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Attachment and Trauma Congress - The Resilience of Mind and Body

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Louis Cozolino, Ph.D. |  Bessel van der Kolk, MD |  Dan Siegel |  Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. |  Vittorio Gallese |  Robin Shapiro, LISW
12 Hours 11 Minutes
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May 12, 2017
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The development of the human brain, personality and body are determined, as we all know, not only by what happens in each individual’s life, but also by the way the brain and the body react to it.

The resilience of the human mind and nervous system depend on innate qualities, but most importantly, on early attachment experiences that the infant makes in the developmental process.

For the very first time in London, 11 of today’s most eminent experts and pioneers in the field of neuroscience, attachment and trauma attended the Attachment and Trauma Congress, to share their incredibly vast knowledge on this subject. More specifically, thanks to the valuable insights and cutting-edge approaches that each one of them will provide through lecture and panel discussion, participants will learn more about the interaction between experiences in life such as early trauma and attachment bonds and neurobiological processes. Furthermore, our speakers will give an in-depth overview of the different obstacles that prevent the body and mind from recovering from traumatic experiences and they will explore the most effective treatments and relational approaches in the field of psychotherapy to help patients who feel “imprisoned” by their psychological traumas and to support them in increasing their resilience and removing obstacles in the natural evolutionary pathway of their lives.

This recording includes:

MAY 12
Louis Cozolino: “Trauma, natural selection and the Devil’s Bargain”
PANEL: “Trauma, natural selection, epigenetics, resilience and mental health” (Louis Cozolino, Rachel Yehuda, Bessel Van Der Kolk)
MAY 13
Stephen Porges: “Connectdenes as a biological imperative understanding the consequences of trauma, abuse and chronic stress through the lens of the Polivagal Theory”
PANEL: “Effects of maltreatment, presence of mental health, brain, body and relationships” (Diana Fosha, Antonio Damasio, Stephen Porges)
MAY 14
Vittorio Gallese: “The impact of prolonged maltreatment and neglect on the physiological mechanisms supporting humans’ social nature: a study of Sierra Leonean street-boys”
Daniel Siegel: “Presence of mind, health in body and relationships”
Robin Shapiro: “Ego State Interventions for Self-Destructive clients”
PANEL:“Neuroplasticity, brain, body, feelings and psychotherapy of trauma” (Vittorio Gallese, Robin Shapiro, Daniel Siegel)



This online program is worth 12 hours CPD.


Louis Cozolino, Ph.D. Related seminars and products

Louis Cozolino, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University and has a private practice in Beverly Hills, CA. He is the author of The Healthy Aging Brain, The Neuroscience of Human Relationships. The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy and The Making of a Therapist. Dr. Cozolino is an expert in neuroscience, social brain, stress and trauma. He has conducted research in the areas of schizophrenia, child abuse, the impact of stress, the biobehavioral sciences and psychotherapy. Dr. Cozolino holds a Ph.D. from UCLA and an M.T.S. from Harvard University.

Bessel van der Kolk, MD's Profile

Bessel van der Kolk, MD Related seminars and products

Bessel van der Kolk MD has spent his career studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences, and has translated emerging findings from neuroscience and attachment research to develop and study a range of potentially effective treatments for traumatic stress in children and adults.

In 1984, he set up one of the first clinical/research centers in the US dedicated to study and treatment of traumatic stress in civilian populations, which has trained numerous researchers and clinicians specializing in the study and treatment of traumatic stress, and which has been continually funded to research the impact of traumatic stress and effective treatment interventions. He did the first studies on the effects of SSRIs on PTSD; was a member of the first neuroimaging team to investigate how trauma changes brain processes, and did the first research linking BPD and deliberate self-injury to trauma and neglect in early childhood.

Much of his research has focused on how trauma has a different impact at different stages of development, and that disruptions in care-giving systems have additional deleterious effects that need to be addressed for effective intervention. In order to promote a deeper understanding of the impact of childhood trauma and to foster the development and execution of effective treatment interventions, he initiated the process that led to the establishment of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), a Congressionally mandated initiative that now funds approximately 150 centers specializing in developing effective treatment interventions, and implementing them in a wide array of settings, from juvenile detention centers to tribal agencies, nationwide.

