Deany Laliotis

Course Descriptions

Beyond the Basic Course in EMDR Therapy

This course is for clinicians who have completed the Basic Training in EMDR Therapy. It is especially designed for clinicians who are seeking to take their skills to the next level in applying EMDR therapy as a comprehensive approach. It is also for the clinician who has been using EMDR therapy more intermittently or needs a jump start to take them to the next level of practice. These advanced workshops will familiarize participants with the broad spectrum of clinical applications for use with a wide range of clients and clinical situations. Special attention is given to case formulation and treatment planning for more complex cases.

Developing Your Skills Using EMDR Therapy: The Next Steps

This course is designed for clinicians who are seeking to deepen their understanding of EMDR therapy principles, protocols and procedures and to successfully integrate them into their practice of psychotherapy.  Building on the precepts of the AIP model, participants will learn more about case conceptualization using the plateaus of defectiveness, safety and power to identify developmental themes and develop a treatment plan.  We will also explore how to evaluate a client’s readiness for processing, not just based on past history but on other relevant factors to include ego strengths, motivation for change, and the importance of developing a mutual understanding about the issue(s) to be treated.  Additionally, through assisted practice, you will learn how to track the client’s experience using advanced clinical interweave categories (CIC) to help modulate arousal states, complete thwarted responses, navigate defenses and facilitate repair.  Finally, participants in this course will learn how to modify the three-pronged protocol of past, present, and future to meet clinical demands of each individual case.

The instructor will also address how some of the unique demands of EMDR therapy can sometimes present challenging clinical situations for both therapist and the client.  Videos of clinical cases will be presented.

Participants in this workshop will learn to:

  • Identify at least two developmental themes from the client’s presentation of their symptoms
  • Conceptualize a case using the informational plateaus of defectiveness, safety and power
  • Prioritize target memory selection based on developmental deficits that have been identified
  • Evaluate need for stabilization and resourcing interventions
  • Apply at least two resourcing interventions as clinically appropriate
  • Apply advanced clinical interweaves (CIC) to effectively navigate processing demands and to address developmental deficits
  • Apply two modifications of the three-pronged protocol
  • Apply at least two clinical interweave strategies to bring closure and containment to processing sessions
  • Negotiate the unique clinical demands of EMDR therapy without compromising the integrity of the model or the therapeutic relationship

Advanced Trainings

These two workshops are for clinicians who have completed the Basic Training in EMDR therapy, have been using it with their clients for a period time and are seeking to deepen their clinical skills.  The focus of these workshops is to help the clinician work with attachment related issues in order to address relationship problems in the client’s current life.  The relational dimension between therapist and client as a vehicle for change is also explored.  Additionally, navigating the moment to moment demands of processing will be studied in depth.  These courses are offered in a variety of venues and locations throughout the US and abroad.

Healing the Wounds of Attachment & Rebuilding Self

This advanced workshop taught by Deany Laliotis, master EMDR therapist and trainer, is for clinicians who are seeking to broaden their skills working with developmental trauma and attachment issues.  As is often the case when we’re working with attachment, the difficulties that challenge clients in their lives are the same ones they bring to the therapeutic process itself.  We will explore how to use these challenges as moments of opportunity to work through the childhood wounding, making secure attachment possible in adulthood.  We will also address the “art and timing” of EMDR therapy, prioritizing what to work on as a case evolves and issues shift from foreground to background and vice versa.  We will also expand on the therapist’s understanding and application of interweaves for navigating the delicate waters of attachment trauma and facilitating a rebuilding of self in this transformational process.

Participants in this workshop will learn to:

  • Understand the four adult attachment styles and identify two or more patterns of response that correlate with the client’s predominant style
  • Develop an AIP-informed treatment plan by identifying formative attachment experiences where the client learned to respond using these identified patterns
  • Identify the different attachment states both in and out of processing bringing attention to the client’s somatic experience
  • Identify one or more defensive patterns of response and consider alternative emotional strategies
  • Develop the client’s capacity to successfully integrate more adaptive relationship skills into their current lives
  • Apply Clinical Interweave Categories (CIC) to navigate moment to moment processing demands and to address developmental deficits and facilitate repair
  • Identify at least two ways to modify the three-pronged protocol of past, present and future to address ongoing clinical demands of a case
The Dance of Attachment: The Therapist's Use of Self in EMDR Therapy

This advanced training is about taking EMDR therapy to the next level beyond resolution of past memories in order to help our clients learn to live more fully and authentically in relationships.  When treating early attachment wounds, having positive, reparative attachment experiences in the present is necessary to help the client develop their capacity for secure attachment.  The therapeutic dyad, then, becomes more central to the process and the processing as we navigate the delicate waters between past and present, between self and other, between therapist and client, towards developing a new relational template for the future.

