In-Person Training

Advanced Topics in EMDR Therapy

Extending your Practice to Work with Dissociation and Complex Trauma

AVAILABILITY: in-person and online (

DURATION: 2 days
IN-PERSON DELIVERY COST: $595+GST per person, including tea, coffee and lunch
TARGET AUDIENCE: Practitioners who have completed EMDR Basic training and are looking to extend their skills to work with complex trauma


The topics in this training are based on common questions and stuck point that therapists raise in consultation with Catherine in her work as an EMDR Consultant. Topics include a closer look at the Adaptive Information Processing Model, EMDR, Attachment and Dissociation, Choosing Negative and Positive Cognitions, Doing Resourcing Well, Using Cognitive Interweaves, Using Future Templates, Dealing with Blocked Processing, Using Bilateral Stimulation Progressively, Mobilising Self Compassion, EMDR and Values.

Detailed Content Summary

Part 1: Adaptive Information Processing Model: Presenting EMDR Therapy to Clients (51 min online)

  • Overview of the AIP model in broad neurobiological terms, linking it to action systems in the limbic system
  • Detailed demonstrations of how to present neurobiological rationales for trauma therapy, EMDR Therapy, and resolving emotion phobia to your clients
  • Demonstration of the Container exercise

    Part 2: EMDR Therapy, Attachment and Dissociation (1h 14 min online)

    • Brief overview of attachment and dissociation and their relevance to trauma therapy
    • Assessment and formulation of dissociation for EMDR Therapy
    • Demonstrations of how to present dissociation to clients
    • Brief overview of some therapies that address dissociation

    Part 3: Making an EMDR Formulation (29 min online)

    • Making an EMDR formulation
    • EMDR specific risk factors, attachment assessments and EMDR trauma themes
    • Practice formulating 3 cases for EMDR Therapy

    Part 4: The Meaning we Make of Trauma: Establishing Negative and Positive Cognitions (1h 32 min online)

    • This section addresses the most common question from new EMDR therapists in consultation: “How do you know when you have the right Negative Cognition?”
    • Practice assessing for the three trauma themes in 3 cases
    • Transcripts of real sessions determining the NC with commentary
    • Resourcing considerations for each trauma theme

    Part 5: Comments on the Standard Protocol (36 min online)

    • Cognitive Interweaves as a means of bridging Maladaptive and Adaptive Information
    • Review of each step of the standard protocol and special considerations for each step
    • Comments on bilateral stimulation

    Part 6: Help!! Processing Problems (1h 18 min online)

    • A close look at common challenges with the Phase 4, reprocessing
    • Linking processing to formulation
    • Roadmap to addressing processing problems and steps to take depending on the challenge you are facing
    • Demonstration and/or of some adjunct protocols that are useful for resolving processing problems, including: Loving Eyes, CIPOS, Flash, Parts Work, Level of Urge to Avoid, Positive
    • Affect Tolerance
    • Overview of using the Progressive Approach to EMDR when the Standard Protocol is not possible

    Part 7: EMDR Therapy and Values (27 min online)

    • Brief comments on the relevance of values work to EMDR Therapy with complex trauma
    • Demonstration of an Inner Wisdom exercise to access values
    • Comments on the self and values
    • Concluding remarks
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