New Theories of Dissociation: Implications for Therapy and Healing

August 22nd, 2007Robert Scaer, M.D.Retired former Medical Director, Mapleton Center, Boulder, COHost: Barry Erdman

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The Trauma Spectrum: Implications of Culturally-Endorsed Trauma

Trauma as a psychological concept primarily addresses the negative extremes of human experience.  When cultural constrictions on behavior create a relative state of powerlessness, however, relatively minor sources of threat or stress may assume the neurophysiological state of traumatic stress, with grave implications for mental and physical health.

About the Presenter

Robert Scaer, M.D. received his B.A. in Psychology, and his M.D. degree at the University of Rochester.  He is Board Certified in Neurology, and has been in practice for 36 years, twenty of those as Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services at the Mapleton Center in Boulder, CO.  His primary areas of interest and expertise have been in the fields of traumatic brain injury and chronic pain, and more recently in the study of traumatic stress and its role in physical and emotional symptoms, and in diseases.

He has lectured extensively on these topics, and has published several articles on post traumatic stress disorder, the whiplash syndrome and other somatic syndromes of traumatic stress. He has published two books, the first The Body Bears the Burden: Trauma, Dissociation and Disease, presenting a new theory of dissociation and its role in many diseases.  A second book, The Trauma Spectrum: Hidden Wounds and Human Resiliency,addresses the broad and relatively unappreciated spectrum of cultural and societal trauma that shapes every aspect of our lives.  He is currently retired from clinical medical practice, and continues to pursue a career in writing and lecturing in the field of traumatology.

Additional Resources

***Dr. Scaer’s POWERPOINT SLIDES from his talk on 7/18/07***

***Dr. Scaer’s POWERPOINT SLIDES from his talk on 8/22/07***


Robert Scaer, M.D.
515 Adams Ave.
Louisville, CO, 80027
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