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EP17 Great Debates 02 - The Neurobiology and Psychosocial Correlates of Trauma and Resilience - Donald Meichenbaum, PhD and Bessel van der Kolk, MD

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Great Debates |  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) |  Trauma |  Neurobiology |  Psychotherapy
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2017
Donald Meichenbaum, PhD |  Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
Audio Only
Original Program Date:
Dec 14, 2017
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In the aftermath of traumatic and victimizing experiences, most individuals are impacted, but 75% evidence resilience while 25% “get stuck” and develop PTSD and co-occurring disorders. This presentation will discuss what distinguishes these two groups and considers the implications for treatment.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Distinguish the neuro-biological and psycho-social consequences of trauma and resilience and the implications for treatment.
  2. Discuss practical ways to bolster resilience in six domains (physical, interpersonal, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and spiritual).

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



Donald Meichenbaum, PhD's Profile

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Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D in Clinical Psychology is currently Research Director of Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention, Miami ( He is one of the founders of cognitive behavior therapy. He was voted one of the most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century. Latest books include "Roadmap to Resilience" ( and "Evolution of Cognitive Behavior Therapy: A Personal and Professional Journey."

Bessel van der Kolk, MD's Profile

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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.


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