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Course 1: The Dissociative Spectrum from Acute Stress to Complex PTSD


EMDR therapists while treating veterans, military personnel, and first-responders frequently face challenging clinical presentations.  This course is designed to prepare EMDR therapists to successfully treat varying level of clinical severity.   Participants learn the clinical issues around complex PTSD, the level of PTSD described in the diagnostic manuals DSM-5 and ICD-11, and EMDR approaches for treating complex trauma.  Review the concept of adaptive memory networks and how to control access and processing of potentially overwhelming memories.  Review the use of titration and fractionating as well as EMD in working with fragile clients.

The webinar addresses understanding the cultures of these special populations, treating acute stress, PTSD and C-PTSD with EMDR therapy.  The EMDR Early Intervention (EEI) models with both individual and group applications are discussed, the use of EMD, EMD-contained, and EMDR approaches, along with the integration of phase 2 Preparation during extended preparation along with Phase 4 Desensitization during sleep processing, defining Ego States, Structural Dissociation, and complex trauma are noted.  Treating dissociative exhibitions across the spectrum, as well as case conceptualization and treatment planning are reviewed. Videos demonstrating the lessons learned are integrated throughout the training.

Dr. E. C. Hurley, a retired veteran with 33 years military service - both active and reserve forces and founder of Soldier Center has treated more than 26,000 veterans and military personnel during the past 18 years and beyond most of whom have suffered with complex PTSD and moral injury.  Additionally, he serves as a volunteer mental health consultant with a state-wide disaster strike team with a network of first-responders.  He presents the clinical skills he developed in treating these special populations during nearly two decades.  This training is designed for EMDR therapists who find themselves treating first-responders, active military, and veterans with a broad range of pathology from acute stress to complex PTSD.  Persons complete this training with a new awareness of treating various levels of symptom severity effectively with EMDR therapy.

Learning Objectives


Part 1:

1.     Identify and discuss common characteristics of military personnel and first responders.

2.     Review key points in understanding the military and first responder cultures

3.     Discuss the impact of time duration on EMDR Early Intervention (EEI) protocols.

4.     Identify the differences between acute PTSD and complex PTSD.

5.     Discuss the ISTSS recommendations for treating complex PTSD.

6.     Describe EMDR approaches for treating complex trauma.

Part 2:

1.     Discuss the role of dissociation in traumatic responses.

2.     Review theoretical models for understanding dissociation.

3.     Discuss DSM-5 dissociative disorders.

4.     Review ICD-11 criteria for complex PTSD

5.     Identify approaches for processing traumatic memories with dissociative features.

6.     Discuss case conceptualization principles for treatment planning.

Purchase this on-demand video in the near future.  CEs for 6 CEs have been applied for with EMDRIA and NBCC.

Payment via PayPal will grant access to this on-demand training of Course 1 of the eight courses series on

"Treating Military, Veterans and First-responders with EMDR Therapy."