The neurobiology of trauma and EMDR processing


This workshop explains the neurobiology of trauma in a simple, yet highly usable manner. Upon completion of this workshop, attendees should be able to readily apply this information for better formulating their clients’ issues and EMDR treatment planning. The topics include: 1) How does a normal nervous system operate? 2) What is Trauma? 3) What is the “bottom line” of chronic trauma syndromes (e.g., PTSD)? 4) How does childhood development factor into adult trauma symptoms? 5) Treatment Part 2 What exactly happens on a neurobiological basis when we live our normal existence? What are the online wakeful underpinnings of consciousness? How does this vary from offline/sleep information processing? What are the implications of these data on the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model? This workshop will examine current neurobiological research regarding online/wakeful information processing, including sensation, perception, somatosensory integration, cognition, memory, language and motricity. In addition, off-line/sleep information processing, such as slow wave sleep and cognitive memorial processing, as well as REM/dream sleep and its function in emotional memory processing will be examined. The final section will integrate these data to illustrate their consistency with the tenets of the AIP model and the implication of this material with respect to current EMDR treatment principles.






Shelley Uram
Uri Bergmann

Original Work Citation

Uram, S., & Bergmann, U. (2013, September). The neurobiology of trauma and EMDR processing. Preconference presentation at the 18th EMDR International Association Conference, Austin, TX



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