Distinguished Workshop SeriesFrontiers of Trauma Treatment
Length: 180 minutes
This workshop was part of Dr. Melba Vasquez’s Presidential Programming.
Effective treatment of posttraumatic problems needs to include addressing the imprint of trauma on the physical experience of the self as being helpless and in danger. Recovery needs to incorporate dealing with defensive efforts that helped ensure survival and incorporate physical experiences that contradict feelings and sensations associated with helplessness and disconnection.
This INTRODUCTORY workshop will present current research findings about how people’s brains, minds, and bodies are affected by traumatic experiences. We will explore specific techniques that address affect regulation, the integration of dissociated aspects of experience, overcoming helplessness, attentional deficits, and the re-integration of human connections.
Learning Objective 1
Describe recent developments in neuroscience as they relate to the treatment of PTSD.
Learning Objective 2
Emphasize techniques of physical mastery, affect regulation attention, and memory processing.
Presenters: Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, and Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, Boston, MA
- 2011 APA workshop on trauma and self-regulation