This special program represents current research findings about how people’s brains, minds and bodies are affected by traumatic experiences and illustrate the principles of post-traumatic therapy. Join Dr. van der Kolk, the world’s leading expert in the field of traumatic stress, to explore specific techniques that address:
- Affect regulation
- The integration of dissociated aspects of experience
- Overcoming helplessness
- The re-integration of human connections
- Memory processing
- Disturbances in sensorimotor integration
- Complex trauma
- Developmental Trauma Disorder
The worlds leading expert in the field of traumatic stress, Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. is a clinical psychiatrist who has studied the impact and resolution of trauma on human beings for over 30 years. His research has ranged from developmental impact of trauma to neuroimaging and from memory processes to the use of EMDR and theater groups in PTSD. He is professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and medical director of the Trauma Center in Boston where he also serves as director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Complex Trauma Network. He is past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Dr. van der Kolk has taught at universities and hospitals throughout the world. He is author of over a hundred scientific articles, the book Psychological Trauma, and co-editor of Traumatic Stress.
Effective treatment of post-traumatic problems needs to include addressing the imprint of trauma on the physical experience of the self as being helpless and in danger. Recovery needs to incorporate dealing with defensive efforts that helped ensure survival, incorporate physical experiences that contradict feelings and sensations associated with helplessness and disconnection.
Format: DVD Video – 4+ hours
Length: 5 hr 39 min
Details: Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
Author: BESSEL A VAN DER KOLK, M.D.
Neuroscience & Brain Development
- Neuroscience research and the course of brain development
- How children learn to regulate their arousal systems
- Fundamental capacity of the brain to self-regulate
- Trauma, abuse and neglect: The derailment of developmental processes & brain development
- Storing of traumatic imprints in the sub-cortical brain areas
- Somatic re-experiencing of trauma-related sensations and affects
- Understand why and how trauma symptoms make sense (adaptations, memory equivalents, etc.)
- Understand why and how traumatic imprints perpetuate maladaptive coping behaviors
The Latest Clinical Research on Trauma-specific Treatment Interventions
- Neurologically-based, body-oriented therapies to resolve traumatic material
- Movement Therapies
- Integrating various approaches during different stages of treatment
- The DSM-5® diagnoses and need to incorporate data from DESNOS/Complex PTSD and Developmental Trauma Disorder field trials
- Behavioral and neurobiological implications of developmental trauma (child abuse/neglect)
- Behavioral and neurobiological implications of complex trauma
- Recognize and address the myriad of co-morbidities in the traumatized client
Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. has been active as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of post traumatic stress and related phenomena since the 1970s. He founded the first clinic in Boston, the Trauma Center, which specializes in the treatment of traumatized children and adults, in 1982.
Dr. van der Kolk was investigator on the first neuroimaging study of PTSD. He recently completed the first NIMH funded study of a new exposure treatment, EMDR for the treatment of PTSD. He was co-principal investigator of the DSM IV Field Trial for PTSD, in which he and his colleagues specifically delineated the impact of trauma across the life span, and the differential impact of interpersonal trauma.
His current research is on how trauma affects memory processes; brain-imaging studies of PTSD, treatment outcome of exposure treatment vs. pharmacological interventions, and the effects of theater groups on preventing violence among chronically traumatized youth.
Dr. van der Kolk is past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He is Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School, and Clinical Director of the Trauma Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He is co-director of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Community Program in Boston and originator of, and currently on the steering committee of, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
More information: www.traumacenter.org