He has focused on studying treatments that stabilize physiology, increase executive functioning and help traumatized individuals to feel fully alert to the present. This has included an NIMH funded study on EMDR and NCCAM funded study of yoga, and, in recent years, the study of neurofeedback to investigate whether attentional and perceptual systems (and the neural tracks responsible for them) can be altered by changing EEG patterns.

His efforts resulted in the establishment of Trauma Center, that consist of a well-trained clinical team specializing in the treatment of children and adults with histories of child maltreatment, that applies treatment models that are widely taught and implemented nationwide, a research lab that studies the effects of neurofeedback and MDMA on behavior, mood, and executive functioning, and numerous trainings nationwide to a variety of mental health professional, educators, parent groups, policy makers, and law enforcement personnel.

Dr. van der Kolk is the author of the NY Times best-selling book The Body Keeps The Score.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is a professor at Boston University School of Medicine, the Director of the Trauma Center, and the National Complex Trauma Network. He receives royalties as a published author. Dr. van der Kolk receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Bessel van der Kolk has no relevant non-financial relationships.

Dan Siegel's Profile

Dan Siegel Related seminars and products

Dan Siegel, M.D., is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships. Dan Siegel is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization, which offers online learning and in-person lectures that focus on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Daniel J. Siegel is a clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine.  He is the executive director of the Mindsight Institute.  He is an author for W.W. Norton publishing and receives royalties.  He is an author for Bantam publishing and receives royalties.  He is an author for Guilford Press and receives royalties.  He is an author for Tarcher/Penguin and receives royalties.  He is an author for Random House and receives royalties.  He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Daniel J. Siegel has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D.'s Profile

Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. Related seminars and products

Stephen W. Porges, PhD, is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he directs the Trauma Research Center within the Kinsey Institute. He holds the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of both the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines including anesthesiology, biomedical engineering, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, neuroscience, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, psychometrics, space medicine, and substance abuse. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory. The theory provides insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders including autism, anxiety, depression, ADD, PTSD, and schizophrenia. His research has led to the development of innovative interventions designed to stabilize behavioral and psychological states and to stimulate spontaneous social behavior that are being applied to autism and other clinical diagnoses. 

Vittorio Gallese Related seminars and products

Vittorio Gallese is full Professor of Physiology at the Dept. of Neuroscience of the University of Parma, Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at the Dept. of Art History and Archeology, Columbia University, New York, USA and Professor in Experimental Aesthetics at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of London, U.K. He is the coordinator of the PhD Program in Neuroscience and Director of the Doctoral School of Medicine of the University of Parma. Neuroscientist, among his main scientific contributions is the discovery of mirror neurons together with his colleagues of Parma, and the proposal of a new model of intersubjectivity: embodied simulation theory. He did research and taught at the Universities of Lausanne, Tokyo, Berkeley and Berlin. He is the author of more than 230 scientific articles published in international journals and books, of two books as author and three books as editor

Robin Shapiro, LISW Related seminars and products

Robin Shapiro, LISW is an author, psychotherapist and an EMDRIA-approved consultant, offering consultation to psychotherapists on the gamut of psychotherapy issues including trauma, attachment, endogenous disorders, and countertransference issues. Author of three books, EMDR Solutions I, EMDR Solutions II and The Trauma Treatment Handbook. Leader of EMDR-related workshops including the Two-Hand Interweave, EMDR with Cultural and Generational Issues, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorders, Medical Issues, Anxiety Disorders, Couples, Complex Trauma and Dissociation. She has presented these workshops at regional and international EMDR International Association conferences and, for many years in, in the Part Two of an EMDR Weekly Class.


