In the Client Preparation Phase (Phase 2), the client learns self-soothing skills before progressing to trauma processing. It is essential that the client be able to voluntarily change from a state of high distress to a state of lower distress before proceeding to trauma processing. Historically, this has been accomplished through the development of a Calm Place (used to be called Safe Place). Some clients are not able to reach a calm state via this exercise, which may indicate the presence of a Dissociative Disorder, typically requiring a longer Preparation Phase. This workshop will teach how to identify these clients, what it means and two methods to find resources for self-soothing and self-regulation. These resource states provide a base of operations for trauma processing.
Content and Timeline:
1. Introduction of Calm Place as diagnostic 15 minutes
2. The search for a pretraumatic resource. Description of Dr. Brian Lynn article (EMDRIA, 2000) 15 minutes
3. Description and Practical Demonstration of Safe State 30 minutes
4. Description and Practical Demonstration of Prenatal Pretraumatic (PNPT) State 30 minutes
5. Practice of each state. 60 minutes
6. Debrief group 15 minutes
Bryan Lynn article
O’Shea Safe State instructions
Wilensky PNPT instructions
Katie O’Shea, MS, LCPC, is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, and an EMDR Institute and Trauma-Recovery/HAP Senior Facilitator. Having spent forty years treating all ages and all diagnoses, twenty-four with EMDR, she attempts to support each person’s healing potential in efficient, effective and empowering ways. Katie has identified “EMDR Friendly Preparation Methods” which allow clients to quickly gain confidence in their innate ability to review experiences and unlearn what’s no longer useful. She created the Early Trauma Protocol making it possible to reprocess trauma and neglect held in implicit memory. Katie has presented at European, Canadian and International conferences since 2003.
Marshall Wilensky, Ph.D., R. Psych. Is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Trainer. He specializes in the treatment of trauma and was an EMDR Institute Facilitator for ten years. He has published EMDR research on Phantom Limb Pain and Acute Stress Disorder. He has over 15,000 hours of experience with EMDR in the last 20 years. He has trained over 1,200 therapists in Western Canada. He is surviving the trauma of marriage and two daughters.