SP05 – The Living Legacy of Traumatic Experience

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09 Dec 2018
09:45 - 10:45

SP05 – The Living Legacy of Traumatic Experience

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Neuroscience research has established why it is that trauma results in a fragmented narrative along with a ‘living legacy’ of enduring effects. The survival responses that preserve life and integrity under threat do not diminish once safety is obtained. Meant to warn us of impending danger, these easily re-activated survival responses continue to re-evoke the events of long ago decades after they are over. Once baffling and frustrating to treat, the evolution of new neurobiologically-informed treatments offers new, hopeful answers to the aftermath of trauma: the chronic fear of danger, dread of impending doom, loss of hope or energy, the longing for human connection, and self-destructive and addictive behavior.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Define five common cognitive, affective, and somatic effects of trauma
  2. Differentiate spontaneous emotion from trauma-related implicit memories.
  3. Describe the effects of trauma-related autonomic dysregulation.