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Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Revolutionary Approach to Treating PTSD

From the New York Times Magazine

By Jeneen Interlandi
May 22, 2014

Bessel van der Kolk wants to change the way we heal
a traumatized mind — by starting with the body.
Credit Illustration by Matthew Woodson        

‘If we can help our patients tolerate their own bodily sensations, they’ll be able to process the trauma themselves.’

Bessel van der Kolk sat cross-legged on an oversize pillow in the center of a smallish room overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur. He wore khaki pants, a blue fleece zip-up and square wire-rimmed glasses. His feet were bare. It was the third day of his workshop, “Trauma Memory and Recovery of the Self,” and 30 or so workshop participants — all of them trauma victims or trauma therapists — lined the room’s perimeter. They, too, sat barefoot on cushy pillows, eyeing van der Kolk, notebooks in hand.

For two days, they had listened to his lectures on the social history, neurobiology and clinical realities of post-traumatic stress disorder and its lesser-known sibling, complex trauma. Now, finally, he was about to demonstrate an actual therapeutic technique, and his gaze was fixed on the subject of his experiment: a 36-year-old Iraq war veteran named Eugene, who sat directly across from van der Kolk, looking mournful and expectant...

Read this intensely interesting article HERE.


25th Annual International Trauma Conference

Psychological Trauma:
Neuroscience, Attachment and Therapeutic Intervention
May 28 - 31, 2014
Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA

 Theme: What We Have Discovered Over the Past
Quarter Century about Traumatic Stress and Its Treatment

Conference Director: Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.

Keynote Speakers:
  • Beatrice Beebe, Ph.D.
  • Ruth Lanius, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Alexander McFarlane, M.B., B.S. (Hons), M.D.
  • Pat Ogden, Ph.D.
  • Jaak Panksepp
  • Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D.
  • Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D.
  • Stephen J. Suomi, Ph.D.
  • Martin H. Teicher, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Ed Tronick, Ph.D.
  • Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D., and
  • Faculty of the Trauma Center and Justice Resource Institute
CLICK HERE to download brochure and registration information.


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