In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness BOSTON -- * PLEASE REGISTER AT THE DOOR *

Boston, Massachusetts
Friday, September 23, 2011
In an Unspoken Voice:

How the Body Releases Trauma
and Restores Goodness

Implications for Addiction and Recovery

Peter A. Levine, PhD
Peter A. Levine, PhD
Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD
Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD

Boston, Massachusetts
Friday, September 23, 2011

Trauma is neither a disease nor a disorder, but is rather an injury caused by paralyzing fright, helplessness and loss. If we enlist the wisdom of the living, sensing body and engage our innate capacity to self-regulate high states of arousal and intense emotion, we can transform trauma and be healed.

Drawing on more than 40 years as a pioneering body-oriented clinician, as well as a parallel study of stress, biology, child development and discoveries in the neurosciences, Dr. Levine shows that it is possible to live life robustly with pleasure and creativity, even in the face of the most painful assaults to our humanity-and in the face of deceptively trivial ones. From an evolutionary understanding of the source of trauma, to a spiritual dimension of how we as human beings can be strengthened by traumatic healing, this journey unfolds-if we learn to attend to the “unspoken voice of the body.” We will also explore the roots of addiction in unresolved trauma, insecure attachment and habitual childhood frustration.

Learning Objectives
This presentation will teach participants the following:

To recognize the biological and naturalistic roots of trauma and their implications for treatment.
To explain how sensate awareness is an important vehicle for regulating high arousal states and intense emotions in transforming trauma.
To describe the relationship between developmental issues, unresolved trauma and addictive processes.

Peter A. Levine, PhD, Clinical Consultant for The Meadows, Mellody House, and Dakota, holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. He is the developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a naturalistic body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and founder of the Foundation for Human Enrichment. Dr. Levine is the author of Healing Trauma, Sexual Healing and the best-selling book, Waking the Tiger; he co-authored, with Maggie Kline, Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids. His newest 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. He was honored in 2010 when he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP).

Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is a Senior Fellow of The Meadows and a clinical psychiatrist whose work integrates mind, brain, body and social connections in the understanding and treating of trauma. His research ranges from the impact of trauma on developing human beings and brain imaging to the use of yoga, neurofeedback, EMDR and theater in PTSD. He is past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine; medical director of the Trauma Center in Boston; and director of the Complex Trauma Treatment Network, NCTSN. He has taught at universities and hospitals throughout the world and has authored more than 100 scientific articles. His books include Psychological Trauma, Traumatic Stress and the upcoming The Body Keeps Score: Body, Mind and Brain in the Transformation of Trauma.

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lecture
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Lecture

$135 per person  /  $125 online registration
(includes lecture, materials and 5 continuing education credits)
Confirmation letter will be emailed.
A fee of $15 is deducted for cancellation. Refund requests must be made in writing to The Meadows, 553 W. Wickenburg Way, Wickenburg, AZ 85390, fax: 928-684-7821, or email:; no refunds will be given on or after the event date.
In the event of circumstances beyond our control, The Meadows reserves the right to amend or cancel any event. The Meadows will refund the registration fee in full but is not liable for any expense incurred by participants as a result of cancellation.
The Meadows is committed to providing all attendees equal access to this event; call two weeks prior to event for ADA needs.
Online registration ends one week prior to the event date.
Registration at the door is $135.
Self-parking at the hotel is $19 for the day; valet is $32 for the day. Street parking is available in various nearby lots.

The Meadows provides 5 continuing education credits from the following agencies:
NAADAC Approved Provider. Provider # 000217, 5 CEU's.
The Meadows is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education. Provider # 5687, 5 CEU's.
Course meets qualification for 5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSW as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider # 2645, 5 Credits.
Provider Approved by CAADAC. Provider # OS-03-960-0811, 5 Advanced CEH's.
Provider Approved by CAADE. Provider # CP40 905 C 0713, 5 CEH's.
Texas State Board of MFT Approved. Provider # 418.
MSW for the State of Texas. Provider # 2462.
MFT for the State of Illinois. Provider # 168-000155.
LCSW/LSW for the State of Illinois. Provider # 159-000839.
The Meadows is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Meadows maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Course meets criteria for 5 hours of continuing credit hours for psychologists.

You must attend the lecture in its entirety. No partial credit will be given. No exceptions. Please note that it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet your continuing education requirements.

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