Summit of EMDR Therapy and Attachment: Healing the Wounded Self Across the Lifespan
The Art and Science of EMDR Therapy and Attachment
Presented by Deany Laliotis, LICSW
When working with attachment trauma, it's more than reprocessing the negative; it's about the byproducts of those experiences: the developmental deficits and the adaptations that were made to accommodate their caregivers and their situations. So, how do you decide when a client is ready to approach this emotional landscape? What experiences do you target to address these adaptations? How do you prepare a client for EMDR Therapy whose adaptation is either to avoid their feelings or get overwhelmed with anxiety when they have to negotiate the relational demands of separateness and connectedness? In this workshop, you will learn how to conceptualize a case from an attachment perspective, understanding how the client's maladaptive patterns inform how they respond to the demands of EMDR therapy as well as their relationships. You will learn about the four attachment styles, how they correspond to the client’s adaptations, and how to prepare the client to approach the relational domain.
EMDR Integrative Team Treatment for Attachment Trauma in Children
Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP
Stefanie Armstrong, MS, LIMHP
Cathy Schweitzer, MS, LMHP
Children who have experienced early abuse or neglect and who have been relinquished or removed from birth families frequently exhibit severe behaviors, including stealing, lying, arguing, defiance, aggression, tantrums, and sexualized behaviors. The children may have multiple diagnoses including Reactive Attachment Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Disruptive Behavior Disorder, ADHD, and Conduct Disorder.
Children suffering from complex trauma require an emotionally secure environment in order to open up emotionally and address trauma, but the child behaviors lead to confusion and anger in parents. The EMDR Integrative Team model allows for collaboration between a family therapist and an EMDR therapist in order to change the parent-child patterns and create a “secure holding environment” for trauma therapy.
Participants will learn to apply family therapist strategies to increase attunement in parents and emotion regulation in the child. Participants will learn to implement EMDR methods that increase security and safety, including Attachment Resource Development (ARD), Self-Regulation Development and Installation (S-RDI), and cognitive interweaves for empowerment and emotion regulation. Outcome research on the EMDR Integrative Team model will be presented.
I see you, I feel you, I know you: Mentalization and the Healing of the Wounded Self
Presented by: Ana M Gomez MC, LPC
Mentalization and reflective function (Fonagy & Target), Mindsight (Siegel), mind-mindedness (Meins), insightfulness (Koren-Karie), metacognitive monitoring (Main & Hesse) are all constructs linked to the parents capacity to develop infant’s attachment security. However, unresolved trauma and loss appears to impair these capacities in parents. During this workshop clinicians will learn key elements to understand symptoms in children that emerge when the parent is the wounding agent using an attachment perspective. Participants will be able to cite theories that directly address the key elements of attachment security in infants and children and the accompanying elements of the caregiving system. Strategies to identify targets that remain implicitly represented and non-conscious in the mind of the parent and the child that lay at the core of the child’s current symptoms will be covered. The use of videos as a preparation strategy to access targets for the parent and promote mentalization will be covered. In addition, the use of reparative interweaves to meet the child’s unmet needs and repair ruptures in attachment will be addressed.
Emerging from Darkness: EMDR Processing to Heal Attachment Wounds
Presented by: Deborah Korn PsyD
In this attachment-focused workshop, Debbie Korn will teach participants to use their “true” authentic selves as a central resource during EMDR processing, and to work moment-to-moment to create a secure, responsive, and positive relational environment that supports change and integration. She will review a range of conceptual maps designed to orient the therapist and guide decision-making within an EMDR session. Debbie will use videotape clips to track the verbal and non-verbal markers that indicate where a client is on a map and what’s needed to keep the processing moving in the right direction. Integrating concepts and strategies from other trauma and attachment-focused models (e.g., AEDP, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, IFS), she will explore a vast array of interweave options and a framework for helping clients by-pass defenses and transform grief, anger, shame, longing, and their sense of core defectiveness.
About the presenters:
Deany Laliotis, LICSW
Deany Laliotis, LCSW-C, LICSW, is a trainer, clinical consultant, master therapist and practitioner of EMDR. She was named a Top Therapist by Washingtonian magazine in 2009. Deany’s areas of clinical expertise include simple and complex traumatic stress responses, anxiety and self-esteem issues with a particular emphasis on relationship difficulties. A well respected teacher in the EMDR community, Deany trains clinicians in EMDR as a broad-based psychotherapy, both in the US and abroad, teaching clinicians how to incorporate this powerful and effective method for helping clients reprocess difficult experiences—traumatic or not—that impede the client’s ability to move forward in their lives.
