EMDR Treatment of Chronically Traumatized Clients

July 10-11, 2016
Ahavas Achim
216 S. 1st Ave.
Highland Park, NJ 08904


There is currently consensus that the EMDR standard protocol needs modification for clients diagnosed with a cohort of personality and complex trauma- related disorders, the consequence of a history of chronic abuse and failure of attachment. This two-day workshop is designed to help experienced clinicians apply appropriate EMDR therapy adaptations when working with these clients because of the strong potential for  destabilization. Participants will be taught  the dissociative nature of these disorders and how treat them within the framework of EMDR, gaining a solid understanding of the structure of the dissociative personality:  the dissociative parts, their strengths deficits and their interrelationships.
Participants  will be taught the essential preparatory work needed before integrating and reprocessing traumatic memories using the framework of phase-oriented treatment and the theory of structural dissociation of the personality,.  Phase-oriented treatment has its origins in the pioneering work of Pierre Janet ‘s  psychology of action and advanced by by Onno van der Hart, Ph.D. and Ellert R. S. Nijenhuis Ph.D. There are three phases in treatment: (1) stabilization and symptom reduction; (2) treatment of traumatic memories; and (3) personality (re)integration and rehabilitation.  Its application takes the form of a spiral, in which the different treatment phases can be alternated according to the needs of the client with the overall treatment goal to help clients gradually strengthen the personality structure allowing for the system to optimally operate.
Videos of sessions will illustration teaching points. (Warning:  videos have strong emotional content typical of clients with complex trauma). Dr. Solomon’s three publications on utilization of EMDR therapy with complex trauma, written with an international team headed by Onno van der Hart, Ph.D. and Ellert R. S. Nijenhuis Ph.D.  , will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.
(Current research is limited to the application of EMDR to trauma-related disorders.)


Dr. Roger Solomon is a psychologist specializing in the areas of trauma and grief.  He has been Senior Faculty with the EMDR Institute since 1993 and was trained by  Francine Shaprio, Ph.D. the founder of EMDR. He teaches the EMDR basic training nationally and internationally; and he has developed and presents advanced workshops on EMDR and grief, complex and acute trauma, psychological first aid, and working with first responders.  Recently he taught workshops on utilization of EMDR with complex trauma and grief in Israel.  He regularly consults with the US Senate, providing direct services through the Senate Employee Assistance Program. He has authored or co-authored 41 articles and book chapters pertaining to EMDR, trauma, grief, acute trauma and law enforcement stress.


APA: EMDR Institute, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. EMDR Institute, Inc maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

NBCC: EMDR Institute and Bender/Britt Seminars are cosponsors of this program. This co-sponsorship has been approved by NBCC. EMDR Institute is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5558. EMDR Institute solely is responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.

SW: EMDR Institute, provider #1206, is approved for SW continuing education by the Assoc of SW Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. EMDR Institute maintains responsibility for the program. 14 ce clock hours.

NJSW: This course EMDR Treatment of Chronically Traumatized Clients provided by EMDR Institute is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: Social workers will receive 14 continuing education hours for participating in this course.
BBS: For California, this course meets the qualifications for 14 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs & LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Approval Number: PCE 270.
Participants will:
  • Discuss the theory and history of structural dissociation of the personality
  • Discuss how the personality can split into parts when there are chronic conditions of abuse or neglect
  • Identify how the Adaptive Information Processing Model, which guides EMDR therapy is compatible with TDSP
  • Discuss modifications of the standard EMDR protocol appropriate for complex trauma
  • Describe how to help keep clients within their window of tolerance
  • Apply phase oriented therapy to complex trauma related disorders
Day 1
8:00-8:30 AM   Continental Breakfast* & Registration
8:30 AM  Workshop Begins
12:00-1PM  Lunch (on your own)
1-5:00PM  Afternoon Session
Day 2
8:00-8:30 AM   Continental Breakfast *
8:30 AM  Workshop Begins
12:00-1PM  Lunch (on your own)
1-5:00PM  Afternoon Session

 *Kosher Breakfast and snacks will be provided on all three days

This workshop is held in facilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Please contact Bender/Britt Seminars if special accommodations are required.


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