Trainings & Presentations

Integrating Somatic Awareness in Psychotherapy for Trauma & PTSD

an advanced 7-hour workshop for clinicians working with emotional trauma

San Francisco, CA - 24 August 2001
Eugene, OR - 25 January 2002
Portland, OR - 8 February 2002

Workshop Description

This ADVANCED workshop is focused on enhancing practitioners' understanding of our clients' psychophysiological and psychological responses to traumatic experiences, and in creatively integrating methods of somatic awareness along with more familiar treatment approaches. Incorporating somatic awareness in treatment need not require physical touch. Empirical and clinical material will be summarized in lectures, slides, clinical videotapes, and discussion. Instructor will help participants identify subtle indications of sympathetic and parasympathetic activation (e.g., respiration, heart rate), recognize somatic signs of passive (freeze/collapse) or incompletely-expressed active (fight/flight) defenses, and employ somatic interventions to effectively reduce patient over-activation.

This workshop assumes all participants possess: (1) clinical familiarity with emotional trauma, including PTSD and associated disorders, and (2) clinical experience in diagnosing and treating traumatic-stress disordered patients (e.g., using trauma-focused treatment approaches such as cognitive-behavioral, EMDR, etc.).

This workshop is designed to help you:

Comments from several participants after previous presentations of this workshop:

Evaluations following the first presentation were: 73% Excellent, 18% Very Good, and 9% Good.

Common Problems Using EMDR

with David V. Baldwin, PhD, & Ann Kafoury, MA, LPC

Help in implementing EMDR with challenging clients.

Medford, OR - 19 July 97
Bend, OR - 20 July 97
Eugene, OR - 2 Aug 97
Portland, OR - 3 Aug 97
Portland, OR - 6 Sept 97

6 Hours of Continuing Education Credits
CEU credits (APA & NBCC) through EMDR Institute, Inc.
Co-sponsored by EMDR Institute, Inc., an approved APA & NBCC sponsor.

Workshop Description

We will concentrate on common clinical problems in implementing EMDR with difficult clients and issues. The workshop is designed for clinicians who attended Level I EMDR training, but have not yet integrated EMDR fully in their practice. It is not a substitute for EMDR training, or for Level II.

Each workshop is limited to 18 participants, and is designed specifically for licensed clinicians -- with Level I EMDR training -- who want:

Participants in this workshop will review EMDR set-up and protocols, and receive two hours of supervised experiential practice in EMDR. You will also:

Co-presented with Ann Kafoury, MA, LPC:

Both presenters are familiar with obstacles that interfere with successful use of EMDR. Both have run EMDR study groups: Ann in Portland and David (with Jesse Rappaport, LCSW) in Eugene -- for many years.

Ann and David were each trained in EMDR in 1991 (Level I and Level II) by Francine Shapiro PhD, and have facilitated at EMDR Institute trainings in the Northwest since 1992. Each also offers individual consultations for therapists with EMDR questions and problems, by phone or in person.

Ann Kafoury is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Portland, specializing in trauma and PTSD. She is the Oregon EMDR Network Coordinator and is on the Board of the EMDR Institute, Inc.

David Baldwin is a licensed Psychologist in Eugene, specializing in PTSD, emotional trauma and disaster mental health issues. He is the author / editor of the award-winning Trauma Information Pages web site.

Emotional Trauma... Responses & Treatments

A workshop on PTSD for mental health professionals

Eugene, OR, 15 November 1996

6 Hours NASW or LCPA Continuing Education Credits
Sponsored by OMHA: Oregon Mental Health Associates, Inc.

Workshop Description

Recent information from researchers and from clinicians expands our understanding of responses to emotionally traumatic experiences, and increases treatment options. This information brings new controversies to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - for example, concerning the reality of traumatic amnesia; objective vs. subjective aspects in Criterion A of the PTSD diagnosis; assessment; when, how or if to best treat the affected individuals or groups; and about clinical efficacy or outcome research. It also forces a renewed collaboration between science and practice.

This workshop presents new data from research and practice, emphasizing practical clinical applications with your trauma clients. Participants will learn new information about PTSD, neurobiological and cognitive aspects of normal responses to emotionally traumatic events, and how best to apply this knowledge. Participants will also gain increased understandings of similarities and differences in a broad range of trauma, their effects in various populations (e.g., child and adult), and treatment implications.

Treatment conceptualization will be discussed, as will EMDR and several other group and individual treatment approaches, including CISD, TAT, TFT and TIR (some will be illustrated briefly on videotape). Participants will learn of supportive information and resources for clients, strategies to identify or prevent vicarious traumatization (secondary traumatic stress) in therapists, and will receive additional useful handouts. Scheduled time will allow participants to discuss difficult issues or cases during the training.