This workshop is open only to clinicians who have completed the full EMDR basic training .
After many early cautions about the potential dangers of using EMDR with individuals suffering from dissociative disorders, limited proposals have been offered for adapting EMDR procedures to this specific population. In this workshop, clinical case examples and video fragments will be used to illustrate interventions with EMDR for dissociative clients following
the “Progressive Approach” (Gonzalez & Mosquera, 2012). The workshop will demonstrate how EMDR clinicians can safely utilize this model to offer a wide range of EMDR interventions
beginning early in the preparatory phase of treatment for clients with dissociative disorders. Our aim is to provide a comprehensive model for applying EMDR therapy in the treatment of
dissociative disorders, extending the AIP model to address the kinds of dysfunctionally stored information found in those with the most severe forms of traumatization and dissociative phobic
avoidance. On Day 1, EMDR therapists will learn to implement specific clinical interventions, based on ‘progressive protocols’ for dissociative disorders. On Day 2, we will explore how to
resolve avoidance and distrust, two major roadblocks to successful therapist in patients with Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders. A practical trauma-informed approach that
emphasizes the need to identify and work with the individual’s unintegrated inner structural organization as a means to address the root causes of symptoms will be described. Steps for
treatment planning and interventions will be illustrated through video examples.