Bessel van der Kolk, MD

4 Week Program with Bessel van der Kolk

Welcome to the communication page

Thank you for registering for the 4-week Lecture & Dialogue program with Bessel van der Kolk! This communication page serves as your guide through the course, containing many useful links and bits of information! Be sure to check back regularly, as we will update this page with relevant information as it is available.

~ New announcements from all weeks~

TIME CHANGE
A reminder that daylight savings begin November 7th for the United States where the program is hosted. Please be sure to verify how that might change your local start time. Note, there are some countries that changed earlier (example, those in Isreal changed October 31st). Time Converter: Click Here

CONTINUING EDUCATION CERTIFICATE
See below for details on how to receive your certificate.

RECORDING

All the videos are available to watch.

SLIDES

Bessel's reference slides and presentation slides are available. Please give us a couple of days for week 4's slides.

FREE YEARLONG NETWORKING

Per request from the communities we will continue to hold a space for practitioners & professionals on a monthly basis after the 4 week program. This professional networking is designed for practitioners and professionals to connect with others who offer professional services. These meetings will be held the first Wednesday of each month at 12pm ET and is free to this community. Register now and attend whenever you are able. Click here to register.


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A conversation with Bessel van der Kolk
Calming the Body, Healing the Mind: Taming reactions to trauma through self-awareness

October 20 & 27, November 3 & 10
12:00 - 1:30 PM Eastern Time

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Joining Zoom

You should have recieved an email from Collectively Rooted containing your unique link to access Zoom for the live program. If you are unable to locate this email, please reach out to [email protected] for assistance.

Accessing Recordings & Slides

Dr. van der Kolk has provided reference slides, which will have more slides than his actual presentation. These are the important slides he would like you to keep. This will be available in your learning management account the first week of the course.

Recordings will be made available in your learning management account within 48 hours of the live event. The recordings will expire October 1, 2022.


To access the recordings, follow the directions below:

  1. Log in to your learning management account with the email entered at registration. If you don't remember your password, you are welcome to follow the steps on the site to reset it, or reach out to [email protected] for assistance
  2. Click on "My Dashboard" from the menu at the top right of the screen
  3. Click on the course titled "A Dialogue with Bessel van der Kolk: A Four Week Program". Once the recording is available, it will be stored in this course.

Certificates & CEs

For those of your who are seeking CEs

  1. Go to http://CR.cmecertificateonline.com
  2. Click on the “Bessel 4-week Course” link.
  3. Evaluate the meeting.
  4. Print all pages of your certificate for your records.

Questions? Email [email protected]


For those who are seeking a Certificate of Completion

Those who do not need CEs but wish to have a Certificate of Completion can retrieve the certificate in the learning management account. This will be available at the end of the course.

Be prepared

Since this course is shaped around your questions, it is important to come to each week prepared. Please be sure you have completed the 2 pre-requisite courses and have read "The Body Keeps The Score" before attending the program.

The 2 pre-requisite courses are available in your learning management account. The first course is titled "Foundations of Trauma" and the second is "Neuroscience and The Frontiers of Trauma Treatment".

Connect

Share Your Contact

Our goal is to facilitate connection between like-minded professionals to create a community of trauma-informed practitioners. If you would like to share your professional contact information with other practitioners in this program, please complete the form linked below. Your information will only be share with those who provide their contact. No soliciting allowed out of respect for each other.

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Trauma Research Foundation

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Community Organization

AMCHA

AMCHA is the largest provider of mental health and social support services for Holocaust survivors in Israel, currently reaching close to 20,000 individuals. They offer the following main services: Mental Health Care; Psychosocial Rehabilitation Clubs; Community Outreach; Social Casework; Professional and Volunteer Home Visits; Holocaust Documentation and Inter-generational Programming.

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Community Organization

Prison Yoga Project

Prison Yoga Project is working to reform the criminal justice system from the inside out. They believe the approach of Restorative Justice, instead of the current punitive approach, will create a more humane and effective system for all people involved. Reform is a necessary step to bringing about a dramatic reduction in the size and cost of mass incarceration, financially and in terms of human suffering.

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~ Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score ~

“It takes enormous trust and courage to allow yourself to remember.”

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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.”


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“In the culture people talk about trauma as an event that happened a long time ago. But what trauma is, is the imprints that event has left on your mind and in your sensations... the discomfort you feel and the agitation you feel and the rage and the helplessness you feel right now.”

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“In order to change, people need to become aware of their sensations and the way that their bodies interact with the world around them. Physical self-awareness is the first step in releasing the tyranny of the past.”

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“… EMDR, as well as the treatments discussed in subsequent chapters—internal family systems, yoga, neurofeedback, psychomotor therapy, and theater—focus not only on regulating the intense memories activated by trauma but also on restoring a sense of agency, engagement, and commitment through ownership of body and mind.”

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“If you want to manage your emotions better, your brain gives you two options: You can learn to regulate them from the top down or from the bottom up. Knowing the difference between top down and bottom up regulation is central for understanding and treating traumatic stress. Top-down regulation involves strengthening the capacity of the watchtower to monitor your body's sensations. Mindfulness meditation and yoga can help with this. Bottom-up regulation involves recalibrating the autonomic nervous system...we can access the ANS through breath, movement, or touch.

