Join us for a 4 day webinar!

Participants of this workshop will be taught over 4 days online via Zoom.

During this unique, interactive lecture series, you will learn about the history and physiology of trauma and trauma treatments, engage with Dr. van der Kolk during live Q&A sessions, and participate in experiential presentations delivered by engaging practitioners who aim to demonstrate the power of different body-oriented trauma treatment modalities. 


Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D.

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 Research Foundation in Boston, MA; 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, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies.

Licia Sky, BFA

A Boston based somatic educator, writer, artist, singer-songwriter, and bodyworker who works with traumatized individuals and trains mental health professionals to use mindful meditation in movement, theater exercises, writing and voice as tools for attunement, healing and connection. She is a regular instructor in trauma healing workshops on the topics of trauma, body and the brain & the restoration of one’s self at Kripalu, Cape Cod Institute  and Esalen.

With more than 25 years of experience as a therapist and singer-songwriter, she leads therapeutic attunement-dynamic experiential exercises that integrate music, movement, vocalizing, and touch to foster safe, transformative, interpersonal connection.


Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT

A psychologist and expressive arts therapist specializing in the treatment of traumatic stress. She is the executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute [] and president of President of Art Therapy Without Borders, a global non-profit organization. Cathy has authored 20 books, 50 chapters and refereed articles, and given over 500 invited keynotes and workshops around the world. Widely interviewed by a variety of news outlets, she has been featured Time Magazine, CNN, Cosmopolitan, Natural Living, Marie Clare, Australia Childhood Foundation, US News and World Report, and VICE, among others. Cathy is a contributing writer for Psychology Today and has a readership of approximately 5.3 million. Her latest book is Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body and Imagination in the Healing Process and her bestselling book Understanding Children’s Drawings will be in its second edition in late 2020. To learn more about her work and publications, see

Dafna Lender MSW, LCSW

A child and family therapist with over 20 years of experience.  She is a certified trainer, supervisor, and consultant in Theraplay® and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, and coauthor of Theraplay: The Practitioner’s Guide. Dafna has successfully treated children and their parents with a variety of backgrounds, including children raised in orphanages, with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, exposed to domestic violence and community violence and children of parents with chronic mental illness. Dafna provides training and consultation to psychotherapists around the world in 3 languages. Dafna provides training and consultation to psychotherapists around the world in English, French and Hebrew.

Linda Thai MSW, ERYT-200, CLYL

An adjunct faculty member in the Social Work Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and specializes in trauma-informed care and compassion fatigue resilience skills; Mental health clinician at ND Systems, specializing in somatic therapies and trauma therapy. She assists internationally renowned psychiatrist and trauma expert, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, with his private small group psychotherapy workshops aimed at healing attachment trauma. In her work at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, she is responsible for training clinicians in all departments, including psychology, nursing and medicine. She has a Master of Social Work with an emphasis on the neurobiology of attachment and trauma. Linda has studied Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Brainspotting, Havening, Internal Family Systems, and structural dissociation of the personality. Linda has worked in Fairbanks, AK with those recovering from addiction, trauma, and mental illness. She is passionate about yoga, meditation, and mindfulness and bringing those gifts to her community.

Angelika Y. Sadar, MA, BCN, BCB-HRV

A licensed psychologist who is board certified in neurofeedback and heart rate variability and is a BCIA approved mentor in neurofeedback.  She has been in private practice in the greater Philadelphia area since 1985. Her work over the years has involved all age groups and clinical presentations. She is a treatment coordinator at Sadar Psychological and is a nationally recognized speaker providing education and offering training to other professionals in neurofeedback, biofeedback, and hypnosis. In 2018 she was invited to be part of BrainARC Switzerland and began developing evaluations protocols based on the research of HBImed, Switzerland. Presently, her clinical focus is on patients with complex/comorbid presentations and consulting with other psychologists, medical practitioners and other clinicians regarding EEG, neurofeedback and practice development.  She is the executive director of the Northeast Region Biofeedback Society and a board member at large of The Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.  

