Thursday, May 06, 2010

Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. - The Long Shadow of Trauma

Psychotherapy Networker provided this free audio file featuring perhaps the most important researcher in trauma and PTSD, Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. You can earn CEUs for this if you are a professional. The audio quality sucks (sorry) but it's a rare opportunity to hear van der Kolk speak. Below the podcast, I'll post some additional resources on van der Kolk.
W004: The Long Shadow of Trauma

Explore the accumulating knowledge about the profound effects of ongoing abuse on children and the rationale for a proposed new DSM diagnosis: Developmental Trauma Disorder.

bessel_vanderkolkBessel van der Kolk, M.D.

From: Wednesday April 14
CE Credit: 1 Hour


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Meet the Instructor

Bessel van der Kolk M.D., is professor of psychiatry at Boston University’s School of Medicine and medical director of the Trauma Center in Boston, Massachusetts. One of the pioneers in traumatic stress studies, he’s the author of Psychological Trauma and Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society.

Learning Objectives

1. List the range of symptoms associated with long-term childhood abuse.
2. Explain how a comprehensive diagnosis would facilitate treatment.
3. Discuss the validity of the barriers to introducing a new diagnosis.

Here is some background on van der Kolk, from the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute:

About Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

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.

Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development in traumatized children and adults, and the psychobiology of trauma. He was co-principal investigator of the DSM IV Field Trials for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. His current research is on how trauma affects memory processes and brain imaging studies of PTSD.

Dr. van der Kolk is past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School, and Medical Director of the Trauma Center at HRI Hospital in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has taught at universities and hospitals across the United States and around the world, including Europe, Africa, Russia, Australia, Israel, and China. His latest book, co-edited with Alexander McFarlane and Lars Weisaeth, explores what we have learned in the past twenty years of the re-discovery of the role of trauma in psychiatric illness. Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society was published by Guilford Press in May, 1996.

He has also authored, edited, or contributed to Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: An Evidence-Based Guide, Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy, Psychological Trauma, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Psychological and Biological Sequelae (Clinical Insights), among other books (mostly out-of-print).

Here is an excellent collection of articles - the ones with the little PDF symbol after the listing are available online or as downloads - not sure on the others.

Bessel van der Kolk's Articles

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