George Abbott, PhD

Professional Consultations

2017-2018 GENERAL EMDR CONSULTATION GROUPS
LEAD BY George Abbott, Ph.D.

2017-2018 DISSOCIATION CONSULTATION GROUPS
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EAD BY George Abbott, Ph.D. and Denise Gelinas, Ph.D

                            (Please see below for dissociation groups)        

I am happy to announce the continuation of two EMDR consultation groups for fully trained EMDR clinicians at varying levels of experience. Each group will feature an opening didactic presentation, which may include demonstration and/or experiential exercises. The majority of group time will be devoted to discussion and consultation on issues & cases of participants’ choosing.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I. GENERAL EMDR CONSULTATION – 1st Wednesday of the Month               

This group is designed for fully trained EMDR clinicians who wish to have monthly case consultation as well as collegial support in a small, fixed-membership group.

Meets: 2018: 9/5, 10/3, 11/7, 12/5; 2019: 1/2, 2/6, 3/6, 4/3, 5/1, 6/5.  (June date is optional)

Time: 8:30 AM to 10 AM

Location:  16 Center Street, Northampton, MA

Format: 30 minute didactic presentation or 40 minute live case clinical consultation. This will be followed each month 50 or 60 minutes case consultation and discussion.

Didactic Content:  Didactic presentations will consist of various topics from the theory, research and/or practice of EMDR therapy. Presentations this year will include a special focus on screening for & ruling-out dissociative disorders prior to initiating standard EMDR therapy.  Participants will be encouraged to read Treating Trauma Related Dissociation,  by Steele, Boon, and Van der Hart (2017) for further discussion. Upon request by a participant and clearance by the leader a participant may bring an individual client to the group for live clinical consultation.

Case Discussion: Participants will raise issues of their choice from their own cases for discussion & consultation.

Openings: 3 openings for 2018-2019

Fee: $55.00 per sessiopenings for on PLEASE NOTE: Participants agree to pay for all sessions, regardless of attendance.

To Inquire or Register: eMail GeorgeAbbott@comcast.net

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II. GENERAL EMDR CONSULTATION – 3rd  Wednesday of the Month  

This group is designed for fully trained EMDR clinicians who wish to have monthly case consultation as well as collegial support in a small, fixed-membership group.

Meets: 2018: 9/19, 10/17, 11/21, 12/19; 2019: 1/16, 2/20, 3/20, 4/17, 5/15, 6/19. (June date is optional)

Time: 8:30 AM to 10 AM

Location:  16 Center Street, Northampton, MA

Format: 30 minute didactic presentation or 40 minute live case clinical consultation. This will be followed each month 50 or 60 minutes case consultation and discussion.

Didactic Content:  Didactic presentations will consist of various topics from the theory, research and/or practice of EMDR therapy. Presentations this year will include a special focus on screening for / ruling out dissociative disorders prior to initiating standard EMDR therapy.  Presentations will also include a review of issues of insecure attachment in EMDR therapy.  Upon request by a participant and clearance by the leader a participant may bring an individual client to the group for live clinical consultation.

Case Discussion: Participants will raise issues of their choice from their own cases for group discussion & consultation.

Openings: 3 openings for 2018-2019

Fee: $55.00 per session PLEASE NOTE: Participants agree to pay for all sessions, regardless of attendance.

To Inquire or Register: eMail GeorgeAbbott@comcast.net

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  COMPLEX-PTSD / DISSOCIATION CONSULTATION GROUPS

Denise Gelinas, Ph.D. and I are pleased to continue co-leading two case consultation groups focusing on the assessment and treatment of dissociative disorders.

The  First Group is for EMDR clinicians who are interested in learning and using the theory of the structural dissociation of the personality and EMDR therapy in the treatment of people with dissociative disorders.  Participants are asked to familiarize themselves with concepts from the theory of the structural dissociation of the personality, as found in  The Haunted Self (2006), by Van der Hart, Nijenhuis, and Steele, or Treating Trauma-Related Dissociation: A Practical, Integrative Approach (2017), by Steele, Boon, and Van der Hart.  A briefer exposition of this theory is presented in, Van der Hart, O., Nijenhuis, E., & Steele, K. (2005). “Dissociation: An Insufficiently Recognized Major Feature of Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.” Journal of Traumatic Stress, Vol 18, No. 5. October, pp 413-423. (referenced copies available upon request).

