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Bessel A. van der Kolk's 27th Annual Trauma Conference: Full 3-Day Conference
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[+] [-] 051175 - Trauma and Memory
  • Describe the four major development stages that increase our vulnerability to trauma, and how to recognize them in your clients.
  • Explain the naturalistic mechanics of trauma and survival responses of flight, fight, freeze and collapse.
  • Describe the evolutionary underpinnings of trauma and the Polyvagal theory.
  • Define the importance of "Bottom-up" processing versus "Top Down" processing.
  • Summarize the process of how overwhelming stress leads to somatic and emotional syndromes.
  • List Dr. Levine's nine stages for successful trauma healing.
  • Provide a detailed description as to how trauma therapy can be a conduit to a deeper spiritual understanding, and the social implications this feeling of connection can have on the world as a whole.

[+] [-] 051180 - Applied Neuroscience
  • Summarize the recent developments in neuroscience as they relate to the treatment of trauma.
  • Explore ways in which computers can assist in the modulation of focusing, arousal, and filtering.
  • Describe the role of specific neuronetworks associated with trauma.
  • Demonstrate how to provide non-invasive office-based electrophysiology measures of both central and autonomic nervous system functions.
  • Summarize an overview of arousal dysregulation in severe emotional disorders.
  • Utilize technology to regulate arousal and improve emotional and behavioral functioning.
  • Identify the default mode network that is associated with dysfunctions associated with PTSD.
  • Explore the use of the quantitative EEG in traumatized clients and its treatment implications.

[+] [-] 051185 - Bessel A. van der Kolk's 27th Annual Trauma Conference: Main Conference Day 1
Self and Identity in Traumatic Stress with Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.
  • Clarify how the brain has fundamental capacities to learn to regulate itself.
The Enduring Neurobiological Effects of Abuse and Neglect with Martin Teicher, M.D., PhD
  • Describe how severe childhood abuse and/or neglect influences personality disorders.
What the Spontaneous Activity in the Midline Regions of the Brain can Tell us about Self & Identity with Georg Northoff, M.D., PhD
  • Describe what the spontaneous activity in the midline regions of the brain can tell us about self & identity.
Neuroimaging the Traumatized Self with Paul Frewen, PhD, C.Psych
  • Explain how to become aware of emotional states within both normal and psychopathological functioning.
Trauma and Self-Experience with Georg Northoff, M.D., PhD, Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D., and Paul Frewen, M.D., PhD
  • Integrate an approach to understand the self, consciousness, and what it means to be mentally healthy.
  • Examine instances of distorted self-recognition in people with psychiatric disorders, like schizophrenia.

[+] [-] 051190 - Bessel A. van der Kolk's 27th Annual Trauma Conference: Main Conference Day 2
Attachment Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma
  • Describe the five basic principles of Attachment-focused EMDR and how they can be integrated into the treatment of relational trauma.
Somatic Experiencing
  • Discuss three potential benefits of combining Ego State Therapy with Somatic Experiencing.
PTSD and Creativity: Visiting the Muses
  • Describe the impact of using creativity when working with PTSD.
Mindfulness-Oriented Interventions for Trauma: Integrating Contemplative Practices
  • Describe how mindfulness practice helps to heal the brain of someone affected by traumatic stress.
  • Demonstrate how mindful practices can positively impact clinician efficacy.
Theraplay: How Play and Nurturing Care can Help
  • Describe the concepts of Theraplay.

[+] [-] 051175 - Trauma and Memory
  • Coherence and Flow
  • Memory
    • Definitions
    • Types
    • Systems
    • States
  • Somatic Experiencing
    • Somatic Play
  • Interactive exercise
  • Questions
  • Arousal vs. Time
  • Self-Regulation
  • Dopamine System
    • Constant Exploration
  • Shame
    • When it becomes chronic
    • Internalizing shame
  • Questions
  • Somatic Experiencing
    • Therapy session videos

[+] [-] 051180 - Applied Neuroscience
  • Introduction of Bessel van der Kolk
    • How trauma disturbs brain development
    • Childhood Trauma
      • Attachment issues
        • Brain Development
        • Social Experiences
      • Electro-connections of the brain
        • Traumatized vs. “Normal” people
      • How to help traumatized people not be focused on the past
      • Questions
    • Introduction of Laurence Hirshberg
      • Neurofeedback
        • What it is
        • How is works
        • Supporting research
        • What we know vs. what we don’t know
        • Why you would want to change the EEG
        • Finished existing research on what the EEG abnormalities are with PTSD
        • What the evidence that you can actually change the EEG
        • Early studies of the efficacy of neurofeedback in early childhood trauma
      • Questions
    • Introduction of Tom Collura
      • Clinic work
        • Process of neuroscience within the clinic
        • Process of working with the patient when using neurofeedback
      • “Normal” people distributions vs. traumatized people distributions
        • Z-score training
      • Clinic research findings with patients
      • State and trait characteristics
        • Left vs. Right brain
      • Questions
    • Introduction of Richard Jacobs
      • Aspects of neurofeedback and how they can help people
      • Personal neurofeedback story of Richard Jacobs
    • Introduction of Paul Frewen
      • MEG studies on PTSD subjects
      • PTSD patients vs patients under psychedelic drugs
        • Positive and negative experiences of psychedelic drugs
        • Neurofeedback studies
      • Questions
    • Introduction of Sebern Fisher
      • The role of neurofeedback in the treatment of developmental trauma
      • Default mode network
      • Case studies of neurofeedback
      • EEG and clinical changes
    • Introduction of Ed Hamlin
      • History of the mind vs. the brain
      • Complexity of the brain
      • Consciousness in the brain
      • Brain networks
        • What parts of the brain process what

