In a recent video from PESI Inc., Dr. Bessel van der Kolk— a Senior Fellow at The Meadows— explains how yoga traditions can help prevent psychological trauma patients from getting stuck during the course of their treatment.
Traumatized people’s bodies get rewired in a way that makes them feel that they are constantly in danger. They get tightness in their chests, they feel restless, agitated, and unable to focus. This makes it necessary for them to explore how they can find stillness and become more present in the here and now.
Two major avenues for learning how to quiet your mind and body are movement and breath. Yoga and Tai Chi are both traditions that use movement and breath to help people improve their interoception, or sense of the body from within.
Learn more from Dr. van der Kolk about the role yoga and interoception can play in healing from trauma in this brief video:
If you’re a behavioral health professional, check out Dr. van der Kolk’s 6-week Intensive Trauma Treatment Course to take a deep dive into numerous effective trauma treatment modalities. Register today, because spaces are limited.
The treatment of psychological and emotional trauma is at the heart of everything we do at our Meadows Behavioral Healthcare programs. (The Meadows, The Claudia Black Young Adult Center, Gentle Path at the Meadows, Remuda Ranch, The Meadows Outpatient Center and Rio Retreat Center.) We’re grateful to have Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Peter Levine and Dr. Shelley Uram as Senior Fellows, who help guide our staff and ensure that we stay on the cutting edge of therapeutic inventions to help people fully recover from addiction, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, sex addiction, eating disorders and many other behavioral health issues.
That’s also why we’re proud to be sponsors of the 27th Annual International Trauma Conference, taking place in Boston, Massachusetts, June 1 – 4. This year’s theme is “Psychological Trauma: Neuroscience, Self-Identity and Therapeutic Interventions.”
The conference is being directed by Dr. van der Kolk, who is the author of The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. Dr. Shelley Uram will lead a workshop on Friday afternoon called “Reclaiming Our Lives from ‘little t’ Trauma;” and, Dr. Peter Levine will give a keynote address on Somatic Experiencing on Saturday morning.
Early registration ends May 2. Continuing Education Credits are available for behavioral health professionals. Visit the conference website for more information.
For the past three decades, the International Trauma conference has examined how trauma affects psychological and biological processes, and how the damage caused by overwhelming life experiences can be reversed. This year, they will explore new frontiers in this work— frontiers that transcend old paradigms of talking, analyzing and administering drugs.
The study of psychological trauma has been accompanied by an explosion of knowledge about how experience shapes the central nervous system and the formation of the self. Developments in the neurosciences, developmental psychopathology, and information processing have contributed to our understanding of how brain function is shaped by experience and that life itself continually transforms perception and biology.
The study of trauma has probably been the single most fertile area in helping to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship among the emotional, cognitive, social and biological forces that shape human development.
Researchers have learned that most experience is automatically processed on a subcortical level, i.e., by “unconscious” interpretations that take place outside of awareness. Insight and understanding have only a limited influence on the operation of these subcortical processes. When addressing the problems of traumatized people who, in a myriad of ways, continue to react to current experience as a replay of the past, there is a need for therapeutic methods that do not depend exclusively on understanding and cognition.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the industry’s top leaders in neurobehavioral health!
The Meadows is pleased to announce that we now offer on-site, overnight lodging exclusively for workshop participants at the Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows! And, to celebrate this great news, we’re extending our 25 percent discount on all workshop registration fees through the month of April.
The Rio Retreat Bunkhouse is designed to be conducive to the process of healing and recovery, and is purposely free of the distractions that often accompany hotel lodging.
The Bunkhouse offers workshop participants:
Five nights at The Bunkhouse costs $560 including taxes. Single-occupancy rooms are available at an additional cost.
Rooms are available on a first come, first served basis; early registration is recommended.
Register for any of our intensive workshops, now through April 30 and receive a 25 percent discount. This is a great value on our first-rate workshop programs and facilities. Check out our full workshop schedule, and contact us at 800.244.4949 to register today.
Conscious, explicit, memory is only the proverbial tip of a very deep and mighty iceberg. It barely hints at the submerged strata of primal implicit experience that moves and motivates us in ways that the conscious mind can only begin to imagine.
But imagine we should, and understand we must, if we are to work effectively and wisely with trauma and its memory traces in both mind and body. Without a firm grasp of the multidimensional structure of traumatic memory, as it is stored in the brain and held in the body, therapists are often left floundering in the swamplands of ambiguity and uncertainty. Indeed, misconceptions about so called recovered memories have caused much unnecessary pain and suffering for patients and for their families, while also creating confusion and self-doubt for the therapists who treat them.
On March 11, 2016, Dr. Peter Levine, a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, will explore the significance of “lower level” (implicit) emotional and procedural (“body”) memory systems and their interweaving in the resolution and healing of trauma in presentation at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.
Participants will also examine “bottom-up” processing in supporting trust in clients’ discovery of their innate self-protective responses to threat, in weaving a coherent narrative, and in supporting a deeper connection with their Authentic Self.
This event is free, but you must RSVP by March 7, 2016. To reserve your spot, contact Shannon Spollen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 928-684-4048. 3.0 Continuing Education Credits or NBCC Clock Hours are available. About Peter A. Levine, PhD
Dr. Peter Levine holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. He is the developer of Somatic Experiencing® (SE), a naturalistic body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and teaches it all over the globe. He is the founder of the Foundation for Human Enrichment and was a stress consultant for NASA during the development of the space shuttle. Dr. Levine is the author of Healing Trauma, Sexual Healing and the best-selling book, Waking the Tiger; he co-authored, with Maggie Kline, Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids. His newest book, In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness, is a testament to his lifelong investigation into the connection between evolutionary biology, neuroscience, animal behavior, and more than 40 years of clinical experience in the healing of trauma.
He was honored in 2010 when he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP).
PLEASE NOTE: You must RSVP to receive a continuing education certificate. 3.0 continuing education credits or NBCC clock hours are available; no partial credit will be given.
We’re excited to share the news that we’ll be expanding our team to include Dr. Terry Eagan, He will be joining us as a Senior Fellow for all of our Meadows Behavioral Healthcare programs.
Dr. Eagan is a prominent Beverly Hills psychiatrist, and founder and CEO of Eagan Medical Group, LLC., a thriving mental health practice treating over 2000 patients annually. He also has years of experience as the Medical Director of several addiction and eating disorder treatment centers throughout the Los Angeles area. Most recently, he founded The Eagan Institute, an innovative new organization focusing on the advanced diagnostics and treatment of brain injuries and brain disorders.
He is an expert in the complexities of mental health and addiction treatment, and he specializes in effective treatment regimens for all types of emotional distress that often can arise from being in positions of responsibility and public attention. In addition to his specialties in primary psychiatric conditions, substance abuse disorders, trauma, abuse, impulse control disorders, human sexuality, and spiritual therapy, he also has 20 years of experience in treating patients with eating disorders.
He is also a leader in Professional Ethics and Compassion Fatigue and has guided training programs for individual practitioners, multinational corporations, public school systems, community health centers, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, and universities.
And, like us, he believes in multi-faceted treatment approaches that incorporate pharmacologic interventions with evidence-based therapies, adjunctive modalities, and traditional spiritual practices.
As part of his Senior Fellowship, Dr. Eagan will provide training on pertinent topics to staff, give occasional presentations to patients, and help to further develop and guide our treatment programs. We’re so glad to add Dr. Eagan’s expertise to an already top-notch team of compassionate and dedicated professionals at The Meadows programs.