Master class on working with dissociative parts


Although EMDR is a treatment of choice for PTSD, the EMDR Basic Training does not fully prepare clinicians for the intricacies of dealing with Complex PTSD and dissociation. EMDR clinicians must become skilled in working with dissociation on all levels. This 3 hour master class will briefly teach the fundamentals of Structural Dissociation Theory and its key concepts that impact EMDR treatment planning. Then, detailed new strategies and interventions will be taught through lecture, case transcripts and videos to show how to apply this theory for successful treatment. Specific strategies include: the dissociative table, reducing the resistance to the traumatic material, time orientation, identifying and dealing with cognitive errors and safety implementing EMDR processing. The safe use of dual attention stimuli during these interventions will be demonstrated. Learning Objectives: 1. Describe 2 reasons for treatment failures 2. Describe the 3 phases of working with dissociative clients 3. Describe 3 strategies to safely work with emotional parts of the personality 4. Understand the necessity of treating the phobia to emotional parts and the traumatic material to ensure successful treatment 5. Demonstrate the safe use of DAS with emotional parts






Kathleen Martin
Cindy Shrigley

Original Work Citation

Martin, K., & Shrigley, C. (2014, May). Master class on working with dissociative parts. Presentation at the EMDR Canada Annual Conference, Quebec City, QC



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