No certificate is given for this course
Presenters: Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Sebern Fisher, MA
Millions of children in the US grow up under conditions of abuse and deprivation. Research has shown that te cumulative effects of adverse childhood experiences constitute the largest public health issue in the US, and overall is more costly than cancer of heart disease. Our studies of over 20,000 children in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has demonstrated that childhood abuse and neglect results primarily in the deficits in the areas of affect regulation, attention and concentration. Another body of research has shown how various forms of abuse and deprivation have specific effects on the brain areas responsible for affect regulation, filtering in relevant information and attention. Neurofeedback promises to be be an extremely helpful intervention to reverse the damage that results of early abuse and neglect. This workshop will show both the basic data about the consequences of abuse and neglect on the development of mind and brain, and present our research on how neurofeedback can increase affect regulation, concentration and executive functioning.
Level: Basic - Intermediate