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Interpersonal EMDR – The Next Generation of EMDR

February 21 – 25, 2022   |   9:00 am – 12:30 pm daily   |   USD$848 / CAD$1,060

Presented by Roy Kiessling

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Roy Kiessling - Interpersonal EMDR
Roy Kiessling - Interpersonal EMDR
Roy Kiessling - Interpersonal EMDR

About this workshop

Francine Shapiro’s EMD created a great deal of interest and enthusiasm among therapists struggling to treat clients with post traumatic stress.

What began as a set of protocols and procedures to address single incident trauma has since evolved into a very sophisticated form of EMDR therapy.

Complex client presentations now require more than protocols and procedures. Conceptualizing a client’s presentation from a neurological perspective allows EMDR clinicians to create target sequence plans to address pre-verbal as well as verbal adverse experiences. An interpersonal approach to case conceptualization, treatment, and integration allows for full neural network processing across the client’s life span.

EMDR-trained therapists are invited to join Roy for this 16 ¼ hour program offering insights and strategies that will transform their current EMDR to one that stresses an interpersonal approach.

You will learn how EMDR has grown to include more complex clients having experienced trauma and/or adverse childhood experiences. These clients have a life span of disturbing and/or traumatic experiences requiring a strong therapeutic relationship that includes attunement, attachment, and an interpersonal relationship.

Understanding interpersonal EMDR

Understanding EMDR processing from a neurological memory network consolidation perspective forms the foundation for this interpersonal approach. This interpersonal approach influences EMDR’s case conceptualization, processing and integration.

Identifying core beliefs associated with both implicit and explicit memory networks will guide the development of target sequence plans as well as what resources need to be strengthened before, during and after processing.

Interpersonal processing involves both positive and negative networks with the goal being on linking, binding and consolidating entire neural networks across one’s life span, i.e., EMDR therapy’s 3 prongs.

Since one’s entire life is available during processing, an interpersonal attunement to the client’s non-verbals as well as an awareness of where they are within their neural network has added importance.

Participants attending this workshop will learn how to view their client’s presenting concerns from a positive and negative neural network perspective, how to put language to both the implicit and explicit components of these networks and how to link these networks.

Use of variable speed processing techniques, i.e., The Processing Continuum: EMD^, EMDr and EMDR will facilitate a safe, effective and efficient processing experience within the client’s window of tolerance, as the client consolidates these opposing networks into one — keeping what is important, letting go of no-longer adaptive feelings, emotions, and beliefs.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the attendee will have learned to:

  • Discuss Shapiro’s initial EMD research.

  • Describe the stimulation continuum: CS, DAS, DS.

  • Discuss the Adaptive Information Processing from a Neural Network Perspective.

  • Explain the interpersonal approach to case conceptualization and processing.

  • Apply extended stabilization resourcing interventions.

  • Discuss how to identify both negative and adaptive core beliefs.

  • Construct a belief focused, neural network targeting sequence plan.

  • Practice strengthening positive core beliefs.

  • Discuss target sequence plan client informed consent options.

  • List the 3 Processing Continuum processing modalities.

  • Recognize the processing continuum’s application in managing client emotions.

  • Summarize the use of interpersonal interventions during processing.

  • Apply EMD^ target processing.

  • Discuss the core belief, neural network approach to 3 prong processing.

  • Apply interpersonal EMDR in person and through telehealth.

CE Credits

US attendees: This workshop is approved for CE Credits (16.25 hours) by Praxis Continuing Education and Training, and for EMDRIA Credits (15 hours) by EMDR Consulting Provider #00015. For information about CE Credits, click here.

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Additional Workshop Details

Target Audience:
Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and Counseling Psychologists, Psychiatric Social Workers, Pastoral Counselors, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Counselors, Graduate Students in Accredited Programs in these fields

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Daily Workshop Agenda

Time Frame Content (Topics)
9:00 am – 10:15 am Shapiro’s initial EMD Research
EMD evolution to EMDR
Neurobiology of Memory Networks
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm AIP from a Neurological Network Perspective
Interpersonal/neural network approach to case conceptualization
9:00 am – 10:15 am Developing negative and adaptive core beliefs
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Target Sequence Planning
9:00 am – 10:15 am (TBA)
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Stage 1: Practicum
Target Sequence Planning
9:00 am – 10:15 am Stage 2: Processing
The Processing Continuum
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Stage 2: Practicum
Process a target using EMD^
9:00 am – 10:15 am Stage 2: Clinical Interventions
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Stage 3: Integration
Critical Incident Desensitization

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