Trauma and Attachment
Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.
Join the world’s leading expert on trauma Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D. and understand the latest on how our brains, minds and bodies respond to traumatic experiences. Dr. van der Kolk will explain how affect modulation techniques, EMDR, yoga and neurofeedback are used in overcoming the destabilization and disintegration caused by trauma. Watch this seminar recording and take home an understanding of how these experiences are processed by unconscious interpretations (subcortical) that take place outside of awareness. Learn why therapeutic methods that do not depend exclusively on understanding and cognition are needed to move the client beyond the “replay of the past” in their current experiences.
•Describe the range of adaptations to trauma early in the life cycle, including loss of affect regulation; chronic destructive relationships towards self and others; dissociation and amnesia; somatization; and on chronic problems, such as self-blame, guilt, shame, chronic distrust and identification with the aggressor
•Discuss the various treatments, and the effects that they have been shown to have on the recovery of traumatized individuals
•Summarize the recent advances in neurobiology of trauma
About The Speakers:
Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D. has been the Medical Director of The Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts for the past 25 years and is Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He was past President of International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Though he identifies himself primarily as a clinician, he has published well over 100 peer reviewed scientific articles on the impact of trauma on development, the psychobiology of trauma, diagnostic issues, and treatment outcome. He is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health to study yoga for treating PTSD; by the CDC to investigate the use of theater for violence prevention in the Boston public schools, and by private foundations to study the effects of EMDR on brain function, sensory integration in traumatized children, and the effects of neurofeedback on PTSD.
He participated in the first neuroimaging study of PTSD, in the first study to link Borderline Personality Disorder with childhood trauma and was co-principal investigator of the DSM IV Field Trial for PTSD. He has written extensively about the clinical implications of neuroscience research for identifying appropriate treatments for PTSD and recently completed the first NIMH-funded study of EMDR. He has taught at universities and hospitals around the world, including most European countries, Israel, Russia, South Africa, China, Japan, Indonesia, India, Argentina and Australia.