[+] [-] 051185 - Bessel A. van der Kolk's 27th Annual Trauma Conference: Main Conference Day 1
Self-Identity in Traumatic Stress
  • Introduction
  • Exploring how people get “stuck”
    • Victim identity
    • War identity
  • How to help people be fully alive in the present
  • Neurofeedback and ERP Patterns
  • Brain stem arousal systems
  • Childhood interpersonal trauma
  • Case Study
The Enduring Neurobiological Effects of Abuse and Neglect
  • Introduction
  • Maltreatment and Trauma Studies Support
  • Pharmalogical Consequences of Childhood Maltreatment
  • First Neuroimaging Findings
  • Childhood Abuse and the Regional Anatomy of the Corpus Callosum
  • Deficient Hemispheric Integration
  • Threat Detection, Response, and Recovery
  • Childhood Abuse and the Amygdala
  • Fear Circuit Regions and Pathways
    • Amygdala
      • Critical Developmental Threats
    • Hippocampus
    • Sensory Cortex
    • Prefrontal Cortex
    • Pathways - AF, CB, Fornix, ILF
  • Reward Anticipation
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Circuits and Networks
  • Studies
  • Take Home Messages
What the Spontaneous Activity in the Midline Regions of the Brain can tell us about Self & Identity
  • Introduction
  • What is the brain?
    • Definitions of the brain
  • Domains of the brain
  • Distinction between Self and Non-Self
    • Self and Rest: Self-specific
    • Stimuli and the Default-Mode Network
  • Combining EEG and MRS on self-related judgment
  • Overlap: Aversion, Trauma, Entropy and Glutamate
Neuroimaging the Traumatized Self
  • Introduction
  • Responses to PTSD
  • Dimensions of PTSD
  • Representations of the visual and the semantic
  • Case study of being in or out of the present
Trauma and Self-Experience
  • Introduction
  • Question and Answer
    • Shame
    • Self
    • FMRI vs EEG
    • Brain Stimulation during neurofeedback
    • Language
      • Verbal
      • Non-verbal

[+] [-] 051190 - Bessel A. van der Kolk's 27th Annual Trauma Conference: Main Conference Day 2
Attachment Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma
  • Introduction and Background
  • Basic Principle of Attachment-Focused EMDR
  • Resource Tapping
  • Four Foundational Resources
  • Integrating the Resources into Treatment
  • Suggestions for Repairing Attachment Wounds with Resource Tapping
  • EMDR Trauma Processing
  • The Modified Protocol
Somatic Experiencing
  • Introduction
  • Bottom-up Processing
  • Video Case Study 1
  • Video Case Study 2
  • Excerpt from Unspoken Voice
PTSD and Creativity: Visiting the Muses
  • Introduction
  • Goals of the Presentation
  • Background of Presenter
  • Motivation for Research
  • Definitions of Creativity
  • Creativity Research
  • Creativity and Madness
  • Education the Imagination
  • Traumatized Imagination
  • PTSD Study
    • PTSD and Performing Artists
    • Findings
  • Current Study
    • Methods
    • Measures
    • Descriptive Statistics
  • Experiences of Creativity
  • Findings for PTSD Group
  • Findings for Performing Artist Group
  • Flow
    • States
    • Scales
    • Findings for PTSD and Performing Artist Group
  • Psychophysiology and Flow
  • Over-excitability Dimensions
  • Over-excitability Findings
    • PTSD Group
    • Performing Artists Group
  • Shame and Perfectionism
  • Unresolved Mourning, Dissociation, and Memory
    • Adult Attachment Interview and Dissociation
  • Performers, Trauma and Memory
  • Current Study Results
  • Concluding Remarks
  • Treating Performers
  • Struggles as an Artist
Mindfulness-Oriented Interventions for Trauma
  • Introduction
  • Circuitries
    • Three Poisons
  • Cycles
  • Circuitry Activity in Suffering Cycles
  • Seesaws
  • Brain’s Default Mode
  • Conditioning
  • Default Modes of Distressed Brains
  • Contemplative Practices for Trauma
    • Risks/Challenges
  • Mindfulness
  • Lovingkindness Practice
  • Metta
    • Meaning
    • Origins
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Meditations
  • Trauma-Sensitive Yoga
  • TSY
Theraplay: How Play and Nurturing Care can Help
  • Introduction
  • Theraplay Overview
    • Definition
    • Roles
    • What is provides
  • Interactive Play and Analyzation of Play
  • Case Study
  • Interactive Play and Analyzation of Play
  • Case Study



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 of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts and president of the Trauma Research Foundation, which promotes clinical, scientific and educational projects.

