May 3th and 4th, 2019
In person location: Denver, CO
The challenges of using EMDR for early trauma and neglect include: 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. Accessing the felt sense of early experience can be overwhelming if it evokes the paucity of internal resources of a neglected baby. This workshop addresses both problems by careful preparation and systematic trauma reprocessing for implicit memories and early templates.
The preparation includes 1) containment, 2) safe state, and 3) resetting innate emotional resources, which appears to directly act upon primary process subcortical affective circuits to downregulate the experience of emotional intensity. Done correctly, it avoids evoking the felt sense of the emotions so they can subsequently be reprocessed without flooding.
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 reparative experience. As a result, the client builds a new foundation of a felt sense of attachment and belonging, with emergent positive cognitions, enabling the client to meet the next developmental milestones in sequence.
Sandra Paulsen, Ph.D., is a clinical and consulting psychologist and a senior practitioner and instructor of advanced EMDR procedures. She teaches advanced EMDR workshops in the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe. She has taught this workshop “When there are no words: Reprocessing early trauma & neglect held in implicit memory” for 10 years as well as workshops on EMDR and dissociation, EMDR combined with somatic techniques, and EMDR with OCD.
Sandra authored a book on this method, When There Are No Words: EMDR for Very Early Trauma from the Attachment Period, in 2017. She published Looking Through the Eyes of Trauma and Dissociation: An Illustrated Guide for EMDR Therapists in 2009. She co-authored a book published in 2012 Neurobiology and Treatment of Traumatic Dissociation: Towards and Embodied Self, by Lanius, Paulsen, and Corrigan. With Ana Gomez, she co-authored All the Colors of Me: My First Book on Dissociation in 2017. She also published EMDR chapters in Corsini’s Encyclopedia of Psychology and Handbook of Innovative Psychotherapy, R. Shapiro’s EMDR Solutions II, Forgash & Copeley’s Healing the Heart of Trauma, and Luber’s EMDR Scripted Protocols II. She’s published numerous articles including one with Mii Okawara, a professor from Japan, on intervening in the intergenerational transmission of trauma with EMDR utilizing maternal somatic sensation. She also published in 2018 an article integrating all of the therapies she teaches, ego state therapy, somatic interventions, and the early trauma approach, with EMDR.
Friday May 3, 2019
8:30-9:00 Registration/Check in
9:00 Program Begins
12:30-1:30 Lunch on own
5:30 Day 1 Concludes
Saturday May 4, 2019
8:30-9:00 check in
9:00 Program begins
12:30-1:30 Lunch on own
5:30 Day 2 Concludes
Participants will be able to:
1) Identify challenges to applying EMDR to early developmental trauma.
2) Prepare the client for early trauma processing with client-friendly education.
3) Apply innate affective resources without accessing disturbing material.
4) Identify early disturbance held in implicit memory.
5) Use imaginal and experiential interweaves to stimulate blocked processing and ensure reprocessing is complete.
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