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Bessel A. van der Kolk's 25th Annual Trauma Conference | Psychological Trauma: Neuroscience, Attachment, and Therapeutic Interventions
van der Kolk, Bessel A., M.D. et al
PESI, Inc. / Seminar on DVD / 2014-07-01 / X47360
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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Multi-disc DVD recording (19 hours) with instructions. Seminar manual is not available.



For the past 25 years we have examined how trauma affects psychological and biological processes, and how the damage caused by overwhelming life experiences can be reversed. This year many of the most important contributors of our generation will summarize their work.

The study of psychological trauma has been accompanied by an explosion of knowledge about how experience shapes the central nervous system and the formation of the self. Developments in the neurosciences, developmental psychopathology and information processing have contributed to our understanding of how brain function is shaped by experience and the belief that life itself can continually transform perception and biology.

The study of trauma has probably been the single most fertile area in helping to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship among the emotional, cognitive, social and biological forces that shape human development.

Starting with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adults and expanding into early attachment and overwhelming experiences in childhood, this endeavor has elucidated how certain experiences can “set” psychological expectations and biological selectivity.

We have learned that most experience is automatically processed on a subcortical level, i.e., by “unconscious” interpretations that take place outside of awareness. Insight and understanding have only a limited influence on the operation of these subcortical processes. When addressing the problems of traumatized people who, in a myriad of ways, continue to react to current experience as a replay of the past, there is a need for therapeutic methods that do not depend exclusively on understanding and cognition.

Topics Include:

The Overall Picture: Trauma, Biology and Environment
Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D.; Stephen J. Suomi, Ph.D.; Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D.; Stephen J. Suomi, Ph.D.; Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D.; Ed Tronik, Ph.D.; Glenn Saxe, M.D.; Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Brain and Physiology of Trauma
Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D.; Glenn Saxe, M.D.; Wendy D’Andrea, Ph.D.; Lisa McTeague, Ph.D.; Greg J. Siegle, Ph.D.; Stephen Porges, Ph.D.; Stephen Suomi, Ph.D.; Beatrice Beebe, Ph.D.; Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Trauma and Developing Minds and Brains
Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D.; Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D.; Martin Teicher, M.D., Ph.D.; Mary Vicario, LPCC-S; Moderator - Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Trauma and the Shattered Self
Ruth Lanius, M.D., Ph.D.; Paul A. Frewern, Ph.D., C.Psych.; Deborah Korn, Psy.D.; Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D.; Sebern Fisher, MA, BCN; Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Development: Interacting Brains, Minds and Rhythms
Ed Tronick, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Warner, Psy.D.; Margaret E. Blaustein, Ph.D.; Stephen Porges, Ph.D.; Beatrice Beebe, Ph.D.; Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Re-organizing Brain and Body
Ed Hamlin, Ph.D.; Sebern Fisher, MA, BCN; Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D.; Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Participants will be able to identify particular biological theories which have influenced our understanding of the influence of early experience on outcome.
Participants will be able to describe how deficits in the regulation of the Social Engagement System relate to the core features of posttraumatic stress disorder. (Porges).
Participants will describe the phylogenic hierarchy, including the functions of both the ventral and dorsal vagus systems.
Participants will be able to identify at least one way that genetics and environment shape developmental trajectory. (Suomi)
Participants will be able to identify at least 1 key biological marker of the human stress response. (Yehuda)
Identify one experimental use of cortisol for the treatment of PTSD. (Yehuda)
Describe how language is key in the revisiting of traumatic experiences. (Saxe)
Discuss the current state of trauma treatment with regard to “evidence-based treatments.” (Saxe)
Summarize methods to better study a blunted and discordant affect caused by trauma. (D’Andrea)
Define “affective neuroscience” and its role in the effective assessment and treatment of trauma
Summarize and place in historical context the current state of trauma treatment (van der Kolk)
Define the three areas of the triune brain, and identify the areas of the brain associated with PTSD. (van der Kolk)
Describe the physical consequences trauma on brain development (Teicher)
Explain the neurobiology of self experience (Lanius)
Summarize Dr. Frewens TRASC research on altered states of consciousness
Describe two key components to integrating various trauma treatment models successfully in clinical practice. (Korn)
Define internal family systems model as it relates to self leadership and trauma survivors. (Schwartz)
Summarize aspects of trust and "meaning making" and influences that negatively impact parent and child relationships. (Tronick)
Describe the implications of Tronick’s “Still Face” experiment.
Explain the methodology of Sensorimotor Integration Therapy used with traumatized children and adolescents. (Warner)
Describe the normal integration of the anterior and posterior attention networks and its disintegration within traumatized people. (Hamlin)
Summarize the evidence and research of neurofeedback in treating trauma. (Hamlin)

About the Speakers:

Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D., is a clinical psychiatrist who has studied the impact and resolution of trauma on human beings for the past 40 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. He has taught at universities and hospitals throughout the world. He is author of over a hundred scientific articles, author of Psychological Trauma and co-editor of Traumatic Stress.

Stephen Porges, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he directed the Brain-Body Center, and at the University of Maryland, where he chaired the Department of Human Development and directed the Institute for Child Study. He served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological, and Cognitive Sciences. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines including pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, space medicine, and substance abuse. In 9994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of psychiatric disorders. He is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation (Norton, 2011).

Stephen J. Suomi, PhD: Chief of the Laboratory of Comparative Ethology at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bethesda, Maryland. Research professorships at the University of Virginia, the University of Maryland, College Park, the Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, the Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Maryland, Recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Donald O. Hebb Award from the American Psychological Association.

