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When There Are No Words

Sandra Paulsen 400pxaltInstructor: Sandra Paulsen, Ph.D..

alt Approved for 6.5 Hours of CE Credit

altFulfills License and EMDR Requirements

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alt This course has same-language subtitles. You will have access to both the subtitled and non-subtitled videos when you purchase this course.

Program Description:

This course addresses some of the most difficult challenges of using EMDR with individuals with affect dysregulation, somatic distress and attachment injuries from early trauma and neglect.  The methods efficiently empower clients with resources for containment, safety, and increased affect tolerance; and systematically target and reprocess early disturbance for which there may be no explicit memories. Although the workshop primarily addresses adolescents and adults, it also describes its use with infants and children.  


The challenges of using EMDR for early trauma and neglect include: EMDR readily targets explicit memories, but early trauma is held in implicit memory in the right hemisphere and is not typically subject to direct recall. Accessing the felt sense of early experience can be overwhelming if it evokes the paucity of internal resources of a neglected baby. This workshop addresses both problems by careful preparation and systematic trauma reprocessing for implicit memories and early templates.

The preparation includes 1) containment, 2) safe state, and 3) resetting innate emotional resources, which appears to directly act upon primary process subcortical affective circuits to down regulate the experience of emotional intensity. Done correctly, it avoids evoking the felt sense of the emotions so they can subsequently be reprocessed without flooding.

After the three preparation steps, the method systematically reprocesses early trauma in the absence of explicit memory. It targets consecutive time periods beginning before birth, and installs positive reparative experience. As a result, the client builds a new foundation of a felt sense of attachment and belonging, with emergent positive cognitions, enabling the client to meet the next developmental milestones in sequence.

Practicum from live workshop not included in online workshops. The course includes video comments from Katie O'Shea, the originator of the basic approach, with whom Sandra has collaborated since.

Goals & Objectives:

  • Identify challenges to applying EMDR to early developmental trauma.
  • Prepare the client for early trauma processing with client-friendly education.
  • Efficiently re-install innate affective resources without accessing disturbing material.
  • Systematically target early disturbance held in implicit memory.
  • Use imaginal and experiential interweaves to stimulate blocked processing and ensure reprocessing is complete.

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CE Approval Information

This course fulfills 6.5 hours of Advanced EMDR Training.

  • Program Approval Number: #15002-DL01
  • Approved for California Board of Behaviorial Sciences (BBS) licensed  MFTs, LCSWs, and Licensed Professional  Counselors.
  • The Steve Frankel Group, LLC (SFG), is an organization, institution, or association, recognized by the BBS as a continuing education provider, because SFG is approved by the American Psychological Association as an approved provider of CE credits.


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