So, what makes secure attachment possible?  In this workshop, you will learn about the qualities of a “good enough” relationship with your client that sets the foundation for processing these formative experiences, some of which are outside the domain of language and explicit memory networks.  We will review the different attachment styles and the corresponding patterns of response that developed as adaptations to early caregivers.  We will also explore how these adaptations can interfere with the therapeutic process and activate our own patterns of response which can inadvertently create a reenactment of the past.  We will learn how to identify these “moments of collision” and turn them into “moments of meeting,” facilitating a corrective experience of self and other, towards the goal of an earned, secure attachment.

This workshop is available in a 2-day and 3-day format for additional practice opportunities.

Through lecture, discussion, video and live demonstration, small group experiences, participants will learn to:

  • Identify at least two specific patterns of response that correspond to each of the four attachment styles
  • Utilize at least three strategies to track the client’s experience to facilitate the client’s ability to process implicit memory-informed states
  • Utilize Defense-oriented Clinical Interweaves to address self parts and other defensive patterns
  • Identify your own adaptation to the client’s defensive pattern and develop at least one strategy to step back and determine what is clinically indicated
  • Utilize a Relational Interweave to co-regulate arousal, keeping the client connected to their experience during processing
  • Utilize the future to develop and strengthen more adaptive relational patterns

Master Classes

These workshops are available for clinicians who have already completed the Basic Training, Parts I & II, and either at least one Advanced Training course in EMDR therapy or have been actively using EMDR therapy in their clinical practice for at least one year. Workshops are offered in a variety of venues and locations throughout the US and are designed for clinicians seeking to deepen their mastery of EMDR therapy.

Moment-to-Moment Decision Making: The Art and Science of EMDR Therapy

When working with challenging clients, do you get confused about what to focus on moment to moment in the reprocessing when so much is happening or not must is happening at all?  Are you wondering how long to let “whatever happens, happen” before you step in to facilitate a repair or to bring attention to what is happening in the room?

When working with attachment trauma it’s more than the reprocessing of the negative; it’s about the byproducts of those negative experiences:  the developmental deficits and the adaptations that were made to accommodate the caregivers.  So, how and when do you decide what to target to address these adaptations?  What kind of interweave do you offer to facilitate the processing when it’s more about using these patterns in the moment, not necessarily because the client is stuck?

In this workshop, you will learn how to make those decisions based on conceptual maps that inform how and when to intervene based on your clinical understanding of what is going on in that moment.  You will learn how to invite a deeper exploration of what is implicit and automatic and make it explicit and understandable, thus broadening the possibilities for profound and shared transformation.

Through lecture, small and large group discussion, videotape of client sessions and live demonstration, participants will learn to:

  • Identify at least 3 maladaptive patterns of response and identify the relevant target memories for processing
  • Develop a working understanding of the four attachment styles and the implications for EMDR reprocessing
  • Track somatically the client’s experience moment to moment
  • Describe the Polyvagal Theory of Social Engagement and how it can inform clinical decision-making moment to moment
  • Summarize the theory of Structural Dissociation to help understand ego states and how to navigate emotional processing
  • Understand the theory of Internal Family Systems model as a lens to understanding parts of self and their functions
  • Apply clinical interweave strategies (CIC) to successfully navigate the moment-to-moment demands of EMDR processing
  • Apply variations of the three-pronged protocol to help the client develop and strengthen new, adaptive patterns of response
Going Deeper into Personality Disorders with EMDR Therapy

What happens when you have tried everything you know to do to help a patient feel safe enough and nothing seems to work?  Or, when a client minimizes the importance of the work or their relationship with you?  Do you:  Try even harder?  Get frustrated and angry?

This 3-day workshop is about navigating the clinical landscape with patients who most challenge us because of their characterological issues that elicit negative counter-transferential responses in us as well as in others.  These patients frequently present with dysfunctional adaptations that they use in their current lives, often engaging us to co-create a similar dynamic in the therapeutic dyad.  This workshop will provide the therapist with critical tools to explore and develop strategies for addressing these characterological patterns of response that have been often considered intractable by many mental health professionals.

