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Dealing With Intense Emotional Reactions With EMDR Therapy – Eastern Time – Solomon & Mosquera

December 10, 2021 - December 11, 2021
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December 10, 2021
December 11, 2021
$300.00 – $425.00
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EMDR Institute, Inc.

14 CEU Credits

Roger’s Bio:

Dr. Roger Solomon is a psychologist and psychotherapist specializing in the areas of trauma and grief. He is on the Senior Faculty of the EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Institute and provides basic and advanced EMDR training internationally. He currently consults with the US Senate, NASA and several law enforcement agencies.

Dr. Solomon has provided clinical services and training to the FBI, Secret Service, U.S. State Department, Diplomatic Security, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, U.S. Department of Justice (U.S. Attorneys), and numerous state and local law enforcement organizations.

Internationally, he consults with the Polizia di Stato in Italy. Moreover, Dr. Solomon has planned critical incident programs, provided training for peer support teams and has provided direct services following such tragedies as Hurricane Katrina, September 11 terrorist attacks, the loss of the Shuttle Columbia, and the Oklahoma City Bombing.

Dr. Solomon has expertise in complex trauma, and collaborates with Onno van der Hart, Ph.D., and others on utilization of EMDR as informed by The Structural Dissociation of the Personality (TDSP). He has authored 42 articles and book chapters pertaining to grief, trauma, complex trauma and dissociation, and law enforcement.

Dolores Mosquera’s bio

Dolores Mosquera, MA, is a psychologist and psychotherapist specializing in severe and complex trauma, personality disorders, and dissociation. She is an accredited EMDR Europe Trainer and supervisor, the director of the Institute for the Study of Trauma and Personality Disorders (INTRA-TP) in A Coruña, Spain, and collaborates with two different gender violence programs, one focused on gender violence victims and the other on males with violent behavior towards their partners. She belongs to the Spanish National Network for the Assistance of Victims of Terrorism, and also collaborates with an organization aiding victims of emergencies, accidents, violent attacks, kidnapping and other traumatic incidents.

She is a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, a member of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, and the co-editor of the European Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation´s Newsletter.

She has extensive teaching experience leading seminars, workshops, and lectures internationally and has participated as a guest speaker in numerous conferences and workshops throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North, Central, and South America. She has published 16 books and numerous articles on personality disorders, complex trauma, and dissociation, and is a recognized expert in this field. She also teaches in several universities, and collaborates supervising clinical psychologists in postgraduate training programs in Spain. She received the David Servan-Schreiber award for outstanding contributions to the EMDR field in 2017 and was made Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation in 2018.

Course Description

EMDR therapy facilitates integration of traumatic memories, which may involve the client experiencing “now” what was too much “then.” This can make memory reprocessing intense, perhaps “too much” for the client, which can interfere with therapeutic progress. To develop a treatment plan adapted to clients, clinicians need to be able to assess the client’s integrative capacity, know what they can tolerate and help them stay present in the safety of the here and now. It is also important to assess where the client is on a continuum of “division” of the personality (e.g. the extent to which an Emotional Part has its own sense of self. Such assessment informs how much stabilization a client needs before memory reprocessing).

Helping a client through an intense emotional reaction requires the therapist to be present (“heart to heart”) every step of the way, to adapt and fine tune the bilateral stimulation to maximize processing, and stay attuned to the client. Indeed, in some cases the therapeutic relationship and felt presence of the therapist may be the single most important factor in going through an intense reaction and integrating the traumatic memory.

Dealing with intense reactions during EMDR memory processing can be challenging for both clients and therapists. It is important the therapist have methods to help contain the level of emotional intensity as appropriate for the client, but also to help the client go through the intense process of facing and integrating traumatic material

This workshop will provide lecture material, and rely on videos of client EMDR therapy sessions to illustrate teaching points.


Participants will be able to:

  • Describe their clients along a continuum of separation (dissociation) of the personality for case conceptualization
  • Utilize “Safe State” and resourcing exercises to estimating a client’s integrative capacity
  • Assess readiness criteria for EMDR memory reprocessing
  • Implement at least three strategies to for resourcing “parts” of the personality
  • Utilize population specific modifications to the Phase 3 Target Assessment Phase of EMDR Therapy
  • Plan what “parts” of the personality can be present during memory reprocessing and what “parts” should not be present
  • Utilize the therapeutic relationship to help the client through intense memory processing
  • Implement at least 3 methods for pacing (e.g. slowing down) of memory reprocessing sessions.
  • Implement at least 3 grounding methods to help clients cope with intense emotions
  • Implement at least 3 strategies for keeping the client within the window of tolerance during memory reprocessing.
  • Implement moment to moment tracking of the client
  • Utilize at least 3 interweave strategies
  • Utilize 3 strategies for closing down incomplete strategies
  • Utilize at least 3 strategies for keeping themselves within their window of tolerance


  • Assessment of integrative capacity
  • Understanding where the client is on the continuum of “division” of the personality
  • Stabilization skills (including resourcing of parts of the personality)
  • The importance of relational containment during EMDR reprocessing
  • Working with Parts of the Personality for stabilization and during memory reprocessing
  • Strategies for helping the client through an intense reaction during EMDR memory work
  • Strategies for slowing down intense reactions
  • Strategies for grounding

Detailed Schedule

8:00-8:30 AM


Day 1:
Overview of EMDR therapy and intense emotional reactions; Theoretical underpinnings and practical strategies;
Assessment of capacity; Preparation strategies
Importance of the therapeutic relationship

Day 2:
Strategies for dealing with complex trauma and including deciding which “parts” can be present and which “parts” should not be present vs. strategies for preparation work with “parts” so they can be present

10:00–10:15 AM

10:15 AM-12:00 PM
Videos showing dealing with intense reactions

12:00–1:00 PM

1:00–2:30 PM

Day 1:
Strategies for working with “parts” of the personality (time orientation, developing compassion, appreciating the importance of the “part’s” survival job function) to help client tolerate memory reprocessing sessions

Day 2:
Keeping the client within the “Window of Tolerance”

2:30–2:45 PM

2:45–4:15 PM
Videos of sessions

4:15 - 5:00 PM

Day 1:
Discussion of videos

Day 2:
Wrap up and summary

NOTE: Attendance at the entire training is required

Cancellation/Refund: Tuition refundable up to 15 days prior to workshop date minus a processing fee of $50; $75 thereafter


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