The Power of Process in Healing Dissociation & Trauma (Maui, HI)

In many trauma-focused modalities, including EMDR therapy, a great deal of fear still abounds on working with various manifestations of dissociation. This course seeks to debunk the myths and provide a practical and sensitive orientation to how the dissociative mind works. Participants are challenged to expand their internal knowledge of conceptualizing and healing dissociation within a trauma-focused lens for clinical practice. In this highly interactive workshop, participants are given a primer on working with grounding skills in stabilization and preparation phases of trauma work. Special a ...Read more ttention is given to working with expressive arts and mindfulness-focused strategies. Participants will receive thorough instruction on the theory of structural dissociation through by exploring their own dissociative profile and internal system of parts. Strategies are given for translating this knowledge to practice settings and making the best clinical decisions possible, particularly in treatment planning/case conceptualization and working with abreactions. Special breakout components for EMDR therapists are offered throughout to discuss treatment issues specific to EMDR therapy, although the course is open to all working in a trauma-focused model. Less...

Learning Objectives

  • To define dissociation in a trauma-focused manner and explain the multi-faceted, prismatic manner in which signs of dissociation may manifest
  • To list 5 common myths about working with dissociative clients (For EMDR therapists only: List these myths specific to EMDR therapy)
  • To explain the theory of structural dissociation and utilize at least two metaphors to explain it to a client
  • To describe one’s own dissociative profile as an individual and translate this learning about the self into better understanding the internal world of a dissociative client
  • To implement at least 2-3 strategies from expressive arts therapy and mindfulness-informed approaches into early phases (Stabilization/Preparation), particularly for grounding and building awareness, and in later phases (Closure) for safely concluding and linking sessions
  • To apply at least 2-3 strategies learned through the previous objectives for enhancing case conceptualization and managing abreactions (For EMDR therapists only: Objective will be met specific to EMDR therapy through breakout components)
  • To decrease overall fear and increase personal confidence in working with dissociative clients in professional settings

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Maui Beach Hotel
170 W Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, 96732

08:30 AM HST - 04:00 PM HST

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CE Information - Earn up to 6 CE Hours

CE Approvals

American Psychological Association
Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
EMDR International Association/Advanced Topics Course
The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved provider of continuing education in EMDR Therapy by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) Approval: #10002. The program "The Power of Process in Healing Dissociation & Trauma" is pending approval for 6 EMDRIA credits (#10002-55).
Association of Social Worker Boards
Pending approval.


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