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Traumatic Attachment to Perpetrator Using EMDR Therapy – Central Time – Solomon & van der Hart – SOLD OUT

April 30, 2021 - May 1, 2021
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April 30, 2021
May 1, 2021
$275.00 – $400.00
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EMDR Institute, Inc.

14 CEU Credits

Course Description

Trauma-related dissociation often results from childhood abuse and neglect from caregivers. The theory of Structural Dissociation proposes that the personality can divide into dissociative parts, with one or more Apparently Normal Parts (ANPs) engaged in daily living, and with one or more Emotional Parts (EPs) that  hold  the  traumatic memories which are subsequently re-experienced and reenacted. Treatment not only has to deal with the trauma of the abuse and neglect by the caregiver, but the traumatic attachment to them.

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.

This workshop will focus on core concepts for treating a traumatic attachment to a perpetrator, and how to apply these principles within an EMDR therapy framework. Video clips of actual sessions will be presented. Note: These video segments will show actual sessions of clients who have been sexually abused, including strong emotional reactions to their abuse that are processed to resolution.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe two concepts of the theory of structural dissociation as the division of the personality into parts, each having its own sense of self.
  • List two principles about traumatic attachment
  • List 2 different ways the  traumatic attachment can be manifested.
  • Identify one conflict among dissociative parts of the personality.
  • Describe two stabilization interventions to help prepare the client and their personality system prior to memory processing work.
  • List two modifications to EMDR therapy’s standard protocol for complex trauma and dissociative symptoms.
  • Identify at least one treatment goal that relates to the importance of addressing early attachment trauma from caregivers.
  • List three ways of working with caregiving parts and severely neglected parts.
  • List three ways of working with perpetrator- imitating parts.
  • Understand two characteristics of victim parts.
  • List three skills clients need for treatment of traumatic memories.
  • List two ways reprocessing of a memory can be fractionated.
  • List three targets used for EMDR treatment of shame.
  • List two ways to control the level of emotion during Desensitization Phase.


Completion of an EMDRIA Approved Basic Training. If you did not receive your EMDR Basic Training form the EMDR Institute, please submit proof of  completion (certificate of  completion) of an EMDRIA Approved Basic Training.

Daily Schedule

Registration: 8:00 - 8:30 AM
Workshop: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
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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