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Utilization of EMDR with Complex Trauma


Trauma can result in dissociation of the personality where the personality splits into parts. One part of the personality focuses on everyday living, while other dissociated parts of the personality hold the memory (the images, vehement emotions, irrational beliefs, perceptions and sensory-motor responses). Learn to utilize EMDR therapy – an evidence-based treatment for trauma – with complex trauma clients. Understand that adequate stabilization and modifications of the standard protocol are necessary to avoid destabilizing the client. 



Presenting the work of his collaboration with Onno van der Hart on the theory of structural dissociation of the personality, Roger Solomon, Ph.D. will discuss how EMDR therapy integrates within phase oriented treatment [stabilization, memory work, personality (re)integration, stabilization methods – specifically the dissociative table technique (Frazier, 2008) – and the modifications needed to facilitate the safe processing of traumatic memories].

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Who Should Attend

Practitioners and clinicians who serve trauma survivors, especially mental health practitioners

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Course Outline/Topics

Basics of the Theory of Structural Dissociation of the Personality
Phase-Oriented Treatment
Working with dissociative parts of the personality

Utilization of EMDR during stabilization phase, and in doing memory work
Video case presentations

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Must have completed EMDR Part 1 and preferably Part 2 as well
Although not required, prior to the workshop it would be helpful to read:

Onno van der Hart, Ellert Nijenhuis, & Kathy Steele. (2006). The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation of the Personality and Treatment of Chronic Traumatization. New York: Norton.

Onno van der Hart, Ellert Nijenhuis, & Roger Solomon (2010). Dissociation of the personality in complex trauma-related disorders and EMDR: Theoretical considerations. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 4(2), 76-92.

Dates and locations to be announced.
Fee: $150
CEUs: 0.6
  Dissociation of the Personality in Complex Trauma-Related Disorders and EMDR: Theoretical Considerations
As eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) has been increasingly applied in complex trauma-related disorders, including complex dissociative disorders, and trauma-related borderline personality disorder, EMDR practice may benefit from theories developed to account for the dissociative nature of these disorders, such as the theory of structural dissociation of the personality (TSDP). This article presents the basics of TSDP, and a second article will provide guidelines for the treatment of complex trauma-related disorders based on this theory.
  The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)
In this book, three leading researchers and clinicians share what they have learned from treating and studying chronically traumatized individuals across more than 65 years of collective experience.
Email us with your interest, contact:
Pa Vang, Program Director,, 414-227-3277


Fall 2015 Human Services Catalog
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