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Today’s guest is Bessel van der Kolk. Dr. Van der Kolk 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 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.
His bestselling writings include the popular book The Body Keeps the Score.
To learn more about Bessel van der Kolk’s work:
Bessel van der Kolk website
EMDR Therapy Practitioner Directory
Somatic Experiencing Therapy Website
Article on Shamanic Treatment for Depression
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