EMDR for Attachment Injuries

Learn how to bring down barriers to treatment and effect change through powerful interventions and emotionally healing experiences underpinned by the EMDR protocol.

About the course

Start date
13 August 2024
12 hours | 6 weeks
Who this course is for
For EMDR Trained Therapists | Advanced Level
12 CE/CME Points + 12 EMDRIA Points

Secure early childhood attachments lay the foundation for strong mental health and lasting relationships. In contrast, negative attachment experiences can result in persistent symptoms, problem behaviors, and unstable relationships, often posing challenges in therapeutic settings.

In this advanced training, join renowned researcher and author Debra Wesselmann as she demonstrates how to master the use of EMDR for healing Attachment Injuries. This course will equip you with specialized strategies and powerful interventions designed to address and heal attachment-related traumas. Through comprehensive therapy demonstrations and case studies, you'll observe these techniques applied across a wide variety of complex client presentations. 

Featuring expert teaching, insightful interviews, and illuminating therapy demonstrations, this six week course will give you the skills to pinpoint essential triggers and memories, and employ activities that enhance clients' internal resources and address unresolved needs from childhood.

Throughout this training, you'll learn to use EMDR techniques to overcome compulsive behaviors and obstacles to reprocessing, and be introduced to future template adaptations that directly target attachment challenges. You'll also discover strategies for involving parents in therapy with younger clients in order to activate transformative shifts within the family dynamic, and facilitate healing from past wounds.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop a deeper understanding of attachment and recognize clues to discrete attachment patterns with your clients.

  • Nurture clients’ capacity to trust and self-reflect through mentalizing, genuine and secure-based responses to clients’ non-secure words and actions.

  • Identify attachment-related triggers and the most relevant and critical attachment memories for EMDR reprocessing.

  • Implement creative EMDR resource visualizations during Phase 2 to address developmental deficits and heal early unmet needs.

  • Apply an EMDR therapy protocol for dismantling self-defeating, compulsive behaviors linked to attachment injuries.

  • Employ advanced strategies and adaptations to overcome roadblocks, guiding memories of attachment injuries toward adaptive resolution during the EMDR reprocessing phases.   

  • Initiate creative methods to involve parents in the 8 Phases of EMDR therapy with younger clients, fostering empathy and enhancing attachment patterns in the home.

There are 12 CE/CME hours plus 12 EMDRIA points available for eligible participants. Please visit the FAQs page to review enrollment criteria, CE/CME details, course objectives, and further information about EMDRIA points."

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