Uses of EMDR in complex dissociative disorders

Description

EMDR can be used in the treatment of complex dissociative disorders. Both presenters have been treating dissociative disorders for decades and one is an approved EMDR trainer. This workshop will not include instruction on specific techniques: these can be learned from approved EMDR trainings which require six full days of workshop teaching, assigned readings, and 10 hours of supervision. Instead, the presenters will explain how EMDR is based on a trauma-dissociation model and is therefore highly suited to the treatment of complex dissociative disorders including DID. A brief description of EMDR will be provided, including its 8 phases, of which only one involves eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation. EMDR is consistent with three-stage models of trauma therapy: the eye movements are used in stage two, the active working phase of therapy. In EMDR this is called Phase 4. The work in trauma stage one (EMDR phases 1-3), in patients with DID or DDNOS, involves grounding, stabilization, system mapping, building co-consciousness, orientation of parts to the body and the present, and other elements from the dissociative disorders literature. The bilateral stimulation phase of EMDR should not be used until this phase one work is complete, or at least well underway. The presenters will then go on to provide case examples of how EMDR can be used in the psychotherapy of DID, DDNOS and the complex comorbidity that usually accompanies both.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to describe how EMDR can be used in complex dissociative disorders. Participants will be able to describe how EMDR is based on a trauma-dissociation model of mental disorders and addictions. Participants will be able to describe the basic feaures of EMDR.

Format

Conference

Language

English

Author(s)

Colin Ross
Curtis Rouanzoin

Original Work Citation

Ross, C., & Rouanzoin, C. (2012, October). Uses of EMDR in complex dissociative disorders. Presentation at the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation 29th Annual International Conference, Long Beach, CA

Collection

Citation

“Uses of EMDR in complex dissociative disorders,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed October 24, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/21554.

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