The  Second Group is for clinicians who are more experienced in treating dissociative clients and in the use of EMDR therapy. This group will continue to explore the integration of structural theory and EMDR therapy in the treatment of dissociative clients.

Both of these groups present an opportunity to  take consultation from an internationally recognized expert on dissociative disorders and EMDR. Denise Gelinas has authored several papers on the effects of trauma, including the first paper describing the association between child sexual abuse and adult PTSD, and a paper specifically describing the integration of EMDR in the phase oriented treatment of trauma. As you may know, she recently co-presented a 3-day workshop with Onno van der Hart, chief author of modern structural dissociation theory, and lead author of The Haunted Self.  Denise helped write the official guidelines for the treatment of adult Dissociative Identity Disorder in her work on task forces in 2005 and 2011 for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She is also an EMDR trainer. If you work with or aspire to work with problems of dissociation and you are an EMDR therapist, please give strong consideration to joining one of our groups and taking advantage of this expertise.

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I. EXPLORING STRUCTURAL DISSOCIATION OF THE PERSONALITY & EMDR THERAPY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISSOCIATIVE DISORDERS – 1St Thursday of the Month

This group is designed for licensed clinicians who are reading and learning structural theory. Required reading: Treating Trauma-Related Dissociation: A Practical, Integrative Approach (2017), by Steele, Boon, and Van der Hart.   Readings will be supported with corresponding didactic presentations, group discussion, and integrative case consultation.

Meets: 2018: 9/6, 10/4, 11/1, 12/6; 2019: 1/3, 2/7, 3/7, 4/4, 5/2, 6/6/(June date is optional)

Time: 8 AM to 10 AM

Location:  277 Main Street, Northampton, MA

Format: 30 minute didactic presentation each month, followed by 90 minutes case consultation.

Didactic Content:  Concepts from the structural theory of dissociation will be presented to support participants’ learning and thinking. Also uses of various treatment techniques, e.g., “conference room techniques”. Participants will also be guided in the use and interpretation of the Multi-dimensional Inventory of Dissociation (MID).

Case Discussion: Participants will raise issues from their own cases for discussion and consultation.

Openings: openings for 2018-2019

Fee: $80.00 per session  PLEASE NOTE: Participants agree to pay for all sessions, regardless of attendance.

To Inquire or Register: eMail GeorgeAbbott@comcast.net

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II. INTEGRATING EMDR IN THE TREATMENT OF C-PTSD & OTHER DISSOCIATIVE DISORDERS – 3rd Thursday of the Month

This group is designed for clinicians who are more familiar with the treatment of dissociative disorders and with the practice of EMDR therapy.  Now in its eight year, the coming cycle of this group will continue the exploration and discovery of ways to integrate EMDR therapy to effectively support the healing of clients suffering with trauma-related dissociation.

Meets: 2018: 9/20, 10/18, 11/15, 12/20; 2019: 1/17, 2/21, 3/21, 4/18, 5/16, 6/20. (June date is optional)

Time: 8 AM to 10 AM

Location:  16 Center Street, Northampton, MA

Format: 30 minute didactic presentation each month; 90 minutes of in discussion and consultation.

Didactic Content:  A variety of topics from the theory of structural dissociation and beyond will be chosen by the leaders for discussion. For example: Understanding the concept of action tendencies inhuman behavior; “conference room techniques”; working with the Multi-dimensional Inventory of Dissociation, identifying and working with insecure attachment, advanced structural and functional analyses of parts of personality, readiness for EMDR therapy; etc.

Case Discussion: Participants will raise issues from their cases to for discussion and consultation.

Openings: 3 openings for 2018-2019

Fee: $80.00 per session PLEASE NOTE:  Participants agree to pay for all sessions, regardless of attendance.

To Inquire or Register: eMail GeorgeAbbott@comcast.net


 

Drs. Abbott and Gelinas are EMDRIA-Approved Consultants & EMDR Trainers

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