Session T1: Integrating EMDR Therapy for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Thursday, April 18th

About the Session

This workshop explores the integration of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy in the treatment of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Employing a dual-focus approach, the intervention combines AIP informed, trauma processing with compassion-focused techniques and interventions. EMDR’s adaptive information processing model is used to reprocess distressing memories, facilitating their integration into a broader narrative. Concurrently, the therapy emphasizes the cultivation of self-compassion and the nurturing of an internal compassionate presence. By addressing both the traumatic imprints of the past and fostering a compassionate inner dialogue, this holistic approach aims to enhance healing and resilience. Preliminary findings suggest significant reductions in trauma-related symptoms and an increased capacity for self-compassion. This integrated framework offers a promising avenue for EMDR clinicians working with this critical complex, vulnerable population, highlighting the potential for comprehensive healing in the aftermath of childhood sexual abuse.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to list the core components of EMDR therapy and Compassion-Focused Interventions as a broad psychotherapeutic approach for working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
  2. Participants will be able to identify specific EMDR skills for working with shame-based trauma surrounding non-disclosure of trauma material.
  3. Participants will be able to describe the utilization of compassion-focused interventions in the form of interviews, trauma regulation strategies, and specific tasks for potential integration.

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