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Coming to Our Senses: Trauma & the Embodied Self

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Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD
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Dec 03, 2020
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The treatment of trauma is advancing at a staggering pace. A clinician at the forefront of these advances is Bessel van der Kolk, MD. In this recording, gain an understanding of the research, clinical applications and the latest findings in neuroscience. Hear firsthand about the most effective and promising treatment modalities available to clinicians today and the direction of more cutting-edge methods.



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Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD, is a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of post-traumatic 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 of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts and President of the Trauma Research Foundation, which promotes clinical, scientific, and educational projects. 

His 2014 #1 New York Times 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.

Dr. van der Kolk is the past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He regularly teaches at conferences, universities, and hospitals around the world.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is a professor at Boston University School of Medicine, the Director of the Trauma Center, and the National Complex Trauma Network. He receives royalties as a published author. Dr. van der Kolk receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Bessel van der Kolk has no relevant non-financial relationships with ineligible organizations.


  1. Evaluate the varied impacts of trauma across developmental stages.
  2. Apply recent neurobiological research results to the conceptualization of trauma.
  3. Employ dance, movement, play and theatre interventions for the treatment of trauma.


  • The breakdown of information processing in trauma  
  • Neuroscience, Trauma, Memory and the Body: the neurobiology of traumatic stress 
  • The role of body-oriented and neurobiological-based therapies to resolve the traumatic past 
  • Alternatives to drugs and talk therapy: EMDR, self-regulation, yoga practices, dance & movement 

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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