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EMDR for Complex Trauma: Step-by-Step Somatic & Polyvagal-Informed Interventions

Many clinicians like you weren’t trained to work with deeply ingrained trauma…

It can lead you to second-guess your most effective trauma treatments, like EMDR.

Treating deeply rooted, complex trauma requires you to have interventions that support healing your client’s mind, body and emotions.

Join renowned EMDR expert Rebecca Kase to learn a one-of-a-kind, comprehensive approach that integrates key somatic and polyvagal interventions with EMDR to get solutions that help your clients with the most challenging and chronic trauma symptoms. 

You’ll learn:

•    How & why to integrate polyvagal interventions into EMDR
•    How to overcome the most common client defenses to keep therapy moving forward 
•    New and creative strategies to help clients resource, even during the most intense emotions
•    Somatic-based training to support all phases of EMDR treatment

PLUS, get practice exercises, client vignettes and REAL client demonstrations in every module!

Register now and do more than just use EMDR – get strategies to help you treat the most challenging types of trauma with integrative interventions!

Program Information

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


  1. Evaluate current research for the treatment of complex PTSD (CPTSD), common clinical symptoms, and treatment guidelines.
  2. Assess the usefulness of EMDR with CPTSD presentations, and review contraindications for EMDR-based interventions.
  3. Analyze core principles of Polyvagal Theory and appraise their application to EMDR Phases 1 & 2 in the treatment of CPTSD.
  4. Utilize mindfulness and somatic-based interventions to resource and stabilize clients with CPTSD.
  5. Utilize ego states interventions to resource clients and improve functioning.
  6. Integrate at least two techniques into your clinical practice with CPTSD clients to increase dual awareness and reduce dissociation.
  7. Appraise the usefulness of EMDR desensitization techniques with CPTSD.
  8. Develop a symptom-focused EMDR treatment plan for CPTSD clients, focused on improving functioning and reducing acute symptoms.


How It All Works

  • EMDR & C-PTSD – what and why?
  • Known contraindications, risks & limitations
  • How to use neuro-informed counseling
  • Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model, how it works
  • How memories are felt
Integrating Polyvagal Theory
  • Neural exercises are and how they apply to work with CPTSD
  • Importance of therapeutic presence
  • Why care about the Vagus Nerve?
  • The 3 Circuits – how they work
    •     Ventral Vagal
    •     Sympathetic Nervous system
    •     Dorsal Vagal
  • How to tune into nervous system cues
  • Survival Physiology – protective or problematic?
  • The pathway to healing: nervous system regulation
  • Practice: Neural exercises
Strategies to Increase Dual Awareness
  • One foot in the past, one in the present
  • Working with types of dissociation – befriending them
  • Assessing readiness
  • Grounding in the here-and-now
  • The role for psychoeducation
  • Practice: Circuit Mapping, Narrative, Regulation
Creative Resourcing Strategies for Safety 
  • Learn to be “quick on the draw” and how to resource adaptive moments in therapy
  • C-PTSD specific opportunities for resourcing 
  • Mindfulness and interception work
  • Ego States: develop the oldest, wisest self
  • Explore modifications to BLS for CPTSD clients
  • Practice: Installing safety, Building interoception
Increasing Somatic Awareness 
  • Help clients reclaim their bodies
  • Build & optimize interoception
  • Help clients develop vocabulary to notice and name feelings and sensations 
  • Cultivating curiosity 
  • Practice: Describe sensations, Pendulating awareness, Surfing
Treatment Planning & Targeting
  • Where to start?
  • Target specific symptoms 
  • Reflexive Orienting to reduce overwhelm
  • Overcome common client defenses with BLS
  • Integrate BLS & mindfulness to target emotions
  • Explore “fractionating” a treatment plan
  • Where to go next?
  • Video Demonstration: EMD & EMDr
  • Vignettes

Copyright : 01/23/2023

EMDR for Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse and Neglect: Advanced Treatment Techniques for Insecure Attachment and Complex Trauma

Plagued with trauma, low self-esteem, relationship problems, and difficulty regulating their emotions, adult clients who’ve experienced childhood emotional abuse and neglect can be some of your toughest cases.

Not only are you facing therapeutic challenges like fragmented self-identity, dissociation and difficulty forming healthy attachments – you’re often left trying to identify and reprocess what may be unrealized, absent, or lacking…

…all while trying to attune to experiences for which the client struggles to have words.

Fortunately EMDR is up to the challenge, giving you the tools you need to successfully treat these clients so they can move past their traumatic childhoods to achieve lasting healing.

Now in this advanced training, you’ll watch Sarah Freeze, LCSW, a certified EMDR therapist and consultant who has been working with clients who have experienced childhood emotional abuse and neglect for over a decade.

