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Deborah Korn, PsyD

EMDR Therapy And The Treatment Of Complex PTSD In Adult Survivors Of Childhood Abuse And Neglect

August 7th - August 11th, 2023

This course has been approved for 15 EMDRIA Credits. EC Program Approval Number: #22011-04.
* Earn Up to 15 CE credits / hours 
* Psychologists: Please see the CE section and agenda below for information regarding available credits. 


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Monday - Friday: 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m. EDT | 30-Minute Break Daily

15-Hour Course |  Delivery Format: In-Person & Live-Online 

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Course Description

* Please note, this workshop is designed for clinicians who have begun or completed an EMDR basic training course, as previous clinical experience with EMDR therapy is a prerequisite.

EMDR therapy with survivors of childhood abuse and neglect can be extremely rewarding yet, at the same time, quite challenging. It demands a robust set of clinical skills and a solid conceptual framework to guide moment-to-moment decision-making. In recognition of clients’ limited affect tolerance, rigid defenses, overdeveloped avoidance patterns, and extreme emotional dysregulation, it also requires strategies for modifying and supplementing standard EMDR protocols. “Staying out of the way” is often not an option as these clients typically need significant relational support, assistance with emotional and somatic regulation, and active interweaves to facilitate effective trauma processing.

In this workshop, we will begin by examining the impact of early neglect, abuse, and attachment disruption on the development, functioning, and identity of the individual. We will then introduce various clinical “maps” to guide assessment, case conceptualization, and treatment planning. We will review the range of dissociative presentations associated with complex and prolonged trauma and will highlight the kinds of phobias and ego state conflicts that require attention early in treatment.

We’ll discuss the role of EMDR Resource Development and Installation (RDI), the importance of the therapeutic relationship, and the modulation of hyper- and hypo-arousal in EMDR trauma processing. We'll also review strategies for helping clients relinquish maladaptive defenses (particularly dissociation), allowing them to access and transform their core affects and beliefs. Significant time will be devoted to identifying common blocking beliefs and delineating different types of interweaves, each with their own functions and goals. Through watching numerous excerpts from videotapes of clinical sessions, participants will have the opportunity to see how the proposed treatment “maps” can be used to guide decision-making and how interweaves can be used with precision to deepen processing and accelerate developmental repair.


  • Distinguishing complex trauma from other forms of trauma

  • Recognizing both acts of commission and omission in a client’s trauma history

  • Complex PTSD (CPTSD) and other conditions associated with childhood abuse and neglect

  • Research findings: The effects of child maltreatment and EMDR therapy for adult survivors of childhood trauma

  • Screening for dissociation


  • Utilizing clinical “maps” to develop a solid EMDR case conceptualization

  • Translating a case conceptualization into an AIP (Adaptive Information Processing Model)-informed treatment plan

  • Target selection and sequencing; Specific considerations for each of the 8 phases of treatment; Adherence to the three-pronged protocol

  • Expanding the EMDR concept of informational plateaus (responsibility, safety, and control)

  • Recognizing and responding to different attachment styles, ego state conflicts, and  defensive patterns


  • Managing dissociation

  • Identifying and addressing trauma-related phobias (attachment/attachment loss, inner experience, parts, change)

  • Applying specialized EMDR-related techniques (e.g., Flash technique)

  • EMDR Resource Development and Installation (RDI)


  • EMDR clinical interweave categories (CIC)

  • Process vs. content interweaves

  • Experiential and modulation-focused interweaves

  • Relational and defense-focused interweaves

  • Developmental repair and information-focused interweaves

  • Integration and action-focused interweaves

*Psychologists: Since the agenda for this day covers EMDR innovations that have not yet been addressed in peer reviewed journals, continuing education credit is not being offered. Please see the Continuing Education section on this page for individual state board approval information.


  • Identifying and responding to blocking beliefs

  • Specific challenges: Shame, moral injury, attachment to perpetrator

  • Utilizing specialized EMDR protocols – e.g., addiction, early intervention, pain

  • Cultural awareness and humility: An intersectional, anti-oppressive, anti-racist approach to EMDR therapy

  • Comprehensive EMDR treatment: Past, present, and future targets

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What Alumni are Saying...

"The presentation was excellent on every level. The combination of information with case videos to illustrate specific points was especially effective." - 2022 Participant

"I think it’s safe to say that I enjoyed this course more than any other I have done for continuing education since completing my doctorate. I found that I was engaged the whole time and not waiting for the day to end. I actually got excited about how this would help my work with clients, which felt amazing." - 2022 Participant

"Deborah Korn was wonderful and her course exceeded my expectations." - 2022 Participant

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