Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Experiencing The Body Keeps The Score: 4 Day Online Workshop - Special Program Hosted by Bessel van der Kolk Online Workshop

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A special program hosted by Bessel van der Kolk MD

During this unique, interactive 3 part lecture series, you will learn about the history and physiology of trauma and trauma treatments, engage with Dr. van der Kolk during live Q&A sessions, and participate in experiential presentations delivered by engaging practitioners who aim to demonstrate the power of different body-oriented trauma treatment modalities.

Part 1
The Body Keeps The Score

Bessel van der Kolk
Wednesday & Thursday September 8-9, 2020 1
10:00AM - 6:45PM EDT

13 Continuing Education Hours

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk’s groundbreaking work The Body Keeps the Score showed us that in order to recover from trauma, we must move. He expands on this idea in a five part lecture series, where he synthesizes history, psychiatry, neurology, and trauma research to expand on and deepen our understanding of trauma.


Part 2
Experiencing The Body Keeps The Score

A Special New Course
Bessel van der Kolk & Licia Sky
Friday September 10, 2020
10:00AM - 6:30PM EDT

6 Continuing Education Hours*

Trauma keeps people stuck in a heightened perception of danger and harm, and prevents them from updating their reality. Our incomplete or thwarted physical attempts to re-establish physical and emotional protection become parts that hold patterns of vigilance, which then compromise our capacity to respond effectively to our environments, relationships, and ourselves.

Restoring that ability and capacity requires re-establishing awareness of our senses, and through them, an awareness of our nervous system, and being able to befriend our interior reactions to our surroundings. Therapists’ capacity to be aware in this way is intrinsic to being able to guide their clients to this awareness.

This workshop will teach the latest neuroscientific data on how trauma affects brain development, in particular, areas involved in sensory awareness and perspective taking, which show the importance of activating brain circuits that are negatively impacted by trauma. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in experiential exercises that focus on increasing interoceptive awareness as a means of bringing this to the psychotherapeutic process. Time is provided after each exercise to process the experience and unpack ways they can be practiced to build the skills of self-awareness, and enhance meaningful engagement in the therapy setting. These exercises are designed to teach attendees how to help their clients notice subtle inner shifts, and pay attention to their senses, including the ways they habitually ignore their physical reactions.


Part 3
Experiencing The Body Keeps The Score

Cathy Malchiodi, Dafna Lender & Linda Thai

Saturday September 11, 2020
10:00AM - 6:15PM EDT
6 Continuing Education Hours

Angelika Sadar
Friday September 18, 2020
11:00-1:00PM EDT

2 Continuing Education Hours

Regulating the Traumatized Body and Mind through Expressive Arts: Helping Clients "Come to Their Senses" through Rhythm, Movement, Sound, and Imagery

Neurobiology has proven to us that we must “come to our senses” when it comes to restoring mind and body after trauma. Expressive arts therapy is a somatically-based approach that not only uses brain-wise methods, but also through the body’s sensory experience of trauma.

This presentation provides psychologists, psychotherapists, and counselors with the basic concepts necessary to apply expressive approaches to help clients access embodied awareness and to effectively address experiences that leave individuals stuck in terror, isolation, and shame.

Participants will specifically learn how to integrate simple rhythmic, movement-oriented, image-making, and other techniques that will help traumatized clients begin to once again feel safe, calm, and enlivened.


Healing Intergenerational Trauma Through the Parent-Child Relationship

As clinicians, we see patients who suffer through intergenerational trauma internalizing their experiences and carrying them into their interactions with their own children. This form of intergenerational trauma perpetuates the original trauma, resulting in a deep sense of self-loathing and damaging the parent-child relationship.

Ending the cycle of trauma is critically important to both the parents and children in these scenarios. How can clinicians help their patients heal the cycle of intergenerational trauma through their relationship with their child?

In this presentation, through real treatment cases and clinical vignettes, you will learn about 3 families with intergenerational trauma that were able to stop the cycle of disrupted attachment.


