201, 301 – The Body Keeps the Score

When Talk Isn’t Enough
Parts 1 & 2
Bessel van der Kolk

The last 20 years have provided us with great advances in understanding the impact of trauma on developing brains and how it interferes with the capacity to concentrate and filter out irrelevant information. In this workshop, you’ll review the latest research and interventions on how bottom-up processes (involving touch, movement, and breathing) as well as top-down processes (using mindfulness and interoception) can help traumatized children and adults regulate their arousal and regain mastery over their lives. You’ll explore:

  • How traumatic imprints can be integrated using techniques drawn from yoga, theater, neurofeedback, and somatic therapies
  • Breathing, posture, facial synchrony, and vocal exercises to energize your therapeutic presence and enhance your mirroring of the client’s words and expressions
  • Techniques for bringing parts of the brain “online” that are knocked out by hyper- and hypoarousal, while tracking physiological arousal in body language and movements
  • How to achieve self-leadership through activation of the areas of the brain involved in interoception and mindfulness


Continued with workshop 301

Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is the medical director of The Trauma Center in Boston, professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School, and codirector of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Complex Trauma Network. His newest book is The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

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