Experiencing The Body Keeps The Score: Part 1


Dr. Bessel van der Kolk’s groundbreaking work The Body Keeps the Score showed us that in order to recover from trauma, we must move. He expands on this idea in a five part lecture series, where he synthesizes history, psychiatry, neurology, and trauma research to expand on and deepen our understanding of trauma. 


  • Discuss the history of trauma treatment and research
  • Describe trauma and what traumatized people experience 
  • Describe why movement is critically important in healing from trauma
  • Critique about the role of traumatic memories
  • Assess how systems can fail traumatized people
  • Analyze trauma’s impact on immune functioning and the implications of that connection
  • Explain how childhood trauma occurs and why when trauma happens matters
  • Identify various body-oriented treatment modalities and discuss their efficacy
  • Discuss research about attachment disruption and what it portends for the future of the child 
  • Describe how children process trauma and how the attachment bond cultivates resilience
  • Explain how the human brain responds to trauma and the roles of several critical brain parts
  • Discuss a toolkit approach to trauma treatment and explain why it’s important that clinicians are familiar with a wide range of treatment options
  • Describe why restoring agency through physical confidence is an important part of trauma treatment
  • Discuss why many patients require more than one treatment modality to address their trauma
  • Explain about the amygdala’s role in healing trauma 
  • Discuss polyvagal theory
  • Discuss the study of yoga for treating PTSD and how those studies are conducted
  • Describe the ways physical activity, specifically physical confidence, can be a key component in recovering from trauma
  • Learn how physical activity can help children recover from abuse
  • Define neurofeedback and explore what role brain training can have in trauma recovery

Experiencing The Body Keeps The Score: Part 2


Trauma keeps people stuck in a heightened perception of danger and harm, and prevents them from updating their reality. Our incomplete or thwarted physical attempts to re-establish physical and emotional protection become parts that hold patterns of vigilance, which then compromise our capacity to respond effectively to our environments, relationships, and ourselves.

Restoring that ability and capacity requires re-establishing awareness of our senses, and through them, an awareness of our nervous system, and being able to befriend our interior reactions to our surroundings. Therapists’ capacity to be aware in this way is intrinsic to being able to guide their clients to this awareness.

This workshop will teach the latest neuroscientific data on how trauma affects brain development, in particular, areas involved in sensory awareness and perspective taking, which show the importance of activating brain circuits that are negatively impacted by trauma. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in experiential exercises that focus on increasing interoceptive awareness as a means of bringing this to the psychotherapeutic process. Time is provided after each exercise to process the experience and unpack ways they can be practiced to build the skills of self-awareness, and enhance meaningful engagement in the therapy setting. These exercises are designed to teach attendees how to help their clients notice subtle inner shifts, and pay attention to their senses, including the ways they habitually ignore their physical reactions.


  • Explain how trauma affects the processing of subsequent experiences
  • Discuss the latest research on the effects of attachment disturbances on the development of mind, brain and self
  • Describe the latest neuroscience research on trauma and self-awareness
  • Examine and describe psychotherapeutic interventions that activate interoceptive awareness and physiological self-regulation
  • Demonstrate how non-verbal awareness affects physical and emotional states
  • Explain how to help clients foster safety, curiosity, and shifts of state through non-verbal interaction
  • Demonstrate how interoception, proprioception, and neuroception can be incorporated into body tracking meditations


Experiencing The Body Keeps The Score: Part 3


Regulating the Traumatized Body and Mind through Expressive Arts: Helping Clients “Come to Their Senses” through Rhythm, Movement, Sound, and Imagery

To bring: Felt marking pens & white paper

Regulating the Traumatized Body and Mind through Expressive Arts: Helping Clients “Come to Their Senses” through Rhythm, Movement, Sound, and Imagery

Neurobiology has proven to us that we must “come to our senses” when it comes to restoring mind and body after trauma. Expressive arts therapy is a somatically-based approach that not only uses brain-wise methods, but also through the body’s sensory experience of trauma.