Deany Laliotis is also on the faculty of EMDR Institute, Inc., and she is the co-director of EMDR of Greater Washington. Her publications include a chapter in Psychotherapist Revealed: Therapists Speak about Self-Disclosure in Psychotherapy. She has also co-authored a clinical article with Francine Shapiro, titled “EMDR and the Adaptive Information Processing Model: Integrative Treatment and Case Conceptualization.” Her website is www.deanylaliotis.com.
Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP
Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP is part of the treatment team at The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska in Omaha, Nebraska. Ms. Wesselmann is a presenter, author, and researcher, and has specialized in treating trauma resolution and attachment problems in adults, children, and families for the past 25 years. Ms. Wesselmann is part of the research team that developed the Integrative Team Treatment model for treating attachment trauma in children and co-author of the treatment manual. Ms. Wesselmann is an EMDR consultant and has been on the faculty of the EMDR Institute since 1998. She has authored numerous publications related to trauma and attachment therapy and parenting. Ms. Wesselmann has been invited to present or keynote for numerous professional conferences and workshops nationally and internationally, including invited presentations at the Menninger Clinic, EMDRIA, and conferences in Rome, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Cologne, Madrid, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, and Costa Rica.
Ms. Wesselmann is the author of Integrative Team Treatment for Attachment Trauma in Children: Family Therapy and EMDR (2014), Integrative Parenting: Strategies for Raising Children Affected by Attachment Trauma (2014), and The Whole Parent: How to Become a Terrific Parent Even if You Didn’t Have One (1998). Her website is www.debrawesselmann.com.
Cathy Schweitzer, MS, LMHP of The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska is a national and international presenter, author, researcher, child trauma therapist, and EMDR consultant. She provides attachment trauma training for teachers, parents, and clinicians.
Stefanie Armstrong, MS, LIMHP of The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska is a former educator and provides trainings to teachers and clinicians in the area of attachment and trauma. She is an author, researcher, presenter, child trauma therapist, and EMDR consultant.
Ana M Gomez, MC, LPC ( Click here to go to "about Ana" to read her biography)
Ana works with children and families affected by trauma. Ana speaks nationally and internationally on the topics of trauma, attachment, dissociation and the use of EMDR therapy with children and adolescents and she has presented in close to fifty cities in more than ten countries. She has been an invited keynote and pre-conference speaker in various conferences included the EMDR International Association Conference. Ana has served as a practicum supervisor at the Educational Psychology Department at Northern Arizona University. Ana is an EMDRIA approved consultant. She is a facilitator for the EMDR Institute, and an EMDR-HAP, EMDR Institute and EMDR-IBA trainer. Ana is now the trainer and coordinator of EMDR Colombia. Ana is the author of ”Dark, Bad Day...Go Away", a book for children about trauma and EMDR which has been translated in four languages. In addition, Ana is the creator of “The Thoughts Kit for Kids” which is part of a series of games and tools designed to make EMDR treatment developmentally appropriate for children. Ana has also written numerous book chapters and articles on EMDR therapy with children. She is the author of the book "EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children: Complex Trauma, Attachment and Dissociation."
Deborah Korn PsyD
Debbie Korn, Psy.D., maintains a private practice in Cambridge, MA and serves as a faculty member at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Boston. She has been on the faculty of theEMDR Institute for the past 19 years and is the former Clinical Director of the Womens’ Trauma Programs at Charter Brookside and Charles River Hospitals. Dr. Korn has authored or co-authored several prominent articles focused on EMDR, including a comprehensive review of EMDR applications with Complex PTSD. Dr. Korn is an EMDRIA-approved consultant and a past board member of NESTTD. She is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. She presents and consults internationally on the treatment of adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect. She has been a regular presenter at the EMDR International Association Conference and was invited to present EMDRIA’s first “Masters Series” class. As a clinician, teacher, researcher, and consultant, Dr. Korn is known for her knowledge and integration of many different clinical models. In treating and consulting on complex, chronically traumatized cases, she believes that it is important to carry a large toolbox and to remain flexible, practical, and integrative.