Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., NY Times bestselling author of The Body Keeps the Score, is world-renowned for his skill and effectiveness in connecting the two worlds of research and clinical practice — to improve trauma treatment outcomes.
Watch him in this transformational intensive CE training and get the latest research and drug-free treatment techniques for your trauma clients. Leave with a new understanding of the neuroscience of traumatic stress and the research demonstrating the efficacy and possible limitations of mind-body treatment approaches.
Dr. van der Kolk will dive deep into the fundamental difference between trauma desensitization vs. integration and growth, and look at the differences between disrupted attachment and traumatic stress. He will discuss and demonstrate affect regulation techniques, examine ways to deal with fragmented self-experience, and teach the benefits of yoga, EMDR, meditation, neurofeedback, music and theater.
Through intriguing videos, case studies, and masterful explanation, you will learn how to give your clients:
- A way to find words that describe what is going on
- Ways to regulate their emotions
- The ability to trust other human beings after the shameful and horrific details of their lives
- The research on the latest tools to process traumatic memories
- Transformation! – to be fully alive in the present, not stuck in the past
This is a “don’t miss” CE training that is based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research but also that of other leading specialists.
- 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
- 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
- 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 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
- 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
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 and medical director of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. The Trauma Center consists of a well-trained clinical team specializing in the treatment of children and adults with histories of child maltreatment, that applies treatment models that are widely taught and implemented nationwide. He also created the Trauma Research Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Trauma Center, that is organized to promote clinical, scientific and educational projects.
His most recent 2014 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.
Financial: Bessel van der Kolk is a professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine. He is the medical director of the Trauma Center in Boston. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Nonfinancial: Bessel van der Kolk has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.