Bessel A. van der Kolk's 23rd Annual International Trauma Conference - ORGANISATIONAL

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Psychological Trauma: Neuroscience, Attachment and Therapeutic Interventions

This multi-day conference recording package includes presentations from all 3 days of Bessel van der Kolk's 23rd Annual Trauma Conference.

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.


  1. Explain the effects that meditation has on brain functioning.
  2. Describe the components of mindfulness according to Bishop et al.
  3. List the 4 benefits that Mindfulness training provides.
  4. Summarize study results on 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction meditation training indicate.
  5. List the evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions that are based on the 25-year-old MSBR model for cultivating mindfulness.
  6. Describe how mindfulness is a state, a trait, and a field of study.
  7. Summarize the difference between longing and craving.
  8. Describe outcomes of studies with male Vietnam Veterans with chronic combat-related PTSD.
  9. Summarize the outcomes and risk factors associated with exposure to adversity during development.
  10. Describe the brain functions as related to self-referential processing (SRP).
  11. Describe and summarize the Toronto Alexithymia Scale.
  12. Explain how affect dysregulation is associated with Dissociative Identity Disorder.
  13. Summarize the findings of the Sterling Johnson study according to Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD.
  14. Define the word “polyvagal” in the term Polyvagal Theory of Stephen Porges, PhD.
  15. Summarize how the Polyvagal Theory influences the traumatized client.
  16. Explain how the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is used to assess total stress during childhood.
  17. Explain the goals of therapy, according to Frank Guastella Anderson, MD.
  18. List the reactions in the brain during acute trauma.
  19. Describe the role of psychotropic medication such as SSRI’s in trauma therapy.
  20. Summarize the research results of James Pennebaker, PhD, as relates to writing as a tool in trauma treatment.
  21. Define and summarize Developmental Trauma Disorder according to Bessel van der Kolk, MD.
  22. Explain how self-awareness is essential for healing trauma.

Mindfulness, Trauma and the Brain

  • Speaker #1: Mohammed Milad, Ph.D.
  • Speaker #2: Britta Holzel, Ph.D.
  • Speaker #3: David Vago, Ph.D.
  • Speaker #4: Jim Hopper, Ph.D.
  • Speaker #5: Sue Anderson Navalta, Ph.D.
  • Speaker #6: Paul Frewen, Ph.D., C. Psych.
  • Speaker #7: Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.

Neural Correlates of Mindfulness Practice

  • Britta Holzel, Ph.D.

The Terrorized Self: Clinical & Neurobiological Perspectives

  • Ruth Lanius, M.D., Ph.D.

Faulty Neuroception: How Trauma Distorts Perception and Displaces Spontaneous Social Behaviors with Defensive Reactions

  • Stephen Porges, Ph.D.

Panel Discussion

  • Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.
  • Britta Holzel, Ph.D.
  • Ruth Lanius, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Steven Porges, Ph.D.

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Their Relationships to Adult Well-being and Disease

  • Vincent Felitti, M.D.

Psychopharmacological Approaches to Complex Trauma

  • Frank Guastella Anderson, M.D.

How Our Words Guide and Reflect Our Lives

  • James W. Pennebaker, Ph.D.

Clinical Implications of Neuroscience Research for the Treatment of Traumatic Stress

  • Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.

Panel Discussion

  • James W. Pennebaker, Ph.D.
  • Pat Ogden, Ph.D.
  • Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.

Terror and Denial

  • Jessica Stern

This is an Instructor Version and can be used for groups and training purposes.

About Bessel A. van der Kolk

Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D., is a clinical psychiatrist who has studied the impact and resolution of trauma on human beings for over 30 years. His research has ranged from developmental impact of trauma to neuroimaging and from memory processes to the use of EMDR and theater groups in PTSD. He is professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and medical director of the Trauma Center in Boston, where he also serves as director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Complex Trauma Network. He is past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He has taught at universities and hospitals throughout the world. He is author of over a hundred scientific articles, Psychological Trauma and co-editor of Traumatic Stress. 

About Stephen W. Porges

Stephen W. Porges, PhD, is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he directs the Trauma Research Center within the Kinsey Institute. He holds the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of both the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines including anesthesiology, biomedical engineering, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, neuroscience, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, psychometrics, space medicine, and substance abuse. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory. The theory provides insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders including autism, anxiety, depression, ADD, PTSD, and schizophrenia. His research has led to the development of innovative interventions designed to stabilize behavioral and psychological states and to stimulate spontaneous social behavior that are being applied to autism and other clinical diagnoses. 

About Pat Ogden

Pat Ogden, PhD: Founder and Educational Director, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute; author, Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment.

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