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Coming to Your Senses: Recovering from Trauma by Learning to Safely Inhabit Your Body

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Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD
1 Hour 07 Minutes
Sep 24, 2020
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Now we can help people recover from trauma and reclaim ownership of their lives. We can now bring them in synch with their lives today, to feel alive and here in the present moment.

How? By teaching clients to safely live in their bodies.
And through connecting neuroscience, trauma research and clinical practice when we do our work.
Join keynote speaker Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., NY Times bestselling author of The Body Keeps the Score, for this conference opening session. Dr. van der Kolk is world-renowned for his skill and effectiveness in connecting the two worlds of research and clinical practice. 
In the words of Peter A. Levine, PhD, developer of Somatic Experiencing and author of In an Unspoken Voice:

"Dr. van der Kolk’s work unites the evolving neuroscience of trauma research with an emergent wave of body-oriented therapies and traditional mind/body practices that go beyond symptom relief and connect us with our vital energy and here-and-now presence."



This online program is worth 1 hours CPD.



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Trauma Research Foundation

Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD, 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: 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 with ineligible organizations.


  1. Investigate the impact of trauma on the various parts of the brain, body and nervous system.
  2. Articulate ways to restore proper balance between the rational and emotional brains, that can help clients re-establish ownership of their bodies and minds.
  3. Propose methods that re-establish connection and synchrony with others to overcome trauma.


The imprint of trauma on the brain, body and nervous system

The keys to overcoming trauma

Body-based clinical practices

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Psychotherapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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