Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Recognizing & Resolving Traumatic Stress

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane: March 2016

This workshop was held in 2016 and this information is presented for reference purposes only.

The Power to Change

They are in our prisons and on our streets, they are the mentally ill, the child who cannot be taught, the runaway, the dropout. We do not know their journey but we have the power to help.

Join Bessel van der Kolk M.D., internationally renowned trauma authority as he transforms our understanding and the treatment of traumatic stress.

Training Information

TRAINING OVERVIEW

The author of the ‘bible of traumatic stress’, the bestselling The Body Keeps the Score, Dr van der Kolk will illustrate how traumatic stress affects the developing mind and brain.

He will present his systematic explorations of the effectiveness of different treatment modalities and examine a range of practical interventions to deal with different aspects of traumatic stress, ranging from self-regulation practices, specific memory processing techniques, dealing with “parts” and dissociative adaptations and tracking bodily concomitants of traumatic stress.

Dr van der Kolk will also explore the power and limitations of putting experience into words, the effects of trauma on intimacy, and ways to help mind and brain to fully engage in present experience by improving executive functioning.

This seminar workshop will consist of lecture demonstrations of the effects of trauma on brain function, experiential exercises, clinical demonstrations and videotaped treatment sessions to illustrate the diagnostic steps necessary to formulate the optimal therapeutic interventions for each individual client/patient.

The object of this seminar workshop is to give attendees the very latest methods of assisting their clients in the resolution of traumatic experiences and the restoration of self.

DAY ONE PROGRAM
  • 8am – 9am: Registration
  • 9am – 10.30am: Effects of trauma on 1) mental development, 2) biological development, 3) information processsing.
  • 10.30am – 11am: Morning Break
  • 11am – 12.30pm: Self-regulation. Attachment and self-regulation. The polyvagal system. Dissociation, anorexia and self-harm. Exercises in breath work and tapping. Videos.
  • 12.30pm – 1.30pm: Lunch
  • 1.30pm – 3.00pm: Trauma and memory. Enactments in body, mind and behavior. The centrality of mindfulness. Finding one’s voice and accessing inner reality (“interiority”). Exploring the power and limitations of putting experience into words; the role of narrative; guide to embodied experience.
  • 3pm – 3.30pm: Afternoon Break
  • 3.30pm – 4.30pm: Processing traumatic memories. Demonstration of EMDR. Q & A.
  • 4.30pm: Day One Close
DAY TWO PROGRAM
  • 8am – 9am: Registration
  • 9am – 10.00am: The brain as an interactive organ that thrives on synchronicity (damaged by trauma and neglect). Befriending and owning one’s body. Yoga, chi qong and tai chi. Sensorimotor processing. Video demonstrations.
  • 10.30am – 11am: Morning Break
  • 11am – midday: Video of sensory processing continued. Introduction to dealing with “parts”. Video demonstrations.
  • midday – 12.30pm: Q & A
  • 12.30pm – 1.30pm: Lunch
  • 1.30pm – 3pm: Working with parts. Video demonstrations and Q & A.
  • 3pm – 3.30pm: Afternoon Break
  • 3.30pm – 4.30pm: Regulating the fear-driven brain. Improving executive functioning. Neurofeedback. Video demonstrations and discussion of specific effects and indications based on the presenter’s laboratory research.
  • 4.30pm: Day Two Close
When and where is the training being held?

SYDNEY: 14 & 15 March 2016
Wesley Theatre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney 2000

MELBOURNE: 17 & 18 March 2016
Clarendon Auditorium, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf 3006

BRISBANE: 21 & 22 March 2016
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Corner of Merivale & Glenelg Street, South Bank 4101

What is Dr van der Kolk's Academic Background?

Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D. has been active as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress and related phenomena since the 1970s. His work integrates developmental, biological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment. His book Psychological Trauma was the first integrative text on the subject, painting the far ranging impact of trauma on the entire person and the range of therapeutic issues which need to be addressed for recovery.

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 in traumatized children and adults, and the psychobiology of trauma. He was co-principal investigator of the DSM IV Field Trials for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. His current research is on how trauma affects memory processes and brain imaging studies of PTSD.

Dr. van der Kolk is past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School, and Medical Director of the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has taught at universities and hospitals across the United States and around the world, including Europe, Africa, Russia, Australia, Israel, and China.

How is the training delivered?

This workshop will consist of lecture demonstrations of the effects of trauma on brain function, experiential exercises, clinical demonstrations and videotaped treatment sessions to illustrate the diagnostic steps necessary to formulate the optimal therapeutic interventions for each individual client/patient.

WHO IS THIS TRAINING SUITABLE FOR?

These workshops are suitable for (but not limited to) mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, counsellors and social workers. There are no prerequisites to attending this workshop. Anyone interested in the workshop content is welcome to attend, however you do so under your own volition.