In this workshop, you will learn to identify these patterns in a way that motivates the client to develop new, alternative patterns of response that will be more adaptive to their current life situations than what worked in childhood.  Additionally, you will learn conceptual maps that outline the inhibitory and excitatory patterns of response that, not only inform a developmental understanding of the client’s difficulties, but how these patterns inform the clients’s response to us as well as to the processing demands of EMDR therapy.

Through lecture, small group discussion and practice, video and live demonstration, participants will learn to:

  • Conceptualize the client’s problems in daily living through identifying one or more maladaptive pattern of response
  • Recognize at least 2 maladaptive patterns of response that are informed by formative childhood experiences
  • Identify the developmental theme associated with each patterned response
  • Identify relevant memories for EMDR reprocessing based on a working understanding of the client’s current maladaptive coping strategies
  • Apply at least three clinical interweave strategies (CIC) to navigate the moment-to-moment demands of EMDR reprocessing
  • Differentiate between a client’s survival response versus a social engagement response using Porges’ Theory of Social Engagement
  • Explain how and when to utilize at least two Relational Interweaves to facilitate the social engagement system
  • Distinguish between core affective responses and defensive affective responses in EMDR reprocessing
  • Apply Future Template to help develop and strengthen motivational sets to enlist the client in developing new, more effective adaptations
Relational EMDR Therapy: Taking the Journey to the Next Level

As EMDR therapists who treat complex developmental trauma, we understand the importance of the therapeutic relationship as part of the healing journey when our clients are suffering from attachment wounds.  The challenge is how to bring our best selves to the clinical situation, using our experience moment to moment to facilitate the work, making it a shared experience. In this 2 or 3-day master course, we will explore ways we can use our selves to best meet the needs of the clinical situation, creating the conditions that make it possible for the client to approach this unchartered emotional territory towards healing and transformation.

Note:  This program includes lecture, discussion, video review and practice in dyads where participants are expected to work on their own material.  Minimum of one year training in EMDR therapy recommended.

Through lecture, small group discussion and practice, video and live demonstration, participants will learn to:

  • Identify and develop therapist attunement skills by tracking the moment to moment somatic experience, using the resonance between the therapist and client
  • Understand therapeutic impasse through the AIP Model and how to use the relationship between the therapist and client to facilitate movement in the work
  • Recognize the difference between core affective responses versus defensive affective responses both in ourselves as well as in our clients
  • Identify and work with specific psychological defenses such as avoidance, idealization, and shame in and out of processing
  • Apply clinical interweave strategies (CIC) effectively to facilitate reprocessing effects and generate adaptive actions in the future
  • Apply specific clinical interweave strategies (CIC) effectively to address fear and blocking beliefs
  • Identify memories for processing that inform the relational patterns that are problematic for the client in the context of their current relationships

Course Intensives & Training Retreats

These workshops are available for clinicians who have already completed the Basic Training, Parts I & II. Retreats are offered at a variety of venues and locations throughout the US.  Intensive courses and training retreats are stand alone programs for EMDR trainer practitioners offered in 3-day, 5-day, and 7-day formats.

The Triangle of Trauma: Victim, Victimizer, or Rescuer?

This course if for EMDR-trained mental health professionals who specialize in working with complex developmental trauma and are challenged by navigating the delicate balance between the clinical landscape and the relational demands of the therapeutic dyad.  In this course, we will explore how as therapists, we can inadvertently step into these roles with our clients who themselves struggle with these attachment-related dynamics.  The instructor will offer conceptual maps as well as practical hands-on interweave strategies and body-oriented interventions to bring awareness to these dynamics as well as facilitate repair and resolution within an EMDR-based framework.  You will walk away renewed after journeying with your fellow clinicians, having a greater sense of the enigmatic territory between ourselves and our clients.

