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Module 1 - Bessel van der Kolk on the Neurobiology and Treatment of Trauma and Attachment

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, renowned trauma expert and NY Times bestselling author of The Body Keeps the Score, shares the latest research and advancements in brain science, attachment and trauma treatments in this in-depth seminar video.

Based on groundbreaking research and clinical practice, Dr. van der Kolk reveals both the science and art of today’s most effective pathways to healing posttraumatic stress and working with disorganized attachment in complex trauma.

You’ll return to your clinical work with new knowledge of the impact of trauma on the brain and nervous system, along with mind-body treatment approaches that can rewire the trauma response and help your clients reclaim their lives.

Don’t miss this opportunity to advance your practice with the latest trauma treatment research, insight and interventions. 

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Trauma and Neuroscience

Diagnosis and Treatment of Trauma and Attachment Disorders

Early Brain Development and Attachment

Pathways to Healing


  1. Appraise the applicability of trauma research in order to ascertain its clinical implications. 
  2. Present an overview of the impact of trauma on the various parts of the brain, body and nervous system.
  3. Differentiate the symptomology and treatment of trauma versus working with disorganized attachment in your clinical practice.
  4. Evaluate the use of the DSM-5® in the diagnosis and treatment of trauma-related disorders.
  5. Analyze the effectiveness of psychopharmacology, evidence-based protocols, and body-oriented therapies in the treatment of trauma.
  6. Consider the long-term consequences and comorbidities of adverse childhood experiences and disorganized attachment.
  7. Communicate the frequent challenges for children with complex trauma such as affect dysregulation, impulse control and risk taking.
  8. Articulate ways to restore proper balance between the rational and emotional brains, that can help clients re-establish ownership of their bodies and minds.
  9. Evaluate treatment interventions for disorganized attachment that target emotion regulation and self-leadership.
  10. Assess the effectiveness of EMDR to access, tolerate and process memories in the treatment of distinct trauma.
  11. Explore methods that re-establish connection and synchrony with others to overcome trauma.
  12. Teach clients self-care and self-compassion practices to build self-leadership and an internal locus of control.

Copyright : 11/16/2017

Module 2 - Bessel van der Kolk on the Neurobiology and Treatment of Trauma and Attachment

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Module 3 - Bessel van der Kolk on the Neurobiology and Treatment of Trauma and Attachment

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Module 4 - Bessel van der Kolk on the Neurobiology and Treatment of Trauma and Attachment

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Module 5 - Bessel van der Kolk on the Neurobiology and Treatment of Trauma and Attachment

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Module 6 - Bessel van der Kolk on the Neurobiology and Treatment of Trauma and Attachment

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Pat Ogden, Ph.D., on Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

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  1. Explore healing trauma through body movement therapies
  2. Communicate important foundational aspects of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy


Copyright : 06/30/2017

Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., on Internal Family Systems (IFS)

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  1. Present the IFS Model and design ways to integrate IFS into your clinical practice.
  2. Model how to work with clinician’s own parts.


Copyright : 09/04/2017

Onno van der Hart, Ph.D., on Treating Dissociative Disorders


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  1. Critique the DSM’s categorization of PTSD as an anxiety disorder versus Dissociative Identity Order.
  2. Explore how the work of Pierre Janet is relevant for current therapy models in evaluating trauma
  3. Critique the nature of evidence-based treatments relative to trauma and the possibility of retraumatizing the client.

Copyright : 04/20/2017

Frank Putnam, MD, on Attachment & Trauma Research

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  1. Discuss the clinical implementations of the longitudinal study on childhood abuse as designed and conducted by Dr. Frank Putnam.
  2. Summarize the trans-generational aspects of trauma and abuse as it informs the therapeutic approach.
  3. Specify treatment methods that induce a state of change in the trauma client.
  4. Provide psychoeducation on Dissociative Identity Disorder to improve client understanding of the disorder and the rationale of treatment methods used.
  5. Articulate clinical strategies to assist the client out of their dissociative state and return their awareness back to the present.
  6. Summarize the various results of the ACE study as discussed between Dr.’s van der Kolk and Putnam.


Attachment and States of Change: Trauma Clients from Childhood to Adulthood

Early Disrupted Attachments

Childhood Abuse: The Adolescent Female

Development and States of Change

Meta-Cognitive Function & Executive Function

The Ohio Home Visit Program Study: Working with Children and Mothers


Inducing A State of Change

Latest Research and Evidence for Drug-Induced State Change

Language, Meaning and Context

Dissociative Identity Disorder: Story of the Scientist and the Study

Discussion on the Brain Functions

How do you help the client get out of the dissociated state?

Trans-generational Aspects of Trauma & Abuse

Copyright : 01/31/2017

Deany Laliotis, LICSW, on EMDR as a Broad-Based Approach to Change


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Trauma Often Occurs in Childhood

     Personal Experiences

     Developmental Trauma

     Capacities to Resolve Trauma are Overwhelmed

     Dissociative Processes

Complex trauma

      Affect Dysregulation

      Self Esteem

      Difficulty in Relationships

      Conclusions about the Self

      Shifting the Way a Memory is Stored

Images of A Parent’s Denial of Trauma Stored in Brain

      Inadequately Processed

      Easily Triggered

      Lack of Connection Between Information and Feelings

      Emotional Hijack

EMDR As Integrative Therapy

       Clinical Research

       Present is Informed by the Past

       State Specific Emotions

       Adaptive Information Processing System in Brain

       Orienting Response

       REM Activity

       Brain Processes in Present Time while Reflecting on Negative Experience

       Use of Dual Awareness Increases Capacity to Feel More Stable

       Creating Appropriate Responses and Exploring Personal Capacities

       Focus of Present Experiences and Changing These


  1. Summarize the implications of nodal experiences as they relate to shaping clients’ current symptoms Discuss clinical strategies to identify predominant themes in clients’ lives that underlie their current symptomology.
  2. Integrate the adaptive information-processing model of EMDR with other therapeutic interventions used within a clinical setting.

Copyright : 03/26/2017

Ed Tronick, Ph.D, Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., Michael Mithoefer, M.D., and Lou Bergholz on Psychological Trauma: Attachment, Stabilization, Identity and Self-Awareness

Part 1:

Attachment, Meaning Making & Self-Regulation

Ed Tronick PhD



  1. Analyze the nature of normal and abnormal developmental processes that are embedded in the emotional and social exchanges of infants and young children and their caregivers.
  2. Present three key findings Dr. Tronick discovered that help understand the neurobiological and social-emotional development of infants/children.
  3. Determine three factors that can influence meaning-making in the developing infant.
  4. Assess the clinical implications of neglect and/or abuse on meaning-making on their developing self in relation to others.


Part 2:

Ecstasy (MDMA) & Psychedelics: Re-Frame Experience and Change Self-Awareness

Michael Mithoefer MD, and Richard C. Schwartz, PhD



  1. Determine that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy can be an effective treatment for people who do not respond to traditional therapies for PTSD.
  2. Explore the mechanism of MDMA in the brain.


Part 3:

Playing to Heal: Sports as Tools for Stabilization, Identity Development, and Connection
Lou Bergholz



  1. Communicate the case for sport as a medium for healing and the emerging field of sports-based stabilization.



Program Information


Attachment, Meaning Making & Self-Regulation

Ecstasy (MDMA) & Psychedelics: Re-Frame Experience and Change Self-Awareness


Playing to Heal: Sports as Tools for Stabilization, Identity Development, Competency and Connection

Copyright : 06/03/2017