Bessel A. Van Der Kolk, MD
Leading Edge Seminars
Location: Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk (5095 Yonge St., Toronto)
Time: 9:00 am to 4:40 pm
Fee: $475 (up to April 6, 2017); $495 (after April 6, 2017)
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. Dr. van der Kolk ‘s work has been widely recognized by many including Dr. Daniel J. Segal, MD, who writes:
“When it comes to understanding the impact of trauma and being able to continue to grow despite overwhelming life experiences, Bessel van der Kolk leads the way in his comprehensive knowledge, clinical courage, and creative strategies to help us heal.”
Recent neuroimaging studies suggest where memories are stored in the brain and the possible mechanisms for the recovery of traumatic memories. While ordinary memory is an active and constructive process, traumatic memories are stored as dissociated sensory and perceptual fragments of the experience. Depending on the age at which the trauma occurs and the social support systems of the victim, memories are constructed differently.
The first day will cover the profound effects of trauma on cognition, affect regulation, and on the development of “self” and interactions with others. You will learn how trauma and disruptions in attachment bonds affect the development of identity, and how this is expressed socially as difficulties in affect modulation, destructive behavior against self and others and in negotiating intimacy.
The second day will cover 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. The balance of the day will be spent on the exploration of treatment alternatives.
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.
In response to fixation on the trauma and learned helplessness, the workshop will explore interventions aimed at restoring active mastery and the capacity to attend to the here-and-now.
Given the fragility of the 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.
You will 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
• 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
About the Presenter:
Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD, has been the Medical Director of The Trauma Center in Boston for the past 30 years. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School and serves as the Co-Director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Complex Trauma Network. He is past President of International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He has been active as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of PTSD since the 1970s. He has published well over 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles on various aspects of trauma. 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 and is chair of the NCTSN DSM V workgroup on Developmental Trauma Disorder. He has written extensively about using neuroscience research to identify appropriate treatments for PTSD and completed the first NIMH-funded study of EMDR. For more information, please visit www.traumacenter.org.
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