It overwhelms its victims and often the people who try to treat it. It reshapes one’s sense of self, bodily experience and brain organization — leaving people stuck in terror, isolation, and shame.
My life’s work has been to find the most effective pathways to healing trauma. It’s why I founded the Trauma Center, have been part of groundbreaking research, and wrote the #1 New York Times bestselling book The Body Keeps the Score and its forthcoming companion workbook (co-authored with Licia Sky, 2020).
Along the way, I have collaborated with many of the most sought-after pioneers and researchers in our field. Together, we have successfully treated thousands of traumatized children and adults: victims of child abuse, natural disasters, wars, accidents, and human trafficking.
Together, we will help you discover how incorporating methods such as EMDR, meditation, neurofeedback, yoga, mindfulness, sensory integration, and the arts can deepen your therapeutic skills and lead to deep, lasting healing.
Join us and we will show you how the helplessness, rage, and collapse from past trauma imprints can be transformed through physical experiences — restoring your client’s hope for a brighter future filled with joy, purpose and meaning.
Yours in healing,
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
- Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
- Discover how to build stronger connections with your clients
- Deepen your understanding of trauma and its effects
- Master innovative treatment options to fill your toolbox
- Learn to go beyond standard talk therapy to customize treatment for deep-rooted trauma
- Stay on the leading-edge of diagnosing trauma-related issues
- Learn how to create unique treatment interventions that maximize your therapeutic outcomes
- Join an elite group of peers from around the globe, all focused on enhancing their therapeutic skills and improving client outcomes
"The course was amazing and van der Kolk is a delightful and extraordinary human being and role model for our healing professions!" — Robyn P.
"I enjoyed Dr. van der Kolk immensely. It has been my dream to hear him speak and it was everything that I hoped for." — Linda M.
"Cutting edge, very in-depth material." — Janie E.
"I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed this training. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk presented the material in a way that was engaging and very informative. He challenges the traditional methods in a manner that I greatly appreciate, and I am excited to put some of his teachings into practice." — Ashley H.
"Best continuing ed course I have taken! Loved it." — Melanie H.
"Thank you, Dr. van der Kolk, for your amazing contribution to the field of trauma treatment. As a psychologist and marital and family therapist for over 40 years, I found your work very relevant and congruent with my own experiences in working with the devastating aftereffects of trauma in individuals and their families and loved ones (and society in general)." — Debra S.
"Very, very informative, inspiring and definitely impacted my understanding of my own trauma and the work I do to heal myself and help others heal." — Jose F.
"This completely changed how I will be practicing therapy. I'm so glad I got to hear this." — Tiffany G.
"This was packed with new data and information relevant to helping clients overcome trauma!" — Leann K.
Through intriguing videos, case studies, and masterful explanation, you will learn how to apply the latest findings from research to your trauma treatment protocols in practical, effective ways.
This intensive session will provide you the knowledge you need to give your clients:
- A way to find words that describe the deep and painful effects of trauma
- Tools to regulate their emotions, even when they’re unexpectedly triggered
- The ability to trust other human beings after the shameful and horrific details of their trauma
- The opportunity to be fully alive in the present, not stuck in the past
- …And so much more
- 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
- Interpersonal neurobiology
- Adaptations to trauma early in the life cycle
- Loss of affect regulation
- Chronic destructive relationships towards self and others
- Dissociation and amnesia
- Self-blame, guilt and shame
- Chronic distrust and identification with the aggressor
- 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
- 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 trauma-related sensations and affects that serve as engines for continuing maladaptive behaviors
- How mind and brain mature in the context of caregiving systems
- Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD)
- Affect and impulse dysregulation
- Disturbances of attention, cognition, and consciousness
- Distortions in self-perception and systems of meaning
- Interpersonal difficulties
- Somatization and biological dysregulation
- The development of DTD in the DSM-5® as a diagnosis and its implications for assessment, diagnosis, and treatment
- The role of body-oriented and neurologically-based therapies to resolve the traumatic past
- Alternatives to drugs and talk therapy
- Self-regulation, including yoga
- Play and theatre
- Dance, movement, and sensory integration
Empathic, Insightful, and Compassionate
Most Important Series of Breakthroughs
Pathways to Recovery
Leads the Way
Top down: by talking, connecting with others, and allowing ourselves to know and understand what is going on with us, while processing the memories of the trauma.
Utilizing medications: to shut down inappropriate alarm reactions, or by utilizing other technologies that change the way the brain organizes information.
Bottom up: by allowing the body to have experiences that deeply and viscerally contradict the helplessness, rage, or collapse that result from trauma.
with Ed Tronick, PhD
In this powerful session, Dr. Tronick will show you the range of physiological processes all humans, including infants, use to generate meaning.
You’ll then explore how trauma impacts our ability to make meaning and can lead to constricted consciousness, disorganization, fear, dysregulation, anxiety, disconnection, distrust, loneliness, and despair.
- How we make meaning in a volatile world
- What we can learn from the Still-Face Experiment
- Why you need to understand the three states of the Model of Meaning Making
- Exploring cardiac memory, the impact of cortisol, epigenetics, and coordination of shared experience
- How infants perceive maternal stress
- The lasting impact of early chronic adverse events
with Martin Teicher, MD, PHD
Together, you will explore the questions:
- Correlations of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) with psychological disorders
- Enduring effects of ACEs on disrupted neural and cognitive development
- How gender, age, and sensitive periods of brain development impact the effects of abuse
- How brain structures like the corpus callosum and amygdala are affected by exposure to childhood maltreatment
- What treatments can increase resilience
with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD
In this intensive session, you’ll examine the evidence-based model for expressive arts and trauma. You’ll walk away understanding the best practices to enhance your trauma treatment and with real-world applications you can immediately implement with your clients.
- The three levels of the Expressive Arts Therapy Continuum — a “bottom up” or “top down” framework
- How to reach to learning brain
- Using Expressive Arts as a natural relaxant for the body’s nervous system
- Drawing on community as the regulating and reparative factor
- Understanding the four-part model for Expressive Arts and Trauma: Movement, Sound, Storytelling, and Silence
- Utilizing established cultural practice
with Stephan Wolfert
with Tarana Burke, founder, "Me Too" movement
The education provided in this intensive online training is designed to breathe new life into your clinical treatment plans for even the most challenging trauma clients.
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Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development, memory, and the psychobiology of trauma. He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater, and EMDR.
He is founder of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts and President of the Trauma Research Foundation, which promotes clinical, scientific, and educational projects.
His #1 New York Times best seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma, transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring – specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, somatically based therapies, EMDR, psychodrama, play, yoga, and other therapies.
Dr. van der Kolk is the past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He regularly teaches at conferences, universities, and hospitals around the world.
Nonfinancial: Bessel van der Kolk has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Nonfinancial: Ed Tronick is a member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.
Nonfinancial: Martin Teicher is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation.
Nonfinancial: Cathy Malchiodi is a member of the American Art Therapy Association.