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The Meadows sets itself apart from other trauma, addiction, and recovery treatment centers with its clinical leadership that is guided by world-renowned Senior Fellows who are thought-leaders in their fields. This is exemplified by the just released new book by Bessel van der Kolk, MD, “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.” Dr. van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors, and has written extensively on the impact of trauma on development, borderline personalities, self-mutilation, cognitive development in traumatized children and adults, and the psychology of trauma. In his new book, he works to transform our understanding of traumatic stress.

Throughout its pages, his book reveals how trauma rearranges the brain’s wiring – specifically the areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. Dr. van der Kolk demonstrates how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments, including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Through these various treatment approaches, children and adults can move beyond trauma, reclaim their lives, and rebuild their relationships.

Aided by the development of three important new scientific disciplines - neuroscience, attachment research, and interpersonal biology - Dr. van der Kolk has written a deeply personal, analytic, an incredibly moving approach to the topic of trauma recovery.Body Keeps The Score

Peter Levine, PhD and author of “In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness” says, “Breathtaking in its scope and breadth, ‘The Body Keeps the Score’ is a seminal work by one of the preeminent pioneers in trauma research and treatment. This essential book unites the evolving neuroscience of trauma research with an emergent wave of body-oriented therapies and traditional mind/body practices. A must read for all those interested in a scholarly, thoughtful, tome about the powerful forces that affect us as human beings in meeting the many challenges of life, including accidents, loss and abuse.”

The central idea of the book is that exposure to abuse and violence fosters the development of a hyperactive brain alarm system, and molds a body that gets stuck in a fight/flight and freeze. Trauma interferes with the brain circuits that involve focusing, learning, flexibility, and being able to stay in emotional control. This constant sense of danger and helplessness promotes the continuous secretion of stress hormones, which wreaks havoc with the immune system and the functioning of the body’s organs.

“The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma” captures an active therapist who keeps learning from his patients what benefits them most. Dr. van der Kolk has recognized the importance of moving beyond traditional talk therapy or drugs alone, and has highlighted the need to involve a range of therapeutic interventions in order to lead patients to lasting healing.

In conjunction with the release of the book, Dr. van der Kolk is offering a 60-minute free CE event, “The Body Keeps the Score.” During this video presentation, he will succinctly and descriptively draw the picture of trauma, the brain, and how various treatments work (and don’t) on the trauma client. Get free access to the video for a limited time by clicking here.

About the Author

Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress and has taught on the subject world-wide. He has researched the psychobiology of trauma, traumatic memory, the effectiveness of EMDR, and the effects of trauma on human development. He is a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, and founder of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Mass. Dr. van der Kolk is the past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He has taught at universities and hospitals across the United States and globally. Dr. van der Kolk has written extensively on the impact of trauma on development, borderline personalities, self-mutilation, cognitive development in traumatized children and adults, and the psychobiology of trauma.

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The Meadows' is a sponsor of the 24th Annual International Trauma Conference on May 29 - June 1, 2013, at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference director, Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D., is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows and the Founder and Medical Director of the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute.

The focus of this year's conference is "Psychological Trauma: Neuroscience, Attachment, and Therapeutic Interventions." The conference goal is to present current research findings on how people's brains, minds, and bodies respond to traumatic experiences; how they regulate emotional and behavioral responses; and the role of relationships in protecting and restoring safety and regulation.

Keynote conference presenters include, Alan Sroufe, PhD, Patricia Crittenden, PhD., Karlen Lyons-Ruth, PhD, Ed Tronick, PhD., Alexander McFarlane, MD, and Ralph Savarese, PhD. In addition, Meadows' Senior Fellow, Dr. Shelley Uram, and Dr. Jon Caldwell, The Meadows' Psychiatrist, will be presenting "A Neurobiological Perspective on Trauma and Attachment and the Role of Mindfulness in the Healing Process."

"The 24th Annual International Trauma Conference will once again feature the leading edge neuroscientists and treatment developers to bring you the latest research on how trauma affects mental and brain functioning, as well as how effective treatment can reverse the profound effects of trauma on mind, brain, body and soul," said Bessel A. van der Kolk.

For information regarding the conference, please contact The Meadows at 800.240.5522 or info@themeadows.com.  To register visit http://www.themeadows.com/events/detail/international-trauma-conference/.  Attendees can earn up to 27 Continuing Education Credits.

The Meadows is an industry leader in treating trauma and addiction through its inpatient and workshop programs. To learn more about The Meadows' work with trauma and addiction contact an intake coordinator at (866) 856-1279 or visit www.themeadows.com.

