Trauma and Neurofeedback

Trauma directly affects the developing brain, specifically brain areas responsible for attention, concentration, regulating emotions and engaging in satisfying relationships.

After having been traumatized, the brain perceptual system becomes specialized in detecting threat (even if not real threat exists), and the body keeps pumping out stress hormones that make people feel frazzled, agitated, or shut down.

These behaviors do not emanate from the rational part of the brain, but from the emotional brain, the limbic system, whose task it is to ensure survival. The survival brain expresses itself in physical sensations, emotions, and automatic actions.

Talk, or warnings about the consequences of behaving badly, even when combined with warmth and sympathy, does not reset the limbic system, the part of the brain that contains an inner map of a dangerous world and a sense of oneself as being helpless within it.

neuroCademy is proud to announce an experiential workshop giving participants the chance to learn and interact with Bessel van der Kolk.

Bessel van der Kolk MD has spent his career studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences, and has translated emerging findings from neuroscience and attachment research to develop and study a range of potentially effective treatments for traumatic stress in children and adults.

In 1984, he set up one of the first clinical/research centers in the US dedicated to study and treatment of traumatic stress in civilian populations, which has trained numerous researchers and clinicians specializing in the study and treatment of traumatic stress, and which has been continually funded to research the impact of traumatic stress and effective treatment interventions. He did the first studies on the effects of SSRIs on PTSD; was a member of the first neuroimaging team to investigate how trauma changes brain processes, and did the first research linking BPD and deliberate self-injury to trauma and neglect in early childhood.

Much of his research has focused on how trauma has a different impact at different stages of development, and that disruptions in care-giving systems have additional deleterious effects that need to be addressed for effective intervention. In order to promote a deeper understanding of the impact of childhood trauma and to foster the development and execution of effective treatment interventions, he initiated the process that led to the establishment of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), a Congressionally mandated initiative that now funds approximately 150 centers specializing in developing effective treatment interventions, and implementing them in a wide array of settings, from juvenile detention centers to tribal agencies, nationwide.

He has focused on studying treatments that stabilize physiology, increase executive functioning and help traumatized individuals to feel fully alert to the present. This has included an NIMH funded study on EMDR and NCCAM funded study of yoga, and, in recent years, the study of neurofeedback to investigate whether attentional and perceptual systems (and the neural tracks responsible for them) can be altered by changing EEG patterns.

​His efforts resulted in the establishment of Trauma Center that consist  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, a research lab that studies the effects of neurofeedback and MDMA on behavior, mood, and executive functioning, and numerous trainings nationwide to a variety of mental health professional, educators, parent groups, policy makers, and law enforcement personnel.

  • Location: neuroCademy Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Language: English
  • Presenter: Bessel van der Kolk
  • Target Audience: clinicians, academics and researchers
  • Duration: 1 day – 09:30 to 17:00.
  • Cost: 650 EUR
  • Accreditation: This workshop is accredited by BCIA to provide 7.5 hours of accredited continuing education toward BCIA recertification.

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