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Virtual- 2nd Summit of EMDR Therapy & Attachment

Event Date: 
Friday, January 13, 2017 to Saturday, January 21, 2017
Friday, Saturday 9:00am - 12:00pm

Virtual- 2nd Summit of EMDR Therapy & Attachment


Module 1

Title: Reconnecting the SELF:  Reprocessing Early Trauma & Neglect Held in Implicit Memory

Presenter: Katie O’Shea, MS, LCPC
This webinar addresses some of the most difficult challenges of using EMDR with individuals with affect dysregulation, somatic distress and attachment injuries from early trauma and neglect.  Methods which efficiently empower clients of all ages with resources for containment, safety, and increased affect tolerance; then systematically target and reprocess early disturbance for which there may be no explicit memories will be summarized.


1.    Prepare the client for early trauma processing with client-friendly education and resources which provide containment and safety.

2.    Efficiently update innate resources without accessing disturbing material.

3.    Systematically target early disturbance by focusing on time periods, using imaginal and experiential interweaves when needed.


About the Presenter:
Katie O’Shea, MS, LCPC, LMHC, is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, and an EMDR-HAP Senior Facilitator. She has worked extensively with childhood trauma and neglect (emotional, physical and sexual — both victims and offenders of all ages, including the development of a therapeutic foster care program for sexualized children), domestic violence (both victims and batterers), addictions (inpatient and outpatient evaluation and treatment/drugs, alcohol, and sexual), somatic disorders and war trauma. Katie attended Dr. Shapiro’s third training in 1990, became an EMDR Institute Facilitator in 1994, and taught the Children’s Specialty in the northwest U.S. and Canada from 1998 to 2007. In addition to more than 15,000 hours of clinical experience with EMDR, Katie has shared The Early Trauma Protocol (0-3 years) and experience with releasing anger in a nondestructive way at Regional, Canadian, European, and International EMDR Conferences (1997-2009). She is a passionate advocate for children and for the abused and desolate child in traumatized adults. Katie has dedicated her career to the premise that early attachment wounds can be healed, positive self-concept can be re-established, and adults can review the trauma of childhood in loving and productive ways. 

Module 2

Title: Embodied Simulation: Moment to Moment Attunement

Presenter: Uri Bergmann, Ph.D.
           What has developmental neurobiology taught us about neurobiological maturation and its resultant psychological development? In what way does the attachment relationship impinge on these processes? How can an appreciation of these data help us understand exactly how the brain and mind change during EMDR treatment? How do we utilize this knowledge regarding the neurobiology of consciousness and human development to enhance our therapeutic techniques? Is the unconscious/implicit mind important? Should the emphasis on verbal and symbolic, left hemispheric processing that dominates our field continue? Are transference and countertransference phenomena important? Does today’s knowledge of neural function redefine them? Is the relational field or vortex that surrounds the therapist and patient important? Can we become more active within this vortex to render it more robust?
These questions have plagued and challenged our various psychological and psychiatric professions, for over a century, causing major arguments, divisions and schisms. Fortunately, the past 20 years have evidenced an avalanche of neurobiological data regarding how the human brain develops in the context of somatosensory stimulation and relational attachment. This vast amount of new information charges us to become more aware, fluent and clinically comfortable with the right hemispheric functioning of our patients and ourselves as we engage in the dance of treatment.
This seminar will integrate the data regarding the Default Mode Network and the Mirror Neuron System to illustrate the implications of this material with respect to current EMDR attachment related treatment, as well as techniques to render it more robust.


  1. Participants will be able to describe the neural (maturational) and psychological (developmental) stages of human development with respect to human attachment.


  1. Participants will be able to discuss and explain the function and mediation of the Default Mode Network (DMN). The major portion of this talk is an exploration of the neurobiological research which attempts to answer the question” Should the emphasis on verbal and symbolic, left hemispheric processing that dominates our field


  1. Participants will be able to discuss and explain the function and mediation of the Mirror Neuron System (MNS)



About the Presenter:
Uri Bergmann, PhD, is in full-time private practice working with adults, adolescents and children, including individual, marital, and family treatment. He supplements his practice as a forensic expert for defense attorneys. Dr. Bergmann has published in JEMDR Practice and Research and Traumatology. His presentations are recognized around the world including key note addresses at ISSD, EMDRIA, EMDR Europe, American Group Psychotherapy, and the International Association of Group Psychotherapy. He is an Editorial Board member of JEMDR Practice and Research and Traumatology, an EMDRIA Approved Trainer and Consultant and EMDR Institute Facilitator, on the Board of Directors, EMDR International Association, a Fellow, New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, and Past Vice President, State Board of Directors, New York State Society for Clinical Social Work

Module 3

Title: Dyadic Resourcing: Creating a Foundation for Processing Early Trauma with EMDR

