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 week 1 & 2 ~


Video from week 1 & 2 are available to watch. We were able to get it up within 12 hours!


Bessel's reference slides are available too!

He originally wanted everyone to have his full deck because there were other interesting things in the large deck that he thought you’d appreciated. But there have been requests to have Bessel’s presentation slides so we will work on this as well! Hopefully we will have this by next week!


As a group, we decided to hold monthly professional meeting for practitioners & professionals in this community so we can continue clinical discussions.

There have been requests to form professional groups that are outside of practitioners. We will create a survey to see how many are interested this week.


Please remember to submit your questions by Sunday. Any questions, contact [email protected]

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.

Submit Your Questions Now

This program is shaped by the questions you submit!

Questions can be submitted in advance or during the live event. Fill out the form linked below to submit your questions ahead of time. Please keep all questions relevant to the topic of the week.

To ask a question live on Zoom, please use the "Raise Hand" function in the Zoom meeting. The host will call on participants to ask their question. By raising your hand, you are consenting to have your video and voice included on the recording distributed to all participants of this workshop.

Submit Your Questions


Weekly Networking

Each week, we will offer the opportunity to attend 30 minutes of networking with your peers at the close of the program.

We will offer both a room for professional networking designed for practitioners to connect with others who offer professional services, as well as a room for personal healing where those who are here for their own educational journey can connect with one another.

Limited spaces available.

Personal Healing Networking
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When you join, we will place you in a break out room for 15 minutes. This will be a good opportunity to share a little bit about yourself and what was helpful in your journey. We will hold 2 rounds of 15 minutes of networking. Please be mindful of how much you share and the details that you share.

Professional Networking
*Professionals & Practitioners Only*

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During week 1 we ended up having 40 people join and we stayed as one group. We also decided that we will continue to hold a space for practitioners & professionals on a monthly basis after the 4 week program.

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, a link to the evaluation will be provided at the close of the program. Participants must complete the evaluation in order to receive the CE certificate. If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected].

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".


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.

Share Your Contact
Trauma Research Foundation

Save the Dates

Nov 8-13, 2021
2nd Annual Film

Jan 2022, TBD
2nd Social Justice Summit

May 18-25, 2022
33rd Annual Trauma Conference

Join TRF

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

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.”

Listen now
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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.

Read & Watch
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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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