Healing the Heart of Trauma and Dissociation
with EMDR and Ego State Therapy
Edited by Carol Forgash, LCSW
and Margaret Copeley, M.Ed.
Book Description: The powerful benefits of EMDR in
treating PTSD have been solidly validated. In this groundbreaking
new work nine master clinicians show how complex PTSD involving
dissociation and other challenging diagnoses can be treated safely
and effectively. They stress the careful preparation of clients for
EMDR and the inclusion of ego state therapy to target the
dissociated ego states that arise in response to severe and
This book course is has been developed for EMDR practitioners
to help them provide successful EMDR treatment to clients diagnosed
with complex trauma. Complex trauma victims have problems dealing
with triggers, dissociation, affect disregulation, and stress. They
require a tri-phasic trauma treatment approach integrated into the
EMDR protocol: including 1: stabilization, 2: EMDR trauma processing
and 3: resolution.
"Healing the Heart of Trauma and Dissociation with EMDR and
Ego State Therapy" provides therapists with a comprehensive
treatment approach that weaves ego state and dissociative treatment
strategies into the EMDR protocol to help overcome these specific
The material compiled in this book covers a range of
theory—including the neurobiology of dissociation and the use of
hypnosis, family systems therapy, and cognitive schemas. It also
includes diagnostic categories (the spectrum of dissociative
disorders and in particular dissociative identity disorder) and
several client populations (couples, terror survivors).
The case studies described in each chapter ground theory in
practical application, illustrating the phased treatment techniques
involved in preparing clients with Ego State therapy and related
modalities within the EMDR protocol.
The book course provides an opportunity for EMDR trained
clinicians to learn how to apply this integrative EMDR treatment in
their practice, while earning 8 EMDRIA CE credits.
NY STATE HAS APPROVED THE BOOK COURSE FOR 8 CEUs FOR SOCIAL WORKERS
PLEASE NOTE: This course is not a substitute for the EMDR Basic
Training and does not qualify as training in EMDR.
- Clinicians will understand the various theories of
dissociation and current attachment theory. They will have an
understanding of the neurobiology of dissociation and how
attachment problems and dysregulated physiological systems play
a part in the development of dissociation.
- Clinicians will be able to identify the tri-phase
trauma model of treatment and how it can be integrated into the
eight phase EMDR protocol.
- Clinicians will understand ego state theory and
therapy principles and how and when to integrate them into the
tri-phase trauma model. They will learn how to work with ego
states in each phase of the EMDR protocol.
- Clinicians will be able to identify skills,
interventions and modalities to teach in the stabilization phase
that help clients manage symptoms of dissociation and deal
successfully with problems of affect regulation.
- Clinicians will learn how to assess clients for
dissociative problems and to determine the kind of dissociative
disorder and type of PTSD (i.e. DID, DDNOS, complex PTSD) so
that they can develop a treatment plan and determine which
stabilizing interventions to utilize.
- They will learn the red flags that indicate a need for
a longer stabilization phase of treatment prior to EMDR trauma
processing and the technical challenges they may encounter in
working with dissociative clients, especially those with
Dissociative Identity Disorder.
- Clinicians will learn new treatment approaches in the
EMDR treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder: ACT-AS-IF
approach for preparation phase work and the ARCHITECTS process
for conducting EMDR sessions.
- Clinicians will learn readiness criteria for moving
clients from stabilization into the trauma processing phase of
- They will learn how to combine hypnosis with EMDR and ego
state work for ego strengthening in the preparation phase of
treatment, stressing the importance of nurturing ego strength in
clients suffering from complex post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Clinicians will learn how Cognitive Schema Work is
useful in combination with ego state work to identify
maintenance of irrational beliefs and behaviors and how schema
work is used to identify the most accurate negative cognition.
- They will learn how to reverse dissociative processes
in order to preserve emotional safety and prepare for trauma
processing and deal appropriately with avoidance defences which
can stall processing if ignored.
- Clinicians will learn how to successfully use EMDR-ego state
integrated treatment with personality disorders.
- They will understand and be able to utilize ego state work
in the EMDR treatment of couples. Using a contextual framework
to understand the many ‘selves’ that participate in the
relationship of the couple will help the clinician provide
practical psycho-information in the preparation stage of
- Clinicians will gain an overview of Family Systems
Therapy, another form of ego state therapy and its use in an
integrated EMDR treatment
- Clinicians will understand how to work
collaboratively with primary therapists who refer a client with
a dissociative disorder, or complex PTSD, for EMDR. They will be
cognizant of the complexities in the two therapist approach as
well as advantages to the client.
Foreword, John G. Watkins, PhD
Preface, Carol Forgash and Margaret Copeley
Integrating EMDR and Ego State Treatment for Clients with Trauma
Disorders, Carol Forgash and Jim Knipe
- She's Come Undone: A Neurobiological Exploration of
Dissociative Disorders, Uri Bergmann
- Combining Hypnosis with EMDR and Ego State Therapy for Ego
Strengthening, Maggie Phillips
- Changing Cognitive Schemas through EMDR and Ego State
Therapy, Michael C. Paterson
- Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder with EMDR, Ego State
Therapy, and Adjunct Approaches, Sandra Paulsen
- Loving Eyes: Procedures to Therapeutically Reverse
Dissociative Processes while Preserving Emotional Safety,
- Hidden Selves: Treating Dissociation in the Spectrum of
Personality Disorders, Uri Bergmann
- EMDR in Couples Therapy: An Ego State Approach, Barry K.
- The Integration of the Internal Family Systems Model and
EMDR, Joanne H. Twombly and Richard C. Schwartz
- Applying EMDR and Ego State Therapy in Collaborative
Treatment, Carol Forgash
AEP is a provider approved by EMDRIA. This book course is approved for
To receive EMDRIA credits you must have completed the entire EMDR
60 question multiple-choice test.
Completion of test, receipt of Evaluation and signed
Verification of EMDR Training Form.
$120 includes test and CE certificate of completion issued by CE-Classes.com.
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