Rachel Yehuda, PhD: Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Director Traumatic Stress Studies Division and the Neurochemistry and Neuroendocrinology laboratory at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Dr. Glenn Saxe: Dr. Glenn Saxe is the Arnold Simon Professor and Chair, for the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Director of the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Saxe is a physician scientist with a focus on child traumatic stress. His work has concerned the identification of risk factors for traumatic stress in acutely traumatized children and innovative methods for conducting risk factor analysis. He is also a developer of Trauma Systems Therapy (TST), a widely used community-based intervention.

Wendy D’Andrea, PhD: Assistant Professor of Psychology at The New School for Social Research in New York, NY. Her research focuses on physiological manifestations and consequences of complex trauma.

Lisa McTeague, PhD: Instructor, Stanford University Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; formerly, Center for the Study of Emotion and Attention, University of Florida.

Greg J. Siegle, PhD: Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, Laboratory of Clinical and Translational Science.

Martin Teicher, M.D., Ph.D.: Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; Director, Developmental Biopsychiatry Research Program and Laboratory of Developmental Psychopharmacology, McLean Hospital. His research studies range from inquiries into the molecular mechanisms of brain development to brain-imaging studies of the effects of childhood maltreatment on brain development

Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD: Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario, Canada; co-editor (with Eric Vermetten and Clare Pain), The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease: The Hidden Epidemic

Paul A. Frewen, PhD, C.Psych: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Western Ontario; Chair, Traumatic Stress Section, Canadian Psychological Association. Author of 35 papers on trauma, affect regulation, mindfulness, dissociation, and the self. Co-author (with Ruth Lanius), Healing the Traumatized Self: Consciousness, Neuroscience, Treatment.

Debbie Korn, Psy.D., maintains a private practice in Cambridge, MA and is a faculty member at the Trauma Center in Boston. She has been on the faculty of the EMDR Institute for the past 19 years and is former Clinical Director of Womens' Trauma Programs at Charter Brookside and Charles River Hospitals. Dr. Korn is an author of several prominent articles on EMDR treatment, including a recently published, comprehensive review of EMDR applications with Complex PTSD. Dr. Korn is an EMDRIA-approved consultant in EMDR and a past board member of NESTTD. She is also on the editorial board of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. She presents and consults internationally on the treatment of adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect and related topics. She is a regular presenter at the EMDR International Association Conference and was invited to teach EMDRIA's first "Masters Series" class. As a clinician, teacher, researcher, and consultant, Dr. Korn is known for her knowledge and integration of many different clinical models. She believes it is important to carry a large toolbox and to remain flexible, practical, and integrative in case conceptualization and treatment planning.

Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., earned his Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from Purdue University, after which he began a long association with the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and more recently at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, attaining the status of associate professor at both institutions. He is co-author, with Michael Nichols, of Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in the United States.

Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems in response to clients’ descriptions of experiencing various parts – many extreme – within themselves. He noticed that when these parts felt safe and had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive and would accede to the wise leadership of what Dr. Schwartz came to call the “Self.” In developing IFS, he recognized that, as in systemic family theory, parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the clients. The coordinating Self, which embodies qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion, acts as a center around which the various parts constellate. Because IFS locates the source of healing within the client, the therapist is freed to focus on guiding the client’s access to his or her true Self and supporting the client in harnessing its wisdom. This approach makes IFS a non-pathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy. It provides an alternative understanding of psychic functioning and healing that allows for innovative techniques in relieving clients symptoms and suffering.

In 2000, Richard Schwartz founded The Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois. Dr. Schwartz is a featured speaker for many national psychotherapy organizations and a fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and he serves on the editorial boards of four professional journals. He has published four books and over 50 articles about IFS. His books include Internal Family Systems Therapy, Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model, and The Mosaic Mind (with Regina Goulding), as well as Metaframeworks (with Doug Breunlin and Betty Karrer). Dr. Schwartz lives and practices in Brookline, MA and is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard School of Medicine.

Ed Tronick, PhD: University Distinguished Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston; Director of Child Development Unit, Children’s Hospital Boston; author, The Neurobehavioral and Social Emotional Development of Infants and Children.

Elizabeth Warner, PsyD: SMART Project Director; Senior Supervisor, Trauma Center at JRI.

Margaret E. Blaustein, Ph.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist whose career has focused on the understanding and treatment of complex childhood trauma and its sequelae. With an emphasis on the importance of understanding the child-, the family-, and the provider-in-context, her study has focused on identification and translation of key principles of intervention across treatment settings, building from the foundational theories of childhood development, attachment, and traumatic stress.

With Kristine Kinniburgh, Dr. Blaustein is co-developer of the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) treatment framework (Kinniburgh & Blaustein, 2005), and co-author of the text, Treating Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents: Fostering Resilience through Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (Blaustein & Kinniburgh, 2010). She has provided extensive training and consultation to providers within the US and abroad. Dr. Blaustein is currently the Director of Training and Education at The Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA, and is actively involved in local, regional, and national collaborative groups dedicated to the empathic, respectful, and effective provision of services to this population.

Ed Hamlin, Ph.D.: Clinical Director, Pisgah Institute’s Center for the Advancement of Human Potential, Ashville, NC; adjunct faculty, East Tennessee State University Medical Center and Western Carolina University

Joseph Spinazzola, PhD:Executive Director, Trauma Center at JRI; Vice President, Behavioral Health & Trauma Services, Justice Resource Institute; Director, Complex Trauma Treatment Network, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Trauma Drama Program Director, JRI.

Beatrice Beebe, PhD: Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry), College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric Institute; and the N.Y.U. Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; co-author of Rhythms of Dialogue in Infancy, Infant Research and Adult Treatment: Co-Constructing Interactions Forms of Intersubjectivity in Infant Research and Adult Treatment.

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