Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Rutgers School of Social Worker Online Workshop

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Rutgers1 April 30th, 2021 - 9:00am - 12:00pm Register here

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The Body Keeps the Score: Understanding and Treating the Long-Term Effects of Abuse and Neglect Through the Lens of Neuroscience

During the past decade, an enormous amount has been learned about the neurobiology of trauma and the nature of memory in trauma survivors. Drawing from his groundbreaking work The Body Keeps the Score, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk will explore the clinical implications of these discoveries and a range of new approaches based on the research.


We will cover the profound effects of trauma on cognition, affect regulation, and on the development of “self” and interactions with others. You will learn how trauma and disruptions in attachment bonds affect the development of identity, and how this is expressed socially as difficulties in affect modulation, destructive behaviour against self and others and in negotiating intimacy. We will cover how childhood trauma affects the development of self-esteem, the capacity to identify and negotiate personal needs, and the ability to relate effectively with others. The webinar will explore interventions aimed at restoring active mastery and the capacity to attend to the here-and-now.



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