For over 35 years, The Meadows has been a leading trauma and addiction treatment center. In that time, they have helped more than 20,000 patients in one of their three inpatient centers and 25,000 attendees in national workshops. The Meadows world-class team of Senior Fellows, Psychiatrists, Therapists and Counselors treat the symptoms of addiction and the underlying issues that cause lifelong patterns of self-destructive behavior. The Meadows, with 24 hour nursing and on-site physicians and psychiatrists, is a Level 1 Sub-Acute Agency that is accredited by the Joint Commission.

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The Meadows is a sponsor of the 23rd Annual International Trauma Conference on June 6-9, 2012, at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference director, Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D., is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows and the Founder and Medical Director of the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute.
The focus of the conference is "Psychological Trauma: Neuroscience, Attachment, and Therapeutic Interventions." The objective of the conference is to present current research findings on how people's brains, minds, and bodies respond to traumatic experiences. Post-traumatic responses at different developmental levels, as well as the treatment implications of these findings, will also be explored.

Keynote conference presenters include, Vincent Felliti, James Pennebaker, Peter Levine, Stephen Porges, Britta Hozel, Richard Schwartz, Diana Fosha, Pat Ogden and Jessica Stern

"The 23rd Annual International Trauma Conference will once again feature the leading edge neuroscientists and treatment developers to bring you the latest research on how trauma affects mental and brain functioning, as well as how effective treatment can reverse the profound affects of trauma on mind, brain, body and soul," said Bessel A. van der Kolk.

For information regarding the conference, please contact The Meadows at 800.240.5522 or info@themeadows.com.  For fast registration, register online at www.themeadows.com. Attendees can earn up to 27 Continuing Education Credits.

The Meadows is an industry leader in treating trauma and addiction through its inpatient and workshop programs. To learn more about The Meadows' work with trauma and addiction contact an intake coordinator at (866) 856-1279 or visit www.themeadows.com.

For over 35 years, The Meadows has been a leading trauma and addiction treatment center. In that time, they have helped more than 20,000 patients in one of their three inpatient centers and 25,000 attendees in national workshops. The Meadows world-class team of Senior Fellows, Psychiatrists, Therapists and Counselors treat the symptoms of addiction and the underlying issues that cause lifelong patterns of self-destructive behavior. The Meadows, with 24 hour nursing and on-site physicians and psychiatrists, is a Level 1 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2011

Contact Person: Patty Evans
Company Name: The Meadows
Telephone Number: 317-344-2922
Email Address: pevans@themeadows.com
Web: www.themeadows.com

Bestselling Author Peter Levine to Lecture on New Book:  In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness

September 23, 2011 (Wickenburg, Arizona)- Bestselling author Peter Levine will lecture on his new book In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness this Friday, September 23. He will be joined by special guest, Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Senior Fellow of The Meadows and clinical psychiatrist whose work integrates mind, brain and body in the understanding and treatment of trauma. Over 10 organizations will grant continuing education credits for this session, which will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts.

In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness is the culmination of Levine's lifelong investigation into the connection between evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and animal behavior.

This presentation will teach participants:

  • To recognize the biological and naturalistic roots of trauma and their implications for treatment.
  • To explain how sensate awareness is an important vehicle for regulating high arousal states and intense emotions in transforming trauma.
  • To describe the relationship between developmental issues, unresolved trauma and addictive processes.

Peter A. Levine, PhD, Clinical Consultant for The Meadows, has over 40 years experience in trauma treatment and holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. He is the developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a naturalistic body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and founder of the Foundation for Human Enrichment.

For more information, participants should contact The Meadows at 800-240-5522; email events@themeadows.com; or visit www.themeadows.com.

For over 35 years, The Meadows has been a leading trauma and addiction treatment center. In that time, they have helped over 20,000 patients in one of their four centers or in national workshops.  The Meadows world-class team of Senior Fellows, Psychiatrists, Therapists and Counselors treat the symptoms of addiction and the underlying issues that cause lifelong patterns of self-destructive behavior. The Meadows is a Level 1 psychiatric hospital that is JCAHO accredited.

Contact: Patty Evans; Telephone 317-344-2922 or pevans@themeadows.com

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The Meadows co-sponsors the 22nd Annual International Trauma Conference in Boston, May 18-22, 2011

Conference Director and Senior Fellow at The Meadows, Bessel van der Kolk, MD, has been bringing together leaders in the field of neuroscience for this dynamic conference for the past 22 years. Last week presenters Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, Julian D. Ford, PhD, Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, Judith L. Herman, MD, Adele Diamond, PhD, FRSC and many others, as well as 700 attendees came together in Boston to examine cutting-edge treatment interventions for various trauma-based symptoms. Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, closed the conference with a presentation on Mindfulness, Healing, and Transformation.

The Meadows has been a proud sponsor of the International Trauma Conference and the Trauma Center in Boston, Massachusetts, for the past six years. We join Dr. van der Kolk's team in supporting a cutting-edge program of research and mind-body approaches to help trauma survivors recover with empowerment and dignity.

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