Francine Shapiro started EMDR by working directly with highly traumatized soldiers. She targeted and saw results. Weeks, months or years of ressource installation or stabilization, currently « à la mode », are generally unnecessary and can hinder reprocessing. They can even contribute to a patient’s dissociative patterns. During this plenary presentation, Tony Brazil will explain and demonstrate how therapists’ fears cause them to delay or to stop reprocessing when certain abreactions appear. Dissociation is too often considered an obstacle and a problem to solve when using EMDR. In this plenary talk, Dissociation will be discussed and presented as a normal phenomenon seen in our offices during EMDR Therapy. Years of theoretical study on Dissociation do not necessarily provide therapists with tailored, appropriate strategies that allow EMDR reprocessing to continue. These strategies will be presented through direct consultation with participants’ case histories.
1. Participants will learn to understand how as EMDR therapists we may slow down or prevent reprocessing.
2. Participants will learn to engage in self-enquiry concerning automatic reactions when a patient manifests dissociative symptoms.
3. Participants will learn to come back to the original intuition of EMDR:
« The goal of EMDR treatment is to rapidly metabolize the dysfunctional residue from the past and transform it into something useful. » – from the Preface to the Third Edition of « Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy » by Francine Shapiro.
Percentage of EMDR: 100%