Using Interweaves to Support EMDR Success with Complex Clients
The application of the standard Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) protocol (Shapiro, 2018), as taught in most training programs, often fails with complex trauma. Instead, the result is too much activation (flooding), too little activation (numbing or disconnection), and clients getting stuck looping, often feeling frustration and shame. When the phases of complex trauma treatment have been adhered to (Chu, J. A., et al, 2011), (Cloitre et al., 2012), the effective use of interweaves during EMDR can scaffold and anchor clients helping them reach adaptive resolution. Interweaves used strategically can support time orientation, modulation of affect, awareness of capacities and resources, and help clients hold a reflective stance. This webinar will explore how to help clients hold a reflective, present oriented, regulated, and aware stance during EMDR processing. The presenter will describe different categories of interweaves, when interweaves are often necessary, and implementation strategies for interweaves.
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This presentation was originally presented as a live webinar in June 2022.
Upon Completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Identify three interweave approaches used when processing relational trauma to hold a reflective stance
- Describe three quick interweaves used to time orient client to help maintain dual awareness
- Explain how interweaves should be integrated into phase four of EMDR so that the client maintains focus
Presenter: Elizabeth Davis, MFA, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT, EMDR Consultant and Trainer
Presenter Bio: As an Integrative Therapist, who combines evidenced based approaches and creative expertise, Elizabeth Davis has a passion for innovation in the service of making trauma therapy more tolerable and meaningful. Her approach is client specific, treating each person as unique and using her diverse training experience and creativity to meet them where they are in their journey.
Elizabeth’s experience as a therapist began over 23 years ago working with at-risk youth in residential placement and in the community with vulnerable families and adults. This foundational experience led Elizabeth to a focus and passion for understanding the effective treatments for complex trauma and attachment insecurity. Her training includes: EMDR Therapy (Certified, Consultant, and Trainer), Internal Family Systems (IFS Level 2), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Hypnosis, Attachment Focused Therapy, (she is trained to administer and score the Adult Attachment Interview- AAI), Art Therapy, and Play Therapy, (she has over a 100 training hours in play therapy, and was a Board Member of the New York State Play Therapy Association, 2014-2015). As a trainer for Trauma Institute, Elizabeth has conducted dozens of workshops, including at the EMDR International Association (Emdria) Conference (2019), and International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD, 2018, 2021). She is an author (chapter in EMDR with Children in the Play Therapy Room: An Integrated Approach, 2020) and co-editor (with Jen Marchand, Sherri Jacobs, and Jocylin Fitzgerald) of the soon to be released book, EMDR and Creative Arts Therapies, (Routledge, to be release in 2022). Elizabeth serves on the Child and Adolescent Treatment Task Force for ISSTD and is Secretary of the Creative Arts SIG. Currently she serves as Director of the Buffalo NY satellite and as Supervisor of Intake for Trauma Institute.
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