Educators so often struggle with the question of how to reach students who act out or can’t pay attention in class. A fundamental part of helping these children is understanding that a large portion of American students exist in a traumatized state that prevents them from being able to learn. This course addresses how a deeply felt feeling of safety is vital to a child’s ability to work around their trauma and become engaged in the classroom. A particularly effective way of establishing this necessary sense of security is to encourage movement, which allows individuals to feel in control of their own bodies. Synchronized movement, in particular, is key to developing a felt understanding within a child that they are safe and connected with others. Educators and therapists can apply the concepts discussed in this course to help students feel a sense of agency and imagine new possibilities that help them move beyond their trauma.
Bessel van der Kolk, MD is a pioneer clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress. His work uniquely integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic, somatic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.
His #1 New York Times Science 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 body work, psychodrama, mindfulness techniques, parts work, yoga, and neurofeedback, 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 (now the Trauma Research Foundation) in Boston, MA; past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He regularly teaches at universities and hospitals around the world.
Counselors, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Case Managers, other Mental Health Professionals, Educators, Anyone with an interest in the subject
This course is offered at the introductory level.
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