March 23, 24, 2018
The challenges of using EMDR for early trauma and neglect are that 1) EMDR readily targets explicit memories, but early trauma is held in implicit memory in the right hemisphere and is not typically subject to direct recall. 2) Accessing the felt sense of early experience can be overwhelming if it includes the paucity of internal resources of a neglected baby. This workshop addresses both problems through careful preparation and systematic trauma reprocessing. The preparation includes A) containment, B) safe state, and C) resetting innate emotional resources, which appear to directly act upon primary process affective circuits to down-regulate the experience of emotional intensity. After the three Preparation steps, the method systematically reprocesses early trauma, in the absence of explicit memory. It targets consecutive time periods beginning before birth and installs positive experience. As a result, the client builds a foundation of a felt sense of attachment and belonging, with emergent positive cognitions, enabling the client to meet the next developmental milestone in sequence. The procedures were developed by Katie O’Shea as an outgrowth of experience with EMDR Therapy, including Sandra Paulsen’s work treating ego states with EMDR. The two have collaborated on these methods since 2006.
Katie O’Shea, MS, LCPC, is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, and a Trauma-Recovery/HAP Senior Facilitator. Having spent forty years treating all ages and almost all diagnoses, twenty-six with EMDR, she attempts to support each person’s healing potential in efficient, effective and empowering ways. Katie has identified “EMDR Friendly Preparation Methods” which allow clients to maximize their innate ability to unlearn what’s no longer useful and learn what is. She originated the Early Trauma Protocol for EMDR making it possible to fully reprocess experiences held in implicit memory by focusing on time periods rather than specific experiences. Katie has presented at European, Canadian and International EMDR Conferences since 1997.
DAY 1: Friday, March 23, 2018
09:00 Introductory Remarks
09:15 Challenges of Processing Early Trauma, Attachment, Affect Regulation & the Brain
10:45 Preparation Steps 1 – Containment and 2 – Safe State, Demo/Video
1:30 Preparation Step 3 – Resetting/Updating the Hardwired Affective Circuits
3:00 Step 3 Demo/Video, Q&A
3:45 Practicum Steps 1, 2, 3
5:00 Q&A, Consultation
DAY 2: Saturday, March 24, 2018
09:00 Temporal Integrationism, Somatic Awareness, Imagination, and the Brain,
10:00 Step 4 – Clearing Trauma By Time Frame – Targeting and Desensitization
11:15 Interweaves, Installation, Navigating, Demo/Video
01:30 Practicum Step 4 – Clearing Early Experience by Time Frame
05:15 Q&A, Final Comments
- Identify challenges to applying EMDR to early developmental trauma as informed by neurobiological studies.
- Prepare the client for early trauma processing with client-friendly education and resources.
- Apply innate affective resources without accessing disturbing material.
- Identify and target early disturbance held in implicit memory.
- Apply “imaginative” to stimulate blocked processing and ensure reprocessing is complete.
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