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About the 2024 Conference

We are privileged to bring you:

Bessel van der Kolk. MD. Neuroscientist and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School.

Bessel van der Kolk is arguably the world's leading expert in the treatment of trauma – especially when it comes to how trauma affects the brain, body, and nervous system. His acclaimed book ‘The Body Keeps The Score’ has been translated in 36 languages and remained on The New York Times bestsellers list for more than 248 weeks (at least 27 of those at No. 1)

Bessel van der Kolk has spent his professional life studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences and translated these emerging findings from neuroscience and attachment research, to develop and study a range of treatments for traumatic stress and has authored 150 peer reviewed scientific articles.


Christchurch Town Hall

86 Kilmore Street

Christchurch 8013



26 March 2024

The conference will take place between 9am-4.30pm, Tuesday 26 March 2024

Where to stay:

On a budget

Mid-range price (very handy to the venue)

Higher price


Conference Committee

Michael Hempseed, Director of Frontiers of Hope,

Dame Sue Bagshaw, MD

Margaret Brosnan, Chairperson of Frontiers of Hope 

Travis Dale, Trustee of Frontiers of Hope 

Karon Storr, Trustee of Frontiers of Hope

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NZ Trauma Conference 2024
NZ Trauma Conference 2024
26 Mar 2024, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm NZDT
86 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
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