Working with Dissociation and Complex Trauma
as an EMDR Therapist


Saturday, August 4, 2018; 8:00am – 4:00pm


One Partnership Circle, Abingdon VA 24210


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Sponsored by:


Highlands Community Services




Presented by:


Bill Brislin, MA, LMHC, NCC
Approved for 6 CEs through Commonwealth Educational Seminars* Program #89206.  Approved for 6 EMDRIA Credits: Program #17019-09




About This Course


Adult clients with history of chronic or prolonged childhood abuse and/or neglect present significant challenges in treatment, particularly in utilizing the standard EMDR protocol.


This presentation will integrate current theories of complex trauma with practical interventions and resources for the EMDR therapist which are grounded in the AIP model.


The workshop will include practice and discussion.




Participants Will Learn To:


  • Identify characteristic symptoms of dissociation.
  • Understand the role of attachment injury and chronic abuse and/or neglect in creating and maintaining dissociative processes and individuated self-states.
  • Become familiar with the three phases of complex trauma treatment in relation to the three prongs and eight phases of EMDR therapy.
  • Implement multiple emotional regulation methods for use in EMDR phase 2 with dissociative clients and strategies for interacting with self-states.
  • Recognize and work with characteristic phobias that maintain dissociative processes.
  • Utilize several techniques for titrating EMDR phase 4 processing dissociative clients.


Prerequisite: Participants must have completed EMDR Basic Training with an EMDRIA-approved training provider.




What People Are Saying


– “So helpful and useful – Bill was so knowledgeable and explained things in a way that was easy to understand and even retain! I will definitely use these ideas and techniques with clients.”


– “Bill’s use of professional experiences brought this learning session to the next level. I would definitely attend another workshop if he were presenting.”


– Very engaging presenter! Loved his sense of humor in helping maintain the audience’s engagement! Would highly recommend him.”






$150  Includes 6 CEs*

$20 lunch on site optional



About The Presenter


Bill Brislin has been a psychotherapist in Orlando area for over thirty years. His interest in trauma and complex trauma began during his fifteen years as a courselor at a local AIDS support agency. An EDMR Certified Therapist and EMDRIA Approved Consultant, Bill enjoys unlocking the potential for EMDR Therapy with clients who have experienced profound developmental trauma. A graduate of the Catholic University of America and the University of Notre Dame, he is committed to ongoing learning and formation. Bill holds memberships in EMDR International Association, the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis, and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.






8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration, coffee and housekeeping
8:30 am – 11:45 am Session with 15 minute break
11:45 am – 12:30 pm Lunch on site (you can bring your own or purchase catered lunch)
12:30 pm – 3:45 pm – Lecture, Practice, and Videos
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Wrap Up




Thanks to Highlands Community Services for hosting this training!


If you would like to bring an EMDR Basic or Advanced training to your community, contact Claire Mauer at: or (407) 970-7915


*Continuing Education credit for this program is approved by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:


Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 6.0 clinical continuing education clock hours.
Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LPCs/LMHCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. LPCs/LMHCs completing the program will receive 6.0 continuing education hours of credit.
Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 6.0 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.
Marriage and Family Therapists: Continuing education credit for Marriage & Family Therapists is awarded in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. Marriage and Family therapists completing this program will receive 6.0 CE hours of credit.
Refunds: Participants cancelling up to 48 hours prior to the event will receive a refund, minus a 3% credit card processing fee.


Grievances: Connect CE/U provider Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.


Accessibility: Connect EMDR’s training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Claire Mauer (407) 970-7915.


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