MAPP's Fall Symposium, September 28-29, 2023

University of Southern ME., Abromson Community Education Center, Hannaford Hall, 88 Bedford Street, Portland, Maine 

Advances in Understanding Trauma: Translating Neuroscience to Therapy

with Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Author of The Body Keeps the Score

Photo by Jude Mack on UnSpash The Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians is proud to announce that the esteemed Bessel van der Kolk MD, trauma expert, co-founder of the Trauma Research Foundation (TRF), and best-selling author of The Body Keeps the Score is returning to Maine!  He has spent his career studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences, and has translated emerging findings from neuroscience and attachment research to develop and study a range of treatments for traumatic stress in children and adults.  The focus of the symposium will be on a comprehensive understanding of the neuroscience and impact of psychological trauma and advances in treatment including treatment with psychedelics. Dr. van der Kolk will talk about how exposure to multiple traumas, particularly in childhood, has been proposed to result in a complex of symptoms that includes posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Thursday, September 28, 2023 evening 5-8:30 p.m.
Friday, September 29, 2023, 8:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Presenter: Thursday

PMP as a Patient Safety Tool

Elisabeth Fowlie Mock, MD, MPH, FAAFP.  Elisabeth Fowlie Mock, MD, MPH, FAAFP, received her doctorate from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.  She also attended C olby College and Emory University. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine.  She works primarily as a consultant and clinical educator with per diem hospitalist shifts.  She worked for several years at a Low Barrier MOUD clinic.  Interests include women’s basketball, chess, Toastmasters and she is a certified basketball referee.  She lives in Bangor, Maine with her husband and 3 doodles now that her 3 young adult kids are launched from the nest.


University of Southern Maine, 
Abromson Community Ed Center, Hannaford Hall
88 Bedford Street
Portland, ME 04103

Driving Directions 

Special Thanks!

This program would not be possible without a grant from the Maine Department of Health & Human Services which supports, MAPP's Consultation Project that helps provide psychiatric education to primary care practices.

About Bessel van der Kolk

Unlock the Secrets of Healing Trauma with Expert Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Discover the groundbreaking techniques that are revolutionizing the treatment of trauma.

Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D. is a pioneer clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress. His work uniquely integrate 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 in 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 shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, psychedelic therapy, psychodrama, mindfulness techniques, parts work, yoga, psychedelics, and body work. Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development, memory, and the psychobiology of trauma. He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater and EMDR. He is 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 Boston site of MAPS sponsored MDMA assisted psychotherapy study. He regularly teaches at universities and hospitals around the world.


Times/topics - may vary slightly

Thursday / 9/28/2023
05:00 PM Welcome Reception 
06:00 PM Opening Remarks / Dinner
06:30 PM Business Meeting
07:00 PM PMP as a Patient Safety Tool
Elisabeth Fowlie Mock, MD, MPH, FAAFP
  • Tour the PMP to analyze tools for patient safety
  • Discuss how checking the PMP can reduce overdose risk
  • Review higher-risk prescribing metrics and addiction risks
  • Review national trends in prescription drug misuse (if time
Friday / 9/29/2023
07:30 AM Registration & Breakfast 
08:00 AM Opening Remarks: 
Henry Skinner, MD, DFAPA, President, MAPP
Malcolm Rogers, MD, DLFAPA, Chair, Program Comm, MAPP
08:30 AM Advances in Understanding Trauma: Translating Neuroscience to Treatment
Bessel van der Kolk, MD
      How traumatized people process information
      How traumatic experiences are stored in memory and the ways in which those memories are retrieved
      The applications of attachment theory in the diagnosis and treatment of trauma
      How to assess people with chronic PTSD and how to develop phase-oriented treatment plans
      Strategies proven to be effective for severe trauma

10:30 AM Morning Break/Visit Exhibitors
11:00 AM Program continues
12:00 PM Lunch
01:00 PM Program continues
03:00 PM Afternoon Break with Exhibitors
03:30 PM Program continues
04:30 PM Closing Remarks


Who Should Attend

Physicians from all specialities, psychologists, nurses, social workers, professional community members, and other disciplines with an interest in the effects of trauma on children and adults.


AMA Credit Designation Statement. The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™ . Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with their extent of their participation in the activity.  Physicans must attend both the Thursday and Friday sessions to get the full 8 credits.  Physicians who attend Friday only will get 6.5 credits.  

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Non-Physician Participant Statement. AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can only be awarded to MDs and DOs, but if a non-physician attendee would like to claim the hours they participated in the activity, they can be awarded a Certificate of Participation.

Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Continuing Certification Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory,    Advances in Understanding Trauma: Translating Neuroscience to Treatment has met the requirements as a Lifelong Learning CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:  Allergy and Immunology, Anesthesiology, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Family Medicine, Medical Genetics and Genomics, Nuclear Medicine, Ophthalmology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Plastic Surgery, Preventive Medicine, Psychiatry and Neurology, Radiology, Thoracic Surgery, Urology
NASW Credits. This program has been approved for (6 category A) Continuing Education Units by the ME NASW. 



Dianna Poulin, Executive Director
Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians