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Neuroscience and Trauma Therapy with Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.

The recent developments in neuroscience have given us new insights into how trauma impacts the development of the brain, and reorganized how the brain deals with input from its surroundings.
Join world trauma expert and leading authority Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D. and hear how these findings support a range of new approaches to trauma treatment that until now have not been taught in graduate schools, such as:
  • Affect regulation
  • Memory processing
  • Disturbances in sensori-motor integration
By understanding the impact of trauma on the brain it forces us to reconsider our therapeutic paradigms.  Dr. van der Kolk will examine multiple areas in this high-impact 90-minute event.


Product Details
Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
1 Hour 24 Minutes
Media Type:
Digital Recordings



This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD.


Additional Info

Program Information

Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.

Target Audience

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Other Mental Health Professionals


  • Summarize the recent developments in neuroscience as they relate to the treatment of trauma.
  • Describe how children learn to regulate their arousal responses.
  • List and describe techniques of physical mastery, affect regulation and memory processing.


Neuroscience & Brain Development
  • Neuroscience research and the course of brain development
  • How children learn to  regulate their arousal systems
  • How the brain has fundamental capacities to learn to regulate itself
  • Trauma, abuse and neglect: The derailment of developmental processes and brain development
Traumatic Imprints
  • Storing of traumatic imprints in the subcortical brain areas and how they are largely divorced from verbal recall
  • The required central focus of somatic experiencing of trauma-related sensations and affects
  • How deep imprints are the engines for continuing maladaptive behaviors
Treatment Interventions
  • Fixation on the trauma
  • Why learned helplessness requires interventions aimed at restoring active mastery and the capacity to attend to the here-and-now
  • The role of body-oriented and neurologically-based therapies to resolve the traumatic past
  • Discussion of the integration of various approaches during different stages of treatment

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