Using categories of cognitions to identify and facilitate the natural process of learning from traumatic experiences
EMDR provides a unique opportunity to observe, in a condensed form, the process of healing from traumatic events. Drawing on six years of experience with EMDR and incorporating patterns of intervention identified by therapists working with many different populations, the presenter has identified what appears to be a natural healing process. This occurs when it is not blocked by beliefs or prior unresolved experiences. The sequence integrates the works of A. J. Popky, Roger Solomon, Bessel van der Kolk, Landry Wildwind and many others with that of Dr. Shapiro and Andrew Leeds. It expands the "Responsibility, Safety, Choices" sequence taught in Level II and incorporates the need to dissociate in order to continue to function with unresolved trauma. Protection of oneself or others from life threatening experiences is seen as the typical issue which prevents us from resolving the trauma. Without professional help, the sense of powerlessness and intensity of emotion which are consistent with life-threat block processing. The workshop will begin with a description of the natural sequence, which will provide the clinician with greater understanding of where the patient is in the healing process. Cognitions which are typical of each stage will be identified, with particular emphasis on those which tend to block further processing. The use of imagination to facilitate physical and emotional release will be described and demonstrated. Handouts describing the sequence, case descriptions and videotaped segments will be utilized to teach the concepts. A practicuum and question and answer period will provide the opportunity to integrate the knowledge so that clinicians can apply it immediately. Handouts for clients will also be provided.
Original Work Citation
Jones, M. (1997, July). Using categories of cognitions to identify and facilitate the natural process of learning from traumatic experiences. Presentation at the 2nd EMDR International Association Conference, San Francisco, CA
“Using categories of cognitions to identify and facilitate the natural process of learning from traumatic experiences,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed October 26, 2021, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/15895.