EMDR Therapy with Complex Trauma and Dissociative Personality Structure - Jim Knipe, PhD


The term, Complex PTSD (Herman, 1992, van der Kolk, 2005) has been proposed to describe a pattern of negative effects of prolonged and extreme stress, particularly during childhood. The focus of this workshop is to describe a theoretical framework, and specific therapy “tools” which may be useful in providing effective therapy, within the EMDR Adaptive Information Processing Model, to individuals suffering with Complex PTSD. Important concepts and particular interventions will be illustrated through video examples and transcripts from therapy sessions. Dr. Knipe presents user-friendly methods for identifying and treating specific psychological defenses and dissociative symptoms with accompanying evidence from available research or case studies.

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CE Credit:

12 CE credits (CEs included in price)

12 EMDRIA credits (included in price)

15 Day Rentals:
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Participant Eligibility Criteria:

This workshop is for EMDR trained clinicians who have completed both Part 1 and Part 2.

Workshop Outline:

Day 1 – An Adaptive Information Processing model of treating psychological defenses occurring within the context of Complex PTSD

  • Overview of an Adaptive Information Processing model of Complex PTSD and dissociation
  • Video example of targeting avoidance defense
  • The “Loving Eyes” alternative to EMDR Phase 3