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Troubleshooting in EMDR Therapy (video-on-demand)

Length: 2 Day workshop (6 hrs. per day)

This workshop is like the last page in the manual of your new washing machine: what can go wrong, how do I know, and what can I do? The workshop covers six levels where you, as an EMDR clinician, can get into (and out of trouble) with clients:

1. Client has reasons not to solve the problem (secondary gain, narcissistic investment in being a difficult client, etc.).

2. Therapeutic relationship (or lack of it) prevents spontaneous EMDR processing. Therapists are neither saints nor machines and challenging clients may induce fatigue, irritation and insecurity. Pitfalls and unproductive interaction patterns specific for trauma clients will be discussed along with strategies to prevent or repair damage.

3. Case conceptualization/target selection. If you resolve the wrong targets, the right healing will not happen. But sometimes clients have so many traumas you don’t know where to start. Advanced strategies for target selection in complex cases will be offered.

4. Timing and preparation. Without adequate stabilization trouble emerges during the EMDR reprocessing. Criteria for “bearing strength” will be presented, including interventions and self-help strategies to enlarge the client’s window of tolerance.

5. Technique and procedure: Sometimes therapists make mistakes in EMDR technique, but also some clients cannot ‘do their job’ in the EMDR procedure. Strategies are presented to deal with contra productive client behaviors like extreme censoring, excessive need for control, failure anxiety, traumazapping, or wallowing in self-pity and victimhood.

6. Blocked processing: The more damaged the clients, the more we have to intervene actively during the processing. Strategies such as the ‘noncognitive interweave’ will be introduced as an extrastrong intervention, to be used when words and the usual interweaves are not enough.

Learning objectives- Participants will be able to identify: (1) approaches to deal with difficulties originating from the function of the problems in the client’s life; (2) approaches to deal with difficulties originating from the therapeutic relationship; (3) advanced strategies for case conceptualization; (4) ways to assess bearing strength and indicate stabilization techniques; (5) skills to promote successful reprocessing; and (6) advanced techniques for implementing interweaves.

Dr. Joany Spierings returns to the US by popular demand following last year’s tour de force visit and training.

Joany is a psychologist who has been practicing in the Netherlands, for 35 years, and specializes in complex trauma and complicated grief. She works with severely traumatized clients and develops stabilization techniques and adaptations of EMDR to fit the specific needs of these clients.

Throughout Europe, Joany is a highly respected master clinician, consultant and trainer. She is a founding member of EMDR Europe and the Dutch EMDR Association (one of Europe’s largest EMDR-member nations, and Vice President of the Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP-Europe).

Joany has presented at most European Conferences and all Dutch Conferences to date and has trained and presented in 25 countries around the world (China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Israel, Palestine, Algeria, Canada, the U.S, all of Europe and more).

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.

CE Credit Hours: 12

Course Materials

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