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Friday, April 5th 2019 - Saturday, April 6th 2019

EMDR Advanced Training in Dissociation

Dolores Mosquera
presented by Eliza Fernandes Therapy and Consultation

Oakham Lounge, Oakham House, 63 Gould Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1E9

2 Day Workshop for trained EMDR therapists with Dolores Mosquera from Spain
12 EMDRIA credits will be offered to those who have completed an EMDRIA Approved Basic Training

Regular price: $545.00
Limited seating available
Registration closing date is March 22, 2019.

Day 1

April 5, 2019
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
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 patents 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.

Key Program Content

EMDR therapy and managing dissociation, an expanded AIP model.
Managing dissociative phobias: identifying dissociative phobias and clinical strategies throughout different phases of treatment.
Empowering the client: working through the Adult Self with EMDR Therapy.
Understanding and exploring the internal system safely with Dissociative Disorders: clinical tools and interventions
The Tip of the Finger Strategy and other tools to reprocess trauma gradually and safely.

Learning objectives:

Participants will be able to describe three key aspects of the Progressive Approach model for dissociative clients from the EMDR perspective and the AIP model.
Participants will be able to identify three or more EMDR procedures for dissociative clients and link these to different phases of EMDR treatment.
Participants will be able to list examples of dissociative phobias and how to describe methods to work with them.
Participants will be able to explain three or more strategies for exploring the internal system safely in complex trauma cases.
Based on the book, “EMDR and Dissociation: the Progressive Approach” participants will be able explain three procedures including when, where and how to apply these procedures in their clinical practice.
Participants will be able to list three or more subtle dissociative signals and explain how to adapt treatment pacing to these signals in each case.

Day 2

April 6, 2019
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
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 their 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.

Key Program Content

Identify the internal system of dissociation and internal voices that are hostile and critical
How to read the function and purpose behind the saboteur parts of self.
Using compassion and understanding to help deal with dissociative phobias within the internal system
Skills to reduce impasses and resistance that may complicate or reduce the efficacy of the treatment
Specific steps to organize the work with hostile parts and voices.

Learning objectives

Participants will be able to describe an approach to the work with hostile voices
Participans will gain skills to adapt the clinical language to the needs of clients and considerations when working with critical and hostile parts.
Participants will learn skills to assist clients with understanding the motivations behind self-harming behaviors such as self-mutilation and other hostile or critical dynamics.
Participans will gain understanding on how to dialogue with the unintegrated parts of Self and to reduce the internal conflict among the system of parts in different phases of EMDR.
Participants will be able to list three or more basic components of clinical work with hostile parts.
Participants will learn at least 5 steps to organize their work with hostile and critical parts and include it in the treatment planning

You will receive handouts from presentations.

Coffee on site, morning and afternoon snacks.


Dolores 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 is also an author to several instrumental books on working with dissociative disorders and utilizing EMDR.

Refund policy: Refunds on purchased tickets are available only until Jan 10, 2019 There is a $75 processing fee for all refunds. *Prices subject to change


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