Identify the key concepts of Structural Dissociation of the Personality and
methods for increasing clients' integrative capacities for trauma processing. Recognize and manage dissociative interference in sessions using a basic 3-step method.
Treating Complex PTSD and Dissociation
Using EMDR
“What to Treat &
How To Treat It”

presented by

Denise Gelinas, PhD
Fri. Jan. 29, 2021 9:30 am - 4:45 pm EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME
6 EMDRIA Included Credits approved
6 CEs Additional $30 through
A link will be sent a week prior to the Zoom webinar.

Rate $130
Group of 5 $110
CEs $30

"Years ago, I read Denise Gelinas’ classic article, Integrating EMDR into Phase-Oriented Treatment for Trauma” (2003), which I found, and still find, the best publication on the subject. Subsequently, in 2017, I had the privilege to present with her a three-day workshop on the same subject, with an emphasis on working with trauma-generated dissociation of the personality: this was truly a great teaching and learning experience for me, as, indeed, I learned so very much from her unique ability to bridge dissociation, EMDR psychotherapy, and phase-oriented treatment, and present in a highly enjoyable and didactic way. EMDR clinicians participating in her workshop will make great progress toward enlightenment, becoming much better in understanding and treating their traumatized and dissociative clients."
Onno van der Hart, Ph.D.
Senior author, The Haunted Self:
Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization

"Denise Gelinas is a hero of mine if for no other reason than that she is the author of the seminal 1983 paper entitled The Persistent Negative Effects of Incest, which effectively put incest and sexual abuse on the map as a cause of PTSD, at a time when trauma was thought to be the sole province of combat. It is hard to imagine now, but incest was thought to be very rare and basically a source of embarrassment -- little else. Long before we had concepts of betrayal trauma and complex trauma, Dr. Gelinas championed the idea that incest is the devastating epidemic that we know it to be today. In addition to being a pioneer in the field of traumatology, Dr. Gelinas brings her vast experience to the study and mastery of EMDR. With clear didactic explanations, thoughtfully chosen case presentations, and state-of-the-art EMDR techniques, Denise Gelinas makes the treatment of complex trauma both comprehensible and actionable for client sessions."
Barry Litt, LMFT
EMDRIA Approved Consultant and author of
"EMDR in Couples Therapy: An Ego State Approach,” in 
Healing the Heart of Trauma and Dissociation with EMDR 

This workshop is for clinicians already actively using EMDR Therapy processing.
There is currently consensus that the EMDR standard protocol needs to be adapted for clients with repeated traumatization as it may destabilize them.

This is important because a very large proportion of individuals seeking EMDR Therapy have experienced repeated traumas and have Complex PTSD or another complex post-traumatic and/or dissociative disorder

  • Gain practical and useful skills, emphasizing what and how to treat in Complex PTSD and Dissociation using EMDR.
  • Recognize and manage the two major impediments to therapeutic progress - dissociation and overwhelm, during EMDR processing with individuals who have histories of repeated traumatization.
  • Safely and successfully treat these clients by better recognizing dissociation, as well as the specific treatment needs and capabilities of these clients, especially during EMDR Procedures.
  • Recognize when, why and how to use adapted processing procedures and protocols for CPTSD, including EMDr and the newly reintroduced EMD.

This workshop will describe...
  • Some key concepts of Structural Dissociation of the Personality,
  • Their implications for therapy, and
  • Several methods for increasing clients' integrative capacities for trauma processing.
  • How to become familiar with specific markers for recognizing dissociative interference in sessions, and a 3-step method for managing this.

This Workshop will...
  • Show you the essentials for working with dissociative parts when necessary: when, why and wow, to do this will be described.
  • Include guidelines and use of the meeting place or Conference Room
  • Review methods for closing down such work to maximize client stability between sessions.
  • Clinical examples and short video segments will be provided as well as question and answer times, to help integrate these areas important to our work.

Participants will:
  1. Be able to recognize and use the concept of "mental level" to assess a client's ability to productively use EMDR reprocessing procedures during any particular session.
  2. Be able to decide when, and how, to use adaptations in length of BLS sets to match client's integrative capacity at that time.
  3. Be able to identify when and how to use a focused or restricted processing procedure, i.e., EMD &/or EMDr.
  4. Identify and be able to use a 3-step procedure for managing negative dissociative interference, especially during EMDR processing phases.
  5. Recognize and be able to use a fundamental 3-step procedure for managing positive dissociative interference, especially during EMDR processing phases.
  6. Be able to state why it's important for EMDR clinicians to know about the phobias of structural dissociation, several markers for identifying their phobic interference during EMDR phases, and how to use a stepped method (consistent with the AIP model) to manage these phobias.
9:30 -11:00 Complex PTSD, Dissociation, & Overwhelm
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15 -12:45 Recognizing & Working with Dissociation "Vanishing Acts"
12:45-1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 Recognizing & Working with Dissociation: Hijacking by
autonomous parts
3:00 - 3:15 Break
3:15 - 4:45 Overcoming the Phobias of Structural Dissociation

Denise J. Gelinas, PhD, specializes in treating complex post-traumatic disorders, integrating knowledge from the trauma field with EMDR therapy. She is the author of the The Persisting Negative Effects of Incest (1983), which first identified the link between incestuous abuse and PTSD. In 2003 she authored Integrating EMDR into Phase-Oriented Treatment for Trauma, and was a co-author of the ISST&D's Guidelines for Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder in Adults (2005 and 2011 editions). She serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of EMDR and the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation. She has presented at over 200 conferences and held numerous teaching and clinical appointments.

Dr. Gelinas, is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, an Institute and Humanitarian Assistance Program/Trauma Recovery (HAP/TR) Facilitator and is a HAP/TR Trainer. She has been an EMDR Institute Specialty Presenter on Dissociation. Dr. Gelinas conducts her private practice in Northampton, MA, treating clients and consulting, individually or in co-lead groups, to clinicians treating complex trauma.

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To serve and support EMDR psychotherapists and their clients 
by providing innovative, advanced clinical trainings
focused on healing trauma's wounds, 
& by fostering the growth of a vibrant professional network.

This is a live-viewing webinar and will not be available as a recording.

This workshop is intended for Psychologists, Counselors and Social Workers. There is no known conflict of interests for this workshop

This training is of an Intermediate and Advanced level.Continuing Education Credits

Cheryl Kenn, LCSW maintains responsibility for this program and its content in accordance with EMDRIA Standards. Full completion of an EMDRIA-Approved Basic EMDR Training is required for registration. 6 EMDRIA Credits
Are included. EMDRIA Credit Program #17007-05

Provider approvals through Click Here to view. Certificates are awarded online after completion of the workshop. Participants print their own certificate after registering at, entering a keycode and completing an evaluation form. Licensed Professionals should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds will be available until Jan. 1, 2021. 75% refunds will be available from Jan. 2 - Jan. 20th. No refunds will be available after Jan. 21st.Any grievances must be in writing to and will be replied to within 5-10 business days.
Questions? contact: Inspired Therapy ~ Cheryl Kenn LCSW 
(203) 675-3440