Structural Dissociation: Theory and Clinical Applications Seminar (by Roger Solomon)

Date(s) - 21/05/2019 - 22/05/2019


There is currently consensus that the EMDR standard protocol needs modification for clients diagnosed with a combination of personality and complex trauma related disorders, which is the consequence of a history of chronic abuse and failure of attachment. This two-day seminar is designed to help experienced clinicians apply appropriate EMDR therapy adaptations when working with these clients because of the strong potential for destabilisation. Participants will be taught the dissociative nature of these disorders and how to treat them within the framework of EMDR. They will gain a solid understanding of the structure of the dissociative personality: the dissociative parts, their strengths deficits and their interrelationships.

Learning objectives:

Through lecture, video presentations of client sessions (warning: videos have strong emotional content typical of clients with complex trauma), participants will:

  • Learn the theory and history of structural dissociation of the personality
  • Apply phase oriented therapy to complex trauma related disorders
  • Understand how the personality can split into parts when there are chronic conditions of abuse or neglect
  • Identify how the Adaptive Information Processing Model (AIP), which guides EMDR therapy, is compatible with TSDP
  • Learn modifications of the standard EMDR protocol appropriate for complex trauma
  • Understand how to help keep the client within their window of tolerance

Eligibility Criteria:

  • EMDR practitioners
  • Non-EMDR trained helping professionals
  • Mental health professionals in clinical and forensic settings
  • Mental health and medical professionals working specifically with traumatised individuals
  • Medical doctors in the uniformed services and community general practitioners
  • School Counsellors
  • Social workers in the community set-ups

This training is geared towards the EMDR practitioner. Participants who are not EMDR trained should preferably have psychology-relevant postgraduate qualifications and minimally two years of clinical work experience to get more out of this advanced training seminar.

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