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Treating Dissociative Disorders with EMDR: The Progressive Approach  

Presenter: Dolores Mosquera

12 EMDRIA EC # 15013-10

12 CE Credits provided by pending

About the Training:


After many early cautions about the potential dangers of using EMDR with individuals suffering from dissociative disorders, limited proposals have been offered for adapting EMDR procedures to this specific population. Based on these early cautions, EMDR is still considered by many clinicians as offering interventions that are limited to the treatment of traumatic memories in high functioning dissociative clients and only after a long preparation phase that depends on other treatment modalities. From this conceptualization, the use of EMDR is strongly limited and many survivors of severe traumatization are seen as unable to benefit from EMDR, if at all, only much later in the treatment process.

In this workshop, clinical case examples and video fragments will be used to illustrate interventions with EMDR for dissociative clients following the “Progressive Approach” (Gonzalez & Mosquera, 2012).  Using this model, this workshop will demonstrate how EMDR clinicians can safely utilize a wide range of EMDR interventions from early in the preparatory phase of treatment for patents with dissociative disorders.  Our aim is to provide a comprehensive model for applying EMDR therapy in the treatment of dissociative disorders, extending the AIP model to address the kinds of dysfunctionally stored information found in those with the most severe forms of traumatization and dissociative phobias.  EMDR therapists will learn to integrate new interventions into their clinical work at different phases of treatment.  In particular, they will learn to implement specific clinical interventions, based on ‘progressive protocols’ for dissociative disorders.

Learning Objectives:

1.     Participants will be able to describe three key aspects of the Progressive Approach model for dissociative clients from the EMDR perspective and the AIP model.

2.     Participants will be able to identify three or more EMDR procedures for dissociative clients and link these to different phases of EMDR treatment.

3.     Participants will be able to list examples of dissociative phobias and how to describe methods to work with them.

4.     Participants will be able to explain three or more strategies for exploring the internal system safely in complex trauma cases.

5.     Based on the book, “EMDR and Dissociation: the Progressive Approach” participants will be able explain three procedures including when, where and how to apply these procedures in their clinical practice. 

6.     Participants will be able to list three or more subtle dissociative signals and explain how to adapt treatment pacing to these signals in each case. 

Program level: Full EMDR Training required

This course is intended for Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors

Skill level: Intermediate-Advanced

Certificate of Completion of EMDRIA Approved EMDR Training required upon registration


Cancellation Policy:

Tuition will be refunded for cancellations made up to two weeks prior to the first day of training. Within the two-week window prior to the start of training, and after beginning the training, no refunds will be made. Registrants that partially attend the training, or do not complete the training will not receive a refund and cannot transfer their attendance to another training.

In the event that EMDR Center of the Rockies needs to cancel the training due to under-enrollment, presenter illness or inclement weather.participants will be notified by one week prior to the training and full tuition will be refunded.


CE Credits provided by is approved by:

 ·      The American Psychological Association (APA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

·      This course is NOT available for NBCC credit

·      This training does not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers.

·      Florida Certification Board

·      The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2021

·      The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements.

·      California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-147-0221 Expires 02-2021

·      The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners, Continuing Education Provider – 5674 expires 4/30/2020

·      The Texas Board of Professional Counselors, Continuing Education Provider 

·      Massachusetts Authorization Number: (TBD)

·      Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider # RCST031201 Expires 5/31/2021

·      New York Social Work Board – is recognized by the New York State Education
Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of
continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0120.

·      The Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider #: 50-4896) Expires 10/31/2020 Do not send certificates to the Florida Board of Nursing. You must keep this certificate for 4 years.

·      The California Board of Registered Nursing. CEP 15647 Expires 11/30/2020.*There is no known commercial support for this program.