Houston Event:  Spring 2018

Clinical Strategies for EMDR:  Creative Protocols

Presenter:  Esly Carvalho, Ph.D.

Date:  Friday and Saturday – February 2 & 3, 2018

              Registration:  8:30 am to 9:00 am  

              Workshop:  9 am to 5:00 pm both days. 

Location:  The Woodlands (North Houston), TX

Continuing Ed:   14 CEs and 14 EMDRIA Credits

Payment Information:  Early Bird $325.00 until Friday, Jan 19, 2018, after which $375.00


Intended Audience

This workshop is intended for mental health professionals who have completed an EMDRIA approved EMDR Therapist training in EMDR (both Part I and Part II) and the 10 hours of consultation.

The Speaker

Esly Regina Carvalho, Ph. D. is a Brazilian-American Trainer of Trainers for the EMDR Institute and EMDR Ibero-America (EMDR IBA). She has helped bring EMDR to Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Panama, Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, and trained professionals in Portugal and Spain. A published author and speaker (in Spanish, Portuguese and English) as well as a Psychodrama Trainer, Esly has integrated her Psychodrama background into EMDR training and clinical practice. Presently residing in Brasilia, Brazil, she directs the TraumaClinic as well as an EMDR training center where trainings are held in over 15 cities of Brazil. In 2014, she established a publishing house specifically dedicated to publishing books on EMDR, trauma and related issues. As one of its co-founders, Esly was President of EMDR Ibero-America (2007-2010; 2010-2013). Esly is married and loves those grandchildren!

Clinical Strategies for EMDR therapy:

Creative Protocols

Pillars of Life: Resource Installation

This presentation will highlight the Pillars of Life, a resourcing technique, adapted from the work of Dr. Carlos Raimundo, an Argentine-Australian psychiatrist/coach/ psychodramatist. Its purpose is to illustrate an additional resourcing instrument for the ever-needed growth of our therapeutic toolkit.

Utilized in the preparation phase, its structure targets resources, through the use of the positive cognitions and the VoC scale, celebrating what has been good in a person’s life and what has gone right. Very simple in its application, the Pillars of Life can be used at the beginning of the therapy process as a diagnostic tool to assess the patient’s inner resources as well as an instrument to augment and underline the necessary resources to move on to deeper therapeutic work. Oftentimes it can be utilized as an interweave, in cases of complex PTSD, when resource pendulation is required during phase 4.

A short taped session will be presented, illustrating the use of the Pillars of Life with a client. Its use as a group intervention will also be applied to the participants of the workshop. A short practicum is included. Appropriate discussion time will be allowed for questions and answers.

Dream Protocol

This protocol is an adaptation of the Recent Events Protocol taught in Basic Training, and applied to dream work. Cognitive Interweaves are taught as closure techniques for dreams.

Healing the Folks Who Live Inside: EMDR as Role Therapy

The integration of EMDR with Role Therapy will be presented as a comprehensive approach to the treatment of a wide spectrum of clients. Role therapy is presented as a “normalizing” approach to trauma and dissociation, treating clients’ inner roles as EMDR targets. Role therapy will be presented as an alternative comprehension to Ego State.

Most clients can benefit from role therapy since this is an approach that encompasses almost all diagnoses. Participants will be taught to identify clients’ roles and how they interact within the client, so that EMDR can be used to treat and heal inner roles. Instead of working with difficult dissociative diagnoses, role therapy with EMDR allows most clinicians to treat their usual caseload, in addition to more serious dissociative cases.

Accordingly, this presentation will propose that the symptoms clients present are different roles that are developmentally formed and sometimes blocked by traumatic events. We will examine the applications of role therapy and techniques to all phases of the EMDR protocol in order to facilitate the treatment of these clients. Central to this approach is the conceptualization of self and one’s inner roles and counter-roles. Discussion will include how to use a developmental approach to assessment, and will review the identification, mapping and accessing of roles as well as how to promote the use role-specific EMDR targets, facilitating the enhancement of EMDR processing

Adult Drawing Protocol

This workshop will present the adaptation of the traditional 8-phase EMDR treatment approach using drawings, pictures and metaphorical language; with adults. The eight phases will be described in detail, and presentations from client cases will illustrate its use. Pictures will be shown from the beginning and end of the same session as a means of demonstrating the efficacy of EMDR and its power for change.

