Session 223: Using EMDR for Chronic Pain: Focus on Phases 1 and 2

Sunday, September 27th

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory

About the Session

Session Description:

Shapiro (1995, 2001, 2018) expanded “trauma” treated by EMDR psychotherapy to include illness and somatic disorders. The Adaptive Information Processing Model, EMDR’s 8 Phases and 3-Pronged Approach provide a framework to conceptualize multidisciplinary treatment of the chronic pain patient, integrating the mosaic of presenting problems and contributing factors, and identifying targets for reprocessing. Phase 1 History-Taking and Treatment Planning along with Phase 2 Preparation considerations will be examined. Information about pain and conceptualization strategies will be provided. How Phase 1 History-Taking and Phase 2 Preparation can establish a strong foundation for holistic treatment of chronic pain clients is illustrated.

Learning Objective 1

Participants will be able to describe how to use the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP model) to conceptualize EMDR treatment of chronic pain patients and will be able to identify at least 3 components of pain that can be used as targets for EMDR psychotherapy.

Learning Objective 2

Participants will be able to identify three critical elements of Phase 1 History Taking and Case Conceptualization for the use of EMDR with Chronic Pain Patients.

Learning Objective 3

Participants will be able to describe at least 3 considerations for Phase 2 – Preparation in the treatment of chronic pain patients.

CEs Available: 3


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