EMDR therapy is a successful model for dealing with serious health problems (both in the general population and in trauma survivors). Research has shown that having a traumatic childhood marked by ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) lead to serious health problems in the survivor population. The ACE Study concludes that there is a strong relationship of adult health status and childhood abuse and neglect. Childhood toxic stressors are related to development and prevalence of risk factors for disease. They can lead to social, emotional and cognitive impairment, adoption of health risk behavior, disease, disability, social problems and early death.
EMDR therapy facilitates comprehensive treatment of health-related problems by processing obstacles that may be complicating healing, such as traumas related to early abuse, past and current difficult medical treatment, chronic illness, pain and other somatic issues.
The development of an EMDR Treatment Plan to treat health problems in both non-traumatized clients and ACE survivors, utilizing the ACE questionnaire, a specific health history, and development of specific targets, will be highlighted. Specialized techniques will be taught for phases 1-2 work to help the patient experience self-soothing and stress reduction, develop emotional regulation, and to avoid re-traumatization in the healthcare setting. Work in Phases 3-7 will emphasize processing past traumas, attachment ruptures, and specific health issues. Skills development, such as rehearsing for medical visits, coping with diagnosis, surgery, and post-surgery treatments, will be presented. Practical case descriptions and scripts will highlight work with illnesses such as stroke and cancer. This presentation will include demonstrations and practice sessions.
This workshop is an Advanced 2-day Workshop For Trained EMDR Clinicians.
This workshop is approved by EMDRIA for 13 CEU credits.