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 and medical director of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. The Trauma Center consists of a well-trained clinical team specializing in the treatment of children and adults with histories of child maltreatment, that applies treatment models that are widely taught and implemented nationwide. He also created the Trauma Research Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Trauma Center, that is organized to promote clinical, scientific and educational projects.
His most recent 2014 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.
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.
Nonfinancial: Bessel van der Kolk has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
STEPHEN PORGES, PH.D.
Stephen W. Porges, PhD
, is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium within the Kinsey Institute. He holds the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of both the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 300 peer reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines including anesthesiology, biomedical engineering, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, neuroscience, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, psychometrics, space medicine, and substance abuse. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders. The theory is leading to innovative treatments based on insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders. He is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation
(Norton, 2011), The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe
, (Norton, 2017) and co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies
(Norton, 2018). He is the creator of a music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol™, which currently is used by more than 1000 therapists to improve spontaneous social engagement, to reduce hearing sensitivities, and to improve language processing, state regulation, and spontaneous social engagement.
Financial: Stephen Porges is a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University; and a professor at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Porges has intellectual property rights, and receives royalties, from Integrated Listening Systems (iLs). He is an author for W. W. Norton and receives royalties. Dr. Porges receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Stephen Porges has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
PETER A. LEVINE, PH.D.
Peter A. Levine, Ph.D.,
holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. The developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and founder of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, which conducts trainings in this work throughout the world and in various indigenous cultures, with 26 faculty members and over five thousand students. Dr. Levine was a stress consultant for NASA on the development of the space shuttle project and was a member of the Institute of World Affairs Task Force of Psychologists for Social Responsibility in developing responses to large-scale disasters and ethno-political warfare. Levine’s international best seller, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma,
has been translated into 22 languages. His recent interests include the prevention of trauma in children, and he has co-written two books, with Maggie Kline, in this area: Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes
and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids.
His most recent book: In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness,
was recently released to rave reviews. Levine’s original contribution to the field of Body-Psychotherapy was honored in 2010 when he received the Life Time Achievement award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP).
Financial: Peter Levine is the Developer of Somatic Experiencing®. He is the founder and Senior Advisor to the Foundation for Human Enrichment; and Senior Advisor to The Meadows Addiction Treatment Center. Dr. Levine receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Peter Levine is a member of the American Psychological Association; Humanistic Psychological Association; and International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
LAUREL PARNELL, PH.D.
Dr. Laurel Parnell
is one of the world’s experts on the therapeutic tool EMDR. A clinical psychologist, she has trained thousands in EMDR in her international workshops and instructional videos. Dr. Parnell is the author of A Therapist’s Guide to EMDR, EMDR in the Treatment of Adults Abused as Children, Transforming Trauma: EMDR,
and Tapping In: A Step-by-Step Guide to Activating Your Healing Resource Through Bilateral Stimulation
as well as articles and a chapter in the EMDR Casebook.
Dr. Parnell's newest book, Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma,
integrates the latest in attachment theory and research into the use of EMDR. Dr. Parnell has served on the faculty of the California Institute for Integral Studies and John F. Kennedy University.
An EMDR pioneer and innovator, Dr. Parnell has immersed herself in the practice and development of EMDR since 1991 bringing a client-centered attachment-focused approach to the work. A frequent presenter at conferences, she has been interviewed for television, radio and print. She maintains a private practice in San Rafael, California.
STEVEN FRANKEL, PHD, JD, ABPP
Steven Frankel, Ph.D., J.D. is an ABPP certified clinical and forensic psychologist, as well as an attorney at law. Dr. Frankel has been on the faculty of the University of Southern California for over 35 years and is currently a Clinical Professor of Psychology. He served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School (Los Angeles) and is now an Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University School of Law. He has taught courses on healthcare policy, regulation of healthcare practice and mental disorder and the law. Author of more than 50 articles and book chapters, he won the USC Award for Teaching Excellence early in his academic career.
MAGGIE PHILLIPS, PH.D.
