Advanced Trauma Certification from Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. for GearingUp Clinicians

GearingUp receiving trauma training from one of the most prominent trauma experts in the world and renowned author of “The Body Keeps The Score”

February 25, 2024

GearingUp is proud to announce that Dr. Sylvia Gearing and select members of the GearingUp clinical leadership are enrolled with Bessel Van Der Kolk’s Trauma Research Foundation for a 34 week intensive certification training in trauma.

Dr. Van Der Kolk is a world-famous trauma researcher, formally affiliated with Harvard and Boston University, and author of “The Body Keeps The Score.” He was one of the first psychiatrists to truly articulate how severely people can be impacted by trauma, and his work changed the entire therapeutic approach to treating trauma conditions. Dr. Van Der Kolk will personally lead the certification program which will cover multiple effective approaches based on the latest research on EMDR, body-based techniques, neurofeedback, SMART treatment, expressive and art therapies, and more. The training will also shed light on how trauma is informed by each person’s unique background including culture, race, spirituality, family, social context, and more.  Weekly mentorship meetings include coaching and instruction from other world famous trauma experts including Dr. Janina Fisher, Dr. Stephen Porges, Dr. Elizabeth Warner, Dr. Pat Ogden, Dr. Margaret Blaustein, and more.

While many treatment programs are focused on teaching clinicians a particular treatment modality, this training instead provides a comprehensive overview of multiple treatment approaches that may help clients suffering from trauma. They will cover what conditions trauma clients regularly live under, common presenting problems, developmental stages, cultural context, and resources of the traumatized person.

Here is a sample of some of the weekly lessons:

  • “Understanding Trauma: Foundations” with Bessel van der Kolk, MD
  • “The Nature of Trauma: Developmental Neurobiology, Neuroimaging Research and Effective Intervention” with Bessel van der Kolk, MD
  • “Neurobiology of Trauma Treatment: EMDR and New Research Directions” with Bessel van der Kolk, MD
  • “Trauma Through the Lens of Polyvagal Theory” with Stephen Porges, PhD
  • “Trauma Assessment of Children and Adults” with Alexandra Cook, PhD
  • “Childhood Trauma: Impact and Long-Term Consequences” with Bessel van der Kolk, MD
  • “We Do Not Work Alone: Implementing and Sustaining Trauma-informed Systems” with Patricia Wilcox, LCSW
  • “Trauma, PTSD and the Mind-Body Relationship” with Matthew Sanford
  • “The Importance of Play in the Treatment of Trauma” with Dafna Lender, LCSW
  • “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy: A Model for Accelerated Change” with Deborah Korn, PsyD
  • “Trauma & Altered States of Consciousness” with Ruth Lanius, PhD, MD, FRCPC
  • “The Use of Internal Family Systems Model in Trauma Treatment” with Frank Anderson, MD
  • “Implementing Trauma Informed Therapies in Community” with Janina Fisher, PhD
  • “Caring for the Caregiver: Vicarious Trauma” with Jana Pressley, PsyD
  • “Alternative Non-pharmaceutical Treatment Techniques for Development Trauma: Neurofeedback and Biofeedback” with Ainat Rogel, PhD, MSW, LCSW, and Diana Martinez, MD, MSc, PhD, BNC
  • “The Future of Trauma Interventions” with Bessel van der Kolk, MD

If you or someone you know is suffering from trauma, PTSD, Complex Trauma, or other trauma related conditions, please call us today at (972) 596-7229 or send us a message on our Contact page!


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