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ATCI- Strengthening the Authentic Adult Self: EMDR Therapy with Adult Attachment/Developmental Trauma

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September 6th, 7th, & 8th, 2018
The Attachment & Trauma Center of Nebraska
 Omaha, NE 

Attachment and developmental trauma negatively impact adults in the development of a strong sense of self, a balanced personality structure and functioning, the ability to form healthy attachments in present-day relationships including the therapy relationship, and the capability to benefit from EMDR therapy.   Besides surviving traumatic events, adults who were abused and/or neglected by primary attachment figures often lack the experiences needed to learn how to form strong attachments with others in their adult relationships.  The training will demonstrate how their present-day relationships (including therapy relationships) reflect and repeat the insecure attachments and dysfunctional boundaries, patterns, and skill deficits modeled and learned in families of origin as well as continue the search to meet unmet childhood needs for love, acceptance, trust, and connection.

This 3-day training teaches participants the skills and strategies aimed at effectively dealing with attachment and developmental trauma by employing knowledge about attachment and applying and integrating creative and powerful elements from the internal restructuring work during the preparation and desensitization and reprocessing stages to assist clients in maximizing positive EMDR therapy outcomes.

Presenter Bios:

Ann E. Potter, Ph.D. has worked over 40 years in the mental health field as a psychiatric nurse, educator, therapist, psychologist, evaluator, researcher, writer, presenter, and consultant.  Her bachelor’s degree is in Nursing from Creighton University, master’s degree in Counseling from UNOmaha, and doctorate in Counseling Psychology from UNLincoln.  She has been in private practice since 1989.

Dr. Potter’s areas of expertise include trauma, attachment, addictions, personality disorders, domestic violence and sexual assault, and she has specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Radical Openness Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT).  She is a certified therapist and approved consultant in EMDR. She has piloted outcome research related to phase-based trauma treatment (DBT/EMDR) for adults and published articles on the roles adults played as children in alcoholic families, books on trauma treatment, and articles on EMDR therapy. 

Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP is co-founder of The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska and has specialized in treating attachment trauma for 27 years. Ms. Wesselmann is a member of the faculty of the EMDR Institute and is on the editorial board for The Journal of EMDR Practice and Research.  She conducts research and has authored and co-authored articles and chapters, including two chapters co-authored with EMDR founder Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., and books related to attachment and trauma. Her latest books include a treatment manual for treating attachment trauma in children and accompanying parent guide.

As a recognized expert in attachment issues, Ms. Wesselmann presents nationally and internationally.  Past conferences and workshops include presentations for the Association for the Treatment and Training of Attachment in Children and EMDRIA as well as invited presentations at the Menninger Clinic, EMDRIA, The European EMDR Conferences in Rome, Amsterdam, Hamburg, the Netherlands National EMDR Conference, Hong Kong, and a specialty EMDR training conference in Costa Rica.


Day 1:  Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, 8:30AM-5PM:  Preparation Phase 

Day 2:  Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, 8:30AM-5PM:  Preparation Phase (continued)

Day 3:  Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, 8:30AM-3PM:  Desensitization of Present-Day Triggers, Future Template, Desensitization & Reprocessing Traumatic Events

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate development of an Inner Resource Team through a practicum.
  • Demonstrate development and installation of New Rules/New Bonding Contract through a practicum.
  • Write the beginning of a therapeutic story during a practicum.
  • Name at least 2 preparation phase elements to assist clients in safely transitioning to the processing phases of EMDR therapy.
  • Name at least 2 cognitive interweaves that integrate elements from the preparation phase into the desensitization and reprocessing phases of EMDR therapy for safer or more efficient reprocessing.
  • Utilize a script for creating new attachment experiences for the Child part of Self.
  • Negotiate new roles for Critical Parent and Emotion Regulator-Controller parts of Self.
  • Apply therapeutic strategies to assist clients in giving themselves permission to do trauma work.
  • Develop awareness of the use of therapist emotional presence as agent of change.


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