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July 19–24, 2015 Sunday–Friday 5 nights
Continuing Education Credits

Trauma, Body, and the Brain: Restoring the Capacity for Rhythm and Play

Bessel van der Kolk, Licia Sky, and Steven Gross
Bessel van der Kolk

Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is a clinical psychiatrist whose work attempts to integrate mind, brain, body, and social connections to understand and treat trauma. His research ranges from the impact of trauma on development…
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Licia Sky

Licia Sky, LMT, BFA, is a singer-songwriter, artist, and musician who integrates music, movement, vocalizing, conversation-enhanced awareness, and touch to foster safe, transformative experiences. Her dynamic methods are informed by polyvagal theory, the latest research…
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Steven Gross

Steven Gross, MSW, is the founder and chief playmaker of the Life is Good® Playmakers, a nonprofit organization that helps children overcome poverty, violence, and illness through the power of play and optimism. He has…
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Program Details

For licensed therapists, yoga instructors, and others interested in the nature of trauma.

Neuroscience research shows that awareness of physical sensations forms the very foundation of human consciousness. Since trauma alters people’s relationship to their bodies and shakes the foundations of the human organism, healing can only occur if that organism can be made to feel safe, powerful, and effective. Yoga and other body-based practices do just that.

This workshop explores

  • What neuroscience teaches about self-awareness and trauma
  • The nature and essence of human attachment
  • New psychotherapeutic treatments to help people integrate traumatic memories
  • An array of body-centered approaches for dealing with trauma, including EMDR, yoga, play, dance, theater work, and tai chi.

These techniques help people come into the present moment and shift out of fear and hyperarousal. This allows them to resolve traumatic memories, promote mastery over the post-traumatic legacy of constriction, disconnection, and loss, and reclaim authority over their lives.

CE Credits
This program is eligible for
  • 27 credits for Yoga Alliance (YA), $30 additional charge
  • 23.5 credits for Social Workers (SW), $30 additional charge
  • 27 credits for Psychologists (PSY), $30 additional charge
  • 32 credits for Massage & Body Workers (NCBTMB), $30 additional charge
  • 27 credits for Athletic Trainers (BOC), $30 additional charge