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Bessel van der Kolk – The Body Keeps the Score

June 29 @ 9:00 am - June 30 @ 5:00 pm

- €240 - €275
Bessel van der Kolk Seminar Cork

The Body Keeps the Score

Traumatized people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies: the past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and in an attempt to control these processes, they often become expert at ignoring their gut feelings and in numbing awareness of what is played out inside. They learn to hide from themselves.

About our speaker – Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D.

Bessel van der Kolk – The Body Keeps the Score Cork IrelandBessel is a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic 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 at JRI in Brookline, Massachusetts; past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He regularly teaches at universities and hospitals around the world,

His most recent 2014 New York Times Science 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.

Training Overview

Neuroscience & Brain Development

  • Neuroscience and brain development
  • Developmental psychopathology: The derailment of developmental processes & brain development due to trauma, abuse and neglect
  • How the brain responds to threat

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 trauma-related sensations and affects that serve as engines for continuing maladaptive behaviors
  • How mind and brain mature in the context of caregiving systems

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Trauma-Related Disorders

  • Developmental Trauma Disorder
  • Affect and impulse dysregulation
  • Disturbances of attention, cognition, and consciousness
  • Distortions in self-perception and systems of meaning
  • Interpersonal difficulties
  • Somatization and biological dysregulation
  • This presentation will review the development of DTD in the DSM-5® as a diagnosis and it’s implications for assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

Trauma-specific Treatment Interventions

  • The role of body-oriented and neurologically-based therapies to resolve the traumatic past
  • Alternatives to drugs and talk therapy
  • EMDR
  • Self-Regulation, including Yoga
  • Mindfulness
  • Play and Theatre
  • Dance, Movement and sensory integration.
  • Neurofeedback

Learning Objectives

At the end of this training workshop, you will be able to:

  • 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.



June 29 @ 9:00 am
June 30 @ 5:00 pm
€240 - €275
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