Trauma Research Foundation

Trauma Research Foundation & Dr. Bessel van der Kolk present

Psychological Trauma in the Age of Coronavirus

The Interplay of Neuroscience, Embodiment, and the Regulation of the Self

When

May 28-30th, 2020

Where

Virtual Conference

31st Annual International Trauma Conference

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A letter from the Conference Director

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

About The Conference

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

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Conference Schedule

Lectures will be available for 30 days. All times are EDT.

Thursday, May 28th

10:00 - 1:15 pm - UTC-4 (EDT) 3 CE Credits

#1. Mapping Out the Transformative Effects of Mind-Altering Substances: MDMA Ketamine and Psilocybin for Treating PTSD and Other Mental Distress

Michael Mithoefer, MD, Rick Doblin, PhD, Gregory Meyer, PhD, Albert Garcia-Romeu, PhD, Philip Wolfson, MD, James W. Hopper, PhD, Anne St Goar, MD, Elizabeth Call, PsyD, Susan Walker, MD, Francis Guerriero, MA, LICSW, Michael Alpert, MD, & Bessel van der Kolk, MD Session description
1:15 - 1:45 pm - UTC-4 (EDT) 0.5 CE Credit

#2. Live Panel Discussion: Audience + Faculty (Continuation of Session 1)

1:45 - 2:45 pm - UTC-4 (EDT)

Virtual Networking Luncheon

2:45 - 6:00 pm - UTC-4 (EDT) 3 CE Credits

#3. Trauma and the Restoration of the Self: Integrating Fundamental Discoveries in Neuroscience with Embodied Self-Awareness and Mindfulness

Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, Sherain Haricharan, PhD, Braeden Terpou, PhD, Paul Frewen, PhD, C.Psych, Wendy D'Andrea, PhD, Sebern Fisher, MA, BCN, Margaret McKinnon, PhD, CPsych, Licia Sky, & Bessel van der Kolk, MD Session description
6:00 - 6:30 pm - UTC-4 (EDT) 0.5 CE Credit

#4. Live Panel Discussion: Audience + Faculty (Continuation of Session 3)

6:30 - 7:30 pm - UTC-4 (EDT)

Virtual Networking Session

7 total CE Credits for Thursday, May 28th sessions

Friday, May 29th

10:00 - 10:15 am - UTC-4 (EDT)

#5. Three Decades of Explorations in Traumatic Stress: Welcome & Introduction

Bessel van der Kolk, MD
10:15 - 11:15 am - UTC-4 (EDT) 1 CE Credit

#6. Biological Underpinnings of Early-Life Stress: From Mechanisms to Novel Approaches for the Developmental Programming of Lifelong Health*

Christine Heim, PhD & Martin Teicher, MD, PhD Session description
11:15 - 11:30 am - UTC-4 (EDT)

Break

11:30 - 12:30 pm - UTC-4 (EDT) 1 CE Credit

#7. Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass: One Psychologist’s Story

Annita Sawyer, PhD Session description
12:30 - 1:00 pm - UTC-4 (EDT) 0.5 CE Credit

#8. Live Panel Discussion: Audience + Faculty (Continuation of Sessions 6&7)

1:00 - 1:45 pm - UTC-4 (EDT)

Virtual Networking Luncheon

1:45 - 2:45 pm - UTC-4 (EDT) 1 CE Credit

#9. Plasticity of the Social Brain How to Train Mindfulness, Compassion and Perspectives on the Self

Tania Singer, PhD & Richard Schwartz, PhD Session description
2:45 - 3:15 pm - UTC-4 (EDT) 0.5 CE Credit

#10. Live Panel Discussion: Audience + Faculty Session 9

3:15 - 4:15 pm - UTC-4 (EDT) 1 CE Credit

#11. The Emergence of a Polyvagal-Informed Therapy: Harnessing Neuroception of Safety in Clinical Treatment

Stephen Porges, PhD Session description
4:15 - 4:30 pm - UTC-4 (EDT)

Break

4:30 - 5:30 pm - UTC-4 (EDT) 1 CE Credit

#12. Treatment at the Interface of Addiction and Trauma

Taruno Steffensen, LADC, CSAT, SEP Session description
5:30 - 6:00 pm - UTC-4 (EDT) 0.5 CE Credit

#13. Live Panel Discussion: Audience + Faculty (Continuation of Sessions 11&12)

6:00 - 7:00 pm - UTC-4 (EDT)

#14. Virtual Networking Session

6.5 total CE Credits for Friday, May 29th sessions

Saturday, May 30th

10:00 - 11:30 am - UTC-4 (EDT) 1.5 CE Credits

#15. Disrupted Caregiving Relationships vs. Traumatic Stress: Treatment Implications of Their Differential Effects on the Development of Self, Mind and Brain

