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Advanced Issues in Working With Complex Dissociative Disorders:

Chronic Shame, Resistance, and Traumatic Memory (with and without EMDR) Presenter: Kathy Steele, MN, CS, APRN

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Advanced Issues in  Working With Complex Dissociative Disorders:
Advanced Issues in  Working With Complex Dissociative Disorders:

Time & Location

Mar 01, 2019, 9:00 AM – Mar 02, 2019, 5:00 PM

KU Edwards Campus BEST Conference Center, 12604 S Quivira Rd, Overland Park, KS 66213, USA

About the event

This advanced workshop will focus on several topics that can be particularly challenging in the treatment of complex dissociative disorders. We will explore chronic shame in depth, its physiology and functions, its many manifestations, and practical ways to resolve it, using cognitive, emotional, somatic, and imagery approaches, as well as EMDR when appropriate.

Chronic resistance will be discussed as a co-creation of therapist and client, and can best be understood as a phobic avoidance of what is perceived to be intolerable. Therapists will learn how to recognize and address resistance step by step without evoking further defense in the client, and will learn to recognize their own contributions to resistance. Shame and resistance are essential to address in the context of processing traumatic memory.

On the second day we will focus on special approaches to resolving traumatic memory in dissociative clients, with and without EMDR. One of the unique challenges of approaching dissociated traumatic memories is how to support not only the person as a whole, but each dissociative part, in remaining grounded and present. Resourcing each part is important.

Specific interventions will be discussed, including hypnotic imagery and other approaches that can be utilized with EMDR when appropriate. Participants will learn how to deal with non-verbal or pre-verbal memory with somatic approaches. We will also discuss the importance of “bearing witness,” in which memory is shared in relationship as a narrative, rather than always viewed as a therapeutic problem. We will discuss how to determine which approaches might be most helpful to a particular client.


Participants will be able to:

• Describe the functions and physiology of chronic shame in highly traumatized individuals.

• Employ at least five interventions to resolve chronic shame.

• Describe the important functions of resistance in psychotherapy.

• Employ at least five interventions to resolve enduring resistance in dissociative clients.

• Assess which approaches will be most effective for resolving traumatic memory in dissociative clients.

• Utilize somatic interventions, time distortion, and hypnotic imagery to help resolve dissociative traumatic memories.


$320 Early Bird Fee – Must be received by Friday, February 1, 2019

$345 Regular Fee – When received after Friday, February 1, 2019

Non-Profit Discount

There is a $40 discount for attendees employed by a non-profit organization.

$280 Non-Profit Early Bird Fee – Must be received by Friday, February 1, 2019

$305 Non-Profit Regular Fee – When received after Friday, February 1, 2019


Your registration fee less a $60 processing fee will be refunded to you if requested a minimum of 15 days prior to the event (by February 14, 2019). Refund requests are to be made by sending an email to No refund will be made if your cancellation is received after February 14, 2019.


13.0 EMDRIA Credits

13.0 CE Credits provided by

No EMDR Training Required. This workshop is open to all clinicians including those with no prior EMDR training. Attendees with no prior EMDR training are encouraged to complete the full EMDR basic training and have experience in using EMDR with this client population before using the EMDR material presented in this workshop. This training is not a Basic Training in EMDR therapy.

This workshop is approved for 13.0 EMDRIA Credits. Eligibility for EMDRIA Credits is restricted to those who have completed an EMDRIA-Approved Basic EMDR Training. Attendees who are partially trained in EMDR or have no EMDR training are not eligible to receive EMDRIA Credits. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded for full participation in both days.

Gray Matters Therapy Workshop, LLC, EC provider #18024, maintains responsibility for this workshop and its content in accordance with EMDRIA requirements. The official definition of EMDR Therapy is available at

This workshop is approved for 13.0 CE credits which are by Certificates are awarded online after completion of the workshop. Participants print their own certificate after registering at, entering a keycode, and completing an evaluation form. Licensed Professionals should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. is approved by:

• The American Psychological Association (APA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

• This course is NOT available for NBCC credit

• Florida Certification Board

• The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2019

• The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. is approved to provide continuing education by the following professional organizations: ASWB and APA. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by these nationally recognized certifying bodies to satisfy renewal requirements.

• California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-174-1116 Expires 11-2020

• The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners, Continuing Education Provider – 5674 expires 4/30/2019.

• The Texas Board of Professional Counselors, Continuing Education Provider – 1622 expires 2/28/2019

• Massachusetts Authorization Number: 1941

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• The Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider #: 50-4896) Expires 10/31/2020 Do not send certificates to the Florida Board of Nursing. You must keep this certificate for 4 years.

• The California Board of Registered Nursing. CEP 15647 Expires 11/30/2020.


Licensed mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychiatric nurses, accredited psychotherapists, etc.) who are interested in developing their skills in treating clients with complex dissociative disorders.


Gray Matters Therapy Workshops seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: Michelle Anspaugh and Susan Wulff at Grievances will receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.


Gray Matters Therapy Workshops uses training facilities which are handicap accessible and ADA compliant. Please contact Michelle Anspaugh and Susan Wulff at if special accommodations are required.





  • Regular Fee


    Fee when received after Friday, February 1, 2019




  • Non-Profit Regular Fee


    There is a $40 discount for attendees employed by non-profit organizations.






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