Bessel van der Kolk

Bessel van der Kolk

Biography

Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D. is a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic 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 at JRI in Brookline, Massachusetts; past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He regularly teaches at universities and hospitals around the world,

His most recent 2014 New York Times Science 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.

 

Session Title Day Time
GD02 The Neurobiology and Psychosocial Correlates
of Trauma and Resilience
Thursday,
December 14
8:30am – 10:00am
WS20 The Body Keeps Score Thursday,
December 14
1:15pm – 4:15pm
CH01 Conversation Hour 1 Friday,
December 15
8:00am – 9:00am
CD04 Treating Trauma Friday,
December 15
9:20am – 10:20am
TP05 PTSD Friday,
December 15
10:40am – 11:40am
TP16 The Goals of the Therapist Saturday,
December 16
9:20am – 10:20am
SPD03 Trauma and Memory:
Brain and Body in a Search
For the Living Past
Saturday,
December 16
2:30pm – 4:00pm

 

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