2023 Toronto Regional Conference - Day One

September 21, 2023

This event will kick off with a full-day presentation from D Michael Coy that will focus on clinical work with dissociative populations that integrates theory and aspects of Ego State Therapy, Mirror Neurons, EMDR, and Hypnosis.

The Best Way Out Is Always Through: Explorations in Integrating EMDR, Ego State Therapy, and Trance Phenomena to Treat Complex Trauma and Dissociation

Presenter: D. Michael Coy

Abstract: D. Michael Coy, MA, LICSW, (he/they) is a 2006 graduate of The Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice at the University of Chicago. Psychodynamically grounded, Michael integrates EMDR therapy with additional training in clinical hypnosis, Ego State Therapy, Deep Brain Reorienting, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. He offers clinical consultation on diagnostic evaluation and clinical practice with persons with complex trauma and dissociative symptoms/disorders. Michael maintains a private practice in Bremerton, Washington, USA, serving emerging adults, adults, and older adults.

Michael is an EMDR Certified Approved Consultant and Trainer through the EMDR International Association and served on EMDRIA's Standards & Training committee from 2014 to 2017. From 2017-2020, Michael co-chaired the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation’s EMDR Therapy Training Task Group, which created ISSTD's EMDR therapy basic training. He now co-chairs ISSTD’s EMDR Therapy Training Committee and co-teaches the training. Michael is currently serving a three-year term on the EMDRIA Training Council.

Since 2016, Michael has collaborated with colleague Jennifer Madere and Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation (MID) developer Paul F. Dell to make the MID more accessible. He co-authored the MID Interpretive Manual, 2nd-4th Editions, and updates and manages the MID Analysis and MID website. Since 2017, Jennifer and Michael have taught and consulted for hundreds of clinicians, both in the US and internationally, on the use of the MID for diagnosis, case conceptualization, and treatment.

Michael has previously presented on his own EMDR Introject Decathexis (Id) Protocol, as well as a framework for recognizing, contextualizing, and resolving clients’ dissociated memory material communicated via mirror neuronal resonance, the integration of Ego State Therapy and EMDR, and the creative employment of trance in the treatment of complex trauma and dissociation. He has also co-authored both an article and a book chapter on screening and diagnostic assessment of dissociative disorders. He has co-authored both an article on screening for dissociation in EMDR therapy and a book chapter on diagnostic instruments used to assess for dissociative disorders.

Michael was elected to ISSTD’s Board of Directors in 2017, and became Treasurer in 2018, a role in which he continues to serve. He was named a fellow of ISSTD in 2019 and has received from ISSTD the Cornelia B. Wilbur Award for Outstanding Clinical Contributions to the Treatment of Dissociative Disorders (2022), the Mid-Career Achievement Award (2021), and the President’s Award for Distinguished Service (2018, 2019, and 2021).

Target Audience


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least one element shared in common between trance and mirror neuronal function
  • Define ego cathexis and object cathexis
  • Describe at least one potential effect of reduced internal conflict
  • Define at least four of the six steps in the Introject Decathexis Protocol
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09/21/2023 - 8:30am EDT
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09/21/2023 - 5:00pm EDT
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Day One Schedule


8:30 - 9:00 AMRegistration and Light Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10 AMThe Best Way Out Is Always Through: Explorations in Integrating EMDR, Ego State Therapy, and Trance Phenomena to Treat Complex Trauma and Dissociation (Coy)
9:10 - 9:55 AMEstablishing a Treatment Frame
•        Three Stages of Treatment
•        Dissociation, Trance, & Trance Logic
•        Elements of an Integrative Approach
9:55 - 10:20 AMGetting In to Get Out: Re-alerting to Shift Executive Control
•        Context for a Brief Intervention
•        Case Example
10:20 - 10:30 AMQ&A
10:30 - 10:45 AMBreak
10:45 - 12:05 PMYours, Mine, Ours: Employing Trance in the Relational Field
•        A Framework for Recognizing and Bringing to Consciousness the Client’s ‘Untold Story’ 
•        Case Example
12:05 - 12:15 PMQ&A
12:15 - 1:15 PMLunch 
1:15 - 2:00 PMYou Used to Be Me: Increasing Co-conscious Awareness Between Self-states
•        Conceptualizing a More Complex Intervention
•        Case Example
2:00 - 2:30 PMA Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You: Unbinding Introjects from Trance and Trauma
•        Establishing an Integrative Approach to Resolve Entrenched Internal Conflict
2:30 - 2:45 PMQ&A
2:45 - 3:00 PMBreak
3:00 -4:30 PMA Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You: Unbinding Introjects from Trance and Trauma
•        Establishing an Integrative Approach to Resolve Entrenched Internal Conflict
4:30 - 5:00 PMDiscussion and Wrap-up