Presenter: Philip Manfield, PhD
This workshop introduces "dyadic resourcing," a form or resourcing designed to facilitate the processing of very early trauma with severely deprived clients, including those with attachment disorders and severe dissociation. The goal of this process is to help a client connect affectively to the experience of being in a nurturing relationship, from which adaptive adult perspectives can arise. Through this process clients experience both roles, the role of the adult who loves them and the role of the child who is lovable and loved. These roles become increasingly real to them and clients come away with access to a loving non-judgmental view of themselves as a child.
This procedure is particularly useful for clients who think they were bad or worthless as children, who think the abuse or neglect they suffered chronically was deserved, who are overwhelmed by the intensity of their pain from early childhood experiences. These clients are usually unable to benefit from the common cognitive interweave, "If you were there as an adult, how could you have helped that child feel better about herself?" In other words, this type of resourcing is ideal for some of the most difficult EMDR clients, and helps to prepare them for trauma processing. Mastering these skills will be extremely useful to any EMDR clinician working clients with poor internalized adaptive adult resources.
Dyadic resourcing is typically a five step process: identifying a nurturing adult resource, make the resource real for the client, formulating a parent-child relationship involving the resource that is also real for the client, intensify the client's experience of that relationship, and helping the client to have the experience of both the child and adult in the resource dyad. This workshop will address each of these steps, covering the basic principles and processes central to this form of resourcing. The process will be illustrated using clinical videos. Perfecting the necessary skills to do this form of resourcing requires practice. Participants will come away from this workshop with the principles and a basic foundation on which to build. Techniques borrowed from Eidetic Psychotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Gestalt Therapy, hypnotic phrasing and other disciplines will be addressed. Links to free downloadable explanatory material from the presenter's book, EMDR Clinical Skills: Case Conceptualization and Dyadic Resourcing and free videos from www.emdrvideo.com will be offered for those interested in sharpening their skills in this useful resourcing approach.



  1.  Explain why cognitive interweaves are often not helpful to clients with severe dissociative disorders
  1. Describe how, through the process of "morphing," a fictitious adult resource figure can be converted to a parent child dyad and experienced as real.
  1.  List 4 indications that clients are overly identifying with their child selves by merging with the resource character rather than assuming an outside observer role.


About the Presenter:
Philip Manfield, PhD, a psychotherapist and EMDR trainer in the San Francisco Bay Area, has provided EMDR training for over 25 years in venues spanning 5 continents. He is the author of Split Self/Split Object (Aronson, 1992) and editor of two casebooks, EMDR Casebook (1998) and Extending EMDR: A Casebook of Innovative Applications ( W.W. Norton, 2003).   His two most recent books, Dyadic Resourcing: Creating a Foundation for Processing Trauma (Cornucopia Publishers, 2010) and EMDR Up-Close: Subtleties of Trauma Processing (Cornucopia Publishers, 2013) have attracted worldwide attention for the precision they bring to EMDR Therapy with their finely commented clinical transcripts.

Module 4

Title: The EMDR-Sandtray Protocol with Adults: Working with the Right Brain and Implicit Memory

Presenter: Ana M Gomez, MC, LPC

This is an innovative training that presents practical strategies resulting from the integration of Sandtray and Sandplay therapy into a comprehensive EMDR treatment with adults. This is especially useful for adults who present with complex trauma, dysregulation of the affective system and require greater distance from the traumatic material. The EMDR-Sandtray protocol offers various levels of distance from the traumatic material: the actual memory of trauma where the self is present in the story to the general “world” where the self is absent. The distance and titration offered by the use of the EMDR-Sandtray protocol give the client and the EMDR clinician the opportunity to access, explore and process traumatic material while working with the client’s mechanisms of adaptation and defenses.
One of the wonderful assets of using Sandtray and Sandplay strategies is their capacity to access implicit material through the use of stories, symbols and archetypes. When the inner world is physicalized and represented in the outer world using the language of the right brain, we begin to establish a dialogue with what exist within while having a greater sense of mastery and containment.  The EMDR-Sandtray protocol also incorporates the work with parts and actively embraces the PLAY system. “Play allows us a safe distance as we work on what’s close to our hearts” (Rogers, 1994).
Very creative ways of resourcing clients using the sand tray will be demonstrated as well as how to use these resources during the processing phases to optimize the client’s integrative capacities. A greater emphasis and time will be dedicated to the processing phases and the use of powerful interweaves. “Reparative interweaves” that meet unmet needs, interweaves that use Sandtray and Sandplay therapy and interweaves that work with parts will be demonstrated.


1.     Clinicians will be able to use three levels of distance to access memories of trauma/adversity using the EMDR-Sandtray protocol:

  • Actual memory-the self is present.
  • Current trigger-the self is present.
  • The story/world - the self is absent. Affect is not own yet by the client.   

2.     Participants will be able to use preparation strategies and to set up the assessment phase session to optimize the clients’ integrative capacity using the EMDR-Sandtray therapy.

3.     Participants will be able to use powerful interweaves such as:

  •  “Reparative interweaves” to help the client meet unmet attachment needs.
  •  Interweaves that use sand tray and Sandplay strategies.
  •  Interweaves that work with parts using IFS strategies.


About the Presenter:

Ana M. Gómez, MC, LPC, is a psychotherapist in private practice, a researcher, and a national and international speaker. She has been a keynote and pre-conference workshop guest lecturer at several conferences. She has presented extensively on the use of EMDR therapy and other adjunct approaches with children and adolescents with complex trauma, attachment injuries, and dissociation. Ana was the recipient of the 2011 “Distinguished Service Award” from the Arizona Play Therapy Association and the 2012 Sierra Tucson “Hope Award”. She is a trainer for the EMDR Institute, EMDR-IBA and EMDR-HAP, and is the founder and director of the Agate Institute in Phoenix. Ana is the author of the “Dark, Bad Day Go Away: A Book for Children about Trauma and EMDR”, the “Thoughts Kit for Kids”, “EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children: Complex Trauma, Attachment and Dissociation” and “All the Colors of Me: My First Book About Dissociation” co-authored with Dr. Sandra Paulsen. 

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