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Trauma, SEL, and Education

Broadcast on February 11, 2023
With Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Hosted by Daniel Sunshine

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk shares his expert definition of trauma and explores how it shows up in the brain, mind, and body. He describes how both adults and children adapt to and experience trauma and how cultivating a sense of safety is key to healing trauma. He then explores how trauma lives in education, especially during these times of COVID and school shootings.

In this session, you’ll:

  • Learn the definition and science of trauma
  • Find out how trauma shows up in adults and youth and how it can be healed
  • Discover a commentary on the state of education through a trauma lens
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Bessel van der Kolk, MD

President & Founder, Trauma Research Foundation

Bessel A. van der Kolk MD is a pioneering clinician, researcher, and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress. His work uniquely integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic, somatic, and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.

His #1 New York Times Science best seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma (translated into 38 languages), 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 is the founder of the Trauma Center (now the Trauma Research Foundation) in Boston, MA; past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School, and Principal Investigator at the Boston site of MAPS-sponsored MDMA assisted psychotherapy study. He regularly teaches at universities and hospitals around the world. Visit for more information.


Bessel van der Kolk, MD