Bessel van der Kolk

Trauma, Neuroscience and the Evolving Therapy of Traumatized Children and Adults.

Two-day workshops in:
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane: March-April 2019

Workshop Pricing

SYDNEY

Wesley Conference Centre

25 & 26 March 2019

  • EARLY BIRD: $770 until 11 Jan. 2019
  • STANDARD: $880 from 12 Jan. 2019
  • all prices in A$ & includes GST & admin fee

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MELBOURNE

MCEC, South Wharf

28 & 29 March 2019

  • EARLY BIRD: $770 until 11 Jan. 2019
  • STANDARD: $880 from 12 Jan. 2019
  • all prices in A$ & includes GST & admin fee

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BRISBANE

BCEC, South Bank

1 & 2 April 2019

  • EARLY BIRD: $770 until 11 Jan. 2019
  • STANDARD: $880 from 12 Jan. 2019
  • all prices in A$ & includes GST & admin fee

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The Treatment of Traumatic Stress

Trauma is ubiquitous in all of our clinical practices – from accidents and domestic violence to the after effects of early childhood abuse, instability and neglect (Developmental Trauma). Trauma changes people’s orientation to their self-worth and efficacy, their capacity to deal with conflict and intimacy, as well as emotion regulation and long-term planning. Trauma at different developmental levels changes brain circuitry differently, and thus: perception, self-regulation and reciprocity.

This updated course will present the most recent findings of the brain science of traumatic stress and demonstrate a wide range of treatment approaches appropriate to each individuals’ specific difficulties, including the therapeutic relationship, affect regulation techniques, including yoga, breath work, acupressure, singing and movement; EMDR, neurofeedback, psychodrama and the legitimate use of psychedelic agents.

Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D.

… 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.

Bessel van der Kolk MD has spent his career studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences, and has translated emerging findings from neuroscience and attachment research to develop and study a range of potentially effective treatments for traumatic stress in children and adults.

He is founder and Medical Director of the Trauma Center; 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 (with over 3 million copies sold worldwide), 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.

Workshop Information

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

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

  • Examine & explain how traumatized people process information
  • Distinguish between the impact of trauma (i.e. a specific overwhelming experience) and disruptions of attachment, as in neglect and abuse
  • Describe how somatic processing can alleviate traumatic re-experiencing
  • Examine how trauma, abuse and neglect affects the therapeutic relationship
  • Describe the range of adaptations to trauma early in the life cycle
  • Examine the role of self–leadership
  • Describe how early attachment trauma leads to fragmentation and development of distinct parts. The more trauma the less internal communication.

Background & Foundations

  • Summarize the current advances in neurobiology of trauma
  • Describe how adverse childhood experiences effect brain development, emotion regulation & cognition
  • Describe the evolution of the development of Developmental Trauma Disorder.
  • Explain the current DSM-5® and ICD-10 descriptions of PTSD, and complex trauma, but omission of DTD

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.

Attachment, Trauma, and Psychopathology

  • The breakdown of information processing in trauma
  • Synchronicity, reciprocity and the mirror neuron systems and brain development
  • The Polyvagal theory
  • How to overcome the destabilization and disintegration
  • The compulsion to repeat – origins and solutions
  • Difference between disorganized attachment and traumatic stress
  • How to restore trust and synchronicity

Treatment Approaches

  • List, describe and practice specific techniques of physical mastery and affect regulation
  • Demonstrate specific trauma processing techniques, and their role in the overall therapeutic relationship
  • Be presented with a thorough overview of a large variety of different approaches to trauma treatment – their relationship to the developmental level at which the trauma occurred, and the overall functioning of the client – patient
  • Explain timing and scaffolding of various treatment approaches in your practice
TRAINING OVERVIEW
  • Neuroscience and brain development
  • How the brain responds to threat
  • Developmental psychopathology: The derailment of neurobiological and mental developmental processes due to trauma, abuse and neglect
  • 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

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.
  • Applied neuroscience: the evolving science of 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. 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.

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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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

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Bessel van der Kolk at wisemind.com

We're looking forward to Bessel's 2019 workshops but in the meantime, he's currently online at wisemind.com, along with other renowned figures such as Janina Fisher and Pat Ogden. Bessel offers his ground-breaking insights into PTSD Relief Therapy.

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