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Day 1: November 6, 2021

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10:00am - 11:30am (1.5 Credit Hours)

Session 101

Contemporary JEDI’s in EMDR Treatment

Speaker: Wendy Ashley, Psy.D., LCSW

Topic Area: Diversity / Equity / Inclusion

A Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) lens is critical to effectively engaging with clients, facilitating culturally relevant interventions, and effectively addressing trauma. A JEDI approach to clinical practice includes critical consciousness, cultural humility, and courage by practitioners to name, unpack and deconstruct racialized memories, narratives and traumas that may be linked to other trauma experiences. Clients of color may disclose experiences of trauma coupled with individual, interpersonal, systemic, and vicarious encounters of racial trauma, creating a complex, nuanced trauma presentation. Effective adaptations for clients of color necessitates consideration and acknowledgement of historical trauma, intersectional identities, stigma, power, privilege, and shame in clinical spaces. This presentation will provide a framework for clinicians to enhance their EMDR practices, highlight the significance of anti-racist positionality, and provide strategic recommendations for implementation of a JEDI lens and approach in EMDR treatment.


12:00pm - 1:30pm (1.5 Credit Hours)

Session 111

EMDR Early Intervention & Rapid Response: Benefits of Integrating ASSYST

Speaker: Kelly Smyth-Dent, LCSW

Topic Area: Acute Stress Reaction / Early EMDR Interventions

Participants interested in EMDR Early Interventions, rapid response, and humanitarian mental health work will be introduced to the Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization (ASSYST) procedures – Low-Intensity-Interventions that can be administered in-person or online, and in individual and/or groups formats. These procedures can be administered within the first hours or days after an adverse experience when the person shows severe symptoms of psychological distress, physiological reactivity and/or deterioration in current functioning. The objective of these procedures is focused on the client’s nervous system activation regulation through the reduction or removal of the activation produced by the sensory, emotional, or physiological components of the intrusive distressing/pathogenic memories of the adverse experiences, to achieve optimal levels of nervous system activation; thus, facilitating the AIP system the subsequent adaptive processing of the information. Participants will learn the contexts in which to utilize the ASSYST procedures to enhance their clients’ EMDR experience.


Session 112

Healing Racial Trauma with Somatic EMDR Therapy

Speaker: Erica Bonham, LPC; Chinwe Williams, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, CPCS

Topic Area: Diversity / Equity / Inclusion

The "Healing Race-Based Trauma with Somatic EMDR-Therapy" presentation will explore how to assess and address racialized trauma with EMDR therapy, enhanced by somatic approaches. "Diversity" trainings that do not incorporate the body are insufficient in addressing racialized trauma since so much of the harm occurs on subconscious/autonomic and physiological levels. The Multi-racial facilitators will emphasize the importance of clinicians assessing and unpacking their own implicit bias and privilege and teach how to embody anti-racist work. They will incorporate polyvagal theory and ego state work in addressing race-based trauma. They will explore how to assess for generational trauma within the EMDR protocol. Participants will identify strategies for broaching topics of race (even with white clients) and how to avoid causing racialized harm to BIPOC clients. Participants will be given somatic resources that can help establish client safety across various cross-cultural therapeutic relationships.


Session 113

Sex Therapy and EMDR: Bringing the Bedroom to the Therapy Room

Speaker: Quandra Chaffers, LCSW

Topic Area: Couples / Relationship Issues / Sexuality

Psychotherapists often express fear about addressing sexuality in the therapy practice. Therapists must create safety for clients by bringing up sexuality and related life stressors. Otherwise, clients often report wanting to talk about sex but feeling uncertain about when to ask their professional important questions (Timm, 2009). Some sexuality topics include, but are not limited to, sexual shame, childbirth, fertility issues, lack of pleasure during sex, body image, coming out, and a host of other issues relevant across the life course. If therapists create this safe space, then clients will benefit from processing and overcoming many traumas besides the big T traumas of sexual abuse. This presentation will also briefly take an intersectional approach by helping therapists target oppression based on marginalized sexual identities while understanding how racial background may compound on those targets.


Session 114

EMDR Therapy for Domestic Violence

Speaker: Dolores Mosquera, Psy

Topic Area: Dissociation / Complex Trauma

Some people find themselves repeatedly involved in harmful and abusive relationships. Many of them struggle to walk away from the relationship, set boundaries, or protect themselves adequately. There are two concepts that are important to differentiate clearly: responsibility and vulnerability. Although the perpetrator is the only one responsible for the mistreatment, the victim may have vulnerabilities that come from his/her/their personal history. In this presentation, we will look at the different problem areas in which it is usually necessary to intervene. Cases will be presented from an EMDR perspective, both in terms of case conceptualization and treatment.


Session 115

Escenas detrás de las alas del Abrazo de la Mariposa

Speaker: Lucina Artigas, Ph.D.; Viviana Urdaneta, LCSW

Topic Area: Acute Stress Reaction / Early EMDR Interventions

Después de un desastre natural o uno causado por intervención humana, las personas afectadas desarrollan una serie de síntomas que de no ser tratados de manera pronta pueden incrementar en severidad. Las intervenciones tempranas con EMDR han sido utilizadas alrededor del mundo para ayudar a aquellos que han experimentado este tipo de desastres. Estas intervenciones pueden ayudar en dos areas: tratamiento y prevención. Este taller discutirá el origen y utilización de protocolos basados en el modelo del Sistema de Procesamiento de Información a estados Adaptativos (SPIA) incluyendo aplicaciones grupales de la terapia EMDR. Además, se compartirá información acerca del origen y utilización del abrazo de la mariposa como una herramienta de estimulación bilateral que facilita la regulación y estabilización en la ventana de tolerancia del paciente.


