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EMDR treatment of pain

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Psych Works, Level 8, 39 Murray Street, Hobart TAS 7000

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2-day workshop about EMDR in the treatment of pain

Chronic pain is increasingly recognized as a somatic manifestation of unresolved trauma if not a trauma in itself. Traditional methods have struggled to meet the challenge of pain, with a recent Cochrane review concluding that new ideas are needed. EMDR started out as a trauma treatment, but quickly broadened to a range of problems, including chronic pain, which is now the second most researched application of this method. Efficacy has been reported with Phantom limb pain, headaches, low back pain and somatization pain. Similar to PTSD, EMDR therapy appears to stimulate a change in the remembered component of chronic pain, including emotional and visceral elements. This represents a significant potential advantage over traditional coping-focused approaches. Brain-based models of PTSD and chronic pain are presented, together with their implications for treatment and congruence with active treatment elements of EMDR. Emphasis on skills of evoking and integrating somatic responses to bls, to change pain memories and pain related emotions.

In this skills-oriented workshop you will learn how to apply EMDR to a wide variety of pain disorders. Prerequisite; you must have completed at least a level one EMDR training.

Participants will learn:

  • Review of theoretical models of pain
  • AIP conceptualization of chronic pain
  • How to assess the relative contribution of trauma, stress and personality factors to pain
  • 3 types of dissociation common to pain
  • A 7–step phase-oriented approach to overcoming pain using EMDR.
  • 5 key differences between the EMDR pain protocol and the standard PTSD protocol
  • How to prepare chronic pain clients for EMDR treatment
  • How to apply EMDR to relieve pain and suffering associated with ‘Trauma-related pain’ and pain associated with physical pathology.
  • How to maximize effects of bls to enhance pain relief
  • How to develop resources to help pain clients manage on-going pain.
  • How to address common ‘blockages,’ stuck points in treatment
  • How to use somatic interventions with EMDR
  • Integration of EMDR with adjunctive strategies and interventions such as imagery/visualization, sleep management, contralateral stimulation.
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