His 2014 #1 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 receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

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


Peter A. Levine, Ph.D., holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. The developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and founder of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, which conducts trainings in this work throughout the world and in various indigenous cultures, with 26 faculty members and over five thousand students. Dr. Levine was a stress consultant for NASA on the development of the space shuttle project and was a member of the Institute of World Affairs Task Force of Psychologists for Social Responsibility in developing responses to large-scale disasters and ethno-political warfare. Levine’s international best seller, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, has been translated into 22 languages. His recent interests include the prevention of trauma in children, and he has co-written two books, with Maggie Kline, in this area: Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids. His most recent book: In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness, was recently released to rave reviews. Levine’s original contribution to the field of Body-Psychotherapy was honored in 2010 when he received the Life Time Achievement award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Peter Levine is the Developer of Somatic Experiencing®. He is the founder and Senior Advisor to the Foundation for Human Enrichment; and Senior Advisor to The Meadows Addiction Treatment Center. Dr. Levine receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Peter Levine is a member of the American Psychological Association; Humanistic Psychological Association; and International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.


Ed Hamlin, Ph.D.: Clinical Director, Pisgah Institute’s Center for the Advancement of Human Potential, Ashville, NC; adjunct faculty, East Tennessee State University Medical Center and Western Carolina University


Paul A. Frewen, PhD, C.Psych: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Western Ontario; Chair, Traumatic Stress Section, Canadian Psychological Association. Author of 35 papers on trauma, affect regulation, mindfulness, dissociation, and the self. Co-author (with Ruth Lanius), Healing the Traumatized Self: Consciousness, Neuroscience, Treatment.


Sebern Fisher, MA, BCN, Psychotherapist and neurofeedback consultant, Northampton, Mass. Author, Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Sebern Fisher is in private practice. She is an author for W.W. Norton and receives royalties. She receives a speaking fee from EEGer. Ms. Fisher receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Sebern Fisher has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Martin H. Teicher, MD, Ph.D., Associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; director of the Developmental Biopsychiatry Research Program and Laboratory of Developmental Psychopharmacology at McLean Hospital. His research studies range from inquiries into the molecular mechanisms of brain development to brain-imaging studies of the effects of childhood maltreatment on brain development.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Martin Teicher is the director of the Developmental Biopsychiatry Research Program at McLean Hospital. He is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School.

Non-financial: Martin Teicher is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation.


Dr. Laurel Parnell is one of the world’s experts on the therapeutic tool EMDR. A clinical psychologist, she has trained thousands in EMDR in her international workshops and instructional videos. Dr. Parnell is the author of A Therapist’s Guide to EMDR, EMDR in the Treatment of Adults Abused as Children, Transforming Trauma: EMDR, and Tapping In: A Step-by-Step Guide to Activating Your Healing Resource Through Bilateral Stimulation as well as articles and a chapter in the EMDR Casebook. Dr. Parnell's newest book, Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma, integrates the latest in attachment theory and research into the use of EMDR. Dr. Parnell has served on the faculty of the California Institute for Integral Studies and John F. Kennedy University.

An EMDR pioneer and innovator, Dr. Parnell has immersed herself in the practice and development of EMDR since 1991 bringing a client-centered attachment-focused approach to the work. A frequent presenter at conferences, she has been interviewed for television, radio and print. She maintains a private practice in San Rafael, California.


Paula Thomson, Professor, California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Clinical Psychologist, Co-Director of the Pacifica Graduate Institute, and Professor Emeritus at York University. Professional dancer, choreographer & movement coach. Co-author of Creativity and the Performing Arts.


James W. Hopper, Ph.D.,
Independent consultant and instructor in psychology, Cambridge Health Alliance & Harvard Medical School. Co-editor, Mindfulness-oriented interventions for trauma: Integrating contemplative practices. The MDMA Team, Trauma Research Foundation.


Phyllis Booth, MA,Clinical director emerita of The Theraplay® Institute in Chicago. With Ann Jernberg, she created the Theraplay® method for helping children and families with attachment and relationship problems. Primary author: Theraplay®: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play.
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[+] [-] 051175 - Trauma and Memory
[+] [-] 051180 - Applied Neuroscience
[+] [-] 051185 - Bessel A. van der Kolk's 27th Annual Trauma Conference: Main Conference Day 1
[+] [-] 051190 - Bessel A. van der Kolk's 27th Annual Trauma Conference: Main Conference Day 2
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