These workshops aim to bring you up to date with the very latest clinical strategies and skills for dealing with the resolution of trauma.

Dr van der Kolk’s workshops are very popular. Places are limited and early booking is recommended.

Are morning and afternoon tea included? What about lunch?

Morning/afternoon tea and/or lunch can be ordered separately from your actual workshop registration.

These optional refreshments are provided by the event venue in each city and by allowing participants to order them separately allows Byron Clinic to keep the cost of the workshop as affordable as possible.

Each venue is centrally located within easy walking distance of a number of food outlets and choices.

You can order morning/afternoon teas and/or lunch either simultaneously with your workshop registration or as a separate order at a later point in time.

For those who order them, morning/afternoon teas include tea, freshly-brewed coffee and juices, along with a selection of pastries.

Lunch will include the Chef’s daily selection of sandwiches, wraps and/or rolls, cake and/or biscuits, a selection of fruit, served buffet style along with tea and coffee.

Please note that vegetarian and gluten free options will be available. Other specialty dietary needs can not be catered for.

Tea and coffee will only be available at lunch to those participants at lunch time who have ordered lunch in advance.

Is there a training brochure I can download?

You can download the workshop brochure here.

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 minimum 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.

What are the training terms & conditions?

Please list one person per each registration form. Workshop places are limited and will be booked on a first come first served basis. A person is not registered for this workshop until the completed registration is received and workshop payment has been processed.

Applications will be processed according to the advertised cost & conditions. Tax receipts will be made out to the applicant unless otherwise stated. The applicant is responsible for supplying clear and correct information; any changes or additional contact by Byron Clinic Pty Ltd may incur an administration fee.

All payments to Byron Clinic Pty Ltd are to be processed via our online facility, unless otherwise stated. We do not offer offline credit card processing.

A tax receipt and confirmation of your registration will be issued via email to your nominated email address within 7 days of receipt of payment. You agree to contact Byron Clinic Pty Ltd if you have not received notice or a receipt within 7 days of payment. Requests for copies of tax invoices/receipts after this 7 day period will incur an administration fee.

Byron Clinic Pty Ltd provides a Certificate of Attendance for each workshop. These are distributed as a hard copy to participants at the workshop. Requests for copies of a Certificate of Attendance after the workshop has finished will incur an administration fee.

In the event that Byron Clinic Pty Ltd provides refreshments they will include a selection of vegetarian and gluten free food. Byron Clinic Pty Ltd does not cater for any other special diet requirements.

Byron Clinic Pty Ltd also reserves the right to make any changes to any events, treatments, programs or workshops without notice.

Byron Clinic training workshops are directed at interested mental health professionals. Workshop content information is available on our website.

There are generally no prerequisites to attending Byron Clinic workshops. You are welcome to attend, however you attend under your own volition. Byron Clinic takes no responsibility as to the suitability of any workshop.

In the event Byron Clinic Pty Ltd needs to cancel the workshop, then a full refund will be made of any workshop payments made, excluding the processing and administration fees. Byron Clinic Pty Ltd will not be responsible for any cost other than the workshop payment.

Any additional administration on payments or workshop matters including change of details, additional contact, requests for additional copies or changes to the attendance certificate or tax

Can I cancel my registration? Can I transfer my registration?

In the event you wish to cancel your registration prior to the close of standard registration on 7 February 2016, Byron Clinic Pty Ltd will refund all workshop payments made less a $AUD99.00 (inc gst) cancellation and admin fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations after close of standard registration (7 February 2016).

Prior to the close of the standard registration period (7 February 2016), a substitute may attend in your place. Please notify us as soon as possible if you are transferring your registration — please note that a transfer of registration will incur a $AUD66 (inc gst) administration processing fee. This also includes transferring from one workshop venue to another.

Following the close of the standard registration period for a workshop, we are unable to transfer registration.

Any additional administration on payments or workshop matters including change of details, additional contact, requests for additional copies or changes to the attendance certificate or tax invoice will incur a $AUD99 (inc gst) administration fee per item.

Byron Clinic Pty Ltd reserves the right to make any changes to the above workshop without notice.

Byron Clinic Pty Ltd reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to decline entry to any of our workshops to anyone who may have registered, and/or to discontinue attendance to anyone who may have registered. A full refund less a $AUD99 (inc gst) cancellation fee will be remitted to the refused registrant.

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What is the Administration & Processing Fee?
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Does Byron Clinic offer Group or Student Discounts?
No, the only discounts available are our time-based booking windows: ‘keen’, ‘early’, ‘standard’ etc. The earlier you book, the lower the registration fee.

Any Further Questions?

Please contact us via our contact form here, selecting the “Workshop” => “Marsha Linehan 2016” option and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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