Bessel van der Kolk

Trauma, the Brain & Biology:
Foundations & Treatment of Trauma

Two-day workshops in:
Brisbane, Sydney & Melbourne: Nov-Dec 2017

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.

Two-day workshops with Bessel van der Kolk: Nov — Dec 2017

BRISBANE

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

30 Nov & 1 Dec 2017

  • EARLY: $750 ends 10 Nov. '17
  • STANDARD: $800
  • all prices in A$ & includes GST & admin fee

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SYDNEY

Wesley Conference Centre

4 & 5 December 2017

  • EARLY: $750 ends 10 Nov. '17
  • STANDARD: $800
  • all prices in A$ & includes GST & admin fee

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MELBOURNE

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

7 & 8 December 2017

  • EARLY: $750 ends 10 Nov. '17
  • STANDARD: $800
  • all prices in A$ & includes GST & admin fee

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Bessel van der Kolk

Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is a clinical psychiatrist whose work integrates mind, brain, body, and social connections to understand and treat trauma. His research ranges from the impact of trauma on development and brain imaging, to the use of yoga, neurofeedback, EMDR, and theater for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.

He is a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, medical director of the Trauma Center in Boston, and co-director of the Complex Trauma Treatment Network, NCTSN.

He is the author of more than 150 peer reviewed scientific articles and several books including the New York Times best-seller The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

Workshop Information

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.
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
DAY ONE PROGRAM
Time Day One Topics
08:00am – 09:00am Day One sign-in
09:00am – 10:30am
10:30am – 11:00am Morning Break
11:00am – 12:30pm
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm
3:00pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Break
3:30pm—4:30pm
4:30pm Day One Close
DAY TWO PROGRAM
Time Day Two Topics
08:00am – 09:00am Day Two sign-in
9:00am – 10:30am
10:30 – 11:00am Morning Break
11:00am – 12:30pm
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm
3:00pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Break
3:30pm—4:30pm
4:30pm Day Two Close
Bessel van der Kolk's Biography

Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D. has been the Medical Director of The Trauma Center in Boston for the past 30 years. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School and serves as the co-director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Complex Trauma Network.

He is past President of International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Though he identifies himself primarily as a clinician, he has published well over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on various aspects of trauma, including his current projects:

  1. yoga for treating PTSD, funded by the National Institutes of Health;
  2. the use of theater for violence prevention in the Boston public schools, funded by the CDC;
  3. the mechanisms of EMDR;
  4. sensory integration in traumatized children;
  5. the use of neurofeedback in PTSD
    1. He has written extensively using neuroscience research to identify appropriate treatments for PTSD and completed the first NIMH-funded study of EMDR. He has taught at universities and hospitals around the world.

      He is author of the New York Times bestselling book The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in Healing From Trauma (Viking Penguin, 2014).

Do I get a Certificate of Attendance? What about CPD hours/points?

Byron Clinic Pty Ltd provides a Certificate of Attendance to each workshop attendee. Certificates will be completed using the given name at the point of initial online registration and payment. These will be distributed as a hard copy to participants prior to the conclusion of the workshop. It is the attendee’s responsibility to ensure that they have their Certificate of Attendance at the time of distribution.

This workshop should accrue a maximum of 11 hours of learning. Certificates of attendance at this Professional Development activity will be distributed at the workshop. For CPD points for specific organisations, please see: APS, AASW, RANZCP, ANZCMHN.

Please ensure that you have received your certificate prior to the end of the workshop. Requests for duplicate certificates after this period will incur an administration fee.

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Please refer to our terms and conditions here.

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Neuroscience research shows that the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going inside ourselves.

Bessel van der Kolk

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

The Body Keeps the Score:
Mind, Brain, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

by Bessel van der Kolk

The Body Keeps the Score is clear, fascinating, hard to put down, and filled with powerful case histories. Van der Kolk, the eminent impresario of trauma treatment, who has spent a career bringing together diverse trauma scientists and clinicians and their ideas, while making his own pivotal contributions, describes what is arguably the most important series of breakthroughs in mental health in the last thirty years.

We’ve known that psychological trauma fragments the mind. Here we see not only how psychological trauma also breaks connections within the brain, but also between mind and body, and learn about the exciting new approaches that allow people with the severest forms of trauma to put all the parts back together again.

Norman Doidge

Author, The Brain That Changes Itself

Two-day workshops with Bessel van der Kolk: Nov — Dec 2017

BRISBANE

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

30 Nov & 1 Dec 2017

  • EARLY: $750 ends 10 Nov. '17
  • STANDARD: $800
  • all prices in A$ & includes GST & admin fee

REGISTER NOW

SYDNEY

Wesley Conference Centre

4 & 5 December 2017

  • EARLY: $750 ends 10 Nov. '17
  • STANDARD: $800
  • all prices in A$ & includes GST & admin fee

REGISTER NOW

MELBOURNE

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

7 & 8 December 2017

  • EARLY: $750 ends 10 Nov. '17
  • STANDARD: $800
  • all prices in A$ & includes GST & admin fee

REGISTER NOW

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