Trauma, Memory, and the Restoration of One's Self

Presented by Bessel van der Kolk, MD on 01-08-2016 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern)

The brain's primary functions are to care for the self and to provide the feeling of being in sync with one another. Traumatic experiences transform the way the brain processes information and the body engages with the world. People who have experienced trauma may develop fear surrounding what they know and feel, causing them to experience heartbreak and feel out of sync with their surroundings and themselves.

This web conference will explore how trauma alters biological systems, causing traumatized people to feel trapped by their past and reactive to the present in ways that replay the past. We will look at methods for breaking those cycles of re-enactment and suffering.

This presentation will explore ways to help clients represent and befriend their inner experiences, because successful therapies begin with a basic sense of calm and safety. A sense of calm gives a person permission to know what he or she knows, and to see what he or she sees. We will also examine the capacity of specific modalities to facilitate transformation in clients, allowing them to move beyond their traumatic past and become fully alive in the present. We will discuss yoga, EMDR, sensorimotor therapy, neurofeedback, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and theater work.

This intermediate instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Describe how trauma transforms biological systems, causing people to feel trapped by their history.
  2. Apply strategies to help clients achieve a basic sense of calm and safety.
  3. Implement therapy modalities that can help people overcome a traumatic past.
  4. Utilize self-regulation and integration of unconscious experiences to promote a healthy present state of mind.

If you have any questions or concerns about this web conference, or would like more information, please contact us here.

How the Web Conference Works

Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. The video portion of the web conference center is not accessible via smartphone or tablet.

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

This event will include lecture and question-and-answer periods. After the live event, a written transcript of the event will be available in the Member's Area. Members of GoodTherapy.org can receive continuing education credits for attending this event by logging in to the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area.

403.5CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. GoodTherapy.org is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395. 

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Highlights

Love having access to presenters like Bessel von der Kolk who I would normally have to travel to hear speak. - Cherelle Brown, MS, LCMFT

Superb presentation! - Charles N. Davidson Jr., D.Min. 

Bessel von der Kolk is such an expert in his field that it was a real treat to see this presentation from him. - Catriona Waters, MA, MFT

This is an excellent intellectual presentation. - Jill Turcott, MA, LCSW

 

Meet the Presenter

Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD serves as Medical Director for The Trauma Center in Boston, Director of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and as a professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. A clinician first and foremost, he has also authored more than 100 scientific articles on the many facets of trauma. His current research projects include:

  • Yoga for treating posttraumatic stress, which is being funded by the National Institutes of Health
  • Violence prevention through theater work in Boston public schools, which is being funded by the Centers for Disease Control
  • Neurofeedback and PTSD treatment
  • The mechanisms of EMDR
  • Sensory integration

He has also written on the potential for using neuroscience research to identify appropriate treatments for PTSD. Dr. van der Kolk completed the first NIMH-funded study of EMDR, and he was a participant in the first study of PTSD using neuroimaging and the first study linking Borderline Personality Disorder to childhood trauma. He serves as chair of the NCTSN DSM-5 workgroup on Developmental Trauma Disorder and was one of the principal investigators for the DSM-IV Field Trial for PTSD.

Dr. van der Kolk's most recent book, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, is a New York Times Bestseller. For more about Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and his work, as well as future events and trainings, please visit his website: besselvanderkolk.com.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA approval applies to all events listed after May 2011.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.