Heal Your Brain, Heal Your Body

This presentation details creative clinical strategies used in the application of EMDR therapy to physical pain, surgeries, and medical interventions. It includes suggestions for “antidotes” as resource measures to help deal with disease, its consequences, treatment and prevention.

A short presentation of the ACE study will help make the connection between adverse childhood experiences and adult illnesses, underlining the importance of healing trauma, especially in childhood, when possible a prevention strategy, and in adulthood as a remedial solution.

The Adult Drawing Protocol (Carvalho, 2009) will show how pictures can be drawn in order to create the pain image/target for desensitization and reprocessing.

The Symptom Role-Reversal Protocol (Carvalho, 2015) borrows techniques from Psychodrama, more specifically, from J. L. Moreno’s Role Theory. Cognitive Interweaves are used as clinical strategies to elicit further information from the Information Neuro-Networks in role-reversal. Symptoms are “interviewed” by the therapist while the client is in role-reversal as the symptom, a traditional Psychodrama technique, while the traditional phases of EMDR therapy are used to heal the maladaptive information stored in the brain so that healthy responses can emerge for that role. Physical pain is often released and resolved using EMDR applied to symptoms in role-reversal. Role-reversal also allows for the touchstone event to be identified and healed with EMDR therapy.

Finally, the importance of the development of “antidotes” and “medicine” will be presented, as a means of healing as well as preventing the worsening of symptoms.

Additional Protocols:

Museum Protocol: A protocol for multiple experiences of the same kind, such as experiences that have been repeated in a person’s life, for example, multiple experiences of physical abuse. The “paintings” in the Museum are scenes in the client’s life.

Photo Album Protocol: A protocol for multiple experiences of the same kind, but that allows the client to choose which to keep and which to discard.

Play of Life: Developed originally by Carlos Raimundo, MD, Ph.D. and adapted for EMDR Therapy by Esly Carvalho, Ph.D., this protocol helps the client pinpoint what is the first step that must be taken to change their life, and in what direction. Excellent diagnostic and coaching tool.

Event Days and Times:


 DAY 1: Friday, Feb 02, 2018 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Pillars of Life: Resource Installation
Group Protocol
Explanation of the Protocol
Q & A
Dream Protocol
Explanation of the Dream Protocol
Q & A
Healing the Folks Who Live Inside: EMDR as Role Therapy
Video (Casos dificeis #1)

Lunch (on your own)

Role Theory
Role Therapy
Use of Folks Kit and Play of Life Kit
Demo  (Social Atom)

Day Two: Saturday,  Feb 03, 2018 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Adult Drawing Protocol
Explanation of the Protocol
Q & A
Heal Your Brain, Heal Your Body
Video Difficult Cases #2

Lunch (on your own)

Explanation of Clinical Strategies for Physical Ailments and Pain
Additional Protocols: Museum, Photo Album
Explanation Museum Protocol
Play of Life Protocol
Explanation Photo Album Interweave

Payment Information:

Early Bird $325.00 until Friday, Jan 19, 2018, after which $375.00

Cancellation/Refund:  Your tuition is refundable less a processing fee of $75.00 up to 10 days prior to the workshop date.  Nine days prior or less, no refund is given.

All grievances must be in writing to Jordan Shafer and will be replied to within 5 – 10 business days.

This workshop is held in facilities which are in compliance with the Americans Disabilities Act. Please contact Jordan Shafer if special accommodation is required.

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Last Day to book, Jan 19th, 2018


CE Information

14 Professional CE CREDITS & 14 EMDRIA Credits

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