2:30pm - 4:00pm (1.5 Credit Hours)

Session 121

Understanding the EMDR-IGTP-OTS Provided Both In-Person and Online

Speaker: Ignacio Jarero, Ph.D., Ed.D.

Topic Area: Acute Stress Reaction / Early EMDR Interventions

To address the COVID-19 mental health challenge, Dr. Jarero and his team adapted for remote (online) use. They conducted research on the EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol (EMDR-IGTP) for Ongoing Traumatic Stress Remote (EMDR-IGTP-OTS-R). In addition to over 30 articles published on the EMDR-IGTP and the EMDR-IGTP-OTS, in this Multisite RCT, Healthcare Professionals working in 9 hospitals during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic received individual EMDR therapy in a group and online setting. This innovation is evidence-based, informative, and timely to help scale up and expand the horizons of your EMDR practice. This presentation seeks to expand the participants' understanding of what is possible when providing EMDR therapy. The 8 phases of EMDR are adapted to be provided in-person and online in a group setting and include a case example based on a published research article. Participants will also witness a video demonstration of the EMDR-IGTP-OTS.


Session 122

Racial Trauma in High Achievers

Speaker: Brittany Johnson, LMHC

Topic Area: Diversity / Equity / Inclusion

The Racial Trauma Protocol for high achievers is designed to implement the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) through the intersection of high achieving adults and a culturally competent lens. The Racial Trauma Protocol for high achievers includes consideration for culturally competent resourcing, identifying oppressive negative beliefs that primarily exist in spaces where they are the minority, how racial trauma is carried and stored in the body, and processing the traumatic incidents from an individual and systemic approach. Participants will learn how to modify EMDR standard protocol to emphasize resourcing for past, current, and future microaggressions, as well as incidents of racial trauma. Participants will learn how to help clients identify negative beliefs based on their experience with microaggressions and racial trauma, as well how to implement somatic resourcing protocols as part of resourcing. Participants will learn how to use Phase 8 to prepare for continued exposure to microaggressions and racial trauma.


Session 123

Integrating MI & EMDR: Working with Complex Presentations and Ambivalence

Speaker: Larisa Traga, LCSW, MAC, CCDS

Topic Area: Addictions - Behavioral / Substance

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a practical, evidence-based collaborative conversation style supporting patient treatment engagement and reducing reluctance around behavior change. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the skills, strategies, and processes of MI, and its application with EMDR. Participants will learn how MI can complement and enhance EMDR treatment, with a specific focus on 8 phases and 3 prongs to support clients throughout the EMDR process. By implementing MI processes (engaging, focusing, evoking, planning), a clinician can support a client in engaging them when they are anxious about addressing their trauma. MI can help EMDR clinicians enhance client willingness around their goals (i.e., reducing substance use), strengthen motivation when challenges arise, sustain change after an EMDR session, and tailor treatment to the patient’s needs. Finally, the workshop will differentiate between a “top down” vs. “bottom up” approach to reprocessing using EMDR and review additional resources to support individuals with complex PTSD.


Session 124

Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy and EMDR

Speaker: Sunny Strasburg, LMFT

Topic Area: PTSD

Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy and EMDR: How Psychedelics Can Enhance and Amplify the Effectiveness of EMDR. Studies are showing that psychedelic-assisted therapy potentiates our ability as trained psychotherapists to heal and assimilate trauma. Ketamine is currently the only legal psychedelic in the USA. Sunny Strasburg, LMFT, has created specific protocols incorporating EMDR with Ketamine Assisted Therapy. Using ketamine at a midrange and sub- anesthetic dose to compliment the eight phases of the EMDR protocol can amplify the effectiveness of trauma treatment. While therapists must be specifically trained in psychedelic-assisted therapy and EMDR, this presentation will provide an overview of this novel approach and give attendees an introduction to this exciting and synergistic approach to trauma therapy.


Session 125

Abordaje de los Trastornos Alimentarios desde la Terapia EMDR

Speaker: Natalia Seijo, Psy

Topic Area: Eating Disorders

Basándonos en años de experiencia con los trastornos alimentarios (TA), el tratamiento más adecuado es el que trata los aspectos que dan origen al trastorno, en lugar de centrarse en el síntoma de manera aislada. Sin lugar a dudas, la terapia EMDR logra este objetivo, ya que funciona yendo a la raíz del trauma, donde comenzó todo, y reparándola. Cuando hablamos de trauma en los TA, no hablamos solo de acontecimientos traumáticos, sino también de apego y de traumas del desarrollo, bastante habituales en estos trastornos. El protocolo de EMDR para los trastornos alimentarios ayuda a mejorar el modo en el que entendemos estos trastornos y reduce el tiempo de recuperación de las personas que los padecen. Este protocolo combina el trabajo con trauma, apego y disociación. Estos tres campos están conectados en la base de estos trastornos y deben trabajarse para lograr resultados positivos a largo plazo. El protocolo se desarrolla a lo largo de las ocho fases de tratamiento y se centra en tres puntos básicos:

  • Identificación y organización del mundo interno de la persona
  • suavizar las defensas
  • Procesamiento de los diferentes traumas (T grande, t pequeña)

El objetivo final se logra con la integración del mundo interior, a través del reprocesamiento de los traumas que originan el trastorno.