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 November 4 - 6. This workshop is designed as an introduction to Treating Complex Trauma. To register for Day 2 & 3 please click here.
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, Saturday will focus on assessment and differential diagnosis and Sunday will focus on dealing with treatment challenges and how EMDR therapy can be integrated within an overall treatment plan. Teaching points will be illustrated by videos of client sessions.
REVIEW OF COMPLEX TRAUMA & DISSOCIATION
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
Introduction to Complex Trauma and Dissociation
Theory of Structural Dissociation of the Personality; videos will illustrate clinical phenomena
10:15 AM-12:00 PM
Theory of Structural Dissociation of the Personality continued; Phase Oriented Treatment: Stabilization, Memory Work, Personality (re)Integration
4:00 - 5:00 PM
EMDR therapy continued, summary and wrap up
Terms & Conditions:
Before October 14: Tuition refundable
minus a processing fee of $50
After October 14: No refunds