Trauma Research Foundation & Dr. Bessel van der Kolk present
The Interplay of Neuroscience, Embodiment, and the Regulation of the Self
31st Annual International Trauma Conference
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Conference Director: Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD
Associate Conference Directors: Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD & Wendy D’Andrea, PhD
For the past three decades our conference has brought together leaders from the fields of neuroscience, attachment research and innovative trauma treatments. We provide a unique place for a dialogue between scientists and clinicians, and an opportunity to become familiar not only with the latest advances in brain science as it pertains to clinical work, but also with a range of evolving treatments for traumatic stress that are generally not yet taught in traditional psychotherapy programs.
In a time such as this, when we are in lockdown in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and may be filled with uncertainty, lack of predictability and helplessness, it clearly is critical to confront our disastrous situation in the light of established and evolving knowledge about the origins and treatment of traumatic stress. Our virtual platform will provide an experience that upholds the academic and therapeutic excellence of our live events.
This year will once again combine a presentation of the current state of the science, including important new information with major implications for our clinical practices. We will also explore in depth how we can best regulate ourselves, as well as the people under our care, to deal with the disintegration of existing norms and institutions.
Because this is a virtual conference, we are able to offer participants registration at a much lower rate than previous years. We are proud to be able to make this conference so accessible.
I very much hope that you will join again us this year, and also make use of the opportunity that we have created to share your insights, lessons and concerns with both the faculty and your colleagues.
With my warm regards,
Bessel A Van der Kolk MD
The study of trauma has been the single most fertile area to help us develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between the emotional, cognitive, social and biological forces that shape human development. This knowledge has particular relevance for how we currently are able to help people and systems cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), early disturbances in the security of the attachment system (“Developmental Trauma”), have major influence on how children and adults react and cope in multiple dimensions: expectations & perceptions, bodily experiences and biological responses.
In a myriad of ways traumatized individuals tend to react to current experiences as a replay of the past and require therapeutic interventions that do not depend exclusively on drugs, talk or understanding. This conference will present both basic research about the effects of trauma and attachment disruptions on the developing mind and brain, and offer a range of effective interventions that can be applied in clinical settings, including communities, clinics, schools, prisons, and families around the world.
UP TO 20 CREDITS AVAILABLE [DETAILS HERE]
Thursday 7 Credits | Friday 6.5 Credits | Saturday 6.5 Credits
Lectures will be available for 30 days. All times are EDT.
By purchasing a 3 day pass, you will automatically be enrolled as an affiliate of the Trauma Research Foundation for 1 year. Affiliation includes:
The Trauma Research Foundation is happy to announce a scholarship program to lessen the cost of attendance for those who may need assistance. When checking out, you will be provided the option to make a donation to the scholarship fund. TRF will match all donations received.
Scholarship applications have been closed as of May 18, 2020. We will be in contact with applicants shortly. Please feel free to submit any questions to [email protected]