EMDR and Treatment of Health Related Problems - Carol Forgash, LCSW


EMDR can be integrated into the comprehensive treatment of health related problems by processing obstacles that may be complicating healing, such as traumas related to early abuse, past and current difficult medical treatment, chronic illness, pain, the traumas that patients experience when they become ill, and other somatic issues. The intertwined effects of these problems on mental health will be explored. Research indicates that many who have PTSD and adverse childhood experiences will have even more severe health problems than the general population. Data from the ACE study (www.cdc.gov/ace/index.htm) supports the critical relationship between trauma and health issues.

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CE Credit:

11 CE credits (CEs included in price)
11 EMDRIA credits (Included in price)

15 Day Rentals:
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Participant Eligibility Criteria:

This workshop is for clinicians at least EMDR Part 1 trained.

Workshop Objectives:

EMDR therapists will be able to:

  • Describe the rationale for using EMDR with health related problems;
  • List 3 client populations and 3 health problems for which EMDR can be utilized;
  • Identify the cycles of trauma/negative emotions/stress/pain as self-defeating/perpetuating often ongoing set of physical and mental health problems;
  • List the potential client populations and their unique problems;
  • Identify 5 sequelae of childhood abuse which affect the physical and mental health of the complex trauma client;
  • Summarize treatment planning phases, depending on client population and problems;
  • Describe 3 stabilizing interventions necessary for dissociative and complex trauma clients prior to the processing phase work;
  • Explain the purpose of psychoeducation regarding health issues, health consumerism;
  • Explain the rationale for specific health history taking;
  • Describe 3 types of healing imagery;
  • Cite the types of targets dealt with in EMDR work with issues of health;
  • Demonstrate an EMDR pain protocol in a practice session;
  • Describe a future template rehearsal.

Workshop Outline:

  • An overview of the kinds of health problems and populations for whom EMDR treatment may be helpful.
  • Strategies and methods for enhancing the utilization of the 8 phased EMDR protocol to successfully treat problems such as stress related illness, trauma related injury and pain, avoidance of health care, somatoform disorders, medically unexplained symptoms, gastro-intestinal problems, problems related to pregnancy, chronic pain, guilt and shame related to physical symptoms, and frightening medical diagnoses.
  • Theoretical and practical strategies to assist clinicians working with a varied client population dealing with the related complexities of illness, pain and chronic medical problems as well as functioning as a skilled consumer of health care.
  • Differences in client presentation, family background and personal beliefs concerning health and wellbeing.
  • Strategies designed to aid those clients with complex PTSD and dissociative symptoms as well as for those whose health problems stem from early trauma rather than current illness or injury.

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Carol Forgash, LCSW, BCD

Carol is the director of Advanced Educational Productions. She is a Facilitator for EMDR Institute Trainings. She has a clinical and consulting practice in Smithtown, New York where she provides treatment utilizing EMDR and Ego State Therapy for complex PTSD, general psychotherapy, health issues, and performance issues. She is an internationally known lecturer and consultant on the integration of EMDR and Ego State work and psychodynamic treatment, the treatment of complex PTSD, and the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) legacies on the health and mental health of survivors. In 2015 she was invited as a Plenary Speaker at the EMDR Europe Conference, and a Co-Presenter, with Jim Knipe at the EMDRIA Pre-Conference Day. Carol is the co-author and co-editor, (with Margaret Copeley) of Healing the Heart of Trauma and Dissociation with EMDR and Ego State Therapy (Springer, 2007). It has been translated into Italian and French (2015).


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