Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Online Course Neuroscience and The Frontier of Trauma Treatment (7 Languages Available)

Neurowetenschappen en de Grenzen van de Traumabehandeling (Dutch)

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3 lessons 90 mins


$99.00 USD

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Neurowetenschappen en de Grenzen van de Traumabehandeling (Dutch)

Course Description

Building on the foundational conception of trauma, this lecture explores the neuroscience of trauma and a spectrum of body-centered interventions aimed at helping people integrate traumatic memories. At the core of trauma’s persistence is the dysfunction it induces in the brain and body. Neuroscience gives us a window into the consequences of both limited traumatic experiences and chronic trauma. Within that context, you will learn how trauma rearranges the brain’s wiring - specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust.This lecture will show how trauma affects the developing mind and brain, and teach how trauma affects self-awareness and self-regulation.

This lecture will discuss and demonstrate affect regulation techniques, examine ways to deal with fragmented self-experience, and teach the benefits of yoga, EMDR, meditation, neurofeedback, music, and theater.

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Neurowetenschappen en de Grenzen van de Traumabehandeling (Dutch)

Course Objective

At the end of this lecture you will be able to

  • Explain how neuroscience has enhanced our understanding of trauma
  • Describe critical parts of the brain and how the damage trauma causes impairs their functioning, leading to altered perceptions of the world
  • Explain the difference between limited traumatic experiences and developmental trauma
  • Explain the consequences of developmental trauma and the adaptations of the children who experience it and what that means for their adult lives
  • Discuss the importance of visceral experiences in both the making of and treatment for trauma
  • Examine and compare contemporary treatment paradigms and their limitations
  • Critique treatment modalities that fall outside of the modern repertoire of treatment for trauma
  • List 3 characteristics of what can happen to the brains and bodies of traumatized people
  • Explain how the amygdala facilitates communication between the brain and body
  • Discuss barriers to treatment for traumatized people
  • Discuss the core issues of trauma
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Neurowetenschappen en de Grenzen van de Traumabehandeling (Dutch)

Course Outline


  • Introduction to EMDR
  • Studying EMDR
  • The limitations of EMDR
  • Brain anatomy and how trauma rewires the brain


  • The ACE study and the prevalence of trauma
  • High ACE scores are associated with a range of negative adult outcomes


  • Technology has limitations
  • What brain imaging can tell us
  • The developing brain
  • Trauma interferes with the autonomic housekeeping of the body
  • Cultural responses to trauma
  • Development of the survival brain
  • The importance of our map of the world and how it develops
  • Changing the map with deep visceral experiences
  • Development of the frontal lobe


  • Brain anatomy and how its functioning is disrupted by trauma
  • Brain activity in scans of people having a flashback
  • What we can infer from brain scans and what they show
  • How trauma renders us speechless
  • What we can learn from scans of “the default mode of the brain” versus scans of people who have experienced chronic trauma
  • What we understand about trauma at different stages of brain development
  • Trauma changes specific parts of the brain and how they function


  • Impulsivity and trauma
  • The finger-wagging part of the brain and how juvenile programs focus on a system that won’t work for many traumatized kids
  • Teaching kids self control with activities that require self restraint
  • The dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and restoring a sense of time with visceral sensations
  • The importance of raising awareness for traumatized people about their ability to change their internal state and regulate themselves
  • The anterior cingulate and filtering what is and is not relevant
  • Attention deficit disorder and trauma


  • Examining how you organize your relationship to yourself
  • The relationship between the survival brain and the frontal lobe
  • Getting control over the primitive part of our brain with body-oriented methods
  • Our cognitive, social brain cannot override the emotional, survival brain
  • The midline structures of the cortex that is devoted to you and your relationship to yourself
  • Activating the midline structures of the brain with interoception and breathing exercises
  • Reactivity and accessing your internal experiences by exercising the pathway to the survival brain via the midline structures of the brain
  • Why meditation can be difficult for traumatized people


  • A breathing exercise
  • Notice your thoughts
  • Noticing your body
  • Noticing your breath
  • The importance of being in tune with each other
  • Heart rate variability


  • The importance of talk and why it can take so long to be able tell your story
  • Group therapy is a useful setting that is not widely available
  • Access and barriers to mental health services


  • Things didn’t happen are as important as events that did happen
  • How psychodrama workshops can help you know what it feels like to have positive experiences
  • Working in three dimensions during psychodrama workshops
  • Suspending time and leaning into space and imagination
  • The real and the ideal
  • The right person at the right time in the right place


  • How neurofeedback works
  • People can learn to regulate their brainwaves using neurofeedback
  • Neurofeedback can radically improve executive functioning
  • There is a spectrum of body-oriented treatments that can quiet the survival brain and enhance the temporal lobe


  • The roles we all play
  • Can we go beyond the roles we play

Target Audience: Psychologists • Mental Health Counselors • Social Workers Marriage and Family Therapists • Nurses • Psychiatrists Case Managers • Other Mental Health Professionals


This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 2 continuing education credits. Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge & Associates is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge & Associates maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The continuing education credits for each workshop/course are designated in the workshop/course descriptions. You must attend the entire program in order to receive the credit(s), complete the Participant Satisfaction/Evaluation form and return it to your presenter or monitor at the conclusion of the program, and complete the supplemental reading and test questions. You must receive a score of at least 70% on the test questions to receive credit. Partial credits will not be given.

There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge & Associates and Northeast Region Biofeedback Society, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

The views of the presenters are theirs and do not necessarily represent a position by Roseann Capanna-Hodge & Associates. Roseann Capanna-Hodge & Associates is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Roseann Capanna-Hodge & Associates is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them in accordance with ADA requirements. Please address questions, concerns, and any complaints to Casey at [email protected]

It is the responsibility of every attendee to abide by the standards set forth in the APA Code of Ethics for maintaining security and confidentiality of any test materials and proprietary information presented as part of this continuing education program. Any materials used as part of this program may not be copied or otherwise distributed, and no proprietary information will be disclosed by attendees to any person not registered for this program.

Refund Policy

We do not offer refunds for online courses. If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints about the course, please direct your inquiry to Casey at [email protected]

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