EMDR Mini-conference
March 31, 2012 at Oakland's Preservation Park





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EMDR & Depression





Presentation Summary:

EMDR’s Standard Protocol is a powerful intervention that can impact many kinds of depression. Participants will learn about Van der Kolk’s research, other research and clinical experience to bring EMDR’s Standard Protocol to the treatment of trauma-based, attachment-based and endogenous depression and mood disorders. They will understand the etiology, assessment, and treatment for each kind of depression. They will take home EMDR skills to work with mood disorders and endogenous depression. The AIP is cited throughout. Other interventions, including ego-state, biological, and other interventions are described, when appropriate. The presentation is user-friendly, with interventions that can be implemented immediately.


Learning Objectives:


         Participants will know (based on Bessel van der Kolk’s research) that short-term EMDR treatment can impact and often eradicate symptoms of depression and understand, through the lens of the AIP how EMDR works with simple and more complex trauma. 10 minutes


         Participants will understand how trauma, including traumas of commission or omission early in life, leading to disrupted attachment, may lead to depression. 10 minutes


         Participants will be able to apply EMDR to treat trauma-based depression. 10 minutes


         Participants will be able to employ EMDR to help individuals suffering from endogenous depression and mood disorders, using it to enhance affect tolerance, anticipate and handle mood swings with Future Template interventions, and use appropriate positive cognitions. 1 hour




About Robin Shapiro:



Robin Shapiro, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W., has been an EMDRIA-approved trainer, practitioner and consultant in Seattle, known for user-friendly explanations of complex material. She has presented workshops at four Northwest and four international EMDR conferences. She is skilled at synthesizing diverse therapy modalities and explaining them, simply, to other therapists. Robin edited and contributed to EMDR Solutions: Pathways to Healing (Norton, 2005) and EMDR Solutions II: Depression, Eating Disorders, Performance and More (2009) and wrote Trauma Treatments Handbook: Protocols Across the Spectrum (2010).

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