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Treating Complex Trauma: An Introduction – Central Time – Roger Solomon

This one-day workshop is part of two workshop series that runs over three days from August 23-25.  This workshop is designed as an introduction to Treating Complex Trauma. To register for Day 2 & 3 please click here.

Aug 23


Roger Solomon, PhD

Roger Solomon, PhD, is a psychologist specializing in the areas of trauma and grief. He is a senior trainer for the EMDR Institute, providing basic and advanced EMDR trainings and workshops internationally. He currently does consultation with the US Senate, and several law enforcement agencies.


Aug 23
$135.00 – $225.00
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7 CEU Credits

It is important that EMDR therapists be knowledgeable about dissociative symptoms and the clinical phenomena that accompanies such disorders. Challenging treatment issues can arise with clients with complex trauma and dissociative symptoms that impede treatment. This workshop will focus on assessment of complex trauma / dissociative symptoms and treatment of the complications that can occur. Friday's workshop is intended for participants with little or no background in complex trauma and EMDR, which will help participants get the most out of Saturday and Sunday involving assessment and treatment.


Friday, Dr. Solomon will present the Theory of Structural Dissociation of the Personality and integration of EMDR therapy. This background information will enable participants with little background in dissociation (or who want a review) to get the most for Saturday and Sunday focusing on assessment and dealing with therapeutic challenges. For therapists who have some background/experience on dissociation and complex trauma.


Severe trauma (abuse and neglect) may result in a division of the personality into dissociative parts. Each part has its own sense of self. One (or more) parts mainly operate in everyday living (Apparently Normal Part or ANP). Other parts live in “trauma time” and are stuck in the unbearable threat experienced during the trauma (Emotional Parts or EP). Often there exists a phobic avoidance between the daily living part (ANP), and the emotional parts (EP) that hold the traumatic memories. Treatment needs to proceed according to a Phase Oriented approach of Stabilization, Memory Work, and Personality (re)Integration. EMDR therapy integrates within a phase-oriented approach. The Theory of Structural Dissociation of the Personality, working with parts, and utilization of EMDR therapy (including modifications specific to this population) will be reviewed.


Participants will be able to:

  • Describe dissociation as the division of the personality into parts, each having its own sense self
  • Describe the Apparently Normal Part(s) of the personality and Emotional Part(s) of the personality
  • Discuss the Dissociative Table Technique/Meeting Place
  • Implement modifications of the EMDR Standard Protocol appropriate for clients with complex trauma and dissociative symptoms
  • Implement a discussion with clients regarding which parts can be present or not present for memory processing
  • Describe criteria for EMDR memory processing


Completion of an EMDRIA Approved Basic Training. If you did not receive your EMDR Basic Training from the EMDR Institute, please submit proof of completion (certificate of completion) of an EMDRIA Approved Basic Training to registration@emdr.com.

Detailed Schedule

8:00-8:30 AM

Introduction to Complex Trauma and Dissociation

Theory of Structural Dissociation of the Personality; videos will illustrate clinical phenomena

10:00–10:15 AM

10:15 AM-12:00 PM
Theory of Structural Dissociation of the Personality continued; Phase Oriented Treatment: Stabilization, Memory Work, Personality (re)Integration

12:00–1:00 PM

1:00–2:30 PM
EMDR Therapy

2:30–2:45 PM

4:00 - 5:00 PM
EMDR therapy continued, summary and wrap up

5:00 PM

This is a live event and will not be recorded.


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Early Bird Licensed Clinician
Early Bird Pricing available until August 2, 2024 Regularly $225
$ 175.00
Licensed Clinician
$ 225.00
Early Bird Nonprofit/Pre-Licensed or Graduate Student
Early Bird Pricing available until August 2, 2024 Regularly $185
$ 135.00
Nonprofit/Pre-Licensed or Graduate Student
$ 185.00

Terms & Conditions:
21+ days prior - transfer or full refund
1-20 days prior - transfer or refund; $50 fee
Day of / no show - transfer only; $75 fee