Morning Workshops (10:45 - 12:15 pm):
1. The Art of Self-Care (Jason Rose-Langston)
This workshop will incorporate the benefits of self care into the Standard EMDR Protocol. In this seminar, participants will learn 2 basic exercises from classic Qi Gong sets that are used to create more energetic stability, better present orientation, and increase self regulation overall. Participates will then learn how to incorporate these exercises into the Preparation and Closure phases of the Standard protocol. This workshop is designed to be relaxing and meditative, as well as motivating, informative and practical for EMDR work.
2. EMDR & Relational Psychoanalysis: Embodied Experience & Clinical Practice (Hemda Arad, Ph.D)
Following the AIP model, Dr. Arad will show how idiosyncratically stored traumatic experiences can be transformed into more spontaneous processing in which a pliable, adaptive memory system can be associated with other existing memory networks. The presenter will demonstrate how symptomatic triggering, negative thought processes, and behavior can change with the application of EMDR. Using clinical vignettes, and in-depth view centered on the ways EMDR and Relational psychoanalysis can be effectively integrated to complement each other will be provided.
3. Intimate Partner Abuse: From Entrapment to Self-Efficacy (Carol Lambert, MSW)
A serious detriment to adults and children is psychological abuse, the aspect of domestic violence that’s the most elusive, but which actually endangers the most. Intimate partner abuse touches everyone—men, women, non-binary and LGBTQ+ individuals and children. What makes psychological abuse so powerful is the social context in which it takes place—a couple or family. Participants will learn about psychological abuse, what the coercive tactics look like embedded in a partner’s behavior, how each tactic has unseen injuries that intentionally impact mental health as much or worse than physical violence, and how to use EMDR to treat it.
4. Problem-Solving Attachment-Related Treatment Impasses (Ricky Greenwald, Psy.D)
This workshop features a series of three interventions that can be helpful in working with clients whose parents fell short in some important way. Such clients can have difficulty facing trauma memories, especially the memories of be- ing hurt by the parent, and can also have difficulty resolving some of these memories. The featured interventions are simple, structured, and scripted. Participants will practice two of the interventions (the third being very simple), and will be able to implement any of the interventions with their clients with no further training.
Afternoon Workshops (1:45 - 5:00 pm)
5. Bookends of EMDR: Resourcing and Future Template Refresher (Stephanie Baird, LMHC and Desiree Lowit, LICSW)
This workshop will cover the bookends of EMDR therapy: resourcing and future templates. Participants will refresh their knowledge of many resources available (calm place, container, RDI, bubble/shield boundary, spiral, attachment script, "tip of the finger," etc.), plus learn some sensorimotor techniques. Participants will also refresh and practice use of future templates.
6. The Distancing Technique - An Introduction (Paula Krentzel, Ph.D)
The Distancing Technique is used to assist the client to become a detached observer to his/her thoughts/sensations/images. The anxiety disorders that the technique can be applied to include OCD, panic disorders, binge eating and phobias. The presentation addresses all phases of EMDR treatment and uses videos to demonstrate the technique.
7. Easy Ego State Interventions (Robin Shapiro, LICSW)
EMDR Therapy, especially with complex trauma and dissociation, can be boosted by ego state interventions in many of its stages. Ego State Therapy can almost always be helped by embedding it in EMDR’s Standard Protocol, and its use of eye movements and other bilateral stimulation. In the Preparation Phase, we can call on professional or other adult roles to identify “older/wiser” functional adult states to contain and calm younger or less functional states. For target selection, we can “float back” to younger states that contain the dysfunctional material that needs to be processed. Before processing, we can call up specific states, both functional adult and dysfunctional parts, to front-load the probability of the successful processing. This workshop introduces new topics, including EMDR Therapy targets for Personality Disorders, Relationship Issues, and Suicidal Ideation.
8. The Miracle of Mindfulness / The Miracle of EMDR (George Abbott, Ph.D.)
The practice of mindfulness shares several characteristics with EMDR therapy. Likewise, there are several features that distinguish EMDR therapy and mindfulness practice. These similarities and differences lead to the realization that mindfulness practice informs EMDR and that EMDR informs understanding of mindfulness practice. The workshop explores these understandings through lectures, case illustrations and experiential practices.