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

 

 

 

 

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Presentation suited for all levels of EMDR Clinicians

The Use of EMDR in Somatic and Medical Problems: Special Emphasis on Early Life Influences

 

By Phyllis   Klaus, MFT, LMSW

One-day workshop

(Abstract )

Clients facing medical problems or experiencing somatic conditions present for psychotherapy with a variety of concerns which include: distress or fears about the illness or condition itself i.e., cancer, anxiety about various aspects of the treatment they need to undergo, surgery, etc., and some have trepidation and negative experiences from their interaction with the medical system or medical personnel, causing secondary trauma. Clients may also be concerned about the strength or weakness of their own bodies to heal (immune system, mind/body potential). Many  clients
suffer from chronic conditions, which occur in either acute or chronic episodes and undermine their lives, leaving them feeling debilitated and less functional than desired (i.e., asthma, migraine, bowel problems, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, PMS, insomnia). Some aspects of illness may be the result of somatization due to childhood trauma, secondary gain (a defense against strong feelings), unconscious need to mask strong negative affect; dissociative disorders or conversion reactions; as well as acute or chronic stress. Some chronic symptoms may be due to long-term interpersonal problems.

Clients may be suffering from maladaptive patterns established during infancy or childhood creating pervasive dysfunction in one's sense of self, one's relationships, or in one's life function. Psychosomatic conditions my result. Many conditions have their origin during this early period where generational messages as well as traumatic events surrounding birth and the early period of life can have negative effects. Participants will learn methods to work within the infant mind/body memory to retrieve early trauma and the subsequent events that reinforced it as well as facilitate healing through the life path of the individual. Clinicians can benefit by recognizing the elements that influence these situations, learn innovative ways to uncover and resolve these very early experiences  to help clients reach a higher level of adaptation for health.

 

History taking includes several levels of investigation, including current and past psychosocial and symptom history, looking for premorbid or co-morbid conditions, and helping clients uncover related traumas as well as unrecognized strengths. Clinicians will learn a special multi-step approach to explore and develop targets for EMDR processing. In addition, combining EMDR with mind/body methods can strengthen the client’s ability to heal. There will be demonstration and practice of such methods and protocols.

 

(Abstract summary 100 words)   The Use of EMDR in Somatic and Medical Problems: Special Emphasis on Early Life Influences

By Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LMSW

Clients facing medical or somatic conditions may present for psychotherapy with fears about the illness, anxiety about treatment, trepidation about the medical system, and concern about their ability to heal. Many clients suffer from chronic conditions, which undermine their lives, leaving them feeling less functional than desired. Some conditions may be the result of somatization due to childhood trauma, chronic stress, long-term interpersonal problems, or maladaptive patterns established early in life. Therapy includes several levels of investigation, including current and past symptom and psychosocial history. Clinicians will learn about a multilayered approach to explore and develop targets for EMDR processing as well as protocols for healing.

 

Objectives:

1.    Describe methods to uncover and explore emotional and psychological factors that affect acute or chronic physical conditions.

2.    Identify the effects of experiences that may have influenced the disease process or reinforced body's weakened defenses.

3.    Demonstrate the role of EMDR to work through any layers of associated traumas, desensitize negative events and beliefs, and empower client.

4.    Increase clinical awareness of how EMDR combines with other psychological techniques to alleviate distress, provide symptomatic relief, and enhance healing.

5. Describe, demonstrate, and practice some psychotherapeutic methods to help resolve and heal these experiences

Teaching Strategy:

Lecture with case examples

Group discussion

Clinical application

Demonstration

Handouts

Skill practice session

Q & A session

 

Small Biographical Sketch (100 words)

 Phyllis Klaus MFT, LMSW, licensed psychotherapist, teaches and practices at the Milton Erickson Institute in Santa Rosa, CA and Berkeley, CA. She has worked with the perinatal period for 30 years. At Michigan State University Department of Family Medicine, she taught Family Practice Residents psychosocial and somatic aspects of illness. She also works with abuse, dissociation, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and attachment disorders. She is an EMDR Facilitator, Approved Consultant and Trainer, has presented at EMDR International Conferences, does research, consults nationally and internationally and co-authored several books, including: Bonding, The Doula Book, Your Amazing Newborn, and When Survivors Give Birth.             

 

 

 

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