Through a combination of lecture, discussion, and insight building case studies, Sarah will teach you how to build your clinical expertise with EMDR so you can:

  • Apply adult attachment principles for a fuller understanding of your client’s presentation and history
  • Develop skills to better address your client’s defenses for gentler and more effective trauma reprocessing
  • Identify and address adaptations to unavailable and dysfunctional caregivers
  • Use creative techniques to process unseen wounds that clients may have trouble verbalizing
  • Help clients feel in control by working with them to stay in their window of tolerance during trauma reprocessing
  • And much more!

You’ll leave this training with the tools you need to identify targets specific to complex childhood experiences and guide clients toward the trauma resolution and relief they need.

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Program Information


  1. Describe the link between childhood trauma and the development of Complex PTSD, insecure attachment, and emotional regulation.
  2. Analyze research on the feasibility and efficacy of using EMDR with childhood emotional abuse and neglect experiences.
  3. Identify clinical implications of childhood trauma.
  4. Develop individualized treatment plans for clients with differing attachment styles and experiences of childhood relational abuse.
  5. Incorporate attachment theory and polyvagal theory into current understanding of trauma an EMDR treatment.
  6. Use three resourcing skills to strengthen client’s adult self and relational functioning for gentler trauma reprocessing.
  7. Develop an understanding of how to track the body and use strategies to return to the window of tolerance during trauma reprocessing.
  8. Employ target mapping for EMDR informed by specialized knowledge of complex trauma.
  9. Recognize key components to an integrative treatment plan, incorporating EMDR with other treatment approaches.


Childhood Abuse and Neglect Experiences: The Latest Research and Relationship with Complex Trauma

  • Newest Research on ACE Studies
  • Relationship with Complex PTSD
  • Impact on Attachment and the Therapeutic Relationship
  • Lack of Care and the Loss of Words
  • Polyvagal Theory and the Window of Tolerance
  • EMDR Research, Risks and Limitations

Client History and Assessment: Assessing Attachment, the Body and More

  • Understanding Adult Attachment
  • Skill: Assessing Attachment Based on Client’s Conversational Style
  • Skill: Five Adjectives to Describe Your Caregiver
  • Assessing the Body and One’s Ability to Care for Oneself
  • Online Sandtray as a Creative Technique for Self-Understanding

Case Conceptualization: How Clients Adaptations to Dysfunctional Caregivers Informs Treatment

  • Target Mapping Related to Unavailable Caregivers and Dissociation [vs focus]
  • Skill: Identify Unspoken Agreements between Child and Parent
  • Understanding how the Child Maintained Connection
  • Adaptation and Defenses
  • Skill: Listening for the Split
  • Idealization of the Caregiver
  • Skill: Targeting Idealization Defenses

Preparation and Assessment: Relational Resourcing to Strengthen Adult Self

  • Understanding What Grounding Techniques Have Worked Historically
  • Resourcing to Strengthen Adult Self
  • Skill: Circle of Love
  • Skill: Using an Online Sandtray for Relational Resourcing
  • Resourcing the Body
  • Skill: Somatic Container
  • Caring For Oneself as an Act of Resistance
  • Clinical Vignette of Peter: Identifying Loss of Appetite Related to Lack of Food in Childhood

Advanced Applications for Verbal and Non-Verbal Trauma Reprocessing

  • Empowering Your Client to Foster a Sense of Control
  • Physical Sensations and Associative Processing
  • Skill: Pendulation
  • Ideas on How to Target Affective Moments
  • Addressing Shame and Avoidance
  • Skill: Using an Online Sandtray for Nonverbal Trauma Reprocessing
  • Clinical Vignette of Tina: Target Mother Being “Emotionally Vacant”

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Professionals Who Work within the Mental Health Fields

Copyright : 10/25/2023

EMDR and DBT for Interpersonal Trauma: An Integrated Toolkit to Treat Survivors of Physical, Emotional and Sexual Abuse

Clients who’ve suffered physical, emotional and sexual abuse carry a heavy burden; traumatic memories leaving deep emotional wounds they can struggle to move past.

EMDR can be a lifesaver for these clients, allowing them to process these memories and reclaim their lives.

But even with the best tools, your road to successful treatment isn’t easy. The material is tough. Sessions can get intense. And when sessions end, clients still need to navigate relationships with others (and themselves) that have been complicated by their traumatic pasts.

That’s why if you use EMDR, integrating DBT can be a game-changer – giving you a powerful toolkit for addressing the emotional and relational aspects of interpersonal trauma as you process the traumatic memories they just can’t forget.

Watch this training led by Katelyn Baxter-Musser. Certified in both EMDR and DBT, Katelyn has helped thousands of clinicians get the most out of EMDR and DBT. She’ll provide you a step-by-step guide on how to use DBT skills to enhance the effectiveness of EMDR, resulting in more comprehensive trauma recovery for your clients.

