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2-Day: Trauma Conference: The Body Keeps the Score-Trauma Healing with Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Nobody can “treat” abuse, rape, molestation, or any other horrendous event. What has happened cannot be undone.

But what can be dealt with are the imprints of the trauma on body, mind, and soul.

Watch Bessel van der Kolk, MD, in a transformational clinical trauma training. Attend and learn from one of the most renowned trauma experts - one who has spent decades working both as a researcher and clinician. – and NY Times bestselling author of The Body Keeps The Score.

As clinicians, the challenge is to help clients reestablish ownership of their bodies and minds — to feel without becoming overwhelmed, enraged, ashamed, or collapsed.

It takes specific methods, like neurofeedback, EMDR, meditation, yoga, mindfulness, and sensory integration. Dr. van der Kolk has used every one of these methods extensively to successfully treat his own clients, and has also experienced them himself.

This 2-day conference will serve as both a guide and an invitation – an invitation to dedicate yourself to the pursuit of helping trauma clients with the best treatment approaches proven to alleviate suffering.

Let Dr. van der Kolk show you how to apply these proven methods and approaches to your clinical practice — so you can experience the satisfaction of helping even your toughest client heal from deep-rooted trauma.

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Copyright : 06/05/2021

Beyond Fight, Flight or Freeze: Threat of Abandonment and Its Developmental Consequences: A 30-Year Longitudinal Perspective

Our nervous system has an organized stress response system with different developmentally sensitive periods – the fear of abandonment and the fear of attack. Our 30-year longitudinal study has revealed the impacts of caregiver withdrawing behaviours on the development of the human nervous system and the long-term impacts that early disrupted attachment has on adulthood.

Key points:

  • Two differently organized stress response systems, with different developmental sensitive periods, are likely to be active in human development: Fear of Abandonment and Fear of Attack.
  • These systems motivate different but contradictory adaptive responses: fight, flight or freeze versus call and contact-seek.
  • Withdrawing behaviours by the caregiver are associated with activation of fear of abandonment and subsequent role confusion in relation to the caregiver.
  • Attachment disturbances, and caregiver withdrawal in particular, are associated with long-term deviations in amygdala and hippocampal development.
  • Contributions of both early attachment disturbance and later childhood abuse need to be separately conceptualized in treatment approaches to complex trauma.
Copyright : 28/05/2021

Bottom Up: How Neuroscience Can Guide Us in Body-Oriented Therapies

Trauma tends to have a profound impact on one’s sense of self, leaving a lasting imprint on both cognitive and somatic domains of self-experience. Traumatized individuals often remain tortured by thoughts that reflect intensely negative core beliefs about themselves such as: “I don’t know myself anymore”, and “I have permanently changed for the worse”. It also is increasingly evident that ‘the body keeps the score’: traumatized individuals frequently report somatically-based alterations in self experience, including feelings of disembodiment and related identity disturbance. Pioneering neurobiological studies are beginning to shed light on self-disturbance in traumatized individuals both during resting state and under conditions of threat. The brain networks involved in self-experience are most intact while under threat, which may explain various forms of reckless behaviours. We will present findings from the laboratory and demonstrate how we can we work clinically to restore the self as an integrated brain, mind, and body. 

Copyright : 18/05/2021

The Transformation of EMDR: From Technique to Comprehensive Psychotherapy

This recording provides an introduction to EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is a unique type of psychotherapy proven to help clients recover from trauma and improve the quality of their lives. Trauma is stored in the brain and body, continuing to cause pain and suffering, and EMDR can free clients by repatterning thinking and emotional reactions. This recording will help you understand the evidence to support EMDR and all of its applications. As well as, a look at the evolution of EMDR - from technique to a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy tool.

Copyright : 29/05/2021

The Use of Mind-Altering Substances: MDMA, Psilocybin, and Marijuana for Treating PTSD and other Mental Distress

For the first time in over four decades, researchers are returning to examining the therapeutic benefits of mind-altering substances, including MDMA (ecstasy), psilocybin (mushrooms), marijuana and LSD.  In the 1970s the study of all psychedelics was criminalized in the US, despite emerging evidence of their medical value. Over the past decade, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Research (MAPS) has helped to revive psychedelic research, sponsoring studies across the United States and around the world, including MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD, and end-of-life anxiety. The results have been very positive, lasting over 72 months of follow-up, with few adverse effects. Psychedelics may promote a deepening and acceleration of the psychotherapeutic process. During therapy, people often are able to access and find peace with disavowed, “exiled” parts of themselves. In this workshop, the principal investigator of the Phase I and II level trials will discuss outcomes and processes. Two of the most prominent neurobiologists of psychedelics, Robin Carhart Harris and Sue Carter will present their findings about fundamental mechanisms, and the Boston MDMA study team will discuss clinical experiences and applications. In appropriate therapeutic contexts, psychedelics may prove to be more effective than most conventional treatments, as well as safer and more cost-effective.

Copyright : 18/05/2021

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

WE CAN’T HELP OURSELVES EVEN BEGIN TO HEAL RACIALIZED TRAUMA IF WE DON’T ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IT EVEN EXISTS. Our society needs to break down systems and institutions that perpetuate the concept of white body supremacy and recognize how the myth of race and historical trauma is deeply ingrained into our culture.

Through a somatic-body approach that negotiates the common historical and perpetual myths that Black bodies, Native bodies, and other bodies of colour are inherently deviant and that the white body is the standard of humaness, Resmaa helps build an understanding of racialized trauma so that we can move from our racialized lens to a cultural lens – and move further to a resourced energy lens of healing. Learn how to recognize trauma in the body, how to build a cultural container to heal and how to begin practising resourced resilience. These tools can help us recognize body trauma born out of racism and white body supremacy in our own body and our communities and to start to heal.

Copyright : 29/05/2021

Going Beyond Regulation: Exploring Sensory Integration & Processing and Implications in Developmental Trauma

During this recording, you will review sensory integration and processing performance skills. Understand how the ability to take in information through the senses, from within and outside of the body, and organize and interpret that information, and make a meaningful, functional response for healing. Take away sensory-based strategies to support childhood development and resiliency with children with developmental trauma.

Copyright : 29/05/2021