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Healing Complex Trauma and Dissociation with Ego State Therapy and EMDR

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Healing Complex Trauma and Dissociation with Ego State Therapy and EMDR - presented by Dr Michael C. Paterson

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This workshop initially provides an overview of dissociation and how it impacts on EMDR processing. There will be an explanation of Ego State Therapy (EST) and how it fits with EMDR to provide the stabilization clients need, as well as dealing with blocked processing. Clinical case material is used throughout to illustrate learning points. Through demonstration and practice participants will learn how to build resources for clients, access ego states in a controlled way and effect therapeutic change. In the latter part of the day, participants will see videos of live cases where EST is used effectively in the Preparation Phase of EMDR to:

  1. identify the part-selves
  2. moderate the malevolence displayed by two difficult ego states.

Versions of this workshop were delivered pre-conference for ESTD in 2010 and EMDR Europe in 2014, both highly acclaimed by attendees.

Learning objectives

  • Understand how complex trauma and dissociative disorders impact on processing
  • Understand the concept of working with part-selves as a way of preparing clients for the standard EMDR protocol
  • Learn how to access ego states in a controlled way and effect therapeutic change and stability
  • Learn techniques to deal with difficult ego states

Rationale

We all display particular patterns of thinking, feeling and acting, depending on the situation. The transition is usually seamless in well-adjusted people, but where there has been disrupted attachment or sustained early life trauma the result is often the formation of particular ego states, also known as alters, parts, or schema modes. These states perform roles usually geared towards survival, but in adulthood they can be dysfunctional. Depending upon a client’s early life experiences some ego states can be malevolent, wanting bad things for the client such as willing them to suffer in some way. These clients present us with the greatest challenges through what we know as complex trauma and dissociative disorders. It is necessary for clients to remain stable during EMDR sessions and contained between sessions, particularly with complex trauma and dissociative disorders. There is a need, therefore, to learn techniques to work in the Preparation Phase with more difficult clients so they too can benefit from the full EMDR protocol. It is also helpful to know how to deal with blocked processing in the Desensitization Phase due to the interference of an ego-state.

About the presenter

Dr Michael Paterson is a Clinical Psychologist based in Belfast specialising in the treatment of multiply traumatised people. It was largely based on his clinical work with EMDR Therapy that he was awarded the OBE in 2008 for Services to Healthcare in Northern Ireland. Always an advocate for EMDR, Michael sat on CREST in 2003 (Northern Ireland) and played a key role in ensuring the recommendation of EMDR Therapy as an effective treatment for PTSD in adults; the guidance from CREST subsequently fed into the NICE deliberations and their recommendation in 2005. He was invited by Dr Shapiro to train with her as an EMDR Institute Trainer, joining the Institute’s Faculty in 2006. Michael is a past President of the EMDR Association of UK & Ireland. Michael has authored a chapter in the landmark book, Healing the Heart of Trauma and Dissociation with EMDR and Ego State Therapy. He has also published articles on stress, and on trauma in the emergency services. He has presented at conferences on treating complex PTSD, and also conferences specialising in dissociation.

CPD points

Awarded 6 EMDR Europe CPD points.

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Please note that due to the workshop content it is not possible to provide a recording.


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We are the West Midlands Regional EMDR Support Group, a regional member of the national association of EMDR UK and Ireland. Our mission is to provide training, support and information to professionals who use EMDR in the West Midlands region.

Our workshops are intended to provide education on all matters relating to EMDR particularly recent research, to foster best professional practice and promote the work of the Association. We also encourage networking, developments of special interest groups, and updating of EMDR research.

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