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EMDR Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder, Dissociation and Complex Trauma (1-Day Video-on-demand)

Length: 1 Day

EMDR Training for Borderline Personality Disorder, Dissociation and Complex Trauma

presented by Colin A. Ross, M.D.

6 credit for 1 day training: EMDRIA, NASW, LMFT and LMHC, LPC and other NBCC approved masters level clinicians

Dr. Ross provides a comprehensive overview of EMDR, borderline personality disorder, dissociation and complex trauma, including examples of specific treatment techniques and strategies. Dr. Ross will review the definition of dissociation and the differences between psychoform and somatoform dissociation. He will spend considerable time on dissociative identity disorder (DID): how to diagnose it; what it is and what it is not; prevalence, reliability and validity; treatment outcome data for DID; and the relationship between DID and PTSD. In his clinical experience, three common reasons for adverse reactions to EMDR he sees in patients referred to his hospital Trauma Programs are: failure to diagnose a complex dissociative disorder; inadequate history, preparation and stabilization; and moving into desensitization too quickly. Dr. Ross will then discuss borderline personality disorder (BPD) and the relationship between BPD, reactive attachment disorder, and dissociation. He will then place BPD within a modified version of the theory of structural dissociation – this formulation leads naturally to treating DID within EMDR and within the Adaptive Information Processing model. This will be followed by an explanation of the principles of Dr. Ross’ Trauma Model Therapy, which is suitable for DID, BPD, PTSD and a wide range of mental health problems and addictions. These principles can be most helpful in EMDR therapy of BPD, prior to desensitization work. He will finish the day with case examples of treatment techniques and an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Content Outline - Colin A. Ross, M.D.

Part One: The Dissociative Disorders
Part Two: Dissociation and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
Part Three: Trauma Model Therapy, BPD and Dissociation
Part Four: Trauma Model Therapy

Objectives -- Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the phenomenology, epidemiology, reliability and validity, and treatment outcome for dissociative identity disorder.
  2. Describe the relationships between trauma, disrupted attachment, PTSD, dissociation and borderline personality disorder (BPD).
  3. Describe the core principles and techniques of Trauma Model Therapy.

Colin A. Ross received his M.D. from the University of Alberta in 1981 and completed his psychiatry training at the University of Manitoba in 1985. He has been running a Trauma Program in the Dallas, Texas area since 1991 and consults to two other Trauma Programs, one at Forest View Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan and one at Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, California. His Texas Trauma Program moved to UBH Denton in September, 2015. Dr. Ross is the author of 28 books and 190 professional papers and is a Past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Dr. Ross has spoken widely throughout North America and in Europe, China, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.Dr. Ross is an internationally renowned speaker. He is adept at imparting complex information in a clear, user-friendly fashion. More info at the Colin Ross Institute:

Note: The content and application of this training material is for EMDR trained clinicians only. Viewing is for registered participants only. No recordings or other distribution of the materials without the presenter and sponsor’s permission is allowed.

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