Participants in this workshop will learn to:

  • Define Karpman’s Drama Triangle of Victim, Perpetrator and Rescuer
  • Identify and distinguish between different variations of the Drama Triangle dynamics, from maladaptive to adaptive
  • Identify how and when clinicians can get into the Drama Triangle dynamics when working with complex developmental trauma
  • Understand and identify maladaptive coping styles in response to developmental trauma both in clinicians as well as clients
  • Summarize four attachment styles and the implications for EMDR therapy
  • Apply advanced interweave strategies during processing
  • Understand the theory of structural Dissociation and how to identify dissociative processes both in and out of processing
  • Explain the Polyvagal Theory of Social Engagement
  • Identify “parts of self” using IFS Model principles
  • Apply body-oriented strategies to facilitate resolution of thwarted fight-flight responses and other body-oriented phenomena
  • Distinguish between trauma repair and attachment repair
  • Address transference and countertransference issues using “parts” work or IFS
  • Apply mindfulness skill to track client and clinician responses
Treating Complex Trauma with EMDR Therapy: A Retreat Course for Master EMDR Clinicians

This course is for EMDR-trained mental health professionals who specialize in working with complex developmental trauma and are challenged by navigating the clinical landscape between memories that are remembered versus what is unknown to the self but carried in the body.  In this workshop, we will explore early attachment experiences and how they manifest in the body as somatic symptoms, gestures and movements, informing how we experience relationships, boundaries between self and other, as well as how we relate to our somatic experience.  The presenter will offer conceptual maps from the various body-oriented therapies as well as practical clinical interventions to facilitate repair and resolution within an EMDR-based framework.  You will walk away renewed after journeying with your fellow, having a greater sense of how to work with body-oriented phenomena in EMDR therapy to facilitate transformation on the most primal levels of human experience.

Please note:  All participants are expected to work on their own personal attachment experiences in dyads.

Participants in this workshop will learn to:

  • Recognize the four attachment styles and how to identify the predominant style of attachment
  • Summarize the implications for EMDR therapy as it relates to the client’s predominant style of attachment
  • Identify attachment-related adaptations to developmental trauma and how they correlate to a specific attachment style or state of mind
  • Identify somatic patters, symptoms, gestures, and movements associated with the client’s adaptations to early attachment trauma
  • Develop specific moment to moment strategies in and out of EMDR processing to facilitate awareness and reprocessing of these somatic symptoms
  • Identify memories for processing that inform the adaptations that are most problematic for the client in the context of their current relationships
  • Utilize clinical interweave strategies to facilitate reprocessing effects
  • Recognize the different between core affective responses versus defensive affective responses
  • Apply body-oriented interventions to facilitate resolution of thwarted fight-flight responses
  • Apply specific strategies to discharge highly activated arousal states stored in the body
  • Apply specific strategies to repair and correct physical boundary ruptures
  • Apply specific strategies to address over-coupling and undercoupling phenomena in the body as well as in other aspects of experience
  • Summarize the theory of structural dissociation
  • Recognize clinical phenomena related to dissociative processes
  • Describe the Polyvagal Theory of Social Engagement and how it can inform clinical decision-making
  • Develop the clinician’s capacity to be present to the moment to moment unfolding of experience between the therapist and the client in order to optimize treatment effects

 

The Dance of Attachment: The Therapist's Use of Self in EMDR Therapy

This advanced training is about taking EMDR therapy to the next level beyond resolution of past memories in order to help our clients learn to live more fully and authentically in relationships.  When treating early attachment wounds, having positive, reparative attachment experiences in the present is necessary to help the client develop their capacity for secure attachment.  The therapeutic dyad, then, becomes more central to the process and the processing as we navigate the delicate waters between past and present, between self and other, between therapist and client, towards developing a new relational template for the future.

So, what makes secure attachment possible?  In this workshop, you will learn about the qualities of a “good enough” relationship with your client that sets the foundation for processing these formative experiences, some of which are outside the domain of language and explicit memory networks.  We will review the different attachment styles and the corresponding patterns of response that developed as adaptations to early caregivers.  We will also explore how these adaptations can interfere with the therapeutic process and activate our own patterns of response which can inadvertently create a reenactment of the past.  We will learn how to identify these “moments of collision” and turn them into “moments of meeting,” facilitating a corrective experience of self and other, towards the goal of an earned, secure attachment.

This workshop is available in a 2-day and 3-day format for additional practice opportunities.

Through lecture, discussion, video and live demonstration, small group experiences, participants will learn to:

  • Identify at least two specific patterns of response that correspond to each of the four attachment styles
  • Utilize at least three strategies to track the client’s experience to facilitate the client’s ability to process implicit memory-informed states
  • Utilize Defense-oriented Clinical Interweaves to address self parts and other defensive patterns
  • Identify your own adaptation to the client’s defensive pattern and develop at least one strategy to step back and determine what is clinically indicated
  • Utilize a Relational Interweave to co-regulate arousal, keeping the client connected to their experience during processing
  • Utilize the future to develop and strengthen more adaptive relational patterns
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