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Applied Neuroscience: How Neuroscience Informs the Treatment of Trauma and Neglect with Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Learn breakthrough applications of EEG neurofeedback from today's leading experts.
This applied neuroscience track brings together researchers, engineers, clinicians and neurobiologists who are exploring ways in which computers can assist in the modulation of focusing, arousal, and filtering, and thereby shape mental and physiological self experience. One of the oldest, and best researched, approaches for improving self-regulation of the central nervous system is neurofeedback, which has been applied in a variety of settings.
In this workshop participants will be exposed to an overview of arousal dysregulation in severe emotional disorders and ways in which technology can be used to regulate arousal and improve emotional and behavioral functioning. We will explore the use of the quantitative EEG, and review the development of instrumentation that can help with "essential self experiences".


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Bessel van der Kolk |  Ed Hamlin |  Thomas Collura |  David Hagedorn |  Laurence M Hirshberg |  Paul A. Frewen |  Rex L. Cannon |  Sebern Fisher |  Richard Jacobs
6 Hours 30 Minutes
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02 Jun, 2016
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This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD.



Bessel van der Kolk's Profile

Bessel van der Kolk Related seminars and products: 50


Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D., is a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of post-traumatic stress.  His work integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.

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, memory, and the psychobiology of trauma.  He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater, and EMDR. 

He is founder of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, and President of the Trauma Research Foundation, which promotes clinical, scientific, and educational projects. 

His 2014 #1 New York Times best seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma, transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring – specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust.  He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, somatically based therapies, EMDR, psychodrama, play, yoga, and other therapies.

Dr. van der Kolk is the past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School.  He regularly teaches at conferences, universities, and hospitals around the world.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Bessel van der Kolk is a professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine.  He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial:  Bessel van der Kolk has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Ed Hamlin Related seminars and products: 1


Ed Hamlin, PhD, Clinical Director, Institute for Applied Neuroscience and Director of Education, EEG Education and Research.

Thomas Collura Related seminars and products: 1


Thomas Collura, PhD, Founder and president of BrainMaster Technologies, Inc. Formerly at AT&T Bell Laboratories working on integrated circuit technology, computer graphics, networking, and man/machine interfaces. He holds 3 patents and has 3 patents pending, in the areas of neurofeedback evoked potential methods. Past President of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR).

David Hagedorn Related seminars and products: 1


David Hagedorn, PhD, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Science Officer, Evoke Neuroscience, Inc, Assistant Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences - School of Medicine.

Laurence M Hirshberg Related seminars and products: 1


Laurence M. Hirshberg, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School, Brown University; The NeuroDevelopment Center, Rhode Island, specializes in applied neuroscience, EEG Biofeedback/Neurofeedback.

Paul A. Frewen Related seminars and products: 1

Ph.D., C.Psych

Paul A. Frewen, PhD, C.Psych: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Western Ontario; Chair, Traumatic Stress Section, Canadian Psychological Association. Author of 35 papers on trauma, affect regulation, mindfulness, dissociation, and the self. Co-author (with Ruth Lanius), Healing the Traumatized Self: Consciousness, Neuroscience, Treatment.

Rex L. Cannon Related seminars and products: 1


Rex L Cannon, PhD, Co-Founder, Chief Science Officer/Chief Operations Officer and Chair: Neural Potential LLC. Former Director of Neurocognitive Testing: Cole Neuroscience Center. University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. Past President International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR).

Sebern Fisher Related seminars and products: 3


Sebern Fisher, MA, LMH, BCN is an internationally recognized expert on the use of neurofeedback in the treatment of developmental trauma and best-selling author of Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain. She has been working with traumatized people for over 35 years and has integrated Neurofeedback and psychotherapy in her treatment of developmental trauma in adults and adolescents for the past 20 years.

Prior to adopting Neurofeedback, Sebern was the clinical director of a residential treatment program for severely disturbed adolescents for 15 years. While there she introduced the understanding of the impact of attachment rupture and was the first to implement DBT in a residential setting.

Sebern consults and trains on the integration of Neurofeedback and therapy, nationally and internationally.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Sebern Fisher is in private practice. She is an author for W.W. Norton and receives royalties. She receives a speaking fee from EEGer. Ms. Fisher receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Sebern Fisher has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Richard Jacobs Related seminars and products: 1


Richard Jacobs, PsyD, Owns a private practice in Brookline, MA. Richard focuses on mind/body psychotherapy, the integration of Eastern and Western psychologies, and neurofeedback.

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  • Summarize the recent developments in neuroscience as they relate to the treatment of trauma.
  • Explore ways in which computers can assist in the modulation of focusing, arousal, and filtering.
  • Describe the role of specific neuronetworks associated with trauma.
  • Demonstrate how to provide non-invasive office-based electrophysiology measures of both central and autonomic nervous system functions.
  • Summarize an overview of arousal dysregulation in severe emotional disorders.
  • Utilize technology to regulate arousal and improve emotional and behavioral functioning.
  • Identify the default mode network that is associated with dysfunctions associated with PTSD.
  • Explore the use of the quantitative EEG in traumatized clients and its treatment implications.


  • Introduction of Bessel van der Kolk
    • How trauma disturbs brain development
    • Childhood Trauma
      • Attachment issues
        • Brain Development
        • Social Experiences
      • Electro-connections of the brain
        • Traumatized vs. “Normal” people
      • How to help traumatized people not be focused on the past
      • Questions
    • Introduction of Laurence Hirshberg
      • Neurofeedback
        • What it is
        • How is works
        • Supporting research
        • What we know vs. what we don’t know
        • Why you would want to change the EEG
        • Finished existing research on what the EEG abnormalities are with PTSD
        • What the evidence that you can actually change the EEG
        • Early studies of the efficacy of neurofeedback in early childhood trauma
      • Questions
    • Introduction of Tom Collura
      • Clinic work
        • Process of neuroscience within the clinic
        • Process of working with the patient when using neurofeedback
      • “Normal” people distributions vs. traumatized people distributions
        • Z-score training
      • Clinic research findings with patients
      • State and trait characteristics
        • Left vs. Right brain
      • Questions
    • Introduction of Richard Jacobs
      • Aspects of neurofeedback and how they can help people
      • Personal neurofeedback story of Richard Jacobs
    • Introduction of Paul Frewen
      • MEG studies on PTSD subjects
      • PTSD patients vs patients under psychedelic drugs
        • Positive and negative experiences of psychedelic drugs
        • Neurofeedback studies
      • Questions
    • Introduction of Sebern Fisher
      • The role of neurofeedback in the treatment of developmental trauma
      • Default mode network
      • Case studies of neurofeedback
      • EEG and clinical changes
    • Introduction of Ed Hamlin
      • History of the mind vs. the brain
      • Complexity of the brain
      • Consciousness in the brain
      • Brain networks
        • What parts of the brain process what

Target Audience

Physicians, Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants and other Mental Health Professionals



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