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Trauma and the Body: Implications for Treatment (Audio Training, 6 Credits)

with Bessel van der Kolk, MD & Pat Ogden, PhD

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Until the formulation of PTSD in the DSM III the human response to trauma always was defined as a “physioneurosis”- a reaction of the entire organism. Contemporary research amply supports that notion- trauma affects movement, perception, sensory integration, immune function, somatic functioning, heart rate variability and numerous other measures of physical regulation. Sadly, these dimensions tend to be ignored in most clinicians’ training. The authors of this whole day pre-conference workshop are funded by NIH, the Center for Disease Control, the Hamilton Fish Foundation, the ANS Foundation and the Cummings Foundation to demonstrate the effectiveness of body-based techniques, including sensorimotor therapy, theater groups, yoga and sensory integration. This experiential and didactic workshop will demonstrate these evidence-based treatments and engage participants in various experiential exercises that are used in the application of these interventions to traumatized populations. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the current knowledge base regarding the biological bases of PTSD.  
  • Consider contemporary theory regarding the role of dissociation in the development of complex presentations of PTSD.
  • Analyze treatment approaches that may be beneficial from a biological perspective.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the unique clinical challenges faced when working with individuals experiencing PTSD.