportunity to get to know your peers.

  • Program validation: The course will be validated by achieving a minimum of 80% in short quizzes at the end of each topic and one further in depth quiz on completion of all modules. You will have the ability to repeat quizzes an unlimited number of times. The number of times you repeat each quiz is not tracked.

  • In module 1 you will be asked to track your states & sensastions and journal for 30 days.

  • In order to apply to the training we require a minimum level 4 qualification in Counseling or a recognized coaching certification or a student who is close to completing a level 4 program

Opportunities & Resources

  • With the Polyvagal Teen® Foundation Certificate, you will receive :

  • Ongoing Support & Space For Reflection. There will be an opportunity to join a monthly live Q&A session facilitated by Yasmin with an additional group processing session to integrate your skills into your practice and continue to consolidate and develop your learning.

  • Live Monthly Workshops Taught By Tutor

  • Bitesize Recordings No More Than 10 minutes

  • Guest Speakers Insight & Reflections

  • Pop Up Facebook Group

  • Access to The Creative Connections Toolkit for one year.

  • All the session will be recorded and accessible after the course

Additional information

Online & Neurodivergent Learners

  • It’s important that the learning environment is safe for you and your group. Should the material of the course impact you to the point where your learning & that of the group is impacted then your tutor will arrange a tutorial with you. In exceptional circumstances, for your safety, you may be withdrawn from the course.

  • Neurodivergent Learners - The Polyvagal Teen® Foundation Certificate and resources have been crafted by a trainer with personal experience of learning difficulties in education. Herself being diagnosed with ADHD, Dyspraxia, and Dyslexia later in life.

  • If you have concerns regarding the suitability of this program for your learning style please feel free to contact the trainer via email for an informal discussion on how you can be best supported.

A creative method to Support Teenagers and families to better know and understand the benefit of getting to know their nervous systems

Join the course. We run a new cohort every 2 months. Contact us to find out more about the dates.

20 Hour Training Course

All the course materials included,online platform for a year The Creative Connections Toolkit

The Polyvagal Teens Foundation Certificate

Watch the VIDEO & find out more about the course

The Polyvagal Teen® Foundation Certificate provides training to professionals to use Dr. S. Porges' Polyvagal Theory in supporting Young people & Famlilies through creative interventions

  • The program equips professionals with skills to identify life challenges and foster self-awareness and emotional resilience in clients

  • The online course includes workshops, guest speakers, and assessments for professional development, as well as practical skills on sharing the theory with young people, families, and neuro-divergent community for their personal growth. Suitable for learners with different learning styles.

  • In a learning environment suitable also for those with learning differences you'll have access to online face-to-face workshops, Q&A sessions, clinical demonstrations with guest speakers, bitesize learning videos, transcripts, recordings and quizzes - all designed to expand your understanding of the nervous system as well as developing your professional practice.

20 Hour Training Course

15 hours live with the tutor and founder of Polyvagal Teen®

100% Money Back Guarantee

30 Days to Change Your Mind

If you change your mind for any reason, let us know within 30 days, and we will send you a full refund, no questions asked! Note once the cards & polyvagal board have been sent to you, a non refundable fee of £50 will be charged.


  • Do I need to be creative to join the course ?

    Not at all. Creativity is not a necessity. The course offers ways to assist young people and families in comprehending emotions and physical sensations through the utilization of user-friendly tools developed by Yasmin. You will have access to all the different steps to use the tools and will have opportunities to practice it within the group also.

  • How do I register on the Temenos website?

    Once you have clicked the red button, you will be invited to register for the Temenos website. You then need to set up your account and follow the instructions.

  • How long does it take to get my Foundation Certificate?

    Please allow up to seven days for our team to check all the documents and requirements. Once the documents have been approved, you will be able to download the digital Foundation Certificate.

  • What is NFT?

    NFT is a non-fungible token, which means that it's a one-of-a-kind digital asset that belongs to you and you only. Non-fungible tokens, often referred to as NFTs, are blockchain-based tokens representing a unique asset like a piece of art, digital content, or media. An NFT can be considered an irrevocable digital certificate of ownership and authenticity for a given digital or physical asset. NFTs are a relatively new technology that Temenos believes will transform adult education and certification.

  • How many people will be accepted into the Advanced Certificate Programme?

    Apply as soon as you can. The number of participants for the training is limited to 35 participants per program.

  • Any more questions?

    Please contact us at [email protected]