Bessel van der Kolk Professional Workshop -Psychodrama/Attachment

Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows


December 7-9, 2018   A weekend professional training at the Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows.    

The organization of the emotional brain is notoriously resistant to modification by reason or understanding. However, we can change people’s internal map of predictions and expectations by introducing reparative experiences in three-dimensional space. Precision, attunement, and interaction are key. In this workshop, we will collectively observe and practice ways in which the internal map of the world can be revised by activating the imagination through interactive movement, touch, auditory, and visual input. Attendees will be expected to have done their own personal work and be prepared to actively participate in helping to create new realities for fellow workshop members. This training is limited to 40 participants.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES - Earn 17.5 continuing education credits APA, NBCC

After completing this training, attendees will be able to:
1. Describe how trauma affects the developing mind and brain.
2. Describe and analyze how traumatized people process information.
3. Discuss how adverse childhood experiences affect attachment, brain development, emotion regulation, and cognition.
4. Differentiate between disrupted attachment and traumatic stress.
5. Describe how early attachment trauma leads to fragmentation and development of distinct parts.
6. Demonstrate exercises that guide attention to nonverbal awareness of physical sensations, orientation, attraction, and unconscious choices about relevance and safety.
7. Describe techniques of physical mastery, affect regulation, and memory processing.
8. Demonstrate how to integrate various body-centered approaches drawn from theater, music, yoga, and play to build attunement and restore agency.
9. Discuss the range of adaptations to trauma early in the life cycle.
10. Discuss treatment strategy alternatives through an understanding of the research.
11. Describe how trauma, abuse, and neglect affects the therapeutic relationship.
12. Discuss the role of self-leadership in repair of trauma and attachment.





1245 Jack Burden Road, Wickenburg, AZ 85390

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LOCATION:  Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows

1245 Jack Burden Road, Wickenburg, AZ 85390

COST: is $2,000 per person, inclusive of two meals a day Friday and Sunday, and three meals on Saturday.

LODGING AND TRANSPORTATION:    Lodging at the Rio Retreat Bunkhouse is included in the training cost for Friday and Saturday nights for the first 20 registrants. Rooms at Rio Retreat Bunkhouse are simply appointed and are shared occupancy (two guests per room); guests will be placed with a roommate who is also attending the training. Transportation will be available for those lodging at Rio Retreat Bunkhouse from and back to the Phoenix Airport, and details will be sent with your confirmation email upon completion of the sign up process. All other registrants will be responsible for reserving and covering their own lodging and transportation.


To register for this training, go to Professional Development Workshops at or call 602-740-2565 for more information.