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Session 413: Treatment of Traumatic Attachment to the Perpetrator


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.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe how disorganized attachment leads to complex trauma and dissociation of the personality.
  2. Participants will be able to describe three methods that promote integration during the Preparation Phase.
  3. Participants will be able to utilize EMDR therapy to target memories underlying attachment to the perpetrator.

Dissociation / Complex Trauma

Intermediate | Advanced

CE Hours: 3


  • Roger Solomon, Ph.D.

    Dr. Roger Solomon is a psychologist specializing in the areas of trauma and grief. He is Program Director of the EMDR Institute, as and part of the Senior Faculty, and teaches EMDR internationally. He is a consultant with the US Senate, and has provided consultation to law enforcement and government agencies, including the FBI, Secret Service, NASA, U.S. Army, and numerous public safety agencies. He has authored or coauthored 46 articles and book chapters pertaining to EMDR therapy, grief, complex trauma, acute trauma and first responder stress.

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November 14, 2021
Sun 12:30 PM CST

Duration 3H 30M

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