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The Body Keeps the Score: Trauma and Healing with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Renowned trauma expert, Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., has spent over three decades working with survivors. Join him in this transformational conference, and leave with a new understanding of traumatic stress. Learn how trauma can literally rearrange the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control and trust.

This conference will show how trauma affects the developing mind and brain, and teach how trauma affects self-awareness and self-regulation. You will focus on the fundamental difference between trauma desensitization vs. integration and growth, and look at the difference between disrupted attachment and traumatic stress. Dr. van der Kolk will examine the role of interpersonal rhythms and attunement in establishing a sense of self and community. This workshop will discuss and demonstrate affect regulation techniques, examine ways to deal with fragmented self-experience, and teach the benefits of yoga, EMDR, meditation, neurofeedback, music and theater.

Trauma changes development of mind, brain and self. Its treatment requires a spectrum of interventions which Dr. van der Kolk will address:

  • Find words to describe and communicate what is going on
  • Learn to regulate one’s emotions
  • Learn to trust other human beings with shameful and horrific details of one’s life
  • Process traumatic memories
  • Learn to be fully alive in the present

This conference is based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, will give you proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy—and a way to reclaim lives!


Product Details
Average Rating:
  4.2   (57 comments)
Bessel A. van der Kolk
11 Hours 57 Minutes
06 Apr, 2017
PESI, Inc.
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Media Type:
DVD - Also available: Digital Recordings



This online program is worth 12.0 hours CPD.



Bessel A. van der Kolk's Profile

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Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D. is a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of post-traumatic stress. His work integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.

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 and medical director of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. The Trauma Center consists 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.  He also created the Trauma Research Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Trauma Center, that is organized to promote clinical, scientific and educational projects.

His most recent 2014 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.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Bessel van der Kolk is a professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine. He is the medical director of the Trauma Center in Boston. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Bessel van der Kolk has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.



  • Examine & explain how traumatized people process information.
  • Describe how sensorimotor processing can alleviate traumatic re-experiencing.
  • Describe the range of adaptations to trauma early in the life cycle.
  • Explain how trauma affects the developing mind and brain.
  • Summarize the recent advances in neurobiology of trauma.
  • Identify the difference between disrupted attachment and traumatic stress.
  • Describe how adverse childhood experiences effect brain development, emotion regulation & cognition.
  • List and describe techniques of physical mastery, affect regulation and memory processing.
  • Describe the development of Developmental Trauma Disorder.
  • Explain the current DSM-5® position on DTD.
  • Explain how to integrate various treatment approaches in your practice.
  • Summarize treatment strategies alternatives to drugs and talk therapy.


  • Neuroscience & Brain Development
    • Neuroscience and brain development
    • 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
  • Early Life Trauma
    • Interpersonal neurobiology
    • Adaptations to trauma early in the life cycle
    • Loss of affect regulation
    • Chronic destructive relationships towards self and others
    • Dissociation and amnesia
    • Somatization
    • Self-blame, guilt and shame
    • Chronic distrust and identification with the aggressor
  • Attachment, Trauma, and Psychopathology
    • 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
  • Neuroscience, Trauma, Memory and the Body
    • 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 traumarelated sensations and affects that serve as engines for continuing maladaptive behaviors
    • How mind and brain mature in the context of caregiving systems

Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers and other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:     4.2

Total Reviews: 3290


SHERYLE F - MADERA, California

"He appeared to have a great connection with the participants at the live presentation."

David W - WEST JORDAN, Utah

"excellent presenter, excellent topic"

Mary B - Los Angeles, California

"I enjoyed this experience and will register with PESI again. My IT questions were answered expeditiously. LOVED this training"

Barbara D - College Place, Washington

"This was a very excellent, wonderful seminar. I hope you do many more like this. "

Patricia J - Clovis, California

"I am a retired Nurse Practitioner with school health and have always had great interest in mental health resources. Thank you!"

Donna A - Holyoke, Massachusetts

"Very interesting...and funny at times, too!"

Holly W - Cape Girardeau, Missouri

"Wonderful conference! Thank you!"

Ashley H - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

"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. "

Melanie H - KAYSVILLE, Utah

"Best continuing ed course I have taken! Loved it. Time went by quickly. Learned a lot. Wonderful I could stream it live. Thank you!!!"

Cheryl W - Chesterfield, Missouri

"Excellent. The instructor was great. The material was very helpful"

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