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Bessel van der Kolk

Bessel van der Kolk

Bessel van der Kolk, MD,
is a clinical psychiatrist who has studied the impact and resolution of trauma on children and adults since 1982. He is professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and medical director of the Trauma Center in Boston. He is author of Psychological Trauma and coeditor of Traumatic Stress.

Trauma, Memory and the Restoration of One’s Self

Feb 08 - 13 Begins in 1 week
with Bessel van der Kolk & Dana Moore with Special Guest Licia Sky

Trauma changes the way the brain processes information and the body engages with the world. This course explores how trauma affects people’s rhythms within themselves and with their surroundings. Because of altered biological systems, traumatized people continue to be trapped by their history and react to current experience in a myriad of ways as a replay of the past.



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