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Utilization of EMDR with Complex Trauma

Trauma can result in dissociation of the personality where the personality splits into parts. One part of the personality focuses on everyday living, while other dissociated parts of the personality hold the memory (the images, vehement emotions, irrational beliefs, perceptions and sensory-motor responses). Learn to utilize EMDR therapy – an evidence-based treatment for trauma – with complex trauma clients. Understand that adequate stabilization and modifications of the standard protocol are necessary to avoid destabilizing the client. 


Who Should Attend

Practitioners and clinicians who serve trauma survivors, especially mental health practitioners

Course Outline/Topics

Basics of the Theory of Structural Dissociation of the Personality
Phase-Oriented Treatment
Working with dissociative parts of the personality

Utilization of EMDR during stabilization phase, and in doing memory work
Video case presentations


Must have completed EMDR Part 1 and preferably Part 2 as well


Although not required, prior to the workshop it would be helpful to read:

Onno van der Hart, Ellert Nijenhuis, & Kathy Steele. (2006). The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation of the Personality and Treatment of Chronic Traumatization. New York: Norton.

Onno van der Hart, Ellert Nijenhuis, & Roger Solomon (2010). Dissociation of the personality in complex trauma-related disorders and EMDR: Theoretical considerations. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 4(2), 76-92.

Dates and locations to be announced.