Session 324: EMDR Treatment of Simple, Complex, and Dissociative Panic

Saturday, October 3rd


About the Session

Session Description:

This presentation provides clinicians with research and clinically informed treatment plans for alleviating symptoms of panic across of range of cases. This includes those with only a panic disorder diagnosis, those with developmental trauma and co-occurring anxiety or personality disorders, and those with a dissociative disorder and dissociative phobias. Emphasis is placed on developing a case conceptualization founded on the Adaptive Information Processing model and integrating Attachment Theory and the Theory of Structural Dissociation. Clinical examples and guidelines are presented for identifying targets, when to extend preparation phase work, and when to address core attachment material or hidden dissociative phobias.

Learning Objective 1

Participants will be able to identify key strengths and weaknesses of evidence-based cognitive and behavioral therapies, pharmacotherapy, and EMDR treatments for Panic Disorder (PD) and Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia (PDA).

Learning Objective 2

Participants will be able to identify specific PD targets and treatment goals within the Adaptive Information Processing model.

Learning Objective 3

Participants will be able to screen for and recognize when panic symptoms likely arise as a result of a dissociative (internal) phobia in those with a dissociative disorder.

Learning Objective 4

Participants will be able to select and implement anxiety management strategies in the preparation phase of treatment appropriate for those with PDA and PD with co-morbid anxiety, Axis II disorders, and dissociative disorders.

Learning Objective 5

Participants will be able to define the key differences between Model I and Model II treatment plans for cases of PDA or PD with co-morbid anxiety or Axis II disorders and will be able to identify and recognize 13 factors suggestive of PDA and co-morbid PD cases with a need to prune early associations to core childhood attachment material in the initial series of EMDR reprocessing sessions.

CEs Available: 3


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