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Trauma, Memory, and the Restoration of the Self

with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

During the past decade an enormous amount has been learned about the neurobiology of trauma and the nature of memory in trauma survivors. Drawing from his ground-breaking work, The Body Keeps the Score, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk will explore the clinical implications of these discoveries and a range of new approaches based on the research. 

12 CE/CME Credits Available

Regular Registration: $427.00

Early Registration: $397.00

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Course Description

Recent neuroimaging studies suggest where memories are stored in the brain and possible mechanisms for the recovery of traumatic memories. Since traumatic imprints are stored in subcortical brain areas and are largely divorced from verbal recall, the somatic experiencing of trauma-related sensations and affects is a central focus. You will learn how neurofeedback, yoga, theater, IFS and EMDR can help resolve the traumatic past and discuss the integration of these approaches during different stages of treatment. 

We will also explore the profound effects trauma has on cognition, affect regulation, the development of “self” and interactions with others. You’ll learn how childhood trauma affects the development of self-esteem, the capacity to identify and negotiate personal needs, and the ability to relate effectively with others. 

You will also learn how trauma and disruptions in attachment bonds impact the development of identity, and how this is expressed socially as difficulties in affect modulation, negotiating intimacy and destructive behavior against self and others. 

Given the fragility of interpersonal bonds following disruptions of trust, issues of empathy, interpersonal repetition and boundaries within the therapeutic relationship will also be tended to by examining the role of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Model Mugging and therapeutic work programs. 

Can't make it to the workshop in person? Join us for the online webcast! You'll have the chance to ask questions directly to the speaker, access all materials and handouts, and engage in an online forum with your peers, all from your own home or office!


At this workshop you’ll learn…

  • How traumatized people process information
  • How traumatic experiences are stored in memory and the ways in which those memories are retrieved 
  • The applications of attachment theory in the diagnosis and treatment of trauma
  • Interpersonal neurobiology
  • How to assess people with chronic PTSD and how to develop phase-oriented treatment plans 
  • Strategies proven to be effective for severe trauma 
  • The use of EMDR, DBT, and body-oriented therapies in trauma treatment
  • The various ways in which children adapt to trauma

“...Bessel van der Kolk leads the way in understanding the impact of trauma and helping people heal from overwhelming life experiences.”

– Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine

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