Under Katelyn’s expert guidance you’ll learn how to seamlessly integrate two of today’s most proven approaches, so you can:

  • Enhance client readiness for EMDR
  • Help clients better manage emotional intensity during EMDR sessions
  • Address complex relational issues associated with interpersonal trauma
  • Boost distress tolerance skills to support trauma processing
  • Improve interpersonal functioning in clients through DBT-informed interventions
  • Tailor EMDR and DBT interventions to meet the unique needs of your clients
  • Skillfully work with a wide range of clinically challenging trauma clients

Don’t miss this opportunity to take your EMDR therapy to the next level with the DBT skills to make sessions more effective than ever before.

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Program Information


  1. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and explore how these approaches can be effectively integrated to support individuals who have experienced interpersonal trauma.
  2. Acquire an in-depth understanding of how DBT and EMDR can be utilized to help clients regulate their emotions, reduce trauma triggers, and enhance stability in the face of trauma-related symptoms.
  3. Review the existing evidence-based research on the efficacy of EMDR and DBT in managing trauma symptomology, and critically analyze their applicability in clinical practice.
  4. Develop strategies for seamlessly incorporating DBT principles and techniques into the various phases of EMDR therapy, to enhance treatment outcomes for trauma survivors.
  5. Utilize the biosocial theory of DBT and the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model of EMDR to effectively conceptualize and understand the complex needs of clients with interpersonal trauma and create comprehensive treatment plans.
  6. Identify specific treatment goals and targets that align with the unique needs and challenges of survivors of interpersonal trauma, and tailor therapeutic interventions accordingly to promote healing and recovery.


Interpersonal Trauma: Neurobiological, Physiological, and Psychological Perspectives

  • Exploring physical, emotional, and sexual abuse
  • Neurobiological, physiological, and psychological processes involved
  • Long-term consequences of interpersonal trauma
  • Recognizing risk factors
  • Prevalence rates and barriers to disclosure of interpersonal trauma
  • Impacts on relationships with others and oneself

Assess for Interpersonal Trauma in the Clinical Setting

  • Recognizing warning signs, symptoms, and comorbidities
  • Differentiating physical, emotional, and sexual abuse in the clinical context
  • Screening and assessment measures for identifying trauma in clients
    • Trauma Symptom Inventory
    • CAPS
    • Dissociative Experiences Scale
  • Developing a trauma-informed approach

DBT Skills for Trauma-Related Symptoms, Triggers, and More

  • Research on DBT and survivors of interpersonal violence
  • DBT components and how the biosocial theory relates to trauma
  • Goal and targets of treatment
  • DBT tools for managing crises and creating safety plans
  • DBT validation strategies and creating a safe therapeutic environment
  • How DBT helps clients set healthy boundaries

EMDR for Traumatic Memories Related to Interpersonal Violence

  • How the AIP model relates to trauma processing
  • Characteristics and phases of EMDR
  • Goal and targets of EMDR therapy
  • Challenges and complexities of working with survivors of IPV
  • Managing dissociation and other challenges
  • Resourcing and grounding techniques to enhance stabilization and containment

Integrating EMDR and DBT in Trauma Work: Enhancing Resilience and Coping During Stabilization and Trauma Processing

  • How EMDR and DBT complement each other
  • Assessing clients’ needs and treatment priorities
  • Common goals for survivors of interpersonal violence
  • DBT treatment planning strategies to identify specific targets for EMDR
  • Enhancing EMDR readiness with DBT emotional regulation skills
  • DBT coping skills for calm and focus in EMDR sessions
  • 5 practical ways to fuse DBT skills directly into EMDR sessions
  • Case studies
  • Research, risks and limitations

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Professionals Who Work within the Mental Health Fields

Copyright : 10/06/2023

An EMDR Super Resourcing Strategy for Treating Attachment Trauma

I’ve witnessed the power of EMDR in the treatment of trauma again and again. Yet, for all I’d seen it achieve, I wasn’t getting the same results for my clients who suffered from attachment wounding. Their symptoms such as an inability to experience essential trust or feelings of deep-seated abandonment continued to exist.

That’s why I began enhancing Phase Two of EMDR by integrating ego state and attachment-based interweaves into the processing.

The outcome? I found I could more successfully treat attachment wounds by attending to the part of the client who experienced trauma, rather than focusing on the trauma itself. Not only was the approach effective it opened the door to clients who couldn’t previously tolerate deep trauma work.

Watch this video and get step-by-step instructions for this EMDR resourcing strategy so you can take your EMDR therapy to the next level.

