Trauma, Memory, and the Brain

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Wednesday, MARCH 27th 7:00-9:00 PM Alano Club PDX ( 909 NW 24th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97210 )

Trauma causes physical changes in the brain. It is indeed a largely physiological rather than psychological process, which has demonstrable effects throughout our entire nervous systems. Much of this process has to do with the sympathetic nervous system and the fight/flight/freeze/fawn response.

When the body is trapped in this cycle, it causes ripple effects for almost every aspect our selves and the lens through which we view the world.

Specifically we’ll learn about the roles of the prefrontal cortex, anterior cingulate cortex, and the amygdala, and how they interact in response to crisis and perceived danger.

We’ll learn how traumatic memories are stored via a completely different process than normal memories, and discuss how these memories can be “trapped” in the body, what that feels like, and why somatic (body centered) approaches are particularly useful.

We’ll provide a basic understanding of this process, discuss how it manifests in our daily lives, and look at the political ramifications of trauma myths and misconceptions.

This talk will be based on the research of Bessel van der Kolk and Peter Levine primarily, as well as referencing Healing Trauma: Attachment, Mind, Body, and Brain edited by Marion Solomon and Daniel Siegel.

This event is FREE and put together by Reimagining Recovery: A Neurodiversity Club.

This is a PEER-TO-PEER group. The instructor/facilitator has no special training besides being a lifelong autodidact and voracious bookworm. See to read her story.

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