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“Trauma causes people to remain stuck in interpreting the present in light of an unchanging past. The scene you re-create in a structure may or may not be precisely what happened, but it represents the structure of your inner world: your internal map and the hidden rules that you have been living by”

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“We have learned that trauma is not just an event that took place sometime in the past; it is also the imprint left by that experience on mind, brain, and body. This imprint has ongoing consequences for how the human organism manages to survive in the present. Trauma results in fundamental reorganization of the way mind and brain manage perceptions. It changes not only how we think and what we think about, but also our very capacity to think”

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"Sadly, our educational system, as well as many of the methods that profess to treat trauma, tend to bypass this emotional-engagement system and focus instead on recruiting the cognitive capacities of the mind. Despite the well-documented effects of anger, fear, and anxiety on the ability to reason, many programs continue to ignore the need to engage the safer system of the brain before trying to promote new ways of thinking. The last things that should be cut from school schedules are chorus, physical education, recess, and anything else involving movement, play, and joyful engagement”

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“Whenever you take a deep breath, you activate the SNS. The resulting burst of adrenaline speeds up your heart, which explains why many athletes take a few short, deep breaths before starting competition. Exhaling, in turn, activates the PNS, which slows down the heart. If you take a yoga or a meditation class, your instructor will probably urge you to pay particular attention to the exhalation, since deep, long breaths out help calm you down.”

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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. Numerous”

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“People can learn to control and change their behavior, but only if they feel safe enough to experiment with new solutions. The body keeps the score: If trauma is encoded in heartbreaking and gut-wrenching sensations, then our first priority is to help people move out of fight-or-flight states, reorganize their perception of danger, and manage relationships. Where traumatized children are concerned, the last things we should be cutting from school schedules are the activities that can do precisely that: chorus, physical education, recess, and anything else that involves movement, play, and other forms of joyful engagement.”

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“I wish I could separate trauma from politics, but as long as we continue to live in denial and treat only trauma while ignoring its origins, we are bound to fail. In today’s world your ZIP code, even more than your genetic code, determines whether you will lead a safe and healthy life. People’s income, family structure, housing, employment, and educational opportunities affect not only their risk of developing traumatic stress but also their access to effective help to address it. Poverty, unemployment, inferior schools, social isolation, widespread availability of guns, and substandard housing all are breeding grounds for trauma. Trauma breeds further trauma; hurt people hurt other people.”

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“People can learn to control and change their behavior, but only if they feel safe enough to experiment with new solutions. The body keeps the score: If trauma is encoded in heartbreaking and gut-wrenching sensations, then our first priority is to help people move out of fight-or-flight states, reorganize their perception of danger, and manage relationships. Where traumatized children are concerned, the last things we should be cutting from school schedules are the activities that can do precisely that: chorus, physical education, recess, and anything else that involves movement, play, and other forms of joyful engagement.”

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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.”


Trauma, the Body, and 2021

On Being with Krista Tippett catches up with Bessel van der Kolk in 2021 — as we are living through one vast overwhelming experience after the other. And The Body Keeps the Score is now one of the most widely read books in the pandemic world. His perspective is utterly unique and very practically helpful — on what’s been happening in our bodies and our brains, and how that relationship can become severed and restored.

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One of Bessel's favorite recent interviews. 

This Conversation Will Change How You Think About Trauma

“Trauma is much more than a story about something that happened long ago,” writes Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. “The emotions and physical sensations that were imprinted during the trauma are experienced not as memories but as disruptive physical reactions in the present.”

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Bonus

12 minute breathing practice.

Restoring a sense of self is critically important in recovering from trauma. Body-centered activities like deep breathing exercises help us regulate our internal states and restore and repair the connection between our minds and our bodies. In this video, Dr. van der Kolk introduces us to the concept of deep breathing as a practice to activate the neural pathway that allows us to access our internal experience.

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Why is The Body Keeps The Score so Popular Right Now?

Back when the nonfiction book about trauma The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk was first published, the world looked pretty different. On its release date of September 25, 2014, Obama was midway through his second term as President; no one had heard of COVID-19 yet; and the buzzy novels of the year so far included All the Light We Cannot See and Station Eleven. But now, seven years later, it’s The Body Keeps the Score that has shot to the top of the bestsellers. Why?

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How psychiatric ideas about trauma evolved after World War I

Trauma is an emotional reaction to an extremely disturbing event, and it can have lasting effects on the brain and body. Although definitions vary, descriptions of trauma-related disorders have emerged from every war since at least World War I. Bessel van der Kolk, psychiatrist and author of "The Body Keeps the Score," spoke to Big Think about trauma and the emerging treatments that are helping people let go of it.

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Big Think

How to rewire your brain after trauma

Have you ever wondered what happens to the traumatized brain when a soldier comes back from war? Often what’s seen is that with each deployment, the frontal lobe becomes slower. This means that veterans cannot pay attention to what is in front of them, making it hard to engage in day-to-day life. Yet when a soldier has exposure to frightening events, such as a loud and sudden sound, their frontal lobe comes online. At the end of the day, when someone is traumatized and not experiencing danger, the brain doesn’t function. But when the same person senses danger, the brain has been wired to act as a specialist in dealing with danger.

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Return to Base Podcast

In Return to Bases’ first ever podcast with Bessel van der Kolk, we discuss the nature of trauma, how trauma rewires the brain as a defense mechanism, and touch on various treatment options. We also discuss the recent collapse of the 20 year mission in Afghanistan.

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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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Calming the Body, Healing the Mind: Taming reactions to trauma through self-awareness

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk wrote the book on trauma. "The Body Keeps the Score" - a long-standing New York Times bestseller - provides a thorough analysis of trauma and our responses to it. In this episode, Dr. van der Kolk joins us to expand on that work, discussing how, for survivors of domestic violence, trauma changes the brain. Dr. van der Kolk guides us through approaches to self-regulation, rewiring the brain, and more so we might understand ourselves and our responses to trauma, and ultimately take control of our lives. This episode discusses domestic violence, physical violence, PTSD, and the experience of military combat.

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