Total CE Credit Hours: 3
Course Info URL: https://www.ce-credit.com/courses/102811
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.
Course Material Author
Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.
Define the phenomenon of introjective identification
Name three existing approaches to working with perpetrator-imitating self-states
Describe two reasons for mapping a client’s self-system early in treatment
Identify at least two precautions for employing the Introject Decathexis protocol
Name the specific components of the Introject Decathexis protocol
American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD)
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Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
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NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)
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National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
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