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Bessel van der Kolk Trauma Interview 4 Part Series
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[+] [-] 053040 - Bessel van der Kolk Trauma Interview Series:
  1. Discuss the clinical implementations of the longitudinal study on childhood abuse as designed and conducted by Dr. Frank Putnam.
  2. Summarize the trans-generational aspects of trauma and abuse as it informs the therapeutic approach.
  3. Specify treatment methods that induce a state of change in the trauma client.
  4. Provide psychoeducation on Dissociative Identity Disorder to improve client understanding of the disorder and the rationale of treatment methods used.
  5. Articulate clinical strategies to assist the client out of their dissociative state and return their awareness back to the present.
  6. Summarize the various results of the ACE study as discussed between Dr.’s van der Kolk and Putnam.

[+] [-] 053175 - Bessel van der Kolk Interview Series:
  1. Critique the DSM’s categorization of PTSD as an anxiety disorder versus Dissociative Identity Order.
  2. Explore how the work of Pierre Janet is relevant for current therapy models in evaluating trauma
  3. Critique the nature of evidence-based treatments relative to trauma and the possibility of retraumatizing the client.

[+] [-] 053360 - Bessel van der Kolk Trauma Interview Series:
  1. Explore healing trauma through body movement therapies
  2. Communicate important foundational aspects of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

[+] [-] 053545 - Bessel van der Kolk Trauma Interview Series:
  1. Present the IFS Model and design ways to integrate IFS into your clinical practice.
  2. Model how to work with clinician’s own parts.

[+] [-] 053040 - Bessel van der Kolk Trauma Interview Series:
Attachment and States of Change: Trauma Clients from Childhood to Adulthood
  • Bessel van der Kolk, MD introduces Frank Putnam, MD author of The Way We Are: How States of Mind Influence our Identities, Personality and Potential for Change
  • Dr. Putnam’s early work and studies in rapid-cycling Bipolar and Dissociative Identity Disorder.
  • Physiology of DID
  • State Changes - the transitioning point between the state changes we make as children and adolescents
  • Attachment and attunement as children
  • 4-generation longitudinal study conclusions of abused and normal children
Early Disrupted Attachments
  • Disorganized Attachment “Type D” as a pre-cursor of adulthood physiological and psychological illness
  • The mother’s critical role: early patterns and intervening with a mother’s first child
Childhood Abuse: The Adolescent Female
  • Cortisol levels
  • FSH levels
  • Biological versus behavioral aspects of trauma
  • Attachment as generational and reverberational qualities
  • The “Strange Man” study
Development and States of Change
  • Multiple layering of states
  • Moving in and out and transitions
  • Stuck states or slippery states
Meta-Cognitive Function & Executive Function
  • Functions of healthy attachment
  • Validation: the critical need to “be seen”
  • Genetics versus Trauma as effecting behavior
  • Implications for Treatment
The Ohio Home Visit Program Study: Working with Children and Mothers
  • 2,000+ families in the study
  • Maternal depression
  • Substance Abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Help mothers with state change
  • Games, mirroring
  • Role for therapist
  • Effectiveness of the study and public health
  • PCIT: Parent/Child Interaction Therapy
  • Brain changes
  • Hyper-arousal states “burn out” leaving shutting down
Inducing A State of Change
  • Hypnosis - viable treatment that has fallen off the radar but still successful with trauma processing
  • The stages of stabilization
  • Intrusive states: not seen in PTSD alone
  • ACE Study, addiction and maladaptive temporary solutions
  • Basic training in the military: the classic state change success story
  • Self-compassion: a required element of Mindfulness
Latest Research and Evidence for Drug-Induced State Change
  • MDMA: PTSD and combat trauma, initial study results
  • Psilocybin - Frank’s personal experience in a study
Language, Meaning and Context
  • Creating a coherent narrative
  • DSM III to DSM-5
  • Developing the Dissociative Experience Scale (DES)
Dissociative Identity Disorder: Story of the Scientist and the Study
  • The cyclical nature of studying trauma and dissociation of time
  • Lack of literature
  • Developing the longitudinal robust study
  • The DES
Discussion on the Brain Functions
  • Pre-frontal area
  • Anterior cingulate
  • Intrusive states
How do you help the client get out of the dissociated state?
  • Decrease triggers
  • Create safety
  • Substitute other behaviors
  • Self-monitoring: how to build that in the treatment
  • How to build stronger meta-cognitive functioning
  • Sensory integration: drumming, rhythm
Trans-generational Aspects of Trauma & Abuse
  • The predatory personality
  • Results of the longitudinal study over generations
  • Bethany Brand’s (Towson University) online longitudinal study for client and clinician
  • The importance of “telling the truth”
  • Value of the histories the professional asks
  • How far to dig into the specifics of the trauma

