Approved for 6 EMDRIA Credits
The relationship between trance and dissociation is well-established (Bliss, 1983) in the literature, as is EMDR’s reputation for ‘breaking’ it (Lipke, 1999). It is no surprise, then, that several important thinkers have cross-pollinated among the fields of study of hypnosis, EMDR, and dissociative disorders. Much of the current literature and workshops discuss treatment of persons with dissociative disorders based on established approaches only through the lens of a ‘finished product’. What, though, of the spark of creativity that contributes to the development of these interventions? How do the sometimes hastily combined elements used to bail a clinician out of a treatment bind later reveal themselves to be the building blocks for an effective framework or protocol? In this workshop, we will first discuss foundational considerations for the integrative treatment of persons with complex trauma and dissociative experiences. We will then explore four novel applications within this frame, beginning with the comparatively simple and concluding with a much more complex integration of approaches. We will discuss not only the interventions themselves but also the context for their initial development, to emphasize the critical importance of understanding not only a finished product but also the admixture of component elements combined to aid a client’s healing. Although a familiarity and experience with psychodynamic concepts, clinical hypnosis, Ego State Therapy (Watkins & Watkins, 1997), and EMDR therapy (Shapiro, 2018) are not required to attend, they will be variously and unavoidably necessary to implement the interventions discussed.
Presenter: D. Michael Coy, LICSW
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