Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Understanding and healing from trauma

Neuroscience research shows that the only way we can change ​the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience ​and learning to befriend what is going on inside ourselves.

The Body Keeps the Score

Published in 32 Languages

Being able to feel safe with other people is probably ​the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.

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Bessel van der Kolk MD has spent his professional life studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences. He translates emerging findings from neuroscience and attachment research to develop and study a range of effective treatments for traumatic stress and developmental trauma in children and adults.

Integrating Therapy with Science

In the past 3 decades, we have learned an enormous amount about brain functions and interpersonal attachment systems. This new knowledge has not always been systematically applied to help traumatized children and adults heal from trauma. Dr. van der Kolk's work is focused on integrating therapy with science.

Dr. van der Kolk has published over 150 peer reviewed articles, diversely ranging from neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, developmental trauma, yoga, and theater to EMDR.

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A Conversation with Bessel van der Kolk

An interview with the publisher of The Body Keeps The Score, where Bessel answers many questions including "What do you hope to accomplish with The Body Keeps the Score?"

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MDMA-Assisted Therapy for PTSD

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
If you, or patients you work with have moderate to severe PTSD and might benefit from MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD, please consider volunteering for our study.

BECOME A CERTIFIED MDMA-ASSISTED THERAPIST
MAPS is starting a 14 week online training program to help practitioners become certified in MDMA-Assisted Therapy. Click the link below to learn more.
Fall 2021 Cohort: Sept 10 – Dec 21

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Being able to feel safe with other people is probably ​the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.

- The Body Keeps the Score

Hosted by Bessel van der Kolk

4 Week Multi-Language Programs

We invite you to join us for this distinctive and exciting 4 week program with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. Each week, Dr. van der Kolk will begin with a lecture followed by a Q&A session. This is an exciting opportunity to explore ideas, critically examine trauma and trauma treatments, and hear directly from Dr. van der Kolk about the things that most ignite your interests. Each of the 4 sessions are 1.5 hours, with the half the time set aside for dialogue & exploration with Dr. van der Kolk.


in English: Oct 20; Oct 27; Nov 3; Nov 10 -- Click here
in Spanish: Nov 10; Nov 17; Dec 1; Dec 8 -- Click here
in Russian: Jan 12; Jan 14; Jan 19; Jan 26 -- Click here
in Dutch: Recording available here
in Italian: Recording available here

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Trauma Research Foundation

TRF TUESDAY: Free Community Event

Join the Trauma Research Foundation weekly community event.

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Upcoming Events

20 - 20 October 2021

A Lecture & Conversation Style Workshop - Week 1: Developmental Trauma & Intergenerational Trauma

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23 - 23 October 2021

X National Congress of Neuroscience, Neuropsychology and Psychotherapy

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27 - 27 October 2021

A Lecture & Conversation Style Workshop - Week 2: Neuroscience & Trauma

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