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Trauma Conference: The Body Keeps The Score: Trauma Healing with Bessel van der Kolk, MD



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Join renowned trauma expert and NY Times bestselling author, Bessel van der Kolk, MD, for this transformational intensive recording on the latest research and drug-free treatment techniques for your trauma clients.

Dr. van der Kolk will give you a new understanding of the neuroscience of traumatic stress and the research demonstrating the efficacy of mind-body treatment approaches. He will detail the benefits of neurofeedback, EMDR, mediation, yoga, mindfulness, and sensory integration methods such as dance and movement.

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
  • Tools to process traumatic memories
  • Transformation! – to be fully alive in the present, not stuck in the past

This is a “don’t miss” recording that is based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research but also that of other leading specialists.

Format: DVD Video – 8+ hours

Length: 11 hr 57 min

Details: Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.


  • 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.
  • 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
    • Somatization
    • 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 traumarelated sensations and affects that serve as engines for continuing maladaptive behaviors
    • How mind and brain mature in the context of caregiving systems


Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D., has spent his career studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences, and has translated emerging findings from neuroscience and attachment research to develop and study a range of potentially effective treatments for traumatic stress in children and adults.

In 1984, he set up one of the first clinical/research centers in the US dedicated to study and treatment of traumatic stress in civilian populations, which has trained numerous researchers and clinicians specializing in the study and treatment of traumatic stress, and which has been continually funded to research the impact of traumatic stress and effective treatment interventions. He did the first studies on the effects of SSRIs on PTSD; was a member of the first neuroimaging team to investigate how trauma changes brain processes; and did the first research linking BPD and deliberate self-injury to trauma and neglect in early childhood.

Much of his research has focused on how trauma has a different impact at different stages of development, and that disruptions in care-giving systems have additional deleterious effects that need to be addressed for effective intervention. In order to promote a deeper understanding of the impact of childhood trauma and to foster the development and execution of effective treatment interventions, he initiated the process that led to the establishment of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), a Congressionally mandated initiative that now funds approximately 150 centers specializing in developing effective treatment interventions, and implementing them in a wide array of settings, from juvenile detention center to tribal agencies, nationwide.

He has focused on studying treatments that stabilize physiology, increase executive functioning and help traumatized individuals to feel fully alert to the present. This has included an NIMH funded study on EMDR and NCCAM funded study of yoga, and, in recent years, the study of neurofeedback to investigate whether attentional and perceptual systems (and the neural tracks responsible for them) can be altered by changing EEG patterns.

His efforts resulted in the establishment of Trauma Center, that consist 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, a research lab that studies the effects of neurofeedback and MDMA on behavior, mood, and executive functioning, and numerous trainings nationwide to a variety of mental health professionals, educators, parent groups, policy makers, and law enforcement personnel.

Dr. van der Kolk is the author of the NY Times best-selling book The Body Keeps the Score. 

Speaker Disclosures:

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.