Full Course Description
The Body Keeps the Score: Trauma and Healing with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D
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
- 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
- Self-regulation, including yoga
- Play and theatre
- Dance, movement and sensory integration
- 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.
How PTSD Affects Mind, Brain and Biology
- Summarize the findings of the nature of PTSD and how it affects the mind, body and brain.
Connectedness as a Biological Imperative: Understanding Trauma Through the Lens of the Polyvagal Theory
- Summarize biological theories which have impacted understanding of the influence of early experiences in clients.
- Articulate how deficits in the regulation of the Social Engagement System relate to the core features of posttraumatic stress disorder.
- Polyvagal Theory
- Social Engagement System
- Impact on PTSD
Lessons from Monkeys About Interactions Between Genes, Environment and Attachment Patterns
- Ascertain the impacts of genetics and environment on the developmental growth process of clients.
- Research on environment & genetics in primate interactions
- Genetic and environmental factors that influence development
Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma
- Summarize the impact on glucocorticoid levels and receptors in patients exposed to trauma.
- Biological factors and stress levels
- Environmental factors and body impact
Trust and Meaning Making in Parent-Child Interactions
- Articulate the role of stress-regulating systems in caregiver/child interactions.
- Infant/Caregiver interactions
- Stress regulation systems
Neurofeedback with Bessel van der Kolk, MD
- Analyze the efficacy of neurofeedback as a clinical treatment for adults and children who have experienced traumatic events.
- Trauma’s impact
- Neurofeedback research
- Long-term benefits of treatment
Master Clinician Series: The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
- Present the findings of The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) and ascertain its clinical implications.
- Introduction of Vincent Felitti, MD
- The Origins of the ACE Study
- Core issues of the Ace Study
- 10 Categories Studied
- 3 categories of how damage occurs
- 10 Additional Trauma-oriented Questions
- Process of the study
- Mental and Financial Costs of Adverse Childhood Experiences