September 18 -19, 2020
In person location: Overland Park, KS
Day 1 – Treating Dissociative Disorders with EMDR: The Progressive Approach
After many early cautions about the potential dangers of using EMDR with individuals suffering from dissociative disorders, limited proposals have been offered for adapting EMDR procedures to this specific population. Based on these early cautions, EMDR is still considered by many clinicians as offering interventions that are limited to the treatment of traumatic memories in high functioning dissociative clients and only after a long preparation phase that depends on other treatment modalities. From this conceptualization, the use of EMDR is strongly limited and many survivors of severe traumatization are seen as unable to benefit from EMDR, if at all, only much later in the treatment process.
In this workshop, clinical case examples and video fragments will be used to illustrate interventions with EMDR for dissociative clients following the “Progressive Approach” (Gonzalez & Mosquera, 2012). Using this model, this workshop will demonstrate how EMDR clinicians can safely utilize a wide range of EMDR interventions from early in the preparatory phase of treatment for patients with dissociative disorders. Our aim is to provide a comprehensive model for applying EMDR therapy in the treatment of dissociative disorders, extending the AIP model to address the kinds of dysfunctionally stored information found in those with the most severe forms of traumatization and dissociative phobias. EMDR therapists will learn to integrate new interventions into their clinical work at different phases of treatment. In particular, they will learn to implement specific clinical interventions, based on ‘progressive protocols’ for dissociative disorders.
Day 2 – Working With Hostile Voices and Parts of the Personality in Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders
Many dissociative clients have difficulties with voices that are hostile and critical. The internal conflict is sometimes so strong that the person will even have difficulties carrying on with an ordinary conversation. One factor that affects this conflict is how the patient deals with the voices or parts of the self. Most approaches to helping people with hostile or critical voices have something to do with either trying to get rid of the voice, such as by taking drugs until it fades away, or trying to ignore the voice or distract attention away from it. One problem with these strategies is that they all involve avoiding issues or emotions the voice may be bringing up. A key aspect to the work with hostile parts of the personality and voices is to understand heir function and the meaning behind their disruptive behaviors. A comprehensive approach is needed with the most complex cases where internal conflict can lead to harmful behaviors for the self and others. In these cases, transforming conflict through dialogue, compassion and understanding is essential. Specific procedures to work with the conflict in these clients in different phases of EMDR treatment will be illustrated through case examples.
Dolores Mosquera is a psychologist and psychotherapist specializing in severe and complex trauma, personality disorders, and dissociation. She is an accredited EMDR Europe Trainer and supervisor. Dolores is the director of the Institute for the Study of Trauma and Personality Disorders (INTRA-TP) in A Coruña, Spain—a 3-clinic private institution initially founded in 2000. She collaborates with two different Domestic Violence Programs, one focused on Women Victims of DV and another one on Males with Violent Behavior. She belongs to the Spanish National Network for the Assistance of Victims of Terrorism, and also collaborates with an organization aiding victims of emergencies, accidents, violent attacks, kidnapping and other traumatic incidents. She is a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Trauma and Dissociation a member of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research and the co-editor of the European Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation’s Newsletter.
Dolores has extensive teaching experience leading seminars, workshops, and lectures internationally. She has participated as a guest speaker in numerous conferences and workshops throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North, Central, and South America. She has published 16 books and numerous articles on personality disorders, complex trauma, and dissociation, and is a recognized expert in this field. She also teaches in several Universities, and collaborates with supervising Clinical Psychologists in postgraduate training programs in Spain. She received the David Servan-Schreiber award for outstanding contributions to the EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Processing) field in 2017, and was made a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation in 2018, for her important contributions to the trauma and dissociation field.
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Sign In and Continental Breakfast
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch on your own
4:30 PM Sign out
Participants will be able to:
1. Describe three key aspects of the Progressive Approach model for dissociative clients from the EMDR perspective and the AIP model.
2. Identify three or more EMDR procedures for dissociative clients and link these to different phases of EMDR treatment.
3. Explain three or more strategies for exploring the internal system safely in complex trauma cases.
4. Explain three procedures including when, where and how to apply these procedures in their clinical practice, based on the book, “EMDR and Dissociation: the Progressive Approach”
5. Describe an approach to the work with hostile voices.
6. Apply skills to adapt the clinical language to the needs of clients and considerations when working with critical and hostile parts.
7. Identify at least 5 steps to organize their work with hostile and critical parts and include it in the treatment planning.
To register for this live workshop please visit: www.graymatterstherapyworkshops.com