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How Trauma Affects the Brain

We all know that trauma affects the way our patients think. But did you know that recent evidence shows that trauma changes the brain itself?

Bessel van der Kolk, MD reveals that quantitative EEG’s of soldiers show that the brain becomes more disorganized after every new exposure to combat trauma – it’s all part of an upcoming free webinar from NICABM’s Trauma Therapy Series. The webinars will take place every Wednesday at 5:00pm EDT, starting on May 16th. There will be a rebroadcast each week at 6:30pm EDT.

This phenomenon isn’t restricted to service people – it can have an even bigger impact on children with chronic exposure to abuse and neglect.

Dr. van der Kolk will give you insight into how trauma affects the brain – and how advances in neuroscience are creating unique opportunities for research and treatment. You’ll hear:
•    Why understanding how trauma memories are stored is key to treatment
•    How trauma can destroy one’s sense of time – and why this is critical for recovery
•    The four components of an effective trauma treatment
•    The effect of child abuse and neglect upon neurodevelopment
•    Common mistakes practitioners make
•    Can yoga reverse the secondary brain damage caused by trauma?
It’s free to watch – you just have to sign up.
Or, you can get a Gold Subscription for access to the video recordings, audio recordings, transcripts, and possible CE/CME credits.

Diane Poole Heller, PhD

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