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Please join The Friends of the Semel Institute and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors for an Open Mind program with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., author of the #1 New York Times Non-Fiction best-seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma. In this groundbreaking book that has been on the best-seller list for 141 weeks, Dr. van der Kolk transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust and shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including body work, psychodrama, mindfulness techniques, parts work, yoga, and neurofeedback.\


Robert S. Pynoos, M.D. MPH, will join Dr. van der Kloss in discussion. Dr. Pynoss is a Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Director, UCLA Trauma Psychiatry Program; and former Executive Director of the Anxiety Section of the UCLA Psychiatry Program. He is the Co-Director of the federally sponsored Duke/UCLA National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.  


  • Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is a pioneer clinician, researcher, and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress. His work uniquely integrates developmental, enurobiological, psychodynamic, somatic, and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treament. He is the founder of the Trauma Center (now the Trauma Research Foundation) in Boston. He 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 also the past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He regularly teaches at universities and hospitals around the world.

    Sybill Carnochan Catalan, Ph.D. - Prior to joining UCLA, Dr. Catalan created and led a fellowship for outstanding public-school teachers and principals from across the country. An initiative of America Achieves, the Teacher and Principal Fellowship honors and showcases the work of outstanding educators.  Dr. Catalan has worked in numerous other educational settings, including the Broad Foundation; U.S. Congress' Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Education, and Labor; the Council of Chief State School Officers;  and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

  • Dr. Robert Pynoos, As Co-Director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, leads and coordinates a nationwide network of more than 70 academic and community-based centers dedicated to raising the standard of care and improving access to services for traumatized youth, families, and communities throughout the United States. He has been a pioneer in the development of psychological first aid, acute, intermediate, and long-term violence, war, and disaster interventions, including strategies to address trauma and loss reminders, post-trauma adversities, parenting and family recovery, and traumatic loss. He is co-developer of the UCLA FOCUS Program, a family-centered resiliency and skill-based intervention adapted for military families. He is an internationally recognized expert on the effects of trauma and loss on child and adolescent development, including neurobiology, moral development, and high-risk behaviors. He has helped the U.S. Department of Education in its response to school shootings, has received the 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the 2007 ESCAP (European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) Award for Contributions to the Field of Child Trauma, the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award (2004) from the America Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and the American Psychiatric Association Bruno Lima Award for excellence in disaster psychiatry. He is also the former Executive Director of the Anxiety Disorders Section of the UCLA Department of Psychiatry.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.


To watch videos of our past Open Mind programs, please visit www.friendsofnpi.org/open-mind-videos, or our YouTube Channel.

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