Healing The Whole Self: Treating Dissociation In Harmony With EMDR Therapy

Healing The Whole Self:

Treating Dissociation in Harmony with EMDR Therapy


December 1st, 2017 

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Location:

11031 E. Victoria St., Chandler, AZ 85248 


This training will be held at a ranchette setting in Chandler. Easily accessed off of the 10 or 202 highway (south loop) my Chandler office is located near Riggs Road and Arizona Avenue. Although I run many equine-facilitated events here, this is not an equine-facilitated training; the setting does provide a peaceful and natural learning environment.

Due to the highly interactive nature of this event, registration is limited to 10-12 Participants Only 

Whether a seasoned EMDR therapist, or one who is recently trained, we all know that clients with complex developmental trauma disorders don’t necessarily “fit the mold.” It can be challenging when the traumatic material does not move. We may find ourselves trying to figure out what to do and what to target. Perhaps we find ourselves feeling “stuck” with these challenging cases, wondering why EMDR Standard Protocol isn’t “working,” baffled by why a client destabilizes, and needing extra clinical support.

The challenge is not that the EMDR standard protocol doesn’t “work,” it is actually that with complex trauma, there is a dissociative process in place that must be treated, first. And, no matter whether working in an agency, or in private practice, we all work with clients with complex trauma and dissociation. It imperative that EMDR therapists working with complex trauma include extensive stabilization measures, including the treatment of the dissociation itself, thereby ensuring the client’s ability to maintain dual attention necessary for processing.

Because EMDR therapy is not a stand-alone treatment for dissociation, clients with complex trauma and dissociation need EMDR clinicians to be proficient in the dissociation theory and the treatment of dissociation. Without this understanding, EMDR clinicians may find themselves overlooking its impact on the clinical landscape. For those not trained in dissociation theory, there can then become extensive, sometimes even seemingly daunting, search for additional preparation and stabilization skill building interventions. Meanwhile, the dissociation is still not being addressed. Therefore, as EMDR clinicians working with complex trauma it is ethically and clinically necessary to seek additional training, consultation, and clinical support when working with complex trauma and dissociation.

This full day training will provide attendees with an introduction to the treatment of complex developmental trauma and dissociation. A highly interactive and engaging training, participants will learn via case studies, video, interactive activities, and didactic discussion. Attendees will be provided and introduction to structural dissociation theory as well as specific “how-to” methods for addressing complex trauma.

Eligibility for 7 EMDRIA Credits is restricted to those who have completed an EMDRIA-Approved Basic EMDR Training. If you are seeking EMDRIA Credits, please also email a copy of your EMDR Training Certificate of Completion to sarah@dragonflyinternationaltherapy.com in order to complete your registration.

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Sarah Jenkins, MC, LPC maintains responsibility for this program and its content in accordance with EMDRIA requirements.

The program site is ADA compliant. Please contact the host organization if special accommodations are required.