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.
BT10 Workshop 23 - Frontiers of Trauma Treatment - Bessel van der Kolk, MD
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. We have learned that most experience is automatically processed on a subcortical level, i.e. by “unconscious” interpretations that take place outside of awareness. Insight and understanding have only a limited influence on the operation of these subcortical processes. When addressing the problems of traumatized people who, in a myriad of ways, continue to react to current experience as a replay of the past, there is a need for therapeutic methods that do not depend exclusively on understanding and cognition.
Stories have the ability to engage people emotionally and to move them to change, but telling the right story at the right time to the right person is an art and a skill. This demonstration will show a gentle, artful and respectful way of doing brief therapy that uses stories to invite change.
BT14 Topical Panel 02 - Post Traumatic Disorders - Francine Shapiro, PhD, Bill O’Hanlon, MS, and Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Compare and contrast clinical philosophical perspectives of experts.
Topical Panel 02 from the Evolution of Psychotherapy 2005 - The Initial Interview
Featuring David Barlow, PhD; John Gottman, PhD; Julie Gottman, PhD; and Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Moderated by Stephen Lanktom, MSW