The Master Series Trauma Edition: Developmental Trauma with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk [Session 1] Online Workshop

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Guy Macpherson Master Series September 23rd, 2021 - 10:00am - 1:00pm Register here

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The Master Series brings together experts, originators, innovators, and groundbreakers who change the dialogue around their areas of expertise. Each quarterly program focuses on one Big Idea to unearth the nuances of theoretical frameworks, explore concepts, and reframe our thinking about the world we all live in and the experiences we have in it.


Bessel van der Kolk, MD I 10:00am - 1:00pm ET I 3 CE/CPD

The function of our brains is to take care of us and to be in sync with the body’s systems. Trauma changes the way the brain processes information and the body engages with the world. Trauma makes people afraid to know what they know and feel what they feel. Traumatized people experience heartbreak and a state of being out of synch with their environment, and continue to be trapped by their history and react to current experience in a myriad of ways as a replay of the past, and shows ways to break the cycles of re-enactment and suffering.

Synthesizing history, psychiatry, neurology, and trauma research, Bessel van der Kolk expands on and deepens our understanding of trauma and how children and adults adapt to traumatic stress. Dr. van der Kolk underscores the importance of safety and connection and shows that when those needs go unmet and children are chronically exposed to victimization and abuse, they often meet the clinical diagnostic criteria for PTSD and other psychiatric conditions. Because of this, Dr. van der Kolk argues for a developmentally appropriate trauma diagnosis for children and adults who experienced childhood abuse.

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