[+] [-] 053175 - Bessel van der Kolk Interview Series:
  • DSM and defining PTSD
    • The work of Pierre Janet: current contexts
    • PTSD as a Dissociative Identity Disorder vs. an Anxiety Disorder
    • Implications of seeing trauma as DID
    • Understanding people with “parts” - how to become a different therapist.
    • ”Befriending self, allowing yourself to know what you know” - Bessel van der Kolk
  • Dis-association: a non-connection of parts
    • The confusion of nomenclature
    • Clinical implications involved in the assessment and treating “shutting down” of personality from dealing with DID
  • Traumatic memories
    • The recommencements of actions that happened at the time of the trauma - actions that require completion - Janet
    • What does this signify for contemporary therapy.
    • Dealing with “knowing when it’s over” in practice
    • Facilitating completion of the action: Somatic and Sensorimotor therapy
    • Evidence based treatment methods and their limitation for trauma
    • Retraumatizing the client
  • Psychological tension: high and low mental energy & efficiency
    • The need to incorporate psychological tension in evaluation process
    • Helping the client explore enhancing this tension

[+] [-] 053360 - Bessel van der Kolk Trauma Interview Series:
  • Background into Trauma
    • Lack of Improvement in Patients
    • Change Approach to Improve Therapeutic Outcomes
  • Body Focus versus Emotions Focus
  • Movement to Release Trauma
    • Experiences to Reveal
  • Sensations Awareness & Presence and Trauma
  • Attunement to Client
  • “The Missing Experience”
  • Movement Reluctance
  • The Body Tells the Story
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
    • Addressing Movement and Psychological Beliefs
    • Clients Realizing Effects of their Actions
  • Foundations

[+] [-] 053545 - Bessel van der Kolk Trauma Interview Series:
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy
    • The roles in IFS
    • The Self
  • How the Therapist Shows Their Parts
  • Working with Passive Clients
  • IFS Role-Play
  • The IFS Roles
    • Managers
    • Firefighters
    • Protectors
    • Exiles
      • Witnessing



BESSEL A VAN DER KOLK, M.D. Bessel A. Van der Kolk, M.D., is a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of post-traumatic stress. His work integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.

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, memory, and the psychobiology of trauma. He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater and EMDR.

He is founder of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts and president of the Trauma Research Foundation, which promotes clinical, scientific and educational projects.

His 2014 #1 New York Times best seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma, transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring – specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, somatically based therapies, EMDR, psychodrama, play, yoga, and other therapies.

Dr. van der Kolk is the past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He regularly teaches at conferences, universities, and hospitals around the world.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Bessel van der Kolk is a professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Bessel van der Kolk has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.


Frank W. Putnam, M.D., is the Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and author of The Way We Are: How States of Mind Influence our Identities, Personality and Potential for Change. Beginning with landmark studies of dissociative identity disorder (multiple personality) he has traced a developmental process across generations linking early childhood trauma with serious psychological, biological, and life course consequences.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Frank Putnam is an author and receives royalties from Guilford Press and Ipbooks.

Nonfinancial: Frank Putnam has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.


Onno van der Hart, Ph.D., offers, nationally and internationally, training and consultation on trauma-related dissociation, complex trauma-related disorders including the dissociative disorders. A psychologist, adult psychotherapist, trained family therapist and researcher, he is Emeritus Professor of Psychopathology of Chronic Traumatization at the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and, until January 1, 2013, a psychologist/ psychotherapist at the Sinai Center for Mental Health, Amstelveen. He is clinical consultant of the Center for Post-Trauma Therapy and Trauma Education, Helsinki and Oulu, Finland. He was Chief of Research at the Cats-Polm Institute—a research institute in the area of childhood abuse and neglect—in Zeist and a lead psychotherapist, specialized in the treatment of clients with complex trauma-related disorders, at the Mental Health Center Buitenamstel in Amsterdam.

