Treating Dissociative Disorders with EMDR: The Progressive Approach
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Treating Dissociative Disorders with EMDR: The Progressive Approach

Dolores Mosquera delivers a workshop to demonstrate how EMDR clinicians can safely utilize a wide range of EMDR interventions from early in the preparatory phase of treatment for patents with dissociative disorders.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Full Fee £155.00 (includes lunch and refreshments)

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Dolores Mosquera, is a psychologist and psychotherapist specializing in severe and complex trauma, personality disorders, and dissociation.   With extensive teaching experience leading seminars, workshops, and lectures internationally, she has participated as a guest speaker in numerous conferences and workshops throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North, Central, and South America.

Following, Dolores’ visit to Jesmond Therapy Centre in March 2019 to deliver her one day training workshop on Borderline Personality Disorder:  Attachment and Dissociation, we are delighted to welcome her back by popular demand to deliver this new training course at The Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Click here to read more about Dolores.

After many early cautions about the potential dangers of using EMDR with individuals suffering from dissociative disorders, limited proposals have been offered for adapting EMDR procedures to this specific population. Based on these early cautions, EMDR is still considered by many clinicians as offering interventions that are limited to the treatment of traumatic memories in high functioning dissociative clients and only after a long preparation phase that depends on other treatment modalities. From this conceptualization, the use of EMDR is strongly limited and many survivors of severe traumatization are seen as unable to benefit from EMDR, if at all, only much later in the treatment process.

In this workshop, clinical case examples and video fragments will be used to illustrate interventions with EMDR for dissociative clients following the “Progressive Approach” (Gonzalez & Mosquera, 2012).  Using this model, this workshop will demonstrate how EMDR clinicians can safely utilize a wide range of EMDR interventions from early in the preparatory phase of treatment for patents with dissociative disorders.  Our aim is to provide a comprehensive model for applying EMDR therapy in the treatment of dissociative disorders, extending the AIP model to address the kinds of dysfunctionally stored information found in those with the most severe forms of traumatization and dissociative phobias.  EMDR therapists will learn to integrate new interventions into their clinical work at different phases of treatment.  In particular, they will learn to implement specific clinical interventions, based on ‘progressive protocols’ for dissociative disorders.

Key Program Content

 EMDR therapy and managing dissociation, an expanded AIP model.

  1. Managing dissociative phobias: identifying dissociative phobias and clinical strategies throughout different phases of treatment.
  2. Empowering the client: working through the Adult Self with EMDR Therapy.
  3. Understanding and exploring the internal system safely with Dissociative Disorders: clinical tools and interventions
  4. The Tip of the Finger Strategy and other tools to reprocess trauma gradually and safely.

 Learning objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe three key aspects of the Progressive Approach model for dissociative clients from the EMDR perspective and the AIP model.
  • Participants will be able to identify three or more EMDR procedures for dissociative clients and link these to different phases of EMDR treatment.
  • Participants will be able to list examples of dissociative phobias and how to describe methods to work with them.
  • Participants will be able to explain three or more strategies for exploring the internal system safely in complex trauma cases.
  • Based on the book, “EMDR and Dissociation: the Progressive Approach” participants will be able explain three procedures including when, where and how to apply these procedures in their clinical practice.
  • Participants will be able to list three or more subtle dissociative signals and explain how to adapt treatment pacing to these signals in each case.

The course attracts 6 CPD points from Jesmond Therapy Centre.

6 EMDR UK and Ireland CPD Points have been applied for.


This training event will take place at the new Crowne Plaza Hotel in central Newcastle upon Tyne, close to the railway station.   This modern and stylish hotel has excellent conference facilities and car parking nearby.    Refreshments and snacks will be provided through the day together with a buffet lunch.


Preferential Bed and Breakfast rates available for Jesmond Therapy Centre delegates.  Rates are fully flexible and can be cancelled up to 4 pm on day of arrival.   Rooms will be available to book from October 2019 onwards.   A booking link will be provided.

Friday 2nd October 2020£110 
Saturday 3rd October 2020 – £140 


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Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Stephenson Quarter, Forth Street,, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 3PF United Kingdom
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