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The impact of trauma on brain development.

Dr Pieter Rossouw

In this presentation Dr Pieter Rossouw focuses on the impact of trauma on brain development, exploring the basic principles of neural development, neural proliferation and plasticity, and the effects of violation of basic needs on the developing brain.
Research demonstrates that optimal neural growth is facilitated in “enriched environments”. The key facilitators of enriched environments are briefly discussed with special focus on the role of attachment and control. The neural correlates of these needs are explored and considered in terms of violations of these needs.

Recorded at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
12 June 2013, New South Wales, Australia.
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Dr Pieter Rossouw

Dr Pieter Rossouw is the Director of the Unit for Neuropsychotherapy and the Master of Counselling program at the School of Psychology and the School of Social Work and Human Services at the University of Queensland. His research and teaching focuses on Neuropsychotherapy. Pieter is also the Director of Mediros - a company that provides training in Neurobiology and Neuropsychotherapy. Pieter has been in private practice for the past 25 years. Pieter holds honours degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a Master in Clinical Psychology and a PhD. Pieter is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. He provides mental health training for GPs and is accredited at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Pieter was a Professor in Clinical Psychology at universities in Canada, Holland and South Africa, where he also spearheaded a Psychotherapeutic Assistance Program to support people being exposed to trauma. Pieter specialises in neuropsychotherapy and is an expert in anxiety and mood disorders. He has published 5 scientific books and 20 scientific articles. He has been involved in research in extensive clinical trials and presented research papers at 30 international conferences worldwide.

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