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

Katelyn Baxter-Musser, LCSW, C-DBT
Approx. 6 Hours
Oct 06, 2023
PESI, Inc.
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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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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


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Katelyn Baxter-Musser, LCSW, C-DBT, is an accomplished therapist whose trainings have helped tens of thousands of therapists incorporate mindfulness-based techniques into their work. Certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (C-DBT) through Evergreen Certifications and extensively trained in mindfulness techniques, she seamlessly integrates these practices into her work with adults and adolescents presenting with a variety of concerns.

With a focus on cultivating self-awareness, emotional regulation and personal growth, Ms. Baxter-Musser empowers her clients to develop healthier coping strategies, process traumas, and transform destructive emotions. Ms. Baxter-Musser is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is an EMDRIA-approved consultant. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and the National Center for Crisis Management.

She previously sat on the EMDRIA Standards and Training Committee and was the co-regional coordinator for the EMDRIA Southern Maine Regional Network. She works in private practice where her areas of expertise include the treatment of trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief and relationship issues.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Katelyn Baxter-Musser is the owner, operator, trainer of Inner Awakening Counseling & Consulting. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Katelyn Baxter-Musser is a member of EMDRIA, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, the National Center for Crisis Management, and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.

PESI and Katelyn Baxter-Musser are not affiliated or associated with Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, or her organizations.



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  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
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Professionals Who Work within the Mental Health Fields


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