EMDR Master Class / Master Class Intensive Training

The EMDR Master Class is advanced training to teach the art of EMDR, with particular emphasis on EMDR with complex trauma, utilising the framework of Structural Dissociation.

A two-day Structural Dissociation training is offered immediately prior to the Master Class This training is a mandatory prerequisite for the Master Class and must be attended even though you may have previously attended a one-day Structural Dissociation training. A discount applies if you are attending the Master Class.

Master Class

This advanced training will teach the Art of EMDR, with a special focus on EMDR with complex trauma, utilizing the framework of Structural Dissociation (van der Hart, Nijenhuis, Steele, 2006). The Adaptive Information Processing model which guides EMDR treatment, views present problems resulting from past experiences which are dysfunctionally stored. The heart of EMDR involves the transmutation of these dysfunctionally stored memories into an adaptive resolution that promotes psychological health. The Art of EMDR is attunement to the client, resonating, and providing optimal bilateral stimulation to maximize processing.

The "Art" of EMDR is expressed in numerous ways: the dance of attunement during bilateral stimulation; knowing when to interweave vs. "stay out of the way"; reading the signs of reprocessing; how to work with phobia of affect/traumatic material; and knowing what to do when the reprocessing isn't moving along as expected. This workshop will teach preparation phase strategies to prepare for the complexities of treating trauma, and then will help participants expand and integrate their knowledge and skills in applying the Standard Protocol through advanced practicums. The workshop is limited to 18 clinicians who have completed an EMDRIA approved EMDR basic training.

The philosophy of this training is the art is learned most effectively through demonstration and practice rather than didactically. There will be life demonstrations by Dr. Solomon to illustrate EMDR, with discussion afterwards to highlight the teaching points. For personal practice, nearly 60% of the workshop is spent in groups of 2 or 3 where you can use personal material as you rotate the roles of client, therapist, and observer. These sessions will be facilitated by workshop instructors who will provide live and immediate feedback to help your fine tune your skills. What you can work on is completely up to you. You can expect approximately 3 hours in the role of client over the course of the 4 days. The workshop instructors are careful to create a safe environment for you to go as deep as you need to go as client. Your therapist is observed and assisted by training instructors to provide you good treatment. The training is 4 days to allow the time to accomplish significant work. While participants are encouraged to work on their own issues personal boundaries will be respected

Advanced Learning Topics Include:

  • Case Conceptualization & Target Selection
  • Preparation phase strategies for complex trauma
  • Resource Development and Installation
  • Negative and Positive Cognition Selection
  • Recognizing Signs of Processing
  • Fine-tuning the Application of Dual Attention Stimulation to Maximize Processing
  • Clinical Containment Issues
  • Knowing when to interweave vs. "stay out of the way"
  • Consolidating Treatment Gains
Master Class Intensive

The Master Class Intensive will be an in-depth, in vivo workshop for veterans of the Master Class. Many participants have requested an opportunity to continue to do meaningful personal work in a retreat setting and get the benefits of a multiday format in a safe environment. Roger thinks of it as the “Kick-ass” “Master Class” because participants will be working very hard at addressing personal issues. Participants will have at least 5-6 sessions over the 3 days. The workshop will mostly consist of demonstrations with Roger, as well as practicums in pairs. The format facilitates an intense learning experience. With the demonstrations and practicums (as both client and therapist), which will be at an advance level, participants will benefit personally and gain experiential knowledge that will increase therapeutic skills and ability.

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