How Trauma Impacts Memory: Select Workshop Videos & Slides

Watch this fascinating Rapid Resolution Therapy session and follow-up video of a 9/11 survivor who experienced severe trauma symptoms for years.  Be sure to watch the follow-up session at the 10:30 minute point in the video.

We will be discussing this video and the neuroscience that makes it work.


Here are some other videos & slides I use in the workshop.


Jim Hopper




Domestic Violence

Psychology Today: Profile of an Abuser.

Pedophile Priest Claims “it was like a game…my nephew didn’t object….”


Myths and Facts about Male Sexual Abuse and Assault

Collapsed Immobility


Tonic Immobility


Bunny Freeze

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford use of memory science


Dr. Christine Blasey Ford excerpts


How the Brain Stores Memory


Dr. Pat Ogden Describes Implicit Memory


Explicit Memory: Semantic and Episodic


EMDR Session


Key Concepts to be defined and discussed:

  • Trauma
  • Brain-Mind
  • Memory Continuum
  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Sympathetic-Parasympathetic Nervous System
  • Defense Circuitry
  • Habits & Reflexes
  • “Bottom-Up” Brain Processes
  • Tonic & Collapsed Mobility
  • Implicit & Explicit Memory
  • Memory Processes: Encoding, Storage, Retrieval
  • Central and Peripheral Details
  • Mind-Body Therapy Integrative Methods




  • 100 Billion Neurons
  • Brain makes new neural connections through the stimulation of ideas, feelings and actions (learning)



  • Information transmitted through the neurons and neural networks


Jim Hopper, Phd

Amnesia for childhood sexual abuse is a condition.

The existence of this condition is beyond dispute.

Repression is merely one explanation– often a confusing and misleading one –

for what causes the condition of amnesia.

Some people sexually abused in childhood will have periods of amnesia for their abuse, followed by experiences of delayed recall.



A national sample of 500  psychologists were asked whether they had been abused as children and, if so, whether they had ever forgotten some or all of the abuse*

  • 24% reported childhood abuse (120 & 25,440 nationally)
  • Of the 24% reporting abuse,
  • 40% reported a period of forgetting (48 & 10,160 nationally)
  • Major findings were that (a) both sexual and nonsexual abuse were subject to periods of forgetting
  • The most frequently reported factor related to recall was being in therapy
  • 50% of those who reported forgetting also reported corroboration of the abuse
  • Reported forgetting was not related to gender or age of the respondent but was related to severity of the abuse.

*Shirley Feldman-Summers & Kenneth S. Pope:


Stephen Porges Polyvagal Theory














Jean Martin Charcot, late 19th Century

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