6 EMDRIA Credits
In Day One, Dr. Ross will review the definition of dissociation and the differences between psychoform and somatoform dissociation. He will spend considerable time on dissociative identity disorder (DID): how to diagnose it; what it is and what it is not; prevalence, reliability and validity; treatment outcome data for DID; and the relationship between DID and PTSD. In his clinical experience, three common reasons for adverse reactions to EMDR he sees in patients referred to his hospital Trauma Programs are: failure to diagnose a complex dissociative disorder; inadequate history, preparation and stabilization; and moving into desensitization too quickly. Dr. Ross will then discuss borderline personality disorder (BPD) and the relationship between BPD, reactive attachment disorder, and dissociation. He will then place BPD within a modified version of the theory of structural dissociation – this formulation leads naturally to treating DID within EMDR and within the Adaptive Information Processing model. This will be followed by an explanation of the principles of Dr. Ross’ Trauma Model Therapy, which is suitable for DID, BPD, PTSD and a wide range of mental health problems and addictions. These principles can be most helpful in EMDR therapy of BPD, prior to desensitization work. He will finish the day with case examples of treatment techniques and an opportunity for questions and discussion.