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Day 2 - November 7, 2021

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

Session 201

EMDR & Dissociation: Past, Present and Future

Speaker: Jennifer Madere, MA, LPC-S; D. Michael Coy, MA, LICSW

Topic Area: Dissociation / Complex Trauma

Early in the development of EMDR therapy, some clinicians observed that reprocessing more often moved clients presenting with dissociative disorders into dysregulated states rather than toward an expected, adaptive resolution. In recent years, EMDR therapists and trainers have become more broadly aware of the incidence and significance of complex trauma and dissociation. With this shift, many have delved deeper into the dissociative disorders literatures, strived to utilize screening and assessment tools more effectively, and grown increasingly interested to integrate their learnings to reinforce foundational learning and improve treatment outcomes. Current research will inform this discussion, exploring the different frameworks for understanding dissociation, the importance of diagnostic evaluation in Phase I: History Taking, and conceptualization and treatment of dissociative presentations within an EMDR therapy frame. The future of EMDR therapy and dissociation depends on clinicians and trainers integrating a comprehensive standard of care with nuanced conceptual, theoretical, and practical treatment considerations.


12:30pm - 4:00pm (3 Credit Hours)

Session 211

EMDR & Polyvagal Theory: An Integrated Approach

Speaker: Rebecca Kase, LCSW, RYT

Topic Area: Neurobiology

Polyvagal Theory (PVT) and EMDR are neuro-informed, cutting-edge clinical approaches. This workshop will teach participants methods for integrating these two complementary models through the 8 phases of EMDR. Participants will review the core components of PVT and their integration with EMDR. We will explore PVT & AIP-inspired approaches for case conceptualization, opportunities for PVT-informed preparation techniques, and the role of PVT throughout the phases of reprocessing. Participants will also gain knowledge of the role of therapeutic presence as a key ingredient for successful treatment outcomes.


Session 212

Connection and Belonging: A Core Human Need and Distinct Category of NC/PCs

Speaker: Mark Nickerson, LICSW

Topic Area: Diversity / Equity / Inclusion

The core human need for interpersonal connection and belonging is cited by Maslow, social psychologists, and many other respected theorists and researchers. Trauma and adversity, in this realm, includes interpersonal rejection, attachment failures, social exclusion, and discrimination which can result in isolation, loneliness, disempowerment, alienation and compromised physical health. Extensive cross-cultural research documents the debilitating effect of isolation and social exclusion from children to the elderly and across many other social identities. EMDR training has tended to identify core negative and positive cognitions as typically falling into three categories: responsibility/self-worth, safety, and power/control. This presentation describes and advocates for the recognition of a fourth primary category of beliefs, which are consistent with Dr. Francine Shapiro’s conceptualization of core beliefs and yet distinct from the currently emphasized three categories. Awareness of the resonance of these core beliefs related to connection and belonging affirms the lived experience of many EMDR therapy clients.


Session 213

Getting Ventral with Polyvagal Theory in EMDR Therapy

Speaker: Barbara Horne, MASc, RP, RMFT

Topic Area: Models / Theory

We love Polyvagal Theory (PVT), but are perhaps not yet comfortable with it. This workshop will help you “get ventral” with PVT, by synthesizing it into more workable use with clients. The evolution of PVT, from its dense, difficult origins to its current accessible state can now be mirrored in our offices, as we teach it to clients and explicitly use it — Porges has bridged the gap between academia and ourselves, so we too can bridge it between ourselves and our clients. It is helpful to understand PTSD and dissociation in Polyvagal terms. Here you will be shown how to address EMDR therapy’s tasks of history-taking, case conceptualization, stabilization, and reprocessing, using the Polyvagal lens. PVT in EMDR therapy’s Phases 1-8 will be illustrated using personal and case examples and whole group exercises.


Session 214

Parents in the Process of Playful EMDR with Children

Speaker: Ann Beckley Forest, LCSW, RPT-S; Annie Monaco, LCSW, RPT

Topic Area: Children & Adolescents

Therapists struggle to include caretakers in all the phases of EMDR with children including engaging them to agree to allow the processing of memories. Therapists may also have ambivalence if the caretakers are the cause of the attachment trauma, failed to adequately protect the child, and the parental attachment pattern is negatively impacting the child. Despite the complexity, the literature is clear that caregivers (by which we mean biological, foster and adoptive parents, grandparents, etc.) must be involved in EMDR therapy as a resource and for the fullest benefit of trauma processing with EMDR. The workshop will provide playful interventions for children, involving caregivers in the preparation phase as co-regulators of their children and being present in the room and key in supporting the child's reprocessing using the storytelling approach. Therapists will assess in between session processing to determine any change in the child with the Closure and Re-Evaluation checklist.


Session 215

Secondary Trauma & EMDR Therapy: Implications for Clinicians

Speakers: Suzanne Rutti, MSW, LISW-S; Lisa Hayes, MSW, LISW-S; Tammy Moore, MSW, LISW-S

Topic Area: Case Conceptualization

Treating survivors of trauma and adverse life experiences poses a risk for developing our own secondary trauma symptoms. Attendees of this workshop will complete self-assessments for secondary trauma symptoms and identify self-care plans for the management and prevention of burnout. Specific EMDR therapy phase 2 strategies for self-use will be discussed. This presentation will explore the impact of working with trauma survivors while experiencing secondary trauma symptoms, as well as how to conceptualize cases when working with clinicians as clients.


Session 216

Retos Terapéuticos en el Trabajo con el Trauma

Speaker: Dolores Mosquera, Psy

Topic Area: Attachment Issues / Personality Disorders

¿Alguna vez te encuentras con dificultades a la hora de organizar el plan de tratamiento con casos complejos? ¿las herramientas que suelen funcionar con otros clientes se quedan cortas? ¿te cuesta fijar objetivos realistas con algunos clientes? ¿alguna vez sientes confusión en torno a por dónde empezar y cómo mantener una estructura de trabajo? ¿a veces dudas sobre qué hacer, cómo y cuándo? ¿sientes que hay bloqueos que es difícil manejar? En este taller se dará respuesta a estas preguntas y otros temas prácticos en relación con los retos frecuentes en el trabajo con el trauma y en particular, con el procesamiento del trauma con la terapia EMDR. Se describirán casos con diferentes problemáticas y puntos de bloqueo y las herramientas para organizar el trabajo y manejar los diversos retos que suelen surgir.