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EP09 Invited Address 14 – Trauma and Attachment: Creating a Home within One’s Self – Bessel van der Kolk, MD

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Invited Addresses |  Attachment |  Trauma |  Psychotherapy
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2009
Bessel van der Kolk, MD
46 Minutes
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Original Program Date:
Dec 13, 2009
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The study of psychological trauma has been accompanied by an explosion of knowledge about how experience shapes the central nervous system and the formation of the self. The study of trauma has probably been the single most fertile area in developing a deeper understanding of the relationship among the emotional, cognitive, social, and biological forces that shape human development.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To describe the differences between how ordinary memories are stored contrasted with the memory processing of traumatic experiences.
  2. To describe two new approaches in the treatment of trauma.

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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.