Ed Tronick, PhD & Bessel van der Kolk, MD Session description
11:30 - 11:45 am - UTC-4 (EDT)

Break

11:45 - 12:45 pm - UTC-4 (EDT) 1 CE Credit

#16. Rhythms and Regulation: Innovative Approaches to Brain and Body During a Time of Immobilization

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, REAT & Bruce Perry, MD, PhD Session description
12:45 - 1:15 pm - UTC-4 (EDT) 0.5 CE Credit

#17. Live Panel Discussion: Audience + Faculty (Continuation of Sessions 15&16)

1:15 - 2:00 pm - UTC-4 (EDT)

Virtual Networking Luncheon

2:00 - 3:00 pm - UTC-4 (EDT) 1 CE Credit

#18. Eliminating Barriers to Access Healing from the Trauma of Identity-Based Social Inequalities Using a Peer Counseling (ReEvaluation Counseling) Model

Barbara J. Love, PhD Session description
3:00 - 4:00 pm - UTC-4 (EDT) 1 CE Credit

#19. Designing Trauma-Informed Interventions for Youth at the Grassroots Level: A Practical Toolkit for Bringing Research to Practice

Lou Bergholz Session description
4:00 - 4:15 pm - UTC-4 (EDT)

Break

4:15 - 4:45 pm - UTC-4 (EDT) 0.5 CE Credit

#20. Live Panel Discussion: Audience + Faculty (Continuation of Sessions 18&19)

4:45 - 5:45 pm - UTC-4 (EDT) 1 CE Credit

#21. Come to Your Senses: Establishing & Regaining Body Awareness

Licia Sky & Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, REAT Session description
5:45 - 6:30 pm - UTC-4 (EDT)

#22. Quaker Meeting

6.5 total CE Credits for Saturday, May 30th sessions
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The 2020 Speakers

Bessel van der Kolk, MD Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Martin Teicher, MD, PhD Martin Teicher, MD, PhD
Richard Schwartz, PhD Richard Schwartz, PhD
Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD
Stephen Porges, PhD Stephen Porges, PhD
Ed Tronick, PhD Ed Tronick, PhD
Christine Heim, PhD Christine Heim, PhD
Michael Mithoefer, MD Michael Mithoefer, MD
Annita Sawyer, PhD Annita Sawyer, PhD
Bruce Perry, MD, PhD Bruce Perry, MD, PhD
Sebern Fisher, MA, BCN Sebern Fisher, MA, BCN
Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, REAT Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, REAT
Rick Doblin, PhD Rick Doblin, PhD
Tania Singer, PhD Tania Singer, PhD
Barbara J. Love, PhD Barbara J. Love, PhD
James W. Hopper, PhD James W. Hopper, PhD
Wendy D'Andrea, PhD Wendy D'Andrea, PhD
Philip Wolfson, MD Philip Wolfson, MD
Lou Bergholz Lou Bergholz
Taruno Steffensen, LADC, CSAT, SEP Taruno Steffensen, LADC, CSAT, SEP
Paul Frewen, PhD, C.Psych Paul Frewen, PhD, C.Psych
Licia Sky Licia Sky
Albert Perez Garcia-Romeu, PhD Albert Perez Garcia-Romeu, PhD
Margaret McKinnon, PhD, CPsych Margaret McKinnon, PhD, CPsych
Gregory Meyer, PhD Gregory Meyer, PhD
Francis Guerriero, MA, LICSW Francis Guerriero, MA, LICSW
Elizabeth Call, PsyD Elizabeth Call, PsyD
Anne St Goar, MD Anne St Goar, MD
Susan Walker, MD Susan Walker, MD
Michael Alpert, MD Michael Alpert, MD
Sherain Haricharan, PhD Sherain Haricharan, PhD
Braeden Terpou, PhD Braeden Terpou, PhD

Register & Purchase Conference Ticket

3 Day Pass

$225.00

Included w/ticket:

  • Pre-conference workshops
  • Three full day conference access
  • Course Materials + slide decks
  • Up to 20 Continuing Education Credits
  • 30 days of unlimited access to recorded content
  • Enrolled as an affiliate of the Trauma Research Foundation for 1 year
  • Option to network with other Trauma Research Foundation Affiliates post-conference

1 Day Pass

$99.00

Included w/ticket:

  • One full day conference access
  • Course materials + slide decks
  • Up to 7 Continuing Education Credits

Trauma Research Foundation Affiliates

By purchasing a 3 day pass, you will automatically be enrolled as an affiliate of the Trauma Research Foundation for 1 year. Affiliation includes:

Scholarships

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]

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