Immobility, Helplessness and Loss of Self-regulation in the time of COVID-19

Join renowned trauma experts and  Meadows Behavioral Healthcare Senior Fellows Peter Levine, PhD and  Bessel van der Kolk, MD  as they explore our present “normal” in this time of Covid-19. A discussion on immobility, helplessness and the loss of self-regulation, and how connection to body/self, family, friends, community, nature, and spirit is a fundamental resource in the process of healing. Movement, breathing, singing, interaction with each other—can help us to discover natural resources of self-regulation especially when life is challenging. 


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Bessel van der Kolk |  Peter Levine
1 Hour 28 Minutes
Apr 30, 2020
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Bessel van der Kolk's Profile

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Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D., is a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of post-traumatic stress.  His work integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.

Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development, memory, and the psychobiology of trauma.  He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater, and EMDR. 

He is founder of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, and President of the Trauma Research Foundation, which promotes clinical, scientific, and educational projects. 

His 2014 #1 New York Times best seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma, transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring – specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust.  He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, somatically based therapies, EMDR, psychodrama, play, yoga, and other therapies.

Dr. van der Kolk is the past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School.  He regularly teaches at conferences, universities, and hospitals around the world.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Bessel van der Kolk is a professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine.  He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial:  Bessel van der Kolk has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Peter Levine's Profile

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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.

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  • Attachment and Trauma
  • Connection /Disconnection
  • Self-regulation 
  • Movement / immobility


  1. Analyze the differences between disrupted attachment and traumatic stress
  2. Apply somatic techniques to calm the body to promote self-regulation, integration and empowerment.
  3. Examine the role of interpersonal rhythms and attunement in establishing a sense of self and community
  4. Identify ways  to gain access to innate self-regulatory systems—including movement, breathing, singing, interaction with others



Overall:      4.4

Total Reviews: 416


Antonia F - Moraga, California

"I thought it was very helpful. I just have one suggestion. I noticed both Bessel and Peter used the term "seduce" in reference to helping people feel safe in their bodies. To me, seduce, or seduction is a potentially triggering word because it is most often used as a wrd that has to do with sex and convincing someone that they want to have sex. It seems as if there are so many other words to use instead of "seduce". Perhaps "welcome", "safely encourage", "titrate", "nudge"..."

Nadine M - Greenville, South Carolina

"Would have like a handout with pertinent info and references, etc. Otherwise great!"

Amanda H - Calgary, Alberta

"Very helpful"

Claudia C - Scottsdale, Arizona

"Thank you, great way to pick up a few more bits of wisdom to use in my practice."

Carly K - PEORIA, Arizona

"Hopefully there will be another one like this!"

Allison B - brunswick, Victoria

"I loved this webinar and I am so grateful that it was offered free of charge. Thank you. "

Nancy J

"Thanks to The Meadows for offering this excellent opportunity for us to learn from these experts."

Esther D - Goodyear, Arizona

"I enjoyed this presentation and appreciate the learnt skills. "

Muriel T - Tampico, Tamaulipas

"thank you for this wonderfull learning opportunity! it would be very interesting to have videoconference face to face with them for the questions and answers. "

Terry H - Atlanta, Georgia

"thank you very much for this course. It was great."

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