TRAUMA, TREATMENT AND UNDERSTANDING
- TRAUMA, TREATMENT AND UNDERSTANDING
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- Saturday 10 May 2014 10:00 am 05:00 pm
Dr Bessel van der Kolk will explore in easily accessible language the latest brain science of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. Delegates will take away a far clearer understanding of what is happening in the brain and body under acute and chronic stress states and why the traumatised child, teenager or adult can suffer such ongoing emotional torment and major disruption to their ability to think, learn, relate and function effectively.
The body is one of the theatres where the memory of trauma is re-enacted in all manner of stress related symptoms, sleep disorders, illness and hyperaroused states. Traditional interventions, counselling and talking therapies have approached the resolution of trauma as something that needs to be understood, worked through and put into the larger perspective of one’s life. However, from the emerging understanding about the neurobiology of trauma, it is now clear that physical action is necessary to initiate new ways of perceiving reality and to promote new behaviour patterns. This day will therefore present a variety of programmes that demonstrate how physical action, somatic work, theatre and imagination can powerfully help overcome traumatic repetition and continued flight/fight and freeze responses.
Benefits from attending this conference
- Learn to recognise signs and symptoms of trauma
- Gain a working knowledge about how and why people can move from trauma to violence
- Learn how to recognise when people are re-enacting key aspects of their traumatic experience
- Learn how theatre, bodywork and imagination have enabled traumatised people to work through and heal
- Know how to respond when trauma has resulted in chronic hyperarousal or dissociative states
- Understand how trauma can lead to conduct disorder or psychopathic behaviour
- Hear about a wealth of fascinating and effective interventions
About Dr Bessel van der Kolk
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. His latest book, co-edited with Alexander McFarlane and Lars Weisaeth, explores what we have learned in the past twenty years of the re-discovery of the role of trauma in psychiatric illness. Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society was published by Guilford Press in May, 1996.
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