This presentation provides psychologists, psychotherapists, and counselors with the basic concepts necessary to apply expressive approaches to help clients access embodied awareness and to effectively address experiences that leave individuals stuck in terror, isolation, and shame.

Participants will specifically learn how to integrate simple rhythmic, movement-oriented, image-making, and other techniques that will help traumatized clients begin to once again feel safe, calm, and enlivened.


  • Explain why rhythm, movement, sound, and imagery are effective approaches in trauma reparation and recovery
  • Describe at least five expressive interventions to support self-regulation and co-regulation in traumatized individuals
  • Describe the roles of interoception, exteroception, and proprioception in expressive arts and traumatic stress
  • Explain bottom-up and top-down expressive approaches to trauma treatment
  • Describe why synchrony, rhythm and sensory integration support client self-regulation and safety
  • Describe how expressive arts are somatosensory, affective and cognitive forms of implicit, non-verbal communication
  • Apply a three-part arts-based process to address the body’s sense of trauma with patients in psychological treatment.


Healing Intergenerational Trauma Through the Parent-Child Relationship

As clinicians, we see patients who suffer through intergenerational trauma internalizing their experiences and carrying them into their interactions with their own children. This form of intergenerational trauma perpetuates the original trauma, resulting in a deep sense of self-loathing and damaging the parent-child relationship.

Ending the cycle of trauma is critically important to both the parents and children in these scenarios. How can clinicians help their patients heal the cycle of intergenerational trauma through their relationship with their child?

In this presentation, through real treatment cases and clinical vignettes, you will learn about 3 families with intergenerational trauma that were able to stop the cycle of disrupted attachment.


  • Assess for signs that an adult (parent) is playing out their own attachment wounds onto their child
  • Evaluate and assess methods to guide adult (parent) to recognize how their attachment wounds may be inherited and stored in their bodies from previous generations
  • Describe three techniques for helping a parent interrupt the cycle of intergenerational trauma
  • Describe 3 techniques for enhancing attachment security between parent and child.


Stuck in Survival: Somatic Experiments Towards Embodied Safeness

Trauma can force us to develop strategies to help us survive what we experienced. These actions of survival and truncated actions of survival get stuck inside the nervous system and, as we now know, the body keeps the score. Our biography becomes our biology. And then our biology informs our current and future biography. The strategies that kept us alive can keep us from fully living. By learning to recognize and safely release the tension patterns of these survival responses, we can manage anxiety and overthinking, emotional flooding, and overwhelm. New choices become available for the neuro-muscular system, which can allow us to cultivate self-awareness around past behaviors, thoughts, and emotions. 

In this presentation psychologists and psychotherapists will learn how the cascade of tension and immobilization related to the ocular sympathetic/collapsed parasympathetic response can be addressed to facilitate enhanced treatment outcomes, including capacity for bottom-up self-regulation, expanded window of tolerance, and interoceptive awareness.


  • Discuss trauma and addictive processes within the context of polyvagal theory and hyper- and hypo-arousal (Window of Arousal model). 
  • List  bottom-up strategies to facilitate self-regulation, which is foundational to all aspects of addiction recovery and trauma recovery. 
  • Critique ocular activation exercises for the orienting response, and ocular tension release exercises, as well as whole body orienting responses to facilitate client safeness. 
  • Apply somatic techniques can help to release autonomic tension patterns and facilitate interoceptive awareness.


