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Bessel A. van der Kolk's 30th Annual Trauma Conference: Main Conference
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The study of trauma has probably been the single most fertile area in helping to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship among the emotional, cognitive, social and biological forces that shape human development.

Starting with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adults and expanding into early attachment and overwhelming attachment and social experiences in childhood (“Developmental Trauma”), this endeavor has elucidated how certain experiences can “set” psychological expectations, bodily experiences and biological selectivity.

When addressing the problems of traumatized people who, in a myriad of ways, continue to react to current experience as a replay of the past, there is a need for therapeutic methods that do not depend exclusively on drugs, talk or understanding. We have learned that most experience is automatically processed on a subcortical level of the brain; i.e., by “unconscious” interpretations that take place outside of conscious awareness. Insight and good intentions have only a limited influence on the operation of these subcortical processes, but synchrony, movement and reparative experiences do.

This conference will present both basic research about the impact of trauma over the life cycle, and a range of effective interventions that are being practiced in clinics, schools, prisons, families, and communities around the world.

Workshops included in this recording:

  • Three Decades of Explorations in Trauma: Welcome & Introduction - Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD
  • Me Too: At the Intersection of Sexual Violence and Racial Justice— A Fireside Chat with Tarana Burke - Tarana Burke
  • Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury and Prescriptions for Reform - Robert Whitaker
  • Trust and Meaning Making in Parent-Child Interactions - Edward Tronick, Ph.D.
  • The Enduring Neurobiological Effects of Abuse and Neglect - Martin Teicher, MD, Ph.D.
  • The Evolution of Developmental Trauma Disorder - Julian Ford, Ph.D, ABPP
  • Panel Discussion - Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD, Edward Tronick, Ph.D., Martin Teicher, MD, Ph.D., Julian Ford, Ph.D.
  • Expressive Arts as Healing Engagement - Cathy Malchiodi, Ph.D.
  • DE-CRUIT: Treating Trauma in Military Veterans through Shakespeare & Science - Stephan Wolfert, MFA
  • Dealing with Trauma in the Heart of the Community: Implementing a Comprehensive Yoga Program in a Large Public School System - Ali Smith, Atman Smith, & Andres Gonzalez

PLEASE NOTE: This is the same content from the 30th Annual International Trauma Conference, you cannot receive self-study credit for this program if you have already attended the live workshops.‚Äč

Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D., is a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of post-traumatic stress.  His work integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.

Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development, memory, and the psychobiology of trauma.  He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater, and EMDR. 

He is founder of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, and President of the Trauma Research Foundation, which promotes clinical, scientific, and educational projects. 

His 2014 #1 New York Times best seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma, transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring – specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust.  He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, somatically based therapies, EMDR, psychodrama, play, yoga, and other therapies.

Dr. van der Kolk is the past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School.  He regularly teaches at conferences, universities, and hospitals around the world.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Bessel van der Kolk is a professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine.  He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 
Non-financial:  Bessel van der Kolk has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Tarana Burke

Tarana J. Burke, Founder, “Me Too” movement. Activist and advocate at the intersection of sexual violence and racial justice. Fueled by commitments to interrupt sexual violence and other systemic inequalities disproportionately impacting marginalized people, particularly black women and girls. She is the recipient of the 2018 MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award.

Robert Whitaker

Robert Whitaker, author, Anatomy of an Epidemic and publisher of the web magazine, Mad in America.

Ed Tronick, Ph.D.

Edward Tronick, PhD, is a developmental and clinical psychologist and is recognized internationally as a researcher on infants, children, and parenting. He developed the Face-to-Face Still-Face Paradigm and videotaped micro-analytic studies of infant en face interactions, pioneered studies of the effects of maternal depression on infants, and carried out numerous cross-cultural studies of infant and child development. His Mutual Regulation Model and Dyadic Expansion of Consciousness hypothesis are widely accepted accounts of social interactions and therapeutic processes. Dr. Tronick is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, is director of the Child Development Unit, a research associate in Newborn Medicine, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, an associate professor at both the Graduate School of Education and the School of Public Health at Harvard.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Ed Tronick is a professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He developed the Still-face paradigm. He developed the Newborn Behavioral Assessment Scale and the Touchpoints Project with T.B. Brazelton; and the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Assessment Scale with Barry Lester. Dr. Tronick receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Ed Tronick is a member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

 

Martin Teicher, MD, PhD

Martin H. Teicher, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; Director of the Developmental Biopsychiatry Research Program and Laboratory of Developmental Psychopharmacology at McLean Hospital. His research studies range from inquiries into the molecular mechanisms of brain development to brain-imaging studies of the effects of childhood maltreatment on brain development. He is a Callaghan Investigator by NARSAD.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Martin Teicher is the director of the Developmental Biopsychiatry Research Program at McLean Hospital. He is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Teicher receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Martin Teicher is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation.

 

Julian Ford, Ph.D., ABPP

Julian D. Ford, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor, department of psychiatry and law, University of Connecticut; President International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS); director, Center for the Treatment of Developmental Trauma Disorders and Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice; co-author, Treatment of Complex Trauma & Hijacked by Your Brain: How to Free Yourself when Stress Takes Over; author, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Scientific and Professional Dimensions; co-editor, Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents.

Cathy Malchiodi, Ph.D.

Cathy Malchiodi, Ph.D., REAT psychologist and expressive arts therapist, founder and director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute. She writes the Arts and Health column for Psychology Today Online, with a following of 4.8 million readers. Author of Handbook of Art Therapy, Expressive Therapies, and Art Therapy Sourcebook.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Cathy Malchiodi is the founder, director and lead faculty member of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute. She is one of the founders and president of Art Therapy Without Borders. She is an author and receives royalties. Dr. Malchiodi receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Cathy Malchiodi is a member of the American Art Therapy Association.

 

Stephan Wolfert, MFA

Stephan Wolfert, MFA, is a military veteran and internationally acclaimed actor. He founded the DE-CRUIT program to treat the effects of trauma through the integration of Shakespeare and science.

Ali Smith

Ali Smith, Executive director, the Holistic Life Foundation. He has helped develop and pilot yoga and mindfulness programs at public and private schools, drug treatment centers, juvenile detention centers, mental crisis facilities, and retreat centers, mental crisis facilities, and retreat centers, nationally and internationally. Ali has authored a series of children’s books and co-authored several yoga and mindfulness-based curriculum’s as well as developed numerous workshops and trainings.

Atman Smith

Atman Smith, Co-founder of the Holistic Life Foundation, and director of development. Since 2001, he has been teaching yoga and mindfulness to a diverse population including underserved and high-risk youth in Baltimore City Public Schools, drug treatment centers, wellness centers, and colleges.

Andres Gonzalez

Andres Gonzalez, MBA, Co-founder and marketing director for the Holistic Life Foundation, Inc. in Baltimore, MD since 2001. He has partnered with John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health and the Penn State’s Prevention Research Center on a Stress and Relaxation Study and is a published author in the Journal of Children’s Services.


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