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EMDR Introject Decathexis Protocol: An Integrative Approach to Unbind Perpetrator Parts

About the Course:

It is well-established in both the EMDR therapy and complex trauma-dissociative disorders literatures that self-state/parts-focused work with clients is frequently not only helpful but also necessary to achieve stabilization/containment, trauma resolution, and integration of treatment gains into how a person functions in day-to-day life. With limited exceptions, interventions both within and outside the EMDR therapy tradition focus on certain tasks in working with perpetrator-imitating parts, often referred to in the psychodynamically-influenced literature as abuser/persecutorial ‘introjects’. With limited exceptions, interventions both within and outside the EMDR therapy tradition focus on particular tasks in working with negative introjects: 1) orienting them to the realities of the present, the body, and the whole self; 2) persuading them to ‘stand down’ or reconsider what ‘protection’ could look like; 3) and, helping other parts feel less afraid of the introject. The exceptions noted include interventions involving either hypnotically induced abreactions; reducing the charge of negative beliefs; or, containing dissociative, emotional intrusions from the introject. However, there are both conceptual and practical issues that limit these approaches’ effectiveness in facilitating lasting, adaptive resolution of the at-times profound harm inflicted upon the self by negative introjects. We will look the phenomena that help explain the development of perpetrator-identifying parts; discuss the functions they can serve within, and the impact they can have upon, the self-system; review the existing approaches to working with these parts both within and outside EMDR therapy practice, including their observed limitations; and, examine a novel, yet highly-effective and safe, approach to permanently ‘de-fanging’ perpetrator-identifying parts developed by the presenter, integrating Ego State Therapy, clinical hypnosis, and EMDR therapy. The treatment frames informing the approach will be established; necessary preparatory tasks and precautions for its safe use will be laid out; and, the protocol itself will be described through case examples.

This course is based on the recorded webinar, EMDR Introject Decathexis Protocol: An Integrative Approach to Unbind Perpetrator Parts created by D Michael Coy, MA, LICSW in 2020.

Publication Date:

May 2020

Course Material Author

D Michael Coy, MA, LICSW

D. Michael Coy, MA, LICSW, is a Seattle-based therapist whose focus in the integrative treatment of persons who have struggled with the effects of pre-verbal and attachment trauma, addictions/compulsions, and complex trauma and dissociative disorders. Michael is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, has intermediate training in clinical hypnosis through ASCH, and is Level I trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. He served on the Standards & Training committee of the EMDR International Association from 2014 to 2017.

Michael is co-author of the Interpretive Manual for the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation Analysis, 2nd Edition, and manages the MID website. He has presented and co-presented on the MID extensively both in the US and internationally.

Michael currently serves as Treasurer, and in 2019 was named a Fellow, of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). Since 2017, he has co-chaired a task group developing ISSTD’s own, home-grown EMDR therapy ‘basic’ training.

Course Creator

Sandi Cardaman

Sandi Cardaman has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for more than 15 years. She has worked with eating disorders, domestic violence and clients who are working with the dependency system.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Define the phenomenon of introjective identification

  2. Name three existing approaches to working with perpetrator-imitating self-states

  3. Describe two reasons for mapping a client’s self-system early in treatment

  4. Identify at least two precautions for employing the Introject Decathexis protocol

  5. Name the specific components of the Introject Decathexis protocol

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Course Number 102811
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