Neurofeedback as an Adjunctive Therapy in the Treatment of Trauma

When an attachment rupture occurs between a child and their primary caregiver, complicated symptoms set in that can include emotional dysregulation, fear, disturbances in attention, relationship problems as well as self-destructive behaviors in an effort to manage one’s self.  Neuroplasticity has opened the door to understanding how the brain develops from infancy through adulthood and how trauma can alter the course of development.  Neurofeedback . Researchers Bessel van der Kolk, MD and Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD. have shown that neurofeedback works for patients where other treatments have failed and that neurofeedback makes changes in the traumatized brain, respectively. Adding neurofeedback as a skill can be a confusing process for providers.  This course will provide a brief history of neurofeedback, followed by how it can be integrated into the therapeutic process aimed at healing developmental trauma.  


  • Describe how the efficiency of the brain can be altered as a result of trauma
  • List 3 biomarkers of trauma that can be identified in the EEG
  • Discuss the educational requirements to become board certified in neurofeedback
  • Create a plan to proficiently add and integrate neurofeedback in the psychological care of patients



Experiencing The Body Keeps The Score: Part 1 (13 APA CEs)

Wednesday September 9, 2020 (APA CEs available) Learning Hours → Bessel) 

10:00AM EDT – 12:00PM EDT:  Lecture 

12:00PM EDT – 12:15PM EDT:  Break

12:15PM EDT – 1:15PM EDT:  Q&A 

  1:15PM EDT – 2:15PM EDT:  Virtual Networking Lunch

  2:15PM EDT – 4:15PM EDT:  Lecture

  4:15PM EDT – 4:45PM EDT:  Q&A 

  4:45PM EDT – 5:15PM EDT:  Bessel van der Kolk & Licia Sky

  5:15PM EDT – 5:45PM EDT:  Q&A with Bessel van der Kolk & Licia Sky

  5:45PM EDT – 6:45PM EDT:  Virtual Networking 

Thursday September 10, 2020 (APA CEs available) Learning Hours → Bessel) 

10:00AM EDT – 12:00PM EDT:  Lecture 

12:00PM EDT – 12:15PM EDT:  Break

12:15PM EDT –  1:15PM EDT:  Q&A 

  1:15PM EDT –  2:15PM EDT:  Virtual Networking Lunch

  2:15PM EDT – 4:15PM EDT:  Lecture

  4:15PM EDT – 4:45PM EDT:  Q&A 

  4:45PM EDT – 5:15PM EDT:  Bessel van der Kolk & Licia Sky

  5:15PM EDT – 5:45PM EDT:  Q&A with Bessel van der Kolk & Licia Sky

  5:45PM EDT – 6:45PM EDT:  Virtual Networking 

Experiencing The Body Keeps The Score: Part 3 (6 APA CEs)

Friday September 11, 2020 (6 APA CEs → Bessel & Licia) 

10:00AM EDT – 11:30AM EDT:  Lecture + Q&A
11:30AM EDT – 11:45AM EDT:  Break
11:45AM EDT – 1:15PM EDT:  Lecture + Q&A
 1:15PM EDT – 2:15PM EDT:  Virtual Networking Lunch
 2:15PM EDT – 3:45PM EDT:  Lecture + Q&A
 3:45PM EDT – 4:00PM EDT:  Break
 4:00PM EDT – 5:30PM EDT:  Lecture + Q&A
 5:30PM EDT – 6:30PM EDT:  Virtual Networking

Saturday September 12, 2020 (6 APA CEs ) 

10:00AM EDT – 12:00PM EDT:  Lecture (Cathy Malchiodi)

12:00PM EDT – 12:15PM EDT:  Break

12:15PM EDT –  2:15PM EDT:  Lecture (Dafna Lender)

  2:15PM EDT –  3:15PM EDT:  Virtual Networking Lunch

  3:15PM EDT –  5:15PM EDT:  Lecture (Linda Thai)

  5:15PM EDT –  6:15PM EDT:  Virtual Networking 

Neurofeedback as an Adjunctive Therapy in the Treatment of Trauma (2 APA CEs)

Friday September 18, 2020 (2 APA CEs → Intro to Neurofeedback) 

10:00AM EDT – 12:00PM EDT:  Lecture (Angelika Sadar)


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