Treating Trauma: Helping the Entire Human
Organism Feel Safe and Live in the Present (Master Clinician Video, 1.5
with Bessel van der Kolk, PhD
Trauma affects the entire human organism, which gets stuck in neurobiological, immunological and relational survival modes. Neuroscience research shows that the brain regions most affected by trauma are involved in attention and perception, biasing the organism into perceiving threat and annihilation. These subcortical processes are independent from conscious appraisal or conscious control. This presentation will focus on evidence based treatments that address basic issues of safety, threat appraisal and embodied awareness, illustrated by EMDR, meditation, yoga, theater, martial arts and sensory integration.
Identify the pervasive impact of trauma on perceptual and self-organizing systems
Examine various techniques to enhance the subjective experience of safety and self-organization
Identify and describe effective trauma processing techniques