  1. Evaluate the influence of human evolutionary development on attachment and response to trauma.
  2. Determine the impact of attachment and parenting experiences on epigenetic expression and emergent psychiatric symptomatology.
  3. Develop and implement neurobiologically informed treatment interventions for trauma and attachment disruptions.
  4. Evaluate the impact of trauma on neurological structures for integration and subsequent processing of attachment experiences.
  5. Critique and contrast current DSM-5 criteria for trauma disorders with current developmental trauma research findings.
  6. Combine research findings with implementation of existing psychotherapeutic approaches.
  7. Assess resilience factors and attachment vulnerabilities in common clinical presentations.
  8. Characterize aspects of effective therapists and common factors across effective interventions.
  9. Evaluate current research in the areas of childhood adversity and remediation.
  10. Apply best practice psychotherapeutic interventions in child and family treatment settings.
  11. Evaluate the progressive evolution of attachment theory and research.
  12. Compare gender differences in response to trauma and stress and application to therapeutic interventions.
  13. Investigate the limitations of neurological imaging and research in the absence of relationship and interaction.
  14. Summarize the neurocognitive impact of trauma on empathic abilities and consider necessary restorative interventions.
  15. Examine the findings of Ardizzi, Gallese, et. al. research on severely traumatized and neglected children in a Sierra Leone population.
  16. Integrate the major models of trauma and psychotherapeutic intervention presented at the conference.
  17. Articulate the multidimensional concept of mind and contrast with preceding conceptualizations of brain.
  18. Identify the curative mechanisms and neurological changes provided by mindfulness approaches and measure positive outcome.
  19. Identify and assess for suicide risk factors and implement risk reduction strategies.
  20. Develop a strategy for using ego state interventions for engaging with dissociative reactions to trauma and stress. 
  21. Explicate the major current theories of trauma related neurobiology, attachment and interpersonal sequelae, and intervention.
  22. Distinguish between the varieties of disrupted attachment and formal attachment disorders.
  23. Investigate a multidimensional model of mind and integrate diverse neurological and social research findings.


Trauma, Natural Selection and the Devil’s Bargain

  • Background and training of Dr. Cozolino
  • Introduction of neuroscience to psychology
  • Historical development of current trauma therapy
  • Evolutionary impact on cognitive development and trauma response
  • Neuroscience and healing relationships
  • Evolutionary strategies and mechanisms
  • Five problem-solving and problem-generating processes

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, And Body in The Healing of Trauma

  • Utility of varied approaches to trauma treatment, psychotheater, synchronization
  • Nurture is nature – establishment of predictability in early attachment
  • Emotional schemas established strongly and early
  • Trauma impact key structures underlying emotional regulation
  • Anterior cingulate placing events in terms of relevance
  • Childhood processing of trauma dependent on attachment environment
  • The role of attachment disruptions in wartime development of PTSD
  • Ability to imagine alternate sensations, futures, possibilities
  • Disordered attachment vs trauma imprints – Lyons-Ruth child research
  • National child traumatic stress network
  • Complex Posttraumatic sequelae – disrupted affect, attention, self-image, impulse control
  • Impact of PTSD on cortical processing timing, processing and filtering

Trauma, Natural Selection, Epigenetics, Resilience and Mental Health

  • Resilience – biological and attachment perspectives
  • Importance of recognizing and affirming varied presentations of resilience
  • Strengths of military training in enhancing stress response
  • Central elements of curative environments – acceptance, developing narratives
  • Neuropsychological alterations in brain function as response to trauma
  • Questions to the panel

Social Sources of Resilience

  • Secure, insecure and disorganized attachment and social ecosystems role in resilience
  • Violence wheel as teaching tool
  • Rules for relationships of coercive control
  • Elements of equitable, non-violent relationships
  • Kauai Longitudinal Study – outcomes of childhood adversity
  • Family Pathways Project
  • Forms of intersubjectivity – elements of effective home intervention
  • Adult studies of adaptive strategies for recovery
  • Peer support, finding secure attachments, facilitating expression through art
  • Atkinson Survivor study – importance of social supports, personal faith, reprocessing the loss
  • Social responsibility for trauma and trauma treatment
  • Professional responsibility for mutual support and social-political action

Effects of Maltreatment, Presence of Mental Health, Brain, Body and Relationships

