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Working with Defenses, Dissociative Self-states and Addictive processes in EMDR Therapy

December 7, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


A workshop presented by Gus Murray (EMDR Europe Approved Child Trainer and Consultant)



Among the most challenging clinical presentations encountered by clinicians in EMDR therapy are the variety of internal processes including dissociative self-states, rigid defenses, personality adaptations and disorders as well as addictive behaviours. These internal phenomena can dominate the client’s presentation and take over the therapeutic space, calling for primary attention. Through the lens of the AIP model these internal states can be viewed as dysfunctionally stored “Positive” memories which were once found helpful for survival. In this workshop, these states are conceptualised as the Internal Targets for EMDR therapy. The workshop will explore some of the main categories that comprise these internal processes. Participants will be assisted to identify and access these internal states and organise them as targets for EMDR therapy. The processing of these targets with EMDR therapy will be explored and demonstrated.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will learn:

  1. To recognise and identify survival experiences and adaptations that have become encoded and stored as dysfunctional memories expressed in various defenses and dissociative self-states as well as in addictive behaviours.
  2. To distinguish internal and external EMDR therapy targets and identify internal targets for processing in EMDR therapy.
  3. To identify and target survival Self-States and process them in EMDR Therapy.
  4. To access and target self-critical introjects and shame-based survival defences and process them in EMDR Therapy.
  5. To identify and target addictive behaviours expressing positivelycharged, dysfunctionally stored survival memoriesand process them in EMDR therapy.


Workshop content:

The workshop will include

  1. Illustrated presentations of relevant material
  2. Demonstrations
  3. Experiential application
  4. Discussion and questions

6 CPD points awarded

Car parking available next to the venue. Snow hill railway station next to venue and New Street Station 5 minute walk from the venue.

Radisson Hotel and Travel Lodge are in walking distance.

Carrs Lane Conference Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham,B4 7SX,

Telephone: (0121) 643 6151,

Email office@carrslane.co.uk



December 7, 2018
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Event Category:


EMDR West Midlands


Carrs Lane Conference Centre
Carrs Lane Conference Centre, Carrs Lane,
Birmingham,B4 7SXUnited Kingdom
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0121 643 6151