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The Body Keeps the Score: Trauma and Healing with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D

OUTLINE

Neuroscience & Brain Development

  • 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

Early Life Trauma

  • Interpersonal neurobiology
  • Adaptations to trauma early in the life cycle
  • Loss of affect regulation
  • Chronic destructive relationships towards self and others
  • Dissociation and amnesia
  • Somatization
  • Self-blame, guilt and shame
  • Chronic distrust and identification with the aggressor

Attachment, Trauma, and Psychopathology

  • 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

Neuroscience, Trauma, Memory and the Body

  • 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 Diagnosis and Treatment of Trauma-Related Disorders

  • 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

Trauma-specific Treatment Interventions

  • The role of body-oriented and neurologically-based therapies to resolve the traumatic past
  • Alternatives to drugs and talk therapy
  • EMDR
  • Self-regulation, including yoga
  • Mindfulness
  • Play and theatre
  • Dance, movement and sensory integration
  • Neurofeedback

OBJECTIVES

  • Examine & explain how traumatized people process information.
  • Describe how sensorimotor processing can alleviate traumatic re-experiencing.
  • Describe the range of adaptations to trauma early in the life cycle.
  • Explain how trauma affects the developing mind and brain.
  • Summarize the recent advances in neurobiology of trauma.
  • Identify the difference between disrupted attachment and traumatic stress.
  • Describe how adverse childhood experiences effect brain development, emotion regulation & cognition.
  • List and describe techniques of physical mastery, affect regulation and memory processing.
  • Describe the development of Developmental Trauma Disorder.
  • Explain the current DSM-5® position on DTD.
  • Explain how to integrate various treatment approaches in your practice.
  • Summarize treatment strategies alternatives to drugs and talk therapy.
Copyright : 11/20/2014

How PTSD Affects Mind, Brain and Biology

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Outline

  • Study Findings:
  • PTSD
    • Mind
    • Brain
    • Biology

Objectives

  1. Summarize the findings of the nature of PTSD and how it affects the mind, body and brain.

Copyright : 06/01/2013

Connectedness as a Biological Imperative: Understanding Trauma Through the Lens of the Polyvagal Theory

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Objectives

  1. Summarize biological theories which have impacted understanding of the influence of early experiences in clients.
  2. Articulate how deficits in the regulation of the Social Engagement System relate to the core features of posttraumatic stress disorder.

Outline

  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Social Engagement System
  • Impact on PTSD

Copyright : 05/29/2014

Lessons from Monkeys About Interactions Between Genes, Environment and Attachment Patterns

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Objectives

  1. Ascertain the impacts of genetics and environment on the developmental growth process of clients.

Outline

  • Research on environment & genetics in primate interactions
  • Genetic and environmental factors that influence development

Copyright : 05/29/2014

Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma

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Objectives

  1. Summarize the impact on glucocorticoid levels and receptors in patients exposed to trauma.

Outline

  • Biological factors and stress levels
  • Environmental factors and body impact

Copyright : 05/31/2014

Trust and Meaning Making in Parent-Child Interactions

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Objectives

  1. Articulate the role of stress-regulating systems in caregiver/child interactions.

Outline

  • Infant/Caregiver interactions
  • Stress regulation systems

Copyright : 05/31/2014

Neurofeedback with Bessel van der Kolk, MD

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Objectives

  1. Analyze the efficacy of neurofeedback as a clinical treatment for adults and children who have experienced traumatic events.

Outline

  • Trauma’s impact
  • Neurofeedback research
  • Long-term benefits of treatment

Copyright : 04/23/2015

Master Clinician Series: The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Present the findings of The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) and ascertain its clinical implications.

Outline

  1. Introduction of Vincent Felitti, MD
  2. The Origins of the ACE Study
    1. Core issues of the Ace Study
  3. 10 Categories Studied
  4. Demographics
    1. Race
    2. Age
    3. Education
  5. 3 categories of how damage occurs
  6. Addiction
  7. 10 Additional Trauma-oriented Questions
  8. Process of the study
  9. Mental and Financial Costs of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Copyright : 05/31/2016