24th Annual International Psychological Trauma Conference:
May/June 2013 DVD

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Bessel A. van der Kolk's 24th Annual International Trauma Conference on Psychological Trauma: Neuroscience, Attachment and Therapeutic Interventions

This multi-day conference recording package includes presentations from all 3 days of Dr. van der Kolk's 24th Annual Trauma Conference.

OUTLINE

Includes These Presenters:

  • Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.
  • Jenny Phillips, Ph.D.
  • Jim Hopper, Ph.D.
  • Wendy D'Andrea, Ph.D.
  • Tomas Ros, Ph.D.
  • Paul Frewen, Ph.D., C.Psych.
  • Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
  • Alan Sroufe, Ph.D.
  • Patricia Crittenden, Ph.D.
  • Ed Tronick, Ph.D.
  • Shelley Uram, M.D.
  • Jon Caldwell, DO, Ph.D.
  • Alexander McFarlane, MB BS (Hons), M.D.
  • Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP
  • Ralph Savarese, Ph.D.

The study of psychological trauma has been accompanied by an explosion of knowledge about how experience shapes the central nervous system and the formation of the self. Developments in the neurosciences, developmental psychopathology, and information processing have contributed to our understanding of how brain function is shaped by experience, and the understanding that life itself can continually transform perception and biology. Within the disciplines of psychiatry and psychology, the study of trauma has probably been the single most fertile area in developing a deeper understanding of the relationships among the emotional, cognitive, social, and biological forces that shape human development. Starting with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adults and expanding into early attachment and overwhelming experiences in childhood, this endeavor has elucidated how certain experiences can “set” psychological expectations and biological selectivity.

We have learned that most experience is automatically processed on a subcortical level, i.e., by “unconscious” interpretations that take place outside of awareness. Insight and understanding have only a limited influence on the operation of these subcortical processes. When addressing the problems of traumatized people who, in a myriad of ways, continue to react to current experience as a replay of the past, there is a need for therapeutic methods that do not depend exclusively on understanding and cognition.

OBJECTIVE

The objective of this course is to present current research findings on how people’s brains, minds, and bodies respond to traumatic experiences; how they regulate emotional and behavioral responses; and the role of relationships in protecting and restoring safety and regulation.

We will explore post-traumatic responses at different developmental levels, as well as the treatment implications of these findings. We also will explore how affect regulation and the interpretation of innocuous stimuli as threats require interventions aimed at restoring active mastery and the capacity to focus on the present. Traumatic memories often are dissociated and may be inaccessible to verbal recall or processing. Therefore, close attention must be paid to the development of inner resources to deal with dysregulation and helplessness, as well as to the careful timing of the exploration and processing of the traumatic past.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. is a Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; Founding Executive Director, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society (1995); founder (in 1979) and former director of world-reknowned Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Clinic; author of numerous books and scientific papers on mindfulness and MBSR.

Jenny Philips, Ph.D. is an author, filmmaker, psychiatric nurse, and cultural anthropologist; private practice, Concord, Mass.; author, Letters From the Dhamma Brothers; producer and director, DVD: The Dhamma Brothers (winner of numerous awards).

Jim Hopper, Ph.D. is an independent consultant and Clinical Instructor of Psychology, Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School.

Wendy D'Andrea, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of psychology, The New School for Social Research NYC. Her NIMH-funded study investigates how information processes, especially attention and emotion, are impacted by prolonged trauma exposure and reshaped through therapeutic interventions.

Tomas Ros, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory for Neurology and Imaging of Cognition, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Paul Frewen, Ph.D., C.Psych. is an 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.

Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. is a professor of Psychitry, Boston University School of Medicine; Medical Director, Trauma Center at JRI; Past President, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; Director, National Complex Trauma Treatment Network (NCTSN); author, Psychological Trauma; editor, Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society.

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