EMDR Mini-conference
pril 10,  2010 at Oakland's Preservation Park





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Dyadic Resourcing for Difficult EMDR Clients

Philip Manfield, Ph.D.

This workshop introduces "dyadic resourcing," a form or resourcing designed to facilitate the processing of very early trauma with severely deprived clients, including those with attachment disorders. The goal of this process is to help a client connect affectively to the experience of being in a nurturing relationship. Through this process clients experience both roles, the role of the adult who loves them and the role of the child who is lovable and loved. These roles become increasingly real to them and clients come away with access to a loving non-judgmental view of themselves as a child. Clients whose original trauma was a result of or exacerbated by a lack of a strong connection to a nurturing caregiver will benefit from a variety of resources, but the resource that is essential is access to a secure internal nurturing relationship, which this process provides.

This procedure is particularly useful for clients who think they were bad or worthless as children, who think the abuse or neglect they suffered chronically was deserved, who are overwhelmed by the intensity of their pain from early childhood experiences, or who are unable to benefit from the common cognitive interweave, "If you were there as an adult, how could you have helped that child feel better about herself?" In other words, this type of resourcing is ideal for some of the most difficult EMDR clients, and helps to prepare them for trauma processing. Mastering these skills will be extremely useful to any EMDR clinician working clients with poor internalized adaptive adult resources.

Dyadic resourcing is typically a five step process: identifying a nurturing adult resource, make the resource real for the client, formulating a parent-child relationship involving the resource, intensify the client's experience of that relationship, and helping the client to have the experience of both the child and adult in the resource dyad. This workshop will address each of these steps, covering the basic principles and processes central to this form of resourcing. The process will be illustrated using clinical videos, resourcing transcripts, and a live demonstration. Techniques borrowed from Eidetic Psychotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Gestalt Therapy, hypnotic phrasing and other disciplines will be addressed. Links to free downloadable explanatory material from the presenter's book, EMDR Clinical Skills: Case Conceptualization and Dyadic Resourcing will be offered for those interested in sharpening their skills in this useful resourcing approach.

Approved for 6 units of EMDRIA CEU's RC02002-07


Workshop Content Outline:


Resourcing in the Preparation Phase

Meaning of "Resource"

Generic Cognitive Interweaves

Clients who are unlikely to respond to cognitive interweaves.

What is resourcing and when is it necessary?

Varieties of Resourcing

Dyadic Resourcing.


Steps to Develop a Resource Dyad

Assessing Whether Dyadic Resourcing is Necessary

Steps to building a resource dyad:

        Identifying a Nurturing Adult Resource

        Make the Resource Real

        Complete the Dyad

        Intensify the Resource Dyad

        Helping the Client Become Both the Child and the Adult in the Dyad

If the Resourcing Turns Negative

Testing the Strength of a Dyadic Resource




Learning Objectives (for CEU applications).

Upon completion of the workshop, participants should be able to:


1.      Describe three generic resources and the cognitive interweaves that elicit them.

2.      Explain why cognitive interweaves are often not helpful to clients with attachment disorders

3.      List 15 possible sources of resource figures a client might have that the client can feel a present affective connection to.

4.      Describe how an adult resource can be converted to a parent child dyad

5.      List 8 techniques that can be used to help a client feel more intensely connected to a resource dyad

6.      Describe the difference between a recalled memory and memory viewed in present time

7.      Describe 4 indications that clients are overly identifying with their child selves.

8.      Describe six incremental steps to help a client imagine playing one of the roles in a resource dyad

9.     Describe how the "morphing" process minimizes a client's resistance to feeling nurtured. 


Dr. Philip Manfield has trained EMDR clinicians domestically and internationally for the past twelve years, first as a training facilitator for the EMDR institue and most recently as a trainer. He has taught in a variety of university settings, and has edited two EMDR casebooks: Extending EMDR: A casebook of innovative applications, (W.W. Norton, 1998), and EMDR casebook (W.W. Norton, 2002). He has practiced psychotherapy in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past twenty-eight years, and is the EMDRIA Northern California Regional Coordinator.


Publications of Philip Manfield, Ph.D.:

Author, EMDR Clinical Skills: Case Conceptualization and Dyadic Resourcing, Internet Publication, In Press.

Editor and primary contributor, EMDR Casebook, W.W. Norton, 2003.

Author with Dr. Francine Shapiro: Application of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to Personality Disorders, in Handbook of Personality Disorders: Theory and Practice, Jeffrey Magnavita, ed., John Wiley & Sons, 2003

Editor and primary contributor, Extending EMDR: A casebook of innovative applications, W.W. Norton, 1998.

Author, Split self/ split object: Understanding and treating borderline, narcissistic and schizoid disorders, Jason Aronson Publishers, 355 pages, 1992.

Featured in 3 Minute Consultations with America's Greatest Psychotherapists, Jason Aronson, ED. , Jason Aronson Publishers, 2001

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