Dallas Event:  Spring 2018


Reconnecting the Self:  Reprocessing Early Trauma & Neglect Held in Implicit Memory


Presenter: Katie O’Shea

Date:  Friday and Saturday – March 23, 24

Location:  Comfort Inn, Plano, TX

Continuing Ed:   14 CEs and 14 EMDRIA Credits

Tuition:  Early Bird $375.00 until Friday, Jan 26, 2018, after which $425.00





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

Katie O’Shea, MS, LCPC, is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, and a Trauma-Recovery/HAP Senior Facilitator. Having spent forty years treating all ages and almost all diagnoses, twenty-six with EMDR, she attempts to support each person’s healing potential in efficient, effective and empowering ways. Katie has identified “EMDR Friendly Preparation Methods” which allow clients to maximize their innate ability to unlearn what’s no longer useful, and learn what is. She originated the Early Trauma Protocol for EMDR making it possible to fully reprocess experiences held in implicit memory by focusing on time periods rather than specific experiences. Katie has presented at European, Canadian and International EMDR Conferences since 1997.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify challenges to applying EMDR to early developmental trauma as informed by neurobiological studies..
  • Prepare the client for early trauma processing with client-friendly education and resources.
  • Efficiently update innate affective resources without accessing disturbing material.
  • Systematically target early disturbance held in implicit memory.
  • Use “imaginative” to stimulate blocked processing and ensure reprocessing is complete.


Workshop Abstract

The challenges of using EMDR for early trauma and neglect are that 1) EMDR readily targets explicit memories, but early trauma is held in implicit memory in the right hemisphere and is not typically subject to direct recall. 2) Accessing the felt sense of early experience can be overwhelming if it includes the paucity of internal resources of a neglected baby. This workshop addresses both problems through careful preparation and systematic trauma reprocessing. The preparation includes A) containment, B) safe state, and C) resetting innate emotional resources, which appear to directly act upon primary process affective circuits to down-regulate the experience of emotional intensity. After the three Preparation steps, the method systematically reprocesses early trauma, in the absence of explicit memory. It targets consecutive time periods beginning before birth and installs positive experience.  As a result, the client builds a foundation of a felt sense of attachment and belonging, with emergent positive cognitions, enabling the client to meet the next developmental milestone in sequence. The procedures were developed by Katie O’Shea as an outgrowth of experience with EMDR Therapy, including Sandra Paulsen’s work treating ego states with EMDR. The two have collaborated on these methods since 2006.

Event Days and Times:

DAY 1: Friday, March 23, 2018

09:00    Introductory Remarks
09:15   Challenges of Processing Early Trauma, Attachment, Affect Regulation & the Brain
10:45   Preparation Steps 1 – Containment and 2 – Safe State, Demo/Video

12:30   Lunch

1:30     Preparation Step 3 – Resetting/Updating the Hardwired Affective Circuits
3:00     Step 3 Demo/Video, Q&A
3:45     Practicum Steps 1, 2, 3
5:00       Q&A, Consultation
5:30     End

DAY 2: Saturday, March 24, 2018

09:00   Temporal Integrationism, Somatic Awareness, Imagination, and the Brain,
10:00   Step 4 – Clearing Trauma By Time Frame – Targeting and Desensitization
11:15   Interweaves, Installation, Navigating, Demo/Video

12:30   Lunch

01:30   Practicum Step 4 – Clearing Early Experience by Time Frame
05:15   Q&A, Final Comments
05:30   End

Payment Information:

Early Bird $375.00 until Friday, March 9, 2018, after which $425.00

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.

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.)




Comfort Inn & Suites, East Plano 
700 East Central Parkway 
Plano, Texas 75074 
Phone: 972-881-1881 
Direct: 972-244-1580 



CE Information

14 Professional CE CREDITS & 14 EMDRIA CREDITS

(Attendance on both days is required to receive CE credit.  Partial credit is not given.)

The EMDR Therapist Training offers 40 hours of continuing education upon completion program, including 40 hours of instruction and 10 hours of consultation. Partial credit is not given, as per the requirements of EMDRIA and the participating Texas boards.

CompassionWorks offers  Texas LPC, Texas MFT, and Texas LMSW credits.