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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.

Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD, Trauma Research Foundation

Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD, 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: Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is a professor at Boston University School of Medicine, the Director of the Trauma Center, and the National Complex Trauma Network. He receives royalties as a published author. Dr. van der Kolk receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Bessel van der Kolk has no relevant non-financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

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.
 

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Tarana Burke is an activist and founder of the #MeToo movement.
Non-financial: Tarana Burke has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

 

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: Edward Tronick has employment relationships with Sapienza University, University of Massachusetts, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham &Women's Hospital, and UMass Chan Medical School. He receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Edward Tronick is a member of the scientific review board Neo-Aqua Project on NICU Environment and a member of the ECD Science Council of EMPOWER. He serves on several advisory boards, please contact PESI, Inc for a complete list.
Martin Teicher, MD, PhD

Martin Teicher, MD, PhD, has been director of the Developmental Biopsychiatry Research Program at McLean Hospital since 1988. He was the director of the former Developmental Psychopharmacology Laboratory (now the Laboratory of Developmental Neuropharmacology) and is currently an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Teicher is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, Current Pediatric Reviews, and Current Psychosomatic Medicine. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation and has been part of Harvard University’s Brain Development Working Group. He has served on or chaired numerous review committees for the National Institutes of Health, published more than 150 articles, and has received numerous honors.

 

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Martin Teicher has employment relationships with Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital. He receives grants from ANS Research Foundation, MIDA, Harvard Brain Science Initiative Bipolar Disorder Seed Grant, NIH/NIDA - National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Teicher receives compensation as a consultant. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Martin Teicher serves on the scientific advisory board for SMARTfit™ and is a board member of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the Children, Youth and Families of National Academy of Sciences, and the Trauma Research Foundation. He is a trustee of Robert E. Kahn MD and Elizabeth L. Kahn Family Foundation. Dr. Teicher is a member of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Society of Biological Psychiatry, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a is an Ad hoc reviewer and editor for several peer review journals, for a complete list contact PESI, Inc.
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, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT

Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT, is an expressive arts therapist and art therapist who has spent over 30 years working with individuals with traumatic stress and studying how the arts support reparation, integration and recovery from trauma. She is the founder and executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute that trains mental health and health care practitioners in medical, educational, and community settings and assists in disaster relief and humanitarian efforts throughout the world. Cathy has given more than 500 invited presentations in the US, Canada, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia and has published numerous articles, chapters, and more than 20 books, including Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body and Imagination in the Healing Process, Understanding Children’s Drawings, Handbook of Art Therapy, Creative Arts and Play Therapy for Attachment Problems, and Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children. She has received numerous awards for distinguished service, clinical contributions and lifetime achievements, including honors from the Kennedy Center and Very Special Arts in Washington, DC. A passionate advocate for the role of the arts in health, she is a contributing writer for Psychology Today Online with more than 5 million readers and a visual artist and occasional ukulele and Hulusi musician.  

 

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Cathy Malchiodi is the co-founder and president of Art Therapy Without Borders. She has an employment relationship with the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, Prescott College, and Lesley University. Cathy Malchiodi is a syndicated writer for Psychology Today. She receives royalties as a published author. Cathy Malchiodi receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Cathy Malchiodi is a member of the American Art Therapy Association, the American Counseling Association, the Association for Humanistic Counseling, the Association for Creativity in Counseling, and the International Traumatic Stress Society.
Ali Smith
Ali Smith was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a graduate of the Friends School of Baltimore and the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received a BS in Environmental Science and Policy with a Biodiversity specialization. Ali started his journey with contemplative practices as a small child, learning meditation from his father and attending the Kriya Yoga based Divine Life Church of Absolute Oneness run by Swami Shankarananda. He deepened his practice as a young adult, learning yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and breathwork from his teacher and godfather Will Joyner.

Ali has almost 20 years’ experience teaching yoga, mindfulness, and meditation internationally to a broad demographic spectrum that includes schools, retreat centers, wellness centers, mental crisis facilities, detention centers, drug treatment centers, the corporate setting, as well as private one-on-one sessions. He co-founded the Holistic Life Foundation in 2001. During his tenure as Executive Director, his leadership helped guide HLF to grow an organization that employed over 50 people and served communities worldwide. He is a published author, written several curriculums, and is a pioneer in the fields of yoga and mindfulness in education, as well as trauma informed yoga and mindfulness, developing best practices that are used around the world. Ali has taught in seven countries on three continents.

His work has been featured on the CBS News, CNN, NBC Nightly News, PBS, as well as in Oprah Magazine and Forbes. Ali is also a co-host of the Look Again podcast and co-owner of the Involution Group.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Ali Smith maintains a private practice, is the co-founder of Holistic Life Foundation, Inc., and is the co-owner of The Involution Group, LLC. He receives compensation as a consultant. Ali Smith receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Ali Smith has no relevant non-financial relationships.

Atman Smith
Atman Smith is one of the Co-founders of the Holistic Life Foundation. 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. A native of Baltimore, Atman attended the University of Maryland, College Park where he was a letter award winner for the University’s men’s basketball team. He graduated with a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice. His work with the Holistic Life Foundation has been featured on Making a Difference on the NBC Nightly News CNN and CBS, as well as O the Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, Upworthy, Mindful Magazine, Yoga Journal, Shambala Sun, and many other publications.
Andres Gonzalez, MBA

Andres Gonzalez is one of the co-founders of the Holistic Life foundation. For twenty years, Andres has taught yoga to diverse populations throughout the world, including Baltimore City Public School students, drug treatment centers, mental crisis facilities, homeless shelters, wellness centers, colleges, private schools and other various venues throughout the nation. 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. His work with the Holistic Life Foundation has been featured on Making a Difference on the NBC Nightly News CNN, and CBS, as well as O the Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, Upworthy, Mindful Magazine, Yoga Journal, Shambala Sun, and many other publications. He is a certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, maintains a BS in marketing from University of Maryland, College Park and an MBA from the University of Maryland, University College.


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