Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD,
is a clinician, researcher, and teacher in the area of post-traumatic stress. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles and is the founder and medical director of the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, Mass. Dr. van der Kolk also is the author of The Body Keeps the Score.
The function of our brains is to take care of us and to be in sync with the body’s systems. Trauma changes the way the brain processes information and the body engages with the world. Trauma makes people afraid to know what they know and feel what they feel. This is expressed in heartbreak, and the state of being out of sync with oneself and one’s surroundings.
This workshop unites two of the leading figures in the field of trauma research and body-oriented treatment approaches. Together Peter and Bessel will explore the implications of ongoing findings in the neurosciences, from how the brain and body deal with emotional information to an understanding of effective therapeutic action.