Stuck in Survival: Somatic Experiments Towards Embodied Safeness

Trauma can force us to develop strategies to help us survive what we experienced.

These actions of survival and truncated actions of survival get stuck inside the nervous system and, as we now know, the body keeps the score. Our biography becomes our biology. And then our biology informs our current and future biography. The strategies that kept us alive can keep us from fully living.

By learning to recognize and safely release the tension patterns of these survival responses, we can manage anxiety and overthinking, emotional flooding, and overwhelm. New choices become available for the neuro-muscular system, which can allow us to cultivate self-awareness around past behaviors, thoughts, and emotions.

In this presentation you will learn how the cascade of tension and immobilization related to the ocular sympathetic/collapsed parasympathetic response can be addressed to facilitate enhanced treatment outcomes, including capacity for bottom-up self-regulation, expanded window of tolerance, and interoceptive awareness.


Angelika Sadar
Neurofeedback as an Adjuctive Therapy in the Treatment of Trauma

When an attachment rupture occurs between a child and their primary caregiver, complicated symptoms set in that can include emotional dysregulation, fear, disturbances in attention, relationship problems as well as self-destructive behaviors in an effort to manage one’s self. Neuroplasticity has opened the door to understanding how the brain develops from infancy through adulthood and how trauma can alter the course of development. Neurofeedback . Researchers Bessel van der Kolk, MD and Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD. have shown that neurofeedback works for patients where other treatments have failed and that neurofeedback makes changes in the traumatized brain, respectively. Adding neurofeedback as a skill can be a confusing process for providers. This course will provide a brief history of neurofeedback, followed by how it can be integrated into the therapeutic process aimed at healing developmental trauma.



Wednesday September 10, 2020

10:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT Lecture

12:00PM EDT - 12:15PM EDT Break

12:15PM EDT - 1:15PM EDT Q&A

1:15PM EDT - 2:15PM EDT Virtual Networking Lunch

2:15PM EDT - 4:15PM EDT Lecture

4:15PM EDT - 4:45PM EDT Q&A

4:45PM EDT - 5:15PM EDT Bessel van der Kolk & Licia Sky

5:15PM EDT - 5:45PM EDT Q&A with Bessel van der Kolk & Licia Sky

5:45PM EDT - 6:45PM EDT Virtual Networking

Thursday September 10, 2020

10:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT Lecture

12:00PM EDT - 12:15PM EDT Break

12:15PM EDT - 1:15PM EDT Q&A

1:15PM EDT - 2:15PM EDT Virtual Networking Lunch

2:15PM EDT - 4:15PM EDT Lecture

4:15PM EDT - 4:45PM EDT Q&A

4:45PM EDT - 5:15PM EDT Bessel van der Kolk & Licia Sky

5:15PM EDT - 5:45PM EDT Q&A with Bessel van der Kolk & Licia Sky

5:45PM EDT - 6:45PM EDT Virtual Networking

Friday September 11, 2020

10:00AM EDT - 11:30AM EDT Lecture + Q&A

11:30AM EDT - 11:45AM EDT Break

11:45AM EDT - 1:15PM EDT Lecture + Q&A

1:15PM EDT - 2:15PM EDT Virtual Networking Lunch

2:15PM EDT - 3:45PM EDT Lecture + Q&A

3:45PM EDT - 4:00PM EDT Break

4:00PM EDT - 5:30PM EDT Lecture + Q&A

5:30PM EDT - 6:30PM EDT Virtual Networking

Saturday September 12, 2020

10:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT Lecture (Cathy Malchiodi)

12:00PM EDT - 12:15PM EDT Break

12:15PM EDT - 2:15PM EDT Lecture (Dafna Lender)

2:15PM EDT - 3:15PM EDT Virtual Networking Lunch

3:15PM EDT - 5:15PM EDT Lecture (Linda Thai)

5:15PM EDT - 6:15PM EDT Virtual Networking

Friday September 18, 2020

11:00AM EDT - 1:00PM EDT Lecture (Angelika Sadar)

1:00PM EDT - 1:15PM EDT Break

1:15PM EDT - 2:15PM EDT Virtual Networking Lunch


Bessel van der Kolk M.D. is a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress. His work integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.

