In this session, James S. Gordon, MD, the world’s leading expert in healing population-wide trauma, will present a comprehensive approach to trauma healing which emphasizes our capacity to transform a sometimes-overwhelming crisis into an opportunity for profound psychological and spiritual growth.
Dr. Gordon will share two mind-body techniques that create the psychological and biological foundation for this process of transformation. He and his Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) colleagues have used these and other mind-body techniques to successfully reverse the damage done by psychological trauma with millions of adults and children in the U.S. and around the world. Peer-reviewed studies have repeatedly shown that CMBM’s comprehensive program of self-care and small group support can reduce the numbers of those qualifying for the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by 80% or more.
- List the major biological, psychological, and social consequences of trauma.
- Explain how two types of meditation (concentrative; expressive) can be implemented to address symptoms of hyperarousal and relieve psychological “freezing”.
- Describe how group support enhances the effectiveness of self-care.