Not Found
Digital Recordings

Trauma, Memory and the Restoration of One's Self

In this online lecture series we hear from one of the world's leading experts on trauma, Bessel van der Kolk. Through a series of videos (with MP3s available) Bessel discusses all areas of trauma and complex trauma.

Understanding trauma

The evolutionary function of the human brain is to ensure our internal well-being and ability to connect to other human beings. Traumatic experiences, however, change the brain’s priorities: the ability to process information and engage with our environments is altered. Individuals become afraid to know what they know or to feel what they feel. Worse yet, they become afraid of other human beings, isolating to feel safe but at the cost of connection and comfort.

This online lecture series explores how, because of their altered biological systems and rhythms, traumatised individuals can continue to be trapped by their histories long after the events are past. Current experiences and relationships are misinterpreted by the body as a replay of the past with no conscious connection to the trauma. 

We study the action of the newer therapeutic modalities for trauma, all of which emphasize the neurobiological legacy of trauma: mindfulness, EMDR, yoga, Internal Family Systems Therapy, sensorimotor therapy, theatre work, and neurofeedback. With an understanding of how “the body keeps the score,” we can more easily help children and adults overcome a traumatic past and regain the capacity to be fully alive in the present.
Lectures include:

  • Trauma: Context and treatment

  • Disorders or adaption?

  • How the brain 'gets on with life'

  • Developing compassion

  • Arousal and attachment

  • Childhood trauma alters brain development

  • You cannot do it alone

  • Regulation of arousal.

Topics include: Recovery from Traumatic Stress, Including Treatments for Trauma, Disorders or Adaptation?, How the Brain ‘Gets On With Life’, The Amygdala, Trauma Scripts, Brain Function in Trauma, Psychiatry, PTSD and the Politics of DSM categorization, Immune Function with Incest History, Childhood Trauma and Borderline Personality Disorder, Predictors of Self-Destructive Behaviour, Effects of Child Maltreatment on Health, Childhood Trauma Alters Brain Development and Regulation of Arousal.


Product Details
Average Rating:
Bessel van der Kolk
9 Hours
Audio and Video
Nov 01, 2015
Product Code:
Media Type:
Digital Recordings



This online program is worth 9 hours CPD.


Bessel van der Kolk's Profile

Bessel van der Kolk Related seminars and products: 4

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.



Overall:      4.5

Total Reviews: 24


Tatiana G

"Great workshop. Very relevant to my work. Thank you"

Nick C

"Very useful addition to my armamentarium. Detailed and well presented."

Satisfaction Guarantee
Your satisfaction is our goal and our guarantee. Concerns should be addressed to or call 01235847393.

Please wait ...

Back to Top