Central YMCA
20 Grosvenor St
Toronto M4Y 2V5
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Presenter: D. Michael Coy, MA, LICSW,

Presenter Biography: D. Michael Coy, MA, LICSW, is a Seattle-based therapist whose focus in the integrative treatment of persons who have struggled with the effects of pre-verbal and attachment trauma, addictions/compulsions, and complex trauma and dissociative disorders. Michael is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, has intermediate training in clinical hypnosis through ASCH, and is Level I trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. He served on the Standards & Training committee of the EMDR International Association from 2014 to 2017. In 2020, he was appointed to the EMDR Council of Scholars Future of EMDR Therapy Project, Clinical Practice Working Group.

Since 2016, Michael has collaborated with Jennifer Madere and Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation developer Paul F. Dell, PhD, to make the MID more accessible to clinicians, and is co-author of the Interpretive Manual for the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation Analysis, 3rd Edition. Additionally, he manages the MID Analysis, which is the calculation program that generates MID results and is currently in version 5.0, and the MID website.

Michael currently serves as Treasurer, and in 2019 was named a Fellow, of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). Michael co-chaired the EMDR Therapy Training Task Group, which created this training.

Participants attending Day One in full will receive six APA and ASWB continuing education credits and six ISSTD Certificate Program credits. Information about credits for each session are included in the information for each session. Participants will receive individual certificates for each session attended for the sessions which they meet the requirements for. To earn credits, participants must sign in and out of each session and attend 50 out of every 60 minutes of the session. 

The full-day presentation by D. Michael Coy has also been approved for 6 EMDRIA credits. Participants who wish to receive EMDRIA credits for this course must request them via email at cfas@isst-d.org following the conference and meet the attendance requirements above to be eligible for credits.

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Please note that all fees for this event are in Canadian dollars and participants will need to pay via credit card through the link provided in the registration confirmation.

Early registration ends August 21, 2023 at 5:00 PM US Eastern Time. Prices will increase for emerging professional and professional/retired rates at that time by $30. 

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Registration is available for one or two days for this event. If you wish to register for one day, click the day you wish to attend at the top of this page to take you to registration for that day. 

Please note that it can take up to two full business days for your membership status to update following the creation of your account in this system. You will receive an email once your account has been updated to reflect your membership status. Please wait until your membership status has been updated to register. If your account is not updated in this timeframe, please email cfas@isst-d.org for assistance.

  • ISSTD defines a student as those enrolled in a program of study leading to a degree or certification in the mental health field and who have an interest in trauma and dissociation. 
  • ISSTD defines an emerging professional as mental health professionals who have completed an advanced degree and are in the first three years of their career (or first three years after graduation for researchers).
  • If you do not fall into one of the above categories please register as Professional/Retired. 

Available Discounts

  • These prices are for Tier I countries. For a list of countries by Tier click here. If you are located in a country that falls into Tier II-VI please contact ISSTD at cfas@isst-d.org to receive the appropriate discount code. Canada and the United States are both Tier I countries.
  • Group rates are available for groups of five or more from the same hospital, facility, or university. Please email ISSTD HQ for assistance with group rates. For groups of 5-9 the discount is 10% off registration fees, for groups of 10 or more the discount is 15% off registration fees. 

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing via email or fax. A processing fee of $45 will be charged for cancellations received on or before Friday, September 1st at 5:00 PM ET. No refunds will be issued for no-shows. Refund requests will not be accepted after September 1, 2023. Not all requests will be granted. Substitutions for attendees are accepted until September 1, 2023.

Grievance Policy
ISSTD is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformation with the APA and ASWB grievance procedures.

During this conference, conference organizers, presenters and staff will address any concerns that arise. Every effort will be made to address the concerns during the conference when possible. If these individuals are unable to address the participant’s concerns, the complaints and grievances shall be presented in writing to ISSTD Headquarters at cfas@isst-d.org. These will be forwarded on for review by the Virtual and Regional Conference Committee.

Social Workers: Should social workers have a specific grievance, these grievances will be addressed by D. Michael Coy, LICSW. In situations where the social worker would have a conflict of interest, then, Christine Forner, MSW will review the grievance.

ISSTD strives to resolve grievances in a manner that is in the best interest of the participant. All complaints and grievances are reviewed within 5 working days. Formal grievances are required to be written and emailed as directed above and will be responded to within 15 business days.

Disability Policy (ADA)
We would be happy to accommodate your ADA needs. Please contact ISSTD Headquarters via email at cfas@isst-d.org or via phone at 844.994.7783 for assistance.

Registration Contact Information
Email: cfas@isst-d.org
Phone: 844.994.7783
Fax: 888.966.0310