  • Early development of attachment theory and related controversies
  • Developing conceptualizations – whole body approaches to treatment
  • Attachment and sociostasis – case examples
  • Role of therapist as attachment figure, healer
  • Neurobiological recovery may be necessary before attachment work can proceed
  • William James and phenomenology – importance of remaining close to descriptive experience
  • Charles Darwin and integration of brain and visceral function
  • Bridging the gap between neurobiological impact of trauma and ability to engage in therapy
  • Sensory integration systems as distinct from safety systems
  • Questions to the panel

Emotion Regulation & Recognition in Traumatized and Neglected Sierra Leonean Young Individuals

  • Introduction – guided meditation
  • Challenges in definition of the reality of emotion
  • Grounding understanding of the brain in a holistic and somatic framework
  • Discovery of mirror neurons – relationship to motion
  • Emotions and Darwin’s theory of innate facial expression
  • Categorization of emotions, basic emotions compared to cognitive emotions
  • EMG and emotion, relationship between facial expressions and emotional states
  • EEG research – effects of direct brain stimulation
  • Overlap between neural systems of emotional production and experience
  • Relationship between heart and brain physiology
  • Integrating subjectivity and experience – interactivity of brain and body
  • Heart and emotions – historical location of emotions
  • Matching energy use and arousal to situational demands
  • Neurotransmitter pathways - related brain anatomy and role in cardiac activation
  • Research study with Sierra Leonean street-boys
  • Questions to Dr. Gallese

Presence of Mind, Health in Body and Relationships

  • Quantum view of the mind, centrality of relationships, pathway to well-being
  • Positive factors in therapeutic efficacy
  • Role of somatic systems, epigenetics
  • Systematic conceptualization as compared to linear, serial models
  • Connections between relationship, embodied brain and mind
  • Four facets of MIND – working definition of processing energy and information flow 
  • Properties of complex systems, necessity of holistic approaches
  • Toxic impact of conceptualizations of self as independent organism
  • Mindsight – insight, empathy and integration
  • FACES model of mental health
  • Presence and “Mindful Awareness” – awareness, attention, intention, integration
  • Mindfulness:  Using awareness and the focus of attention to transform
  • Measuring therapeutic progress – integrative prefrontal functions
  • Controversies surrounding empathy and the dark side of emotional intelligence
  • Wheel of awareness – domains of integration – therapeutic implementation
  • Self as plural concept - MWe

Ego State Interventions for Self-Destructive Clients

  • Current status of clinical suicide intervention training
  • Affect tolerance – evasion of emotion
  • Differentiating between self-harm and suicidal behavior
  • Demographics of suicide risk in Great Britain
  • Psychiatric and sociocultural risk factors
  • The single most important intervention – Ask the question!
  • Ego state work – identifying ambivalence
  • Ego vs. Dissociative states – dissociative states arise from trauma experience
  • Ritual abuse or mind control – enlisting more functional ego states
  • Noticing state and part shifts – techniques
  • Ongoing assessment of suicidal clients – differentiating motives and driving forces
  • Ego state work with suicidal states
  • Impact of parental suicide – risk reduction strategies
  • Self-harm assessment – important questions, identifying triggers, positive inhibitions
  • Useful further resources

Neuroplasticity, Brain, Body, Feelings and Psychotherapy of Trauma

  • Addressing medically unexplained and chronic physical symptoms
  • Mind as dynamic, integrative process
  • Ego state conceptualization of self-destructive behaviors
  • Social connection and brain development – fostering resilience
  • Challenges of research and narrow isolation in the lab
  • Explicit description of intersubjectivity and brain integration in psychotherapy
  • Impairment of attunement and empathy from trauma – role of dissociation
  • Sierra Leone study – specific population characteristics
  • Prevalence of attachment patterns in non-clinical populations, secure, avoidant, disorganized
  • Early brain development and dependency on social relationship
  • Movement exercise – stance and assertiveness
  • Questions to the panel

Target Audience

Psychologists, Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Behavioral Health Professionals



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