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Dolores Mosquera: A Three Day EMDR Advanced Webinar on Dissociation

Live from Spain! Treating Dissociative Disorders with EMDR: The Progressive Approach and Working With Hostile Voices and Parts of the Personality in Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders

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Dolores Mosquera: A Three Day EMDR Advanced Webinar on Dissociation
Dolores Mosquera: A Three Day EMDR Advanced Webinar on Dissociation

Time & Location

Sep 17, 2020, 8:00 AM CDT – Sep 19, 2020, 12:00 PM CDT

Zoom Webinar

About the event

September 17, 18, and 19, 2020 

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Login to Webinar

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Webinar

Central Daylight Time (CDT)


Treating Dissociative Disorders with EMDR: The Progressive Approach 

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 patients 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

1. EMDR therapy and managing dissociation, an expanded AIP model.

2. Managing dissociative phobias: identifying dissociative phobias and clinical strategies throughout different phases of treatment.

3. Empowering the client: working through the Adult Self with EMDR Therapy.

4. Understanding and exploring the internal system safely with Dissociative Disorders: clinical tools and interventions.

5. The Tip of the Finger Strategy and other tools to reprocess trauma gradually and safely.

Learning Objectives:

1. 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.

2. Participants will be able to identify three or more EMDR procedures for dissociative clients and link these to different phases of EMDR treatment.

3. Participants will be able to list examples of dissociative phobias and how to describe methods to work with them.

4. Participants will be able to explain three or more strategies for exploring the internal system safely in complex trauma cases.

5. 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. 

6. 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.

Working With Hostile Voices and Parts of the Personality in Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders 

Many dissociative clients have difficulties with voices that are hostile and critical. The internal conflict is sometimes so strong that the person will even have difficulties carrying on with an ordinary conversation. One factor that affects this conflict is how the patient deals with the voices or parts of the self. 

Most approaches to helping people with hostile or critical voices have something to do with either trying to get rid of the voice, such as by taking drugs until it fades away, or trying to ignore the voice or distract attention away from it. One problem with these strategies is that they all involve avoiding issues or emotions the voice may be bringing up. A key aspect to the work with hostile parts of the personality and voices is to understand their function and the meaning behind their disruptive behaviors. 

A comprehensive approach is needed with the most complex cases where internal conflict can lead to harmful behaviors for the self and others. In these cases, transforming conflict through dialogue, compassion and understanding is essential. Specific procedures to work with the conflict in these clients in different phases of EMDR treatment will be illustrated through case examples.

Key Program Content

1. Identify the internal system of dissociation and internal voices that are hostile and critical.

2. How to read the function and purpose behind the saboteur parts of self.

3. Using compassion and understanding to help deal with dissociative phobias within the internal system.

4. Skills to reduce impasses and resistance that may complicate or reduce the efficacy of the treatment. 

5. Specific steps to organize the work with hostile parts and voices.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to describe an approach to the work with hostile voices.

2. Participants will apply skills to adapt the clinical language to the needs of clients and considerations when working with critical and hostile parts.

3. Participants will select skills to assist clients with understanding the motivations behind self-harming behaviors such as self-mutilation and other hostile or critical dynamics.

4. Participants will be able to dialogue with the unintegrated parts of Self and to reduce the internal conflict among the system of parts in different phases of EMDR.

5. Participants will be able to list three or more basic components of clinical work with hostile parts.   

6. Participants will be able to identify at least 5 steps to organize their work with hostile and critical parts and include it in the treatment planning.


Dolores Mosquera is a psychologist and psychotherapist specializing in severe and complex trauma, personality disorders, and dissociation. She is an accredited EMDR Europe Trainer and supervisor. Dolores is the director of the Institute for the Study of Trauma and Personality Disorders (INTRA-TP) in A Coruña, Spain—a 3-clinic private institution initially founded in 2000. She collaborates with two different Domestic Violence Programs, one focused on Women Victims of DV and another one on Males with Violent Behavior. She belongs to the Spanish National Network for the Assistance of Victims of Terrorism, and also collaborates with an organization aiding victims of emergencies, accidents, violent attacks, kidnapping and other traumatic incidents. She is a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Trauma and Dissociation a member of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research and the co-editor of the European Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation’s Newsletter. Dolores has 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. She has published 16 books and numerous articles on personality disorders, complex trauma, and dissociation, and is a recognized expert in this field. She also teaches in several Universities, and collaborates with supervising Clinical Psychologists in postgraduate training programs in Spain. She received the David Servan-Schreiber award for outstanding contributions to the EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Processing) field in 2017, and was made a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation in 2018, for her important contributions to the trauma and dissociation field. 

There are no known conflicts of interests for this workshop. 


$375 Early Bird Fee – Must be received/postmarked by Tuesday, August 18, 2020

$395 Regular Fee – When received/postmarked after Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Non-Profit and Non-Licensed Graduate Student Discount

There is a $40 discount for attendees employed by a non-profit organization and non-licensed graduate students. 

$335 Non-Profit/Student Early Bird Fee – Must be received/postmarked by Tuesday, August 18, 2020

$355 Non-Profit/Student Regular Fee – When received/postmarked after Tuesday, August 18, 2020

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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 September 3, 2020). If you cancel after September 3, 2020 and before the start of the workshop, 50% of your registration fee will be refunded. No refund will be made for cancellations received after the workshop begins. Registrants who partially attend the workshop, or do not complete the training will not receive a refund and cannot transfer their attendance to another workshop. Refund requests must be made by sending an email to


12 EMDRIA Credits

12 CE Credits 

To obtain the credits listed above; participants must sign in at the start of each day, sign out at the end of each day, attend the workshop in its entirety, and complete the workshop evaluation form.  Per EMDRIA and policies, NO partial credits can be given. 

Level of Difficulty: Advanced

This workshop is intended for clinicians who have completed EMDR basic training. Attendees 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 12 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 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 for 12 CE credits by Certificates are awarded online after completion of the workshop. Participants print their own certificate after registering at, entering a keycode, and completing an on-line 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

· This training does not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers.

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· 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.) with EMDR basic training.


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  • Regular Fee


    Fee when received after Tuesday, August 18, 2020




  • NonProfit/Student Regular Fee


    There is a $40 discount for attendees employed by non-profit organizations and non-licensed graduate students.






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