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The Body Keeps the Score: Integration of Mind, Brain, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma

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Neurobiology |  Somatic Psychology |  Trauma
Bessel Van der Kolk, MD |  Licia Sky, BFA, LMT
2-Day Workshop
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Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Berkeley, California





 “... 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

Workshop Description

Transform your understanding of traumatic stress. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk will present the latest research showing that our experience of our body impacts how we process sensations and memories, and affects how we heal from traumatic experiences. It reveals how trauma literally changes the connectivity of the brain, affecting brain areas including those that allow us to know pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. His research shows that these areas can be reactivated through many innovative treatments, including neurofeedback, somatic therapies, EMDR, psychodrama, yoga, dance, and play. Dr. van der Kolk will share data explaining these interventions, show videos of clinical case studies, and discuss the integration of these approaches during different stages of treatment.

Verbally oriented therapists may wonder how this knowledge can be applied to bring an embodied approach to therapeutic sessions. This workshop will go beyond lecturing on the latest research and treatment options to show the how and the why of his treatment approaches. From the moments before a session starts with a client through the closing moments, what is happening from an interpersonal neurobiological perspective? How can that information inform the process of the session? Directly explore the paradigm shift from the conversation being exclusively cognitive to including embodied awareness.

From videos, case studies, engaging discussion, and exercises,

  • Learn how the body keeps the score.
  • Learn embodied awareness exercises that inform Dr. van der Kolk’s approach to trauma treatment and are fundamental to his message.
  • Learn attention-focusing methods to foster self-regulation, agency, and higher organization.
  • Learn to notice and track physical cues that help make sense of what is happening inside.
  • Recognize and reframe what you are already doing that works, examine why it’s working, and expand
  • your choice points to include the awareness of what is actually happening in the body.

Practicing these research informed exercises in a safe, supervised environment, experiencing their effects, and receiving detailed instructions on how to integrate them into your own treatment protocols will renew and empower your own professional work.

This exciting new workshop will inform you and help you learn interventions that could permanently change the way you practice therapy.

Workshop Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be better able to:

  • Discuss what brain science teaches us about how traumatic memories are processed
  • Explain how early childhood trauma impairs relational ability and social functioning
  • Identify sensory integration techniques that help trauma patients live more fully in the here-and-now
  • Discuss how theater and role-playing can help release people from a trauma-based identity
  • Discuss how neurofeedback can rewire the fear-driven brain
  • Describe mind-body techniques used for shifting affective states
  • Identify and practice 3 exercises to facilitate embodied self-awareness

Who Should Attend

This advanced workshop in the treatment of trauma will benefit mental health professionals, including social workers, physicians, psychologists, addiction counselors and other professionals who work with patients who suffer from trauma, as well as students seeking advanced degrees in health-related professions. It is not open to the general public and is open to those with a beginner-advanced knowledge base in this field.

Disclosure Information

Please remember to check speaker/planner conflict of interest disclosures prior to registering. Click here for more info.


Workshop Agenda

Registration opens at 7:30AM for the live, in-person event. The workshop runs from 8:30AM-4:30PM daily. There will be two 30 minute breaks around 10AM and 2:45PM with an hour lunch.

For a complete course agenda, please download the workshop brochure from the Brochures and Handouts tab.


Click here for course completion and CE/CME information, and FAQ.


Counselor/MFT - IL: IBH is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (Provider #168-000119)
Counselor/MFT - TX IBH has been approved by the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists to provide CE offerings for MFTs. Provider Number 154. This course is approved for 12 contact hours.
NY Counselors - Institute for Better Health, Inc (IBH) is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0063. This course is approved for 12 contact hours.
Educators - The Institute for Better Health has been approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (WESPSB), a member of NASDTEC, as a Clock Hour Provider for Educators. Learners may claim 12 hours for this activity. Please contact your individual state boards for information regarding reciprocity and any additional requirements.
National Nursing - Institute for Better Health, Inc is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This course is approved for 12 contact hours.
CA Nursing - IBH is approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP #2672) for 12 contact hours.
Psychologists - Institute for Better Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course is approved for 12 contact hours.
Physicians - ACCME The Institute for Better Health (IBH) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Institute for Better Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Social Work - TX As an approved continuing education provider for the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, IBH offers continuing education for Texas licensed social workers in compliance with the rules of the board. License No. 3876; MC 1982, PO Box 149347, Austin, TX 78714, (512) 719‐3521. This course is approved for 12 contact hours.
NY Social Work - Institute for Better Health, Inc. (IBH), is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0091.This course is approved for 12 contact hours. 
Social Work - ASWB Institute for Better Health, #1426, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 3/16/2017 – 3/16/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 12 clinical continuing education clock hours.
Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors - NAADAC: This course has been approved by Institute for Better Health, as a NAADAC approved Education Provider for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #92713. Institute for Better Health is responsible for all aspects of the programing. This course is approved for 12 CEHs. 

Brochure and Handouts


Bessel Van der Kolk, MD's Profile

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Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD has been active as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic 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.

Licia Sky, BFA, LMT's Profile

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Licia Sky, BFA, LMT, is a Boston based artist, singer-songwriter, and bodyworker who works with traumatized individuals and trains mental health professionals to use mindful meditation in movement, theater exercises, writing and voice as tools for attunement, healing and connection. She is a regular instructor in trauma healing workshops at Kripalu, and Esalen and also teaches workshops on these subjects around the US, UK, Italy, the Middle East and New Zealand. Licia is co-author of the upcoming release, Body Keeps the Score Workbook. 

Licia leads songwriting retreats for self-discovery and embodied voice. Within retreats and workshops, she guides awareness experiences for building safety, community, and therapeutic attunement. Her dynamic observational exercises integrate music, movement, vocalizing, enhanced noticing, listening, and touch, to foster safe, transformative inner and interpersonal connection. 

She developed methods of vocalizing for embodiment in physical and emotional healing when she began using her voice with her bodywork clients by vocalizing and toning – to help them release the constriction from repressed vocal expression. She found that breathing, toning and vocalizing led to profound beneficial changes of physical and emotional state. 

Her methods are informed by over 25 years as an artist, musician, bodywork therapist, yoga practitioner, and dancer; and integrate poly-vagal theory, parts work, and the latest research on trauma and the body. 




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