Maggie Phillips, Ph.D., lives and works as a clinical psychologist in the Oakland Hills above the San Francisco Bay. As the author of numerous papers and articles on trauma, dissociation, ego-state therapy, hypnosis, and mind-body healing, she specializes in the treatment of traumatic stress and pain disorders. Dr. Phillips is author of Reversing Chronic Pain, Finding the Energy to Heal, Healing the Divided Self, and Body-Focused Therapy Can Help Restore Mind-Body Health.
DAVID GRAND, PH.D.
David Grand, PhD,
is the founder and developer of the groundbreaking brain-body based Brainspotting method. Through his Brainspotting Trainings, Inc., he has trained over 8,000 therapists internationally.
Dr. Grand is the author of the acclaimed book, Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change
and the co-author of This is Your Brain on Sports.
Dr. Grand is in demand as a lecturer on a variety of topics. He has accomplished breakthroughs in performance and creativity with his Brainspotting sports work and Brainspotting acting and singing coaching.
Dr. Grand has been widely featured in the media including The New York Times,
NBC national news, The Discovery Channel, CNN, MSNBC, Sports Illustrated
and Sirius Radio.
Dr. Grand still finds time for a full-time private psychotherapy and performance practice in Manhattan, NY.
“Brainspotting is a remarkable, sophisticated, flexible addition to the therapeutic toolkit of any psychotherapist.”
Norman Doidge, MD, FRCPC,
, Author of The New York Times
Bestseller, The Brain That Changes Itself
FRANK OCHBERG, M.D.
Frank Ochberg, M.D. is a founding board member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and recipient of their highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. He edited the first text on treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, and served on the committee that defined PTSD. He was associate director of the National Institute of Mental Health and director of the Michigan Mental Health Department. At Michigan State University, he is clinical professor of psychiatry, formerly adjunct professor of criminal justice, and adjunct professor of journalism. Ochberg developed, with colleagues, the Academy for Critical Incident Analysis at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Gift From Within (a charity for persons with PTSD), and the Committee for Community Awareness and Protection (responding to serial-killer threats). For the latter activity, he is the first physician to receive the Law Enforcement Medal of the Sons of the American Revolution. Ochberg founded the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, served as its first chairman and now helps journalists understand traumatic stress and traumatic stress experts understand journalists. As a Red Cross volunteer, Ochberg assisted families at sites of earthquakes, floods, fires and aircraft disasters. He represents the Dart Foundation and directs their support of victimization programs around the world.
is an award-winning author whose best-selling book, The Genie In Your Genes,
has been hailed as a breakthrough in the field of epigenetics. He also wrote the latest (third) edition of The EFT Manual.
He is a science blogger for The Huffington Post,
the editor of the peer-reviewed journal Energy Psychology energypsychologyjournal.org
, and has served as principal investigator for many clinical trials. He founded the non-profit veterans stress project to provide free PTSD counseling to returning war veterans stressproject.org
. He applies these breakthroughs to health and athletic performance through EFT Universe EFTuniverse.com
, one of the largest alternative medicine sites on the web. He has been quoted in many media including NPR, BBC, O:The Oprah Magazine,
and Psychology Today.
Financial: Dawson Church is the founder of EFT Universe. He is the CEO of the Energy Psychology Group, Inc. Mr. Church is the executive director for the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Nonfinancial: Dawson Church has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
KATHY STEELE, MN, CS
Kathy Steele, MN, CS is Clinical Director of Metropolitan Counseling Services, a psychotherapy and training center, and is in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She frequently teaches about trauma and dissociation around the world, and has authored or co-authored numerous publications in the field. Kathy has received several awards for her work, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She is co-author of The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation of the Personality and Treatment of Chronic Traumatization (2006) and Coping with Trauma-related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists (2011). She is currently writing a practical clinical manual on treatment, resistance, and impasses in dissociative disorders with Suzette Boon, Ph.D. and Onno van der Hart, Ph.D.
DAVID FEINSTEIN, PH.D.
David Feinstein, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, has received nine national awards for his books on consciousness and energy healing. He has been a pioneer in developing innovative psychological approaches, particularly in the area of Energy Psychology. He has served on the faculties of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Antioch College. He and his wife, Donna Eden, direct the world’s largest organization teaching Energy Medicine.