Complete with clinical applications and videos from actual client sessions, you’ll discover how to:

  • Create the experience of safety, protection and guidance so critical to good therapy
  • Reduce trauma symptoms without clients having to process trauma directly
  • Guide clients in creating their own corrective emotional environment consisting of installed resources and their accompanying positive sensations, emotions and cognitions

You’ll also receive a group guided session that will deepen your understanding of the material.

So many of our clients are dealing with the legacy of traumatic attachment injuries. Learning this resourcing strategy is an opportunity to make their treatment more successful.

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Program Information


  1. Evaluate the historical evolution of EMDR’s Phase Two Resourcing.
  2. Employ an integrative approach to EMDR resourcing by incorporating ego state psychology and attachment theory.
  3. Utilize a four phase EMDR resourcing strategy for resolving attachment wounds without having to process trauma directly.
  4. Develop fully installed positive resources through EMDR’s Accelerated Information Processing (AIP) to promote ego strengthening and development of a new positive narrative.
  5. Employ five applications of EMDR resourcing to address different clinical presentations of attachment trauma.
  6. Utilize EMDR resourcing to lower the occurrence of resistance, dissociation, looping or stuck processing and open the door to a wider range of clients who struggle with trauma work.


Super Resourcing: Enhancement of Phase Two of EDMR

  • Review of the history of EMDR resourcing.
  • Review of Trauma, Attachment and Ego State theories
  • Review of EMDR
  • The power of neurologically installed positive ideation
  • The clinical impact of working within a positive resource matrix
  • EMDR research, risks and treatment limitations
A Four Phase Strategy to More Effective Resourcing
  • Preparation
  • Developing and installing positive resources for wounded parts to create an inner experience of safety, nurturance, protection and guidance
  • Linking together ego states, resources and their accompanying positive sensations, emotions and cognitions
  • Closure and reinforcing new positive narratives
Clinical Applications
  • Preparation for EMDR and other modalities
  • Potentiating EMDR Positive Interweaves and Cognitions
  • Neurological installation of positive insights, memories, emotions and sensations
  • Treating distressing symptoms of attachment wounding
  • Special populations/issues (addiction, insomnia, etc.)
Benefits of Client-Centered Embodied Resources
  • Resource/attachment focus vs. trauma focus
  • Transform disturbance in a positive resourced field
  • Stabilization and integration of structurally dissociated parts
  • Enhancement of present time experience of self
  • Development of a new positive narrative; leaving the past in the past
Direct Experience and Guided-Session
  • Case studies
  • Client video clips
  • An annotated full client session
  • Experiential learning through a group guided session

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 06/09/2023

Complex Trauma: Create Change with Parts Work, Somatic Psychology and EMDR

When children are raised by narcissistic or emotionally abusive parents they’re often drawn as adults to unhealthy relationships that replicate the abuse. The resulting trauma is complex and requires complex treatment. In this session you’ll go beyond the limitations of standalone therapies with Dr. Arielle Schwartz, psychologist, best-selling author and a leading voice in the healing of complex trauma. Watch her and explore how somatic psychology, parts work therapies and EMDR can be integrated to manage emotional and psychological dysregulation states for safe and effective treatment of relational abuse survivors.

Program Information


  1. Apply co-regulation strategies to enhance relational safety in preparation for EMDR Therapy.
  2. Investigate emotional and physiological dysregulation related to complex trauma.
  3. Create a safe environment for clients with a history of complex, relational traumatization.


  • The neurobiology of complex trauma and co-regulation skills
  • How parts, ego states and defenses create walls to change
  • Using somatic psychology, parts work and EMDR with CPTSD clients

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 01/28/2022

The Complex PTSD Treatment Manual

Clinicians working with complex trauma are honored with the most sacred of tasks: to bear witness to clients’ suffering and to attend compassionately to their wounds.

In The Complex PTSD Treatment Manual, clinicians will find the road map they need to conduct successful therapy with clients who have experienced prolonged exposure to traumatic events. Combining the science and art of therapy, Dr. Arielle Schwartz seamlessly integrates research-based interventions with the essentials of healing to create a whole-person approach to trauma treatment.

Drawing from her years of experience in working with trauma survivors, Dr. Schwartz provides clinicians with the tools they need to become a trustworthy companion to trauma survivors and become capable of guiding a healing journey for clients with a history of abuse or neglect. Within these pages, you will find:

  • Essential interventions that strengthen mindful body awareness, enhance distress tolerance, cultivate self-compassion, and facilitate trauma recovery
  • Over 50 practices, worksheets, and self-regulation points to utilize in each stage of the client’s therapeutic process
  • Integration of several therapeutic approaches for trauma treatment, including relational therapy, mindful body awareness, parts work therapy, CBT, EMDR, somatic psychology, and practices drawn from complementary and alternative medicine