EP17 Speech with Discussant 03 - Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past - Peter Levine, PhD and Bessel van der Kolk, MD
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There is tremendous confusion in work with traumatic memories, often leaving clients and their therapists confused and insecure. In this lecture we will discuss the different types of memory (both explicit/conscious & implicit/unconscious) in resolving traumatic reactions, while avoiding the creation of "false memories."
- List and comprehend the different types of memory systems.
- Explain how to work with procedural ("body") memories.
- Demonstrate how to avoid the pitfalls of evoking spurious memories.
*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*
Peter Levine, PhD
Peter A. Levine, PhD, holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. He is the developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a naturalistic, body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and founder of the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute, which conducts SE™ trainings throughout the world and in various indigenous cultures. Some of Dr. Levine’s other achievements include being a stress consultant for NASA during the development of the space shuttle project, as well as a consultant to the Sandia Labs during their report on preventing terrorism commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security in 2002. Dr. Levine was a member of the APA Task Force: Psychologists for Social Responsibility in developing responses to large-scale disasters and ethno-political warfare. He is currently a Senior Fellow and consultant at The Meadows Addiction and Trauma Treatment Center in Wickenburg, Arizona.
Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D. has been active as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress and related phenomena since the 1970s. His work integrates developmental, biological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment. His book Psychological Trauma was the first integrative text on the subject, painting the far ranging impact of trauma on the entire person and the range of therapeutic issues which need to be addressed for recovery.