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 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,

His most recent 2014 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 neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies.

Licia Sky, BFA, is a Boston based somatic educator, writer, artist, singer-songwriter, and bodyworker who works with traumatized individuals and trains mental health professionals to use mindful meditation in movement, theater exercises, writing and voice as tools for attunement, healing and connection. She is a regular instructor in trauma healing workshops at Kripalu, and Esalen.

With more than 25 years of experience as a therapist and singer-songwriter, she leads therapeutic attunement-dynamic experiential exercises that integrate music, movement, vocalizing, and touch to foster safe, transformative, interpersonal connection.

She teaches regularly with Bessel van der Kolk MD at Kripalu, Cape Cod Institute, and Esalen on the topics of trauma, body and the brain & the restoration of one's self.

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT is a psychologist and expressive arts therapist specializing in the treatment of traumatic stress for more than three decades. She is the executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute [] and president of President of Art Therapy Without Borders, a global non-profit organization. Cathy has authored 20 books, 50 chapters and refereed articles, and given over 500 invited keynotes and workshops around the world. Widely interviewed by a variety of news outlets, she has been featured in Time Magazine, CNN, Cosmopolitan, Natural Living, Marie Clare, Australia Childhood Foundation, US News and World Report, and VICE, among others. Cathy is a contributing writer for Psychology Today and has a readership of approximately 5.3 million. Her latest book is Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body and Imagination in the Healing Process and her bestselling book Understanding Children’s Drawings will be in its second edition in late 2020. To learn more about her work and publications, see

Dafna Lender MSW, LCSW is a child and family therapist with over 20 years of experience. She is a certified trainer, supervisor, and consultant in Theraplay® and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, and coauthor of Theraplay: The Practitioner’s Guide. Dafna has successfully treated children and their parents with a variety of backgrounds, including children raised in orphanages, with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, exposed to domestic violence and community violence and children of parents with chronic mental illness and attachment wounds. Dafna provides training to and has consulted with psychologists and psychotherapists around the world in 3 languages. Dafna provides training and consultation to psychotherapists around the world in English, French and Hebrew.

Linda Thai MSW, ERYT-200, CLYL is an adjunct faculty member in the Social Work Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and specializes in trauma-informed care and compassion fatigue resilience skills; Mental health clinician at ND Systems, specializing in somatic therapies and trauma therapy. She assists internationally renowned psychiatrist and trauma expert, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, with his private small group psychotherapy workshops aimed at healing attachment trauma. In her work at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, she is responsible for training clinicians in all departments, including psychology, nursing and medicine. She has a Master of Social Work with an emphasis on the neurobiology of attachment and trauma.

Linda brought Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Brainspotting, Havening, Internal Family Systems, and structural dissociation of the personality to her work with psychotherapy and has included such topics in her graduate level teaching. Linda has worked in Fairbanks, AK with those recovering from addiction, trauma, and mental illness

Angelika Y. Sadar, MA, BCN, BCB-HRV is a licensed psychologist who is board certified in neurofeedback and heart rate variability and is a BCIA approved mentor in neurofeedback. She has been in private practice in the greater Philadelphia area since 1985. Her work over the years has involved all age groups and clinical presentations. She is a treatment coordinator at Sadar Psychological and is a nationally recognized speaker providing education and offering training to other professionals in neurofeedback, biofeedback, and hypnosis. In 2018 she was invited to be part of BrainARC Switzerland and began developing evaluations protocols based on the research of HBImed, Switzerland. Presently, her clinical focus is on patients with complex/comorbid presentations and consulting with other psychologists, medical practitioners and other clinicians regarding EEG, neurofeedback and practice development. She is the executive director of the Northeast Region Biofeedback Society and a board member at large of The Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.




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