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EMDR Therapy for Victims of Domestic Violence

presented by Dolores Mosquera

October 1, 2021

4 credits: EMDRIA, Psychologists, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LPC and other NBCC approved masters level clinicians

10:00am to 2:30pm ET


Program Fees (includes 4 CEs):
$159.00 by September 17, 2021; $185.00 thereafter
15% discount for clinicians working for non-profits (30+ hours a week)

Full refunds until September 17, 2021; then 80% until 1 week before training, no refunds after September 24, 2021.

LIVESTREAM/ON-DEMAND VIEWING: When you purchase this on-demand viewing option, BeaconLive will provide you with instructions on how to access the program and tech support contact info. You can then watch the program whenever you’d like for 90 days (with a $40 per month extension available if you want more time). At the end of the program, you will see prompts to a quiz to demonstrate your participation. Once you pass the quiz (unlimited chances), you’ll have access to a downloadable CE certificate.

GROUP DISCOUNT RATE: This rate is designed so that local colleagues can both co-register at reduced rates and have the option to link up for collaborative discussions about the training content. As a group member, you have many viewing options. You can simply watch the training individually or you can watch parts or all of it with your group members. You’ll have access to the livestream and the recorded training for 90 days after the training to watch/rewatch. You can create any opportunities you want to discuss and practice the techniques together. Please understand that it is unethical for non-paying clinicians to participate in the livestream/on-demand viewing option.

The rates are as follow:

  • 4 or more clinicians: $30 off per person per day
  • Once a group has been formed, the group organizer (captain) should register and, in the box below, indicate others in the group. Then those other group members can register using the group rate at checkout. Four are needed to start the group but additional members can add themselves to the group by mentioning their group leader’s name.

This training will address:

  1. Frequent difficulties for victim/survivors of domestic and gender violence
  2. Internalized trauma and dysfunctional coping strategies
  3. Multiple clinical presentations and examples
  4. Blocking emotions
  5. Discovering and respecting personal needs and boundaries
  6. Distorted sense of responsibility and guilt
  7. Identifying and addressing internalized perpetrator effects
  8. Dangerous relationships- unsafe to stay and difficult to leave
  9. Building internal and external safety. Implementing a clinical guide tool

When domestic violence occurs, there is a rupture of personal safety and trust. Children exposed to family violence are impacted by what they observe and experience directly from these adult models and attachment figures. Similarly, adults exposed to family and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) are shaken and struggle to recover and move forward from these experiences. When these traumatic experiences remain unresolved, indelible impressions of these relational dynamics remain imprinted. They shape perception of self and others and provide templates that are called into action when triggered. When violence is an ongoing threat, these triggers are constant and deepen the lack of power and safety.

Adaptive responses that help a person survive the moment of violence often, unconsciously, develop into maladaptive coping responses that lead to relational patterns. These patterns often reflect lives trapped in reenactment of the violent trauma they experienced. Defensive responses sustained over time reinforce rigid and problematic behavioral patterns ranging from submission to aggressiveness. Other complications include avoidance of one’s own emotions and lack of awareness of one’s needs.

Some people find themselves repeatedly involved in harmful relationships with ongoing abuse and maltreatment. Many struggle to leave unhealthy relationships, unable to assess risks, set boundaries, or protect themselves adequately.

Domestic violence often impairs judgement and distorts the victim/survivor’s sense of self and current triggers can activate intense emotions of guilt and learned helplessness. This could be explained, on the one hand, as part of the invalidation process to which they are subjected by their perpetrators and, on the other, as a result of the victim’s own learning history.

In the treatment of victims/survivors, two concepts are important to differentiate clearly: responsibility and vulnerability. Although the perpetrator is the only one responsible for the mistreatment, the victim may have vulnerabilities that come from their personal history which also need to be addressed. In some cases, it is necessary to strengthen the victim’s resources to prepare them to leave the relationship. This will include offering psychoeducation on prototypical abusive behaviors and types of perpetrators, so that they can identify their partners as such and protect themselves from the strategies they use to retain victims by their side. At the same time, they may need to be guided through the complex process of leaving such a relationship. In other cases, it will be essential to overcome the traumatic bond generated with the perpetrator, which may involve working with apparently positive aspects such as idealization or the addictive component of the relationship.

This presentation will review the impact of domestic violence with a focus on the treatment needs for victim/survivors. Intervention methods and case conceptualization are presented within the EMDR therapy, Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) informed, 8-phase treatment model. The presentation will discuss ways to an individualized treatment plan that considers aspects such as the psychoeducation needed by that specific person and the selection of strategic targets. Effective plans balance an awareness that many clients need to work on early personal history and previous negative relationships while managing current relationships.

Training Schedule:
10:00 am – Dynamics of domestic and intimate partner violence. Characteristic of internalized trauma and dysfunctional coping strategies
11:30 – Break
11:45 – Frequent difficulties for victim/survivors of domestic and gender-based violence understood through the AIP lens. Assessing danger in a relationship. Addressing the needs to be and to feel safe.
1:15 pm – Break
1:30 – Assessing personal needs and building safe relationships. Case examples, summary of key points, Q&A.
2:30 – Close

Learning Objectives – Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least 3 examples of internalized trauma and dysfunctional coping strategies
  2. Describe examples of blocking emotions and how they interfere with present day adaptive functioning
  3. Describe strategies to reduce a maladaptive sense of responsibility and guilt
  4. Identify difficulties associated with leaving a dangerous relationship and strategies to address these challenges
  5. Describe 3 or more considerations in topic related EMDR case conceptualization
  6. Apply a clinical guide to increase safety

About the presenter:

Dolores Mosquera is a psychologist and psychotherapist. She is the director of the Institute for the Study of Trauma and Personality Disorders (INTRA-TP), a private institution where she has worked with EMDR for many years on cases related to severe traumatization. She is an EMDR Europe Consultant and Facilitator. She has extensive teaching experience, leading seminars, workshops and lectures internationally. She has published many books and articles on personality disorders, complex trauma and dissociation and is a recognized expert in this field.


EMDR Advanced Training and Distance Learning, LLC (EMDR ATDL) maintains responsibility for this program and its content in accordance with EMDRIA standards and is approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (ACEP #6709) to offer masters level clinician CEs. Advanced Psychotherapy Trainings (APT) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. NY CEs by arrangement.

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