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Sep 28,2019 - Sep 30,2019    Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Scroll down or click "Show/Hide Details" above to register. An Introduction to the Integration of Structural Dissociation, Ego State Therapy and EMDR Therapy 12 CE hours from EMDRIA approved; 12 NBCC approved masters level professional CEUs (including LCSW, LMHC, LMFT, LPC, and more) approved. Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore and Skokie Banquet & Conference Center 5300 West Touhy Avenue Skokie, IL 60077 Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29, 2019 8:30am to 4pm both days Registration from 7:30am-8:30am Sat; 8am-8:30am Sun. Registration limited to 45. BONUS: Monday, September 30: Working with Clients with DID - open to clinicians who take this workshop, past workshop participants and to graduates of the Advanced Seminar. 9am to 4pm. 6 CE hours approved. (description below) REGISTER FOR ALL 3 DAYS AND SAVE: Standard $450 early bird rates until August 28, 2019; $500 thereafter Community Mental Health Clinicians* $400 until August 28, 2019; $450 thereafter 2 DAY PROGRAM FEES: Standard $350 early bird rates until August 28, 2019, 2019; $400 thereafter Community Mental Health Clinicians* $300 until August 28, 2019; $350 thereafter Day 3 only ($100) available to clinicians who have previously taken Days 2-3 of this workshop. *Community Mental Health Clinicians: within 1 week of registering, you must submit a letter from your supervisor on agency letterhead stating you work 30+hrs/wk and you do not have training reimbursement funds available for this workshop. Online registration strongly preferred (below). To download PDF flier, click here. This is an advanced training. Completion of EMDR Basic Training required. OVERVIEW: This two-day workshop will provide participants who have completed EMDR basic training with an introduction to Structural Dissociation and Ego State Therapy theory and when it is useful or necessary to use these two frameworks with clients being treated within an EMDR/Adaptive Information Processing Approach. From an AIP perspective, ego states are distinct neuronal networks in the brain. Each has a more or less distinct sense of self. Participants will leave the workshop with experience using the Dissociative Table and ten specific tools to facilitate work with clients’ aspects of selves. Each day will feature a lecture format in the morning. Both afternoons will begin with a live demonstration of the Dissociative Table Technique with a volunteer. Then participants will have the supervised practicum opportunity to work in triads learning to use the Dissociative Table Technique (often called the Conference Room or Meeting Place) for themselves, as well as case consultation on child, adolescent and adult clients with complex PTSD and dissociative diagnoses other than DID. (Dissociative Identity Disorder will be addressed in the additional Monday workshop.) These complex clients can be treated successfully using modifications of the EMDR Protocol but without deviation in Phases 3-6. Participants will be strongly encouraged to complete recommended readings, sent by email, before the workshop. We expect these readings -- and a wealth of other articles and assessments -- will be available by May 7. All registrants will receive the password to access these handouts on my website,, when they are available. LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Describe several core concepts of Ego State Therapy that make EMDR more effective with complex trauma clients.
  2. Assess how Fraser's Dissociative Table Technique (often called the Conference Room or Meeting Place) facilitates work with aspects of self.
  3. Demonstrate beginning confidence using the Conference Room or Meeting Place with clients through your own supervised practica experience.
  4. Apply knowledge gained to several of your complex trauma and/or dissociative clients.
  5. Discuss when to use several specific techniques in EMDR work with parts of the personality.
  6. Utilize successful strategies for honoring hostile introjects’ protective intentions and gaining their alliance.
  7. Explain the usefulness of the Tip of the Finger Strategy in reducing the vehement emotion held by Emotional Parts of the Personality to facilitate EMDR treatment.
Treating Clients with Dissociative Identity Disorder With Structural Dissociation, Ego State Therapy And EMDR Therapy - September 30, 2019 We will begin the day reviewing a unique timeline of the modern treatment of dissociation, with a particular focus on EMDR Therapy. Focusing on the complex internal structure of clients with DID, we will use Structural Dissociation to understand the profound phobias that divide alters living in the present (Apparently Normal Parts of the Personality) and alters living in the past (Emotional Parts). Clients with DID also have ego states/parts that are not fully dissociated. The central challenge of therapeutic change is the facilitation of the client’s realization in therapeutically safe and titrated ways. These things happened to me in the past and I am able to live differently and more safely in the present. And as there is more internal communication and understanding, the client’s mental energy and mental efficiency increases, facilitating more rapid progress as well as living in the present more successfully. It is essential to find ways to ally with or neutralize the client’s perpetrator introjects in order to begin to build communication and trust among parts of the personality and meet the needs of terrified younger abused parts. Encouraging the development of the Self (from IFS) that is able to guide the internal communication and meet needs further empowers the client. Thus we avoid reification of alters/parts, especially of child parts, that invites the therapist to take care of the client. Demonstrations with participants roleplaying one of their clients will illustrate the use of EMDR and cautious use of bilateral stimulation to address self-care, current internal conflicts (not early trauma causing it), and draining some of an alter/part’s overwhelming affect. Participants will be asked in advance to read the narrative of one of Farnsworth’s client’s journey from DID to DDNOS and this will be a reference point during the day. Other readings on the treatment of DID from clinical masters past and present will also be provided. DAY 3 LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
  1. Describe the complex internal structure of clients with Dissociative Identity Disorder.
  2. Identify when dissociative phobias are blocking EMDR therapy and several useful ways to lessen their impact.
  3. Utilize newly learned skills to communicate more effectively with alters (Apparently Normal Parts/Emotional Parts), especially perpetrator introjects.
  4. Working through the Self, build communication and trust among parts of the personality.
  5. Discuss several specific ways to use EMDR very early in treatment to stabilize clients with DID.
  6. Explain how to empower the adult to take care of internal child parts and why we avoid the reification of child alters/Emotional Parts.
  7. Identify when to work through the client and when to work directly with dissociated self-states.
Farnsworth Lobenstine, LICSW is on the national faculty of the EMDR Institute, serving since 2001 as a Facilitator. He has been an EMDRIA Approved Consultant since 2003 and a Trauma Recovery (HAP) Facilitator since 2005. For the twelfth year, he is teaching an academic year-long Advanced Seminar on the Integration of Structural Dissociation and Ego State Therapy with EMDR Therapy in Western Massachusetts. Farnsworth began his study of Ego State Therapy and dissociation in 2001. Since 2013, he has presented sold out workshops around the country. He co-authored a lengthy article published in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research in 2013 on his highly successful brief, intensive treatment, using EMDR and Ego State Therapy with a woman who had been hospitalized. Farnsworth is passionate about the extraordinary privilege of working as a psychotherapist, walking for a time with others on their journey towards health and a vibrant life. He is equally passionate about teaching EMDR trained clinicians advanced skills so they can succeed with their most complex clients. Questions? For questions about the location/accommodations/etc: Local sponsor, Joyce Mojica; 773-251-4605 For questions about the workshop: Farnsworth Lobenstine, LICSW; 413-256-EMDR(3637) The program site is ADA compliant. Please contact Farnsworth Lobenstine if special accommodations are required. Farnsworth Lobenstine maintains responsibility for this program and its contents in accordance with EMDRIA requirements. Cancellation policy: refund minus $50 administrative fee until one week before workshop; none thereafter. There is no conflict and no commercial support for any program offered on this website. Farnsworth E. Lobenstine, LICSW, has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6873. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Farnsworth E. Lobenstine, LICSW is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


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