Strategic Developmental Model for EMDR

July 13, 2024

Abstract
The Strategic Developmental Model (SDM) for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy was developed by Maureen Kitchur, MSW, in 1996 in Alberta, Canada.  SDM “is a model that was born out of desperation in the face of the overwhelming treatment needs of severe and multiple trauma victims, forensic clients,  and short term funded high risk individuals” (Kitchur, 1996).

SDM for EMDR was designed for Complex PTSD & Personality Disorder treatment. It has also been successfully but cautiously used in complex dissociative disorders. It is a comprehensive method for maximally delivering the benefits of EMDR. The word “strategic” is used because SDM uses structures, techniques and language to produce a climate of safety, to engage cooperation, to minimize dissociation, regression, and resistance and to facilitate developmental catch-up. “Developmental” is used because SDM aims to facilitate “developmental catch-up” by healing younger ego states before doing the adult trauma work. The components of the Model include: 1. Deliberate utilization of transference and attunement; 2. Sensitive, facilitative, flexible language that assures clients of their safety and rapidly engages them in a “healing trance”; 3. Structured, directive history taking and assessment format via use of the genogram; and 4. The “Targeting Plan” where memories are processed in the following order:  middle childhood (4-11), early childhood, teen, then adult.  According to Kitchur, SDM results in faster and more comprehensive resolution of targets, dissociation is less necessary as a protective coping strategy, and there is less need for lengthy RDI or ego strengthening.

This presentation will cover the basic principles of SDM for EMDR and provide case examples and a short practicum exercise.

Potential to Distress: Yes

Target Audience

Intermediate

Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss three strategic developmental principles
  • Demonstrate how to map a client's history strategically with the use of the genogram
  • Describe Kitchur's "Targeting Plan" of memories within a developmental perspective
  • Identify three examples of SDM language
  • Explain the strategies used in First Order Processing for early memories
     
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 APA
    The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • 3.00 ASWB ACE
    The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2021 – 08/20/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 3.00 continuing education credits.
  • 3.00 ISSTD Certificate Program
    This program is eligible for 3.00 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
Course opens: 
04/01/2024
Course expires: 
12/31/2050
Event starts: 
07/13/2024 - 10:00am EDT
Event ends: 
07/13/2024 - 1:30pm EDT
Rating: 
0

Timed Outline
20 Minutes - Overview
20 Minutes - Genogram with examples 
20 Minutes - Genogram exercise 
15 Minutes - Strategic language 
15 Minutes - Q&A 
30 Minutes - Break
25 Minutes - Numbering Therapy Targets in Developmental Order
10 Minutes - Developmental principles
10 Minutes - Therapeutic attunement
15 Minutes - First order early memory processing
15 Minutes - Complex dissociative disorders
5 Minutes - Case Presentation 
5 Minutes - Troubleshooting
15 Minutes - Q&A 
 

Marilyn Korzekwa, MD, FRCPC
Marilyn Korzekwa, MD, FRCPC, completed medicine at the University of Toronto in 1982 and psychiatry at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1986, where she is an adjunct professor (part-time). She worked in general hospital outpatient psychiatry for 28 years, which included founding and running a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program and Day Hospital. She opened her private practice in 2014, specializing in trauma and dissociative disorders. 

Her 18 publications include 10 papers about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), including five papers about dissociation in BPD with Paul Dell. She has completed both levels of training in DBT, EMDR, Lifespan Integration, Deep Brain Reorienting, Ego State Therapy and Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy and Level 1 in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. She has been a member of EMDRIA since 1995 and became a certified consultant in 2022.

She is a fellow of the ISSTD, a recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award, the President’s Award of Distinction, and has been a member since 1992. She has chaired a Dissociative Disorders Study group in Hamilton, Ontario since 1993. She was chairperson of the Webinar committee from 2015 to 2021, helping to turn it into the successful program that it is today. Currently she is devoting her time ISSTD’s EMDR course.
 

Available Credit

  • 3.00 APA
    The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • 3.00 ASWB ACE
    The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2021 – 08/20/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 3.00 continuing education credits.
  • 3.00 ISSTD Certificate Program
    This program is eligible for 3.00 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
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