Full Course Description
Trauma Conference: The Body Keeps Score-Trauma Healing with Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Neuroscience & Brain Development
Early Life Trauma
- Neuroscience and brain development
- How children learn to regulate their arousal systems
- How the brain regulates itself
- Developmental psychopathology: The derailment of developmental processes & brain development due to trauma, abuse and neglect
- How the brain responds to treatment
Attachment, Trauma, and Psychopathology
- Interpersonal neurobiology
- Adaptations to trauma early in the life cycle
- Loss of affect regulation
- Chronic destructive relationships towards self and others
- Dissociation and amnesia
- Self-blame, guilt and shame
- Chronic distrust and identification with the aggressor
Neuroscience, Trauma, Memory and the Body
- The breakdown of information processing in trauma
- Mirror neuron systems and brain development
- How to overcome the destabilization and disintegration
- The compulsion to repeat – origins and solutions
- Difference between disorganized attachment and traumatic stress
The Diagnosis of Treatment of Trauma-Related Disorders
- The neurobiology of traumatic stress
- Learned helplessness and learned agency
- Restoring active mastery and the ability to attend to current experiences
- Somatic re-experiencing of trauma-related sensations and affects that serve as engines for continuing maladaptive behaviors
- How mind and brain mature in the context of caregiving systems
The Latest Research on Trauma-specific Treatment Interventions
- Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD)
- Affect and impulse dysregulation
- Disturbances of attention, cognition and consciousness
- Distortions in self-perception and systems of meaning
- Interpersonal difficulties
- Somatization and biological dysregulation
- The development of DTD in the DSM-5® as a diagnosis and its implications for assessment, diagnosis and treatment
- The role of body-oriented and neurologically-based therapies to resolve the traumatic past
- Alternatives to drugs and talk therapy
- Self-regulation, including yoga
- Play and theatre
- Dance, movement and sensory integration
- Analyze & communicate how traumatized people process information.
- Determine how sensorimotor processing can alleviate traumatic re-experiencing.
- Articulate the range of adaptations to trauma early in the life cycle.
- Substantiate how trauma affects the developing mind and brain.
- Communicate the recent advances in neurobiology of trauma.
- Differentiate between disrupted attachment and traumatic stress.
- Break down how adverse childhood experiences affect brain development, emotion regulation & cognition.
- Choose techniques of physical mastery, affect regulation and memory processing.
- Explore the development of Developmental Trauma Disorder.
- Critique the current DSM-5® position on DTD.
- Model how to integrate various treatment approaches in your practice.
- Through an understanding of the research, explore treatment strategy alternatives to drugs and talk therapy.
Trust & Meaning Making in Parent-Child Interactions
- Apply simple yet effective clinical interventions in session to help clients acquire new interaction patterns to improve clinical outcomes.
Making Meaning in a Volatile World
- Successful Meaning Making
- Failure to Make Meaning
- The Still-Face Experiment
- Defining Trauma
Model of Meaning Making
- Matching State
- Mismatching State
- Repair State
Impact of Repair Attempts
- Implications of Success
- Implications of Failure
- Neurosomatic Meaning Making
- Cardiac Memory
- Impact of Cortisol
- Coordination of Shared Experience
- Epigenetics of Meaning Making
Maternal Stress Paradigm
- Infant Awareness of Maternal Stress
Impact of Early Developmental Experiences
- Typical Culturated Experience
- Early Chronic Adverse Events
- Common Energetically Wasteful Emotional Stressors
The Enduring Neurobiological Effects of Abuse & Neglect
- Describe how traumatic experiences impact brain development and affect regulation as it relates to clinical practice.
Findings from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Research on Enduring Effects of Childhood Maltreatment
- Correlations of ACEs with Psychological Disorders
- Enduring Effects of ACEs on Disrupted Neural and Cognitive Development
Brain Structures Affected by Exposure to Childhood Maltreatment
- Results from Neuroimaging
- Effects on Corpus Callosum and Amygdala
Impacts of Types and Timing of Maltreatment
- Gender Differences in Impacts of Abuse
- Critical and Sensitive Periods of Brain Development
Relationships Between Childhood Abuse, Brain Changes, and Psychiatric Illness
- Psychological Distress and Disorders Related to ACEs
- Impact of Trauma on Brain Fiber Network Organization
- Treatments to Mitigate Structural and Functional Deficiencies to Increase Resilience
Expressive Arts as Healing Engagement
- Identify why sensory-based arts interventions are essential to reducing the body’s response to stress and put to practical use in-session.
- Critique current research into the efficacy of expressive arts approaches to trauma treatment.
Integration of Expressive Arts Into Expressive Art Therapy
- The “Silos” of Expressive Art
Current Expressive Arts Programs in Health and Community Settings
Continuum of Expressive Arts Therapies
- Sensory-Based Experience
- Asset Driven Approach as Opposed to Pathology Driven Interventions
Limitations of Evidence Base Underlying Expressive Arts Therapy for Trauma Treatment
- Efficacious Components of Therapy
- Directions for Future Research
Effective Implementation of Community-Based Interventions
Four-Part Model for Expressive Arts and Trauma – Movement, Sound, Storytelling, and Silence
- Examples of Effective Implementation
- Utilizing Established Cultural Practices
DE-CRUIT: Treating Trauma in Military Veterans through Shakespeare & Science
- Utilize DE-CRUIT techniques to transform military camaraderie into camaraderie among treatment group members to communalize the process of healing from the trauma of war.
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