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Bessel van der Kolk: Trauma, Body & the Brain - A 4-Day Professional R
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Bessel van der Kolk: Trauma, Body & the Brain - A 4-Day Professional Retreat on the Latest Advances in Trauma Treatment

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☾ Fri, 14 Sep, 2018 - 07:00p to 12:30p CEST - Gubbio (PG), Gubbio (PG)
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Revolutionise Your Trauma Treatment Approach and Your Clinical Practice!

This is an exclusive opportunity, limited to only 45 clinicians, to join the world’s foremost expert on trauma treatment for 4 days of intensive training on the latest and most effective methods to assess, diagnose, and treat trauma and attachment disorders. Dr. van der Kolk, New York Times bestselling author of The Body Keeps the Score and founder/director of the premier trauma treatment training organisation, the Trauma Center, is world-renowned for his skill and effectiveness in connecting the two worlds of research and clinical practice.

Now, this is your exclusive opportunity to learn directly from Dr. van der Kolk and leading trauma expert Licia Sky in a unique and inspiring learning environment where you'll experience the latest, most effective trauma treatment methods that are proven to heal your clients. Combining insights from the field of neuroscience, along with didactic and experiential learning methods, these expert trainers will guide you in developing new tools to treat traumatic stress, PTSD, developmental trauma and more. Discover the power of yoga, meditation, theater, music, movement, vocalization, and psychodrama demonstration to help children and adults heal from traumatic experiences.

Immerse yourself in this once in a lifetime educational experience at the Casa Sangam, a beautifully-restored, stone farmhouse and organic retreat centre. Surrounded by acres of Umbrian countryside, lakes and forests with splendid views over the medieval, hillside town of Gubbio, this is the perfect setting to deepen your learning and come away feeling rejuvenated and renewed to better help your clients — plus earn up to 26.5 CPD hours. The price of registration includes your accommodation and daily vegetarian meals that are specifically prepared to fill you with positive and nourishing energy throughout the retreat.

Don't miss this opportunity to join Dr. van der Kolk and an inspiring group of peers to transform your practice and your clients' lives!


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Bessel van der Kolk |  Licia Sky
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CPD This live program is worth 26.5 hours CPD.


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Bessel van der Kolk MD has spent his career studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences, and has translated emerging findings from neuroscience and attachment research to develop and study a range of potentially effective treatments for traumatic stress in children and adults.

In 1984, he set up one of the first clinical/research centers in the US dedicated to study and treatment of traumatic stress in civilian populations, which has trained numerous researchers and clinicians specializing in the study and treatment of traumatic stress, and which has been continually funded to research the impact of traumatic stress and effective treatment interventions. He did the first studies on the effects of SSRIs on PTSD; was a member of the first neuroimaging team to investigate how trauma changes brain processes, and did the first research linking BPD and deliberate self-injury to trauma and neglect in early childhood.

Much of his research has focused on how trauma has a different impact at different stages of development, and that disruptions in care-giving systems have additional deleterious effects that need to be addressed for effective intervention. In order to promote a deeper understanding of the impact of childhood trauma and to foster the development and execution of effective treatment interventions, he initiated the process that led to the establishment of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), a Congressionally mandated initiative that now funds approximately 150 centers specializing in developing effective treatment interventions, and implementing them in a wide array of settings, from juvenile detention centers to tribal agencies, nationwide.

He has focused on studying treatments that stabilize physiology, increase executive functioning and help traumatized individuals to feel fully alert to the present. This has included an NIMH funded study on EMDR and NCCAM funded study of yoga, and, in recent years, the study of neurofeedback to investigate whether attentional and perceptual systems (and the neural tracks responsible for them) can be altered by changing EEG patterns.

His efforts resulted in the establishment of Trauma Center, that consist of a well-trained clinical team specializing in the treatment of children and adults with histories of child maltreatment, that applies treatment models that are widely taught and implemented nationwide, a research lab that studies the effects of neurofeedback and MDMA on behavior, mood, and executive functioning, and numerous trainings nationwide to a variety of mental health professional, educators, parent groups, policy makers, and law enforcement personnel.

Dr. van der Kolk is the author of the NY Times best-selling book The Body Keeps The Score.

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Licia Sky, LMT, BFA, is a singer-songwriter, artist, and musician who integrates music, movement, vocalizing, guided focusing, conversation-enhanced awareness, and touch in order to foster safe transformative experiences. Her dynamic methods are informed by polyvagal theory, the latest research on trauma and the body, and more than 25 years as an intuitive bodywork therapist.


  • Neuroscience & Brain Development-- how the brain is shaped by experience
  • Interpersonal neurobiology--the nature of human attachment and how it affects us throughout life
  • How children learn to regulate their arousal systems

  • Effects of Early Life Trauma— The derailment of developmental processes & brain development due to trauma, abuse and neglect
  • How the brain responds to threat
  • The breakdown of information processing in trauma


  1. Learn how trauma is experienced on a sensory processing level, and how trauma interferes with the ability to experience one’s self and environment in the present moment.
  2. Learn about trauma and memory processing.
  3. Discuss how trauma disrupts the experience and awareness of time.
  4. Discuss how somatic awareness helps to resolve traumatic memories and promote mastery over the post-traumatic legacy of constriction, disconnection, and loss.
  5. Learn essential elements to build a safe container.
  6. Learn guided observation-specific body scanning meditations in stillness and in movement that foster embodied self-awareness, tolerance of self experience, self-regulation, and enhance safe engagement and expand the capacity for curiosity, spontaneity, joy, and play.
  7. Learn how rhythm and sensate experience, body-centered approaches drawn from theater, music, yoga, and play for building attunement, can help release people from a trauma-based identity and restore a sense of agency.
  8. Learn theater based techniques for embodying and shifting affective states.

  9. Learn how neurofeedback can rewire the fear-driven brain.
  10. Practice these research informed exercises in a safe, supervised environment, experiencing their effects, and receive develop your own template for how to integrate them into your own treatment protocols to renew and empower your own professional work.


Friday: 19:00-21:30 (2.5 hrs)

Saturday: 9:00-12:00, 14:30-17:30, 19:30-21:30 (8 hrs)

Sunday: 9:00-12:00, 14:30-16:30 (5 hrs)

Monday: 9:00-12:00, 14:30-17:30, 19:30-21:30 (8 hrs)

Tuesday: 8:00-10:45 (2.45 hrs)

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