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Day 6 - November 14, 2021

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

Session 401

A Multimodal Approach to EMDR Therapy with Children During Times of Change

Speaker: Ana Gomez, MC, LPC

Topic Area: Children & Adolescents

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought trauma, adversity and distress to most parents and children. In addition, it has exacerbated previous and generational trauma as they had to endure losses, seclusion, financial hardships, and a lack of social support. The distressed caregiving system and children have been forced to move out of homeostasis, connection and co-regulation into self- preservation, defense, and survival. Children are malleable and resilient and at the same time incredibly vulnerable. How has the biology and nervous systems of our children been impacted by the stresses of such uncertain times? This seminar will offer an overview of the individual and the systemic work needed to help children and their families heal during such unprecedented times. In addition, this plenary will show how to utilize a multimodal approach within the overarching structure of EMDR therapy that includes: Polyvagal focused strategies, parent-child interventions, play, Sandtray and expressive arts, among others.


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

Session 411

The Distancing Technique: OCD and Anxiety Disorders, How to Treat with EMDR

Speakers: C. Paula Krentzel, Ph.D.; Jennifer Tattersall, LCSW

Topic Area: Anxiety & Panic Disorders

The Distancing Technique was initially developed using EMDR targets that had an over-importance of thoughts, the need to control thoughts, and the thought-action fusion. It also targets the misinterpretation of sensation as predictive of future catastrophe. The goal of this technique is for the client to become a detached observer to his/her thoughts, sensations, images, and/or urges. For example, to understand that the obsession is a thought and not real, to gain distance from the thought, and put it aside. The anxiety disorders that the Distancing Technique can be applied to include OCD, panic disorders, and phobias. Interweaves, which come from the client’s own words as expressed in the Preparation Phase, are used, when necessary, in the Standard Protocol to process the initial, worst, most recent and current triggers (including the pandemic).


Session 412

Clinical Racial Relevance Within EMDR

Speakers: Evelyn Wright, LCSW; Diane DesPlantes, LCSW; Kaitlyn Kuo, Psy.D.; Cecilia Penailillo, LMFT

Topic Area: Diversity / Equity / Inclusion

The AIP model applies across cultures, races, ethnicity, and generations. Attunement to these distinctions should guide our use of EMDR therapy’s eight phases in addressing the traumas and adverse life experiences within these critical social contexts. This panel discussion highlights and attempts to familiarize attendees with clinically relevant racial, cultural, generational and immigration concerns often present yet frequently unrecognized or misunderstood when viewed cross-culturally or interracially in servicing the BIPOC community. This discussion focuses on some of the unique racial/ethnic/cultural interplays that influence clinical aspects of the Black, Latinx and Asian Pacific communities and impact EMDR therapy in Phases one through eight. With understanding and awareness clinicians can more effectively utilize EMDR’s three-pronged approach in helping clients negotiate racial trauma within American culture.


Session 413

Treatment of Traumatic Attachment to the Perpetrator

Speaker: Roger Solomon, Ph.D.

Topic Area: Dissociation / Complex Trauma

This workshop will focus on treatment of complex trauma with the emphasis on treatment of the traumatic attachment to the abuser. Treatment for victims of abuse not only has to deal with the trauma of what happened, but the traumatic attachment to the abusers. Clients often have conflicting emotions and perceptions about their abusers, with some parts having an idealized view while other parts fearing and/or hating them. Other parts can have a positive attachment to their perpetrator and not acknowledge the abuse. Other parts will imitate the perpetrator and reenact the abuse with the parts that underwent the original abuse. EMDR therapy, with appropriate modifications for complex trauma is helpful in treating both the trauma of the event and the attachment trauma. Teaching points will be illustrated by client videos of EMDR treatment sessions.


Session 414

Integrating the Attachment System and AIP Model for Chronic Health Syndromes

Speaker: Gary Brothers, LCSW

Topic Area: Chronic Illness / Medical Issues / Somatics

The presentation will provide both the theoretical background and a model of care for the integration of the attachment system and the AIP Model to treat clients with chronic health syndromes including autoimmune disorders and chronic pain conditions. Specific focus will be on:

  1. theory and the neurobiology of the attachment system including Polyvagal Theory
  2. advances in neuroscience as it relates to components of perception (exteroception, interoception, and neuroception)
  3. how perception and the AIP Model are interrelated and integrated
  4. how maladaptive attachment experiences lead to maladaptive internal subjective neural templates perpetuated by maladaptive memory networks
  5. how these maladaptive internal subjective neural templates underlie and perpetuate chronic health syndromes
  6. practical ways to conceptualize this for the therapist and client (both are critical) and to utilize this information through the 8 phases of EMDR to promote the healing of chronic health syndromes (yes, it is possible!).

Session 415

Primary Prevention: Utilizing EMDR in the Perinatal Period

Speakers: Mara Tesler Stein, Psy.D.; Paul Miller, M.D.

Topic Area: Family / Parenting

The reproductive period is one fraught with psychosocial and sociological meaning. Understanding perinatal trauma and postpartum loss requires knowledge and sensitivity across the range of cultural constructs framing it. While the birthgiver most often is the focus of concern, partners, grandparents, and older children (siblings) are profoundly impacted by these experiences. The AIP model is trans-diagnostic and, when integrated with the central themes of the perinatal period, becomes a comprehensive attachment-focused, developmental model, useful in case formulation and treatment planning. This session will introduce participants to this integrative framework, demonstrating its utility across a wide range of issues in the reproductive period. Case examples will illustrate the immediate applicability of this model to practice: explaining pathology, directing meaningful therapeutic endeavors and predicting outcomes of effective therapy for these clients. Participants will reflect on what they bring to this work and how this shapes clinician engagement and the development of treatment plans.


Session 416

La Terapia EMDR Desde una Perspectiva Sistémica y Multimodal con Niñas y Niños

Speaker: Ana Gomez, MC, LPC

Topic Area: Children & Adolescents

El tratamiento del trauma y el TEPT complejo presentan una multitud de retos para el terapeuta EMDR infanto-juvenil. La activación de la arquitectura sináptica de estos niños/niñas que contiene material traumático arraigado recluta patrones de neuroactivación y organización interna dirigidos a la defensa y no a la homeostasis. En su realidad cotidiana coexisten con defensas truncadas, fobias hacia su mundo interno y disociación entre otros. Esto resulta en la sensibilización de estructuras biológicas que hacen difícil el ingreso a los sistemas de memoria traumáticos. Este seminario, presentará La Terapia EMDR desde una Perspectiva Sistémica y Multimodal con la población infanto-juvenil con trauma crónico, severo y generacional. el uso de metáforas, terapia de juego, caja de arena y estrategias de artes expresivas, serán presentadas. Adicionalmente, se expondrán estrategias neuroreguladoras basadas en la teoría Polyvagal al igual que abordajes sistémicos que fortalecen la corregulación y la conexión infanto parental.