Integration of Mind, Brain & Body in the Treatment of Trauma with Bess
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Integration of Mind, Brain & Body in the Treatment of Trauma with Bessel van der Kolk


Over the past few years, new insights into trauma’s impact on body, brain and relationship have spawned a range of new approaches to treatment. Many of these modalities can be considered fundamental shifts from earlier therapeutic paradigms. 

We will examine how neuroscience research has elucidated how, in the course of development, children learn to regulate their arousal systems and to focus on what is most relevant. We then will examine how trauma, abuse and neglect derail these processes and affect brain development. Since traumatic imprints are stored in subcortical brain areas and are largely divorced from verbal recall, a central focus needs to be to the somatic experiencing of trauma-related sensations and affects. These deep imprints are the engines for continuing maladaptive behaviors. 

Fixation on the trauma and learned helplessness require interventions aimed at restoring active mastery and the capacity to attend to the here-and-now. 

With the aid of videotaped demonstrations and experiential demonstrations of affect regulation techniques, we will examine the role of body oriented therapies, neurofeedback, yoga, theater, IFS and EMDR in resolving the traumatic past and discuss the integration of these approaches during different stages of treatment. 



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Average Rating:
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Speakers:
Bessel van der Kolk
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
22 Sep, 2018
Product Code:
PDR031026
Media Type:
Digital Recordings

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This online program is worth 6 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.


Outline

Neuroscience & Brain Development

  • Neuroscience research and the course of brain development
  • How children learn to regulate their arousal systems
  • Fundamental capacity of the brain to self-regulate
  • Trauma, abuse and neglect: The derailment of developmental processes & brain development

Traumatic Imprints

  • Storing of traumatic imprints in the sub-cortical brain areas
  • Somatic re-experiencing of trauma-related sensations and affects
  • Understand why and how trauma symptoms make sense (adaptations, memory equivalents, etc.)
  • Understand why and how traumatic imprints perpetuate maladaptive coping behaviors

The Latest Clinical Research on Trauma-specific Treatment Interventions

  • Neurologically-based, body-oriented therapies to resolve traumatic material
  • EMDR
  • Movement Therapies
  • Neurofeedback
  • Integrating various approaches during different stages of treatment
  • The DSM-5® diagnoses and need to incorporate data from DESNOS/Complex PTSD and Developmental Trauma Disorder field trials
    • Behavioral and neurobiological implications of developmental trauma (child abuse/neglect)
    • Behavioral and neurobiological implications of complex trauma
    • Recognize and address the myriad of co-morbidities in the traumatized client

Objectives

  1. Communicate recent developments in neuroscience in relation to assessment and the treatment of PTSD.
  2. Appraise the efficacy of trauma treatment techniques, including physical mastery, affect regulation, attention and memory processing in trauma.
  3. Critique the results of Developmental Trauma Disorder field trials and ascertain how this may inform clinical treatment considerations.
  4. Articulate specific techniques clients can engage in to regulate their own physiological functioning in response to trauma.
  5. Explain how traumatized people clients process information and articulate the impact of this on clinical assessment and treatment planning.
  6. Determine how to integrate neurologically-based, body-oriented trauma treatment therapies into clinical practice.

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