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Presenter: Bessel van der Kolk, MD
This keynote will discuss some of the well-established and direct affects of trauma on developing brains and specific brain functions responsible for attention, concentration, regulating emotions and engaging in satisfying relationships. Dr. Kolk and colleagues are currently studying whether neurofeedback can reverse those brain changes. The importance of this pursuit is evident when considering that many traumatized children and adults continue to feel chronically on edge, scared, agitated, collapsed and helpless, even after exposure to treatment and medications. To deal with this they often try to cope with alcohol or drugs. Medications may make life more manageable but they also affect motivation and curiosity, and rarely really lead to increased focus, relaxation and engagement. Thus this lecture will review the way trauma impacts brain development and show the effects of neurofeedback.