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Bessel A. van der Kolk's 27th Annual Trauma Conference: Day 2

Credit Available - See CEUs tab below.

Trauma and PTSD
Laurel Parnell, PhD |  Peter Levine, Ph.D. |  Paula Thomson, PsyD |  James W. Hopper, PhD |  Phyllis Booth, MA
6 Hours 10 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Jun 04, 2016
Media Type:
Online Learning


Attachment Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma with Laurel Parnell, PhD

In this hour session, Laurel Parnell, one of the most recognizable experts in the field of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), will illustrate how to integrate EMDR into a client-centered approach therapy. In addition to this, she will also explain how to make adjustments to EMDR that are imperative to helping clients deal with their trauma.

Somatic Experiencing with Peter Levine, PhD

In this session, the developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and founder of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Dr. Peter Levine addresses the issues at the heart of trauma and attachment. Dr. Peter Levine discusses the most effective and promising treatment modalities available to clinicians today.

PTSD and Creativity: Visiting the Muses with Paula Thomson, PsyD

In this hour, Dr. Paula Thomson addresses how creativity can impact those with PTSD. With one of the only known labs that have gathered psychophysiological data on performing artists and athletes that includes the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI), Dr. Paula Thomson illustrates her research findings and how performers re-create the events through music, film, theatre, or dance.

Mindfulness-Oriented Interventions for Trauma: Integrating Contemplative Practices with James Hopper, PhD

In this two-hour session, Dr. James Hopper illustrates the various circuitries and cycles within the brain. In addition to this, Dr. James Hopper discusses some key brain and psychological processes involved with trauma and how practices of mindfulness help heal the brain of a traumatized person.

Theraplay: How Play and Nurturing Care can Help with Phyllis Booth, M.A.

In the hour long Theraplay session, Dr. Phyllis Booth explores the effective play techniques for family issues. Theraplay is the pre-verbal parent-infant emotional communication that shapes the maturation of the infant’s sensing and feeling brain. Dr. Phyllis Booth presents a lively, experience-based seminar on how interpersonal play can help form connections between a parent and an infant.


Attachment Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma

  • Describe the five basic principles of Attachment-focused EMDR and how they can be integrated into the treatment of relational trauma.

Somatic Experiencing

  • Discuss three potential benefits of combining Ego State Therapy with Somatic Experiencing.

PTSD and Creativity: Visiting the Muses

  • Describe the impact of using creativity when working with PTSD

Mindfulness-Oriented Interventions for Trauma: Integrating Contemplative Practices

  • Describe how mindfulness practice helps to heal the brain of someone affected by traumatic stress.
  • Demonstrate how mindful practices can positively impact clinician efficacy.

Theraplay: How Play and Nurturing Care can Help

  • Describe the concepts of Theraplay.

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General Credits

This course is available for 6.0 total CPDs

The HPCSA has declared that any on-line courses CPD/CEU credited by a certified US board, is automatically CPD/CEU credited in South Africa. 

As there are different boards for different disciplines, we at Acacia suggest that you use the Counselling CPD/CEU credits. These correspond to South African credits of one CPD/CEU per 60 minutes. If you choose to use your discipline's credits, please do so at your discretion.

Florida Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number 50-399. This self-study course qualifies for 6.0 continuing education credits. 



Laurel Parnell, PhD's Profile

Laurel Parnell, PhD Related seminars and products

Clinical Psychologist, EMDR Trainer

Private Practice

Laurel Parnell, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and director of the Parnell Institute for Attachment-Focused EMDR. One of the world's leading experts on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), she is the originator of the EMDR-related therapies Attachment-Focused EMDR and Resource Tapping. Dr. Parnell has served on the faculty of the California Institute for Integral Studies and John F. Kennedy University. She is the author of several books and videos on EMDR, including, Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma, Rewiring the Addicted Brain with EMDR-Based Treatment, A Therapist's Guide to EMDR and Tapping In. Dr. Parnell keynotes conferences, trains clinicians in EMDR, and teaches workshops internationally on Attachment-Focused EMDR, Rewiring the Addicted Brain and Resource Tapping. Learn more about Dr. Parnell at


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Laurel Parnell maintains a private practice. She is adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Dr. Parnell receives compensation as an EDMR trainer, and she receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Parnell receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Laurel Parnell has no relevant non-financial relationships.

Peter Levine, Ph.D.'s Profile

Peter Levine, Ph.D. Related seminars and products

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, which he teaches all over the globe. Dr. Levine is also the founder of the Foundation for Human Enrichment and was a stress consultant for NASA during the development of the space shuttle.

An accomplished author, Dr. Levine penned Healing Trauma, Sexual Healing and the bestselling book, Waking the Tiger. He also co-authored with Maggie Kline Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids. His latest 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.

Dr. Levine was honored in 2010 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP) and is a Senior Fellow at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Peter Levine receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. Dr. Levine has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Peter Levine is the founder and senior advisor to Somatic Experiencing International, the founder, and president of the Ergos Institute, and is the senior clinical fellow and advisor to the Meadows Addiction Center. Dr. Levine is a member of the American Psychological Association.

Paula Thomson, PsyD Related seminars and products

Paula Thomson, PsyD, Professor, California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Clinical Psychologist, Co-Director of the Performance Psychophysiology Laboratory at CSUN, adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and Professor Emeritus at York University. Professional dancer, choreographer & movement coach. Co-author of Creativity and the Performing Arts.

James W. Hopper, PhD's Profile

James W. Hopper, PhD Related seminars and products

James W. Hopper, PhD, Independent consultant and Instructor in Psychology, Cambridge Health Alliance & Harvard Medical School.  Co-editor, Mindfulness-Oriented Interventions for Trauma: Integrating Contemplative Practices.  The MDMA Team, Trauma Research Foundation.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. James Hopper maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance. He is a sub-investigator and therapist for Phase 2 & 3 MDMA-assisted psychotherapy research, with MAPS/MPBC and The Trauma Research Foundation. Dr. Hopper receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. James Hopper is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Phyllis Booth, MA Related seminars and products

Phyllis Booth, MA, Clinical Director Emerita of The Theraplay Institute in Chicago. Along with Ann Jernberg she created the Theraplay method for helping children and families with attachment and relationship problems. Primary author 3rd edition of Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play, Jossey-Bass, 2010.


Speaker Disclosure:
Financial: Phyllis Booth is the Clinical Director Emerita of the Theraplay Institute. She is an author for Jossey-Bass and receives royalties. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Phyllis Booth has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Target Audience

Physicians, Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants and other Mental Health Professionals

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