He has been on the Editorial Board of a number of scientific journals, and he has published several books in the area of trauma and dissociation, loss, and bereavement, and over 100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Onno van der Hart is a Past-President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), a former Vice-President and Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation and Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). He is a scholar in Pierre Janet studies.

Prof. Van der Hart has worked with colleagues Ellert Nijenhuis, PhD, and Kathy Steele, MN, CS, on a theoretical approach on trauma-related dissociation of the personality and treatment model which unifies psychiatric disorders with a traumatic stress origin. Their combined efforts resulted, among other things, in the publication of their book, The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization (New YorkLondon: W.W. Norton & Cie, 2006), for which they received the Media Award of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. A more recent, related publication is the book Coping with Trauma-related Dissociation: Skills Training for and Therapists, by Suzette Boon, Kathy Steele and Onno van der Hart (New YorkLondon: W. W. Norton & Co), for which the authors received the 2011 Pierre Janet Writing Award of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Onno van der Hart is an author for W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. and received royalties.

Non-financial: Onno van der Hart has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


PAT OGDEN, PHD Pat Ogden, PhD, is a pioneer in somatic psychology and both founder and education director of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute®, an internationally recognized school specializing in somatic-cognitive approaches for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and attachment disturbances. She is co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, past faculty of Naropa University, a clinician, consultant, international lecturer and trainer, and first author of Trauma and the Body: Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy. Her second book, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015), is a practical guide to integrate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® into the treatment of trauma and attachment issues. Dr. Ogden, with colleagues, is currently developing Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® for children, couples and families.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Pat Ogden is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Pat Ogden is a member of the American Psychological Association.


RICHARD C. SCHWARTZ, PHD Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., earned his Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from Purdue University, after which he began a long association with the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and more recently at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, attaining the status of associate professor at both institutions. He is co-author, with Michael Nichols, of Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in the United States.

Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems in response to clients’ descriptions of experiencing various parts – many extreme – within themselves. He noticed that when these parts felt safe and had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive and would accede to the wise leadership of what Dr. Schwartz came to call the “Self.” In developing IFS, he recognized that, as in systemic family theory, parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the clients. The coordinating Self, which embodies qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion, acts as a center around which the various parts constellate. Because IFS locates the source of healing within the client, the therapist is freed to focus on guiding the client’s access to his or her true Self and supporting the client in harnessing its wisdom. This approach makes IFS a non-pathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy. It provides an alternative understanding of psychic functioning and healing that allows for innovative techniques in relieving clients symptoms and suffering.

In 2000, Richard Schwartz founded The Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois. Dr. Schwartz is a featured speaker for many national psychotherapy organizations and a fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and he serves on the editorial boards of four professional journals. He has published four books and over 50 articles about IFS. His books include Internal Family Systems Skills Training Manual (with Frank Anderson, M.D. and Martha Sweezy, Ph.D.) (PESI, 2017), Internal Family Systems Therapy (Guilford Press, 1997), Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model (Tarcher, 2001), and The Mosaic Mind (with Regina Goulding) (Trailheads, 2003), as well as Metaframeworks (with Doug Breunlin and Betty Karrer) (Jossey-Bass, 1997). Dr. Schwartz lives and practices in Brookline, MA and is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard School of Medicine.

Speaker Disclosures:

Speaker Disclosures: Speaker Disclosure Financial: Richard Schwartz is the Founder of The Center for Self Leadership. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Richard Schwartz is a Fellow and member of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy.
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[+] [-] 053040 - Bessel van der Kolk Trauma Interview Series:
[+] [-] 053175 - Bessel van der Kolk Interview Series:
[+] [-] 053360 - Bessel van der Kolk Trauma Interview Series:
[+] [-] 053545 - Bessel van der Kolk Trauma Interview Series:
Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, Addictions Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Other Mental Health Professionals, Psychotherapists, Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Nurses