Session 322: Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR Therapy for Chronic Pain—The SAFE Model

Saturday, October 3rd


About the Session

Session Description:

The AIP model states that most pathologies are derived from earlier life experiences that are maladaptively stored in the nervous system. This is easy to see with symptoms like depression and anxiety, but the same is often true for chronic pain. Effective treatment requires the reprocessing of early life experiences that lead to pain in adulthood. This workshop will cover ways of working with pain in all eight phases using the basic EMDR protocol and utilize history taking, preparation, targeting, and reprocessing approaches informed by neuroscience and attachment theory to desensitize the physical and emotional disturbance associated with chronic pain.

Learning Objective 1

Participants will be able to summarize how current pain neuroscience and diagnostic tools can be applied to the EMDR model.

Learning Objective 2

Participants will be able to summarize current research on how EMDR has been used to treat chronic pain.

Learning Objective 3

Participants will be able to describe how early life experiences influence pain in adulthood.

Learning Objective 4

Participants will be able to identify ways of working with pain in phase one by using pain-
informed history taking.

Learning Objective 5

Participants will be able to target and reprocess adverse childhood experiences
that are at the root of persistent pain.

CEs Available: 3


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