EMDR Treatment of Chronically Traumatized Clients



This is an EMDR Advanced Training that will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 19, 20, 2017 in Dallas (Allen), Texas at the Garden Hilton Inn.  Go to Time & Location Information

Attendees must have completed a full EMDRIA approved EMDR Therapist training (formerly known as “Level1 and Level2”).   Reviewing of Francine Shapiro’s text, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing:  Basic Principles, Protocol and Procedures is strongly suggested.

Facebook Group

When you register, you will be invited to join a closed facebook group to ask Roger questions about the workshop and working with chronically traumatized clients.  The group will be open for two months after the workshop so you can ask follow-up questions.


Early Bird $375.00 – until May 5, 2017,  After May 5, 2017 – $425.00

        14 EMDRIA Credits, and 14 Credits are included.

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Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 7.38.18 PMDr. Roger Solomon is a psychologist specializing in the areas of trauma and grief.  Dr. Solomon has co-authored and co-presented with Onno van der Hart, Ph.D. and Ellert R. S. Nijenhuis Ph.D.  on the utilization of EMDR therapy with complex trauma. He has been Senior Faculty with the EMDR Institute since 1993 and was trained by  Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. the founder of EMDR. He teaches the EMDR basic training nationally and internationally; and he has developed and presents advanced workshops on EMDR and grief, complex and acute trauma, psychological first aid, and working with first responders.  Recently he taught workshops on utilization of EMDR with complex trauma and grief in Israel.  He regularly consults with the US Senate, providing direct services through the Senate Employee Assistance Program. He has authored or co-authored 41 articles and book chapters pertaining to EMDR, trauma, grief, acute trauma and law enforcement stress.   



There is currently consensus that the EMDR standard protocol needs modification for clients diagnosed with a combination of personality and complex trauma related disorders, the consequence of a history of chronic abuse and failure of attachment. This two-day workshop is designed to help experienced clinicians apply appropriate EMDR therapy adaptations when working with these clients because of the strong potential for  destabilization. Participants will be taught  the dissociative nature of these disorders and how to treat them within the framework of EMDR. They will gain a solid understanding of the structure of the dissociative personality:  the dissociative parts, their strengths deficits and their interrelationships. 

Participants  will be taught the essential preparatory work needed before integrating and reprocessing traumatic memories using the framework of phase-oriented treatment and the theory of structural dissociation of the personality.  Phase-oriented treatment has its origins in the pioneering work of Pierre Janet ‘s  psychology of action and advanced by psychologists Onno van der Hart, Ph.D. and Ellert Nijenhuis, Ph.D. There are three phases in treatment: (1) stabilization and symptom reduction; (2) treatment of traumatic memories; and (3) personality (re)integration and rehabilitation.  Its application takes the form of a spiral, in which the different treatment phases can be alternated according to the needs of the client with the overall treatment goal to help clients gradually strengthen the personality structure allowing for the system to operate optimally.

Within this context, the workshop will address dealing with blocked EMDR processing, use of cognitive interweaves, time orientation of parts, and “dissociative table” to facilitate co-consciousness and titrate emotional intensity.

There will be ample time for discussion. Videos of client sessions that will illustrate teaching points will be shown. (Warning: videos have strong emotional content typical of clients with complex trauma). Dr. Solomon’s three publications on utilization of EMDR therapy with complex trauma, written with an international team headed by Onno van der Hart, Ph.D. and Ellert R. S. Nijenhuis Ph.D., will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.

(Current research is limited in the application of EMDR to trauma-related disorders.)



Participants will:

  1. Discuss the theory and history of structural dissociation of the personality and how the personality can split into parts when there are chronic conditions of abuse or neglect.
  2. Identify how the Adaptive Information Processing Model, which guides EMDR therapy and discuss modifications of the standard EMDR protocol appropriate for complex trauma.
  3. Describe how to help keep clients within their window of tolerance.
  4.  Apply phase oriented therapy to complex trauma related disorders

Date and Times:

Day 1 – Friday, May 19, 2017

8:00-8:30 AM  Coffee & Registration
8:30 – 10:15     Introduction of The Theory of Structural Dissociation of the Personality.
10:15  – 10:30     Break
10:30 – 12:00      Dissociation continued.  Introduction to Phase Oriented Treatment and EMDR

12-1:30 PM  Lunch (on your own)

1:30 – 3:00    Phase 1: Stabilization
3:00 –  3:15  Break
3:15 – 4:30   Stabilization, continued
4:30 –  5:00  Summary and Wrap up

Day 2 – Saturday, May 20, 2017

8:00-8:30 AM  Coffee & Check-in
8:30-10:15 Phase 2: Memory work: safe use of EMDR for memory processing
10:15- 10:30 Break
10:30 -12:00 Memory work, continued

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 Memory work, continued, Phase 3: Personality (Re)Integration
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:30 Personality (Re)Integration, continued
4:30 – 5:00 Summary and Wrap up


Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Allen
705 Central Expressway South
Allen, Texas 75013
Tel: 214-547-1700
Fax: 214-547-1705

       Group Code:  CMPSS



Early Bird $375.00 – until May 5, 2017,  After May 5, 2017 – $425.00

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  • The California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) Provider Number OS-12-174-1116 Expires 11-2018
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(14 EMDRIA Credits, and 14 Credits are included.)

Certificates are awarded online after completion of the workshop. Participants print their own certificate after registering at ce-classes.com, entering a keycode, and completing an evaluation form.

“Licensed Professionals should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.”

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

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

ADA: 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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