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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 |  Peter Levine |  Paula Thomson |  David Emerson |  James W. Hopper |  Phyllis Booth
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's Profile

Laurel Parnell Related seminars and products: 1

Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, EMDR Trainer

Private Practice

Laurel Parnell, Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading experts on EMDR. A clinical psychologist, she has trained thousands in EMDR in her international workshops. Dr. Parnell is the author of A Therapist’s Guide to EMDR, EMDR in the Treatment of Adults Abused as Children, Transforming Trauma: EMDR, and Tapping In: A Step-by-Step Guide to Activating Your Healing Resources Through Bilateral Stimulation as well as articles and a chapter in the EMDR Casebook. Dr. Parnell is at work on her newest book: Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma, which will be published by WW Norton in 2013. Dr. Parnell has served on the faculty of the California Institute for Integral Studies and John F. Kennedy University.

An EMDR pioneer and innovator, Dr. Parnell has immersed herself in the practice and development of EMDR since 1991 bringing a client-centered attachment-focused approach to the work. A frequent presenter at conferences, she has been interviewed for television, radio and print. She maintains a private practice in San Rafael, California.

Peter Levine's Profile

Peter Levine Related seminars and products: 2


Peter A. Levine, Ph.D., holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. The developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and founder of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, which conducts trainings in this work throughout the world and in various indigenous cultures, with 26 faculty members and over five thousand students.

Dr. Levine was a stress consultant for NASA on the development of the space shuttle project and was a member of the Institute of World Affairs Task Force of Psychologists for Social Responsibility in developing responses to large-scale disasters and ethno-political warfare. Levine’s international best seller, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, has been translated into 22 languages. His recent interests include the prevention of trauma in children, and he has co-written two books, with Maggie Kline, in this area: Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids.

His most recent book: In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness, was recently released to rave reviews. Levine’s original contribution to the field of Body-Psychotherapy was honored in 2010 when he received the Life Time Achievement award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP).

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Peter Levine is the Developer of Somatic Experiencing®. He is the founder and Senior Advisor to the Foundation for Human Enrichment; and Senior Advisor to The Meadows Addiction Treatment Center. Dr. Levine receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Peter Levine is a member of the American Psychological Association; Humanistic Psychological Association; and International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Paula Thomson Related seminars and products: 1


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.

David Emerson Related seminars and products: 2


David Emerson, E-RYT, Director, Trauma Center Yoga Project. Yoga Instructor; President, Black Lotus Yoga Studio. Author of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the Body into Treatment and Overcoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body.

James W. Hopper Related seminars and products: 2


James W. Hopper, Ph.D., 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.

Phyllis Booth Related seminars and products: 1


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.

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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