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The Power of Attunement: Introduction to Relational EMDR

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The Formulation of EMDR – Initial Focus on Trauma

Adaptive Information Processing Model Effect of Triggers Beneath Cognitive Levels of Processing – Limitations of Understanding and Coping Basic Elements of Developing EMDR Interventions Relational EMDR Overview of Four Upcoming Case Presentations – Process of Attunement, Individualizing Protocols


  1. Determine which symptoms are particularly responsive to improvement through EMDR interventions.
  2. Develop and implement basic EMDR interventions for intrusive memories of past experiences.
  3. Articulate methods of integrating Relational EMDR with traditional EMDR approaches to ameliorate the impact of pervasive attachment disruptions.

Copyright : 04/20/2018

Relational EMDR Approach to Working with Shame, Overwhelm and Clinical Impasse

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Mary Clinical Video Demonstration – Relational EMDR

Identifying and Addressing Treatment Impasse – Aligning with Client Goals The Work Before the Work Following the Connection and Finding the Memory Making an Explicit Contract to Target Vulnerable Content

Formal Processing – Emotional Shifts and Integration


  1. Utilize clinical demonstration to inform relational EMDR case conceptualization for therapeutic impasse
  2. Determine the impact of personal history on barriers to treatment
  3. Implement experiential interventions to improve clinical outcome

Copyright : 05/10/2018

Using Relational EMDR to Address Anger, Trauma, and a Violent History

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Carlos Clinical Video Demonstration – Creating Connections Client in Treatment for Fears of Losing Control Client with History of Violence as Victim and Perpetrator

Identifying and Addressing Treatment Impasse – Challenges of Rage Threat or Safety Messages Are Often Nonverbally Communicated The Work Before the Work Following the Connection and Finding the Memory Formal Processing – Identifying and Clarifying Current Emotional Experience Assessing Progress and Outcome – Checking the Work


  1. Utilize clinical demonstration to inform case conceptualization for client raised in high threat environment
  2. Determine the impact of vulnerability and rage on barriers to treatment
  3. Modify standard EMDR treatment protocols to improve client engagement

Copyright : 05/11/2018

Relational EMDR for Working with Shock Trauma, Depression, and Suicide Ideation

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Gloria Clinical Video Demonstration – Creating Supportive

Holding Environment

Client in Treatment for Repeated Severe Losses

Client with History of Losing Two Children to Suicide, Depressed and Suicidal Herself

Now Working to Find a Purpose to Live Identifying and Addressing Treatment Impasse – Challenges of Containment and Trust The Work Before the Work

Formal Processing – Desensitization Intervention

Carrying It Forward 

Finding Meaning in The Experience – Reframing the Pain 

Integrating the Experience – Understanding the Emotions, Finding Identity 

Developing A Vision for The Future 

Assessing Progress and Outcome – Checking the Work


  1. Utilize clinical demonstration to develop intervention strategies for client facing multiple losses and treatment resistant depression
  2. Articulate methods for identifying purpose for client who has lost a sense of meaning
  3. Modify standard EMDR treatment protocols to integrate touch and physical contact into therapy

Copyright : 05/15/2018

Using Relational EMDR to Overcome Traumatic Stress

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Amy Clinical Video Demonstration – Turning Focus from Client to Therapist

Therapist Addressing Triggered Responses from Client in Treatment

Now working to identify personal blocks to the process

Identifying and Addressing Treatment Impasse – Losing Focus and Efficacy

The Work Before the Work – Therapist Amy, “I Forgot Everything I Know”

Formal Processing – Clarifying Elements of Personal Trauma History

Assessing Progress and Outcome – Checking the Work

Second Generation EMDR – Application Beyond Symptom Relief

Review of Case Examples Presented – Trusting the Process


Copyright : 05/24/2018

BONUS: The Many Faces of EMDR: Harnessing a Broad-Based Approach to Change

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Trauma Often Occurs in Childhood

     Personal Experiences

     Developmental Trauma

     Capacities to Resolve Trauma are Overwhelmed

     Dissociative Processes

Complex trauma

      Affect Dysregulation

      Self Esteem

      Difficulty in Relationships

      Conclusions about the Self

      Shifting the Way a Memory is Stored

Images of A Parent’s Denial of Trauma Stored in Brain

      Inadequately Processed

      Easily Triggered

      Lack of Connection Between Information and Feelings

      Emotional Hijack

EMDR As Integrative Therapy

       Clinical Research

       Present is Informed by the Past

       State Specific Emotions

       Adaptive Information Processing System in Brain

       Orienting Response

       REM Activity

       Brain Processes in Present Time while Reflecting on Negative Experience

       Use of Dual Awareness Increases Capacity to Feel More Stable

       Creating Appropriate Responses and Exploring Personal Capacities

       Focus of Present Experiences and Changing These


  1. Summarize the implications of nodal experiences as they relate to shaping clients’ current symptoms Discuss clinical strategies to identify predominant themes in clients’ lives that underlie their current symptomology.
  2. Integrate the adaptive information-processing model of EMDR with other therapeutic interventions used within a clinical setting.

Copyright : 03/26/2017

BONUS: Mastering the Craft of Treating Trauma: Four Core Skills

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  1. Manage the clinical demands of working with developmental trauma using the core clinical skills.
  2. Develop the clinical implications of trauma as they manifest in the consulting room and in the client’s life.
  3. Analyze the history of client’s significant attachments as it relates to case conceptualization.
  4. Analyze the efficacy of the four core clinician skills in relation to assessment and treatment planning.


Copyright : 03/24/2018

BONUS: Advances in Trauma Treatment Today Expert Panel

This Forum will offer fresh perspectives on how our basic understanding of trauma has developed since PTSD first became accepted as official diagnosis 30 years ago. Each presenter offers a 20-minute presentation in the compelling TED Talk style followed by the opportunity for further exchange and exploration with the audience.

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  1. Discuss the clinical implications of complex trauma in youth.
  2. Articulate strategies for clients struggling with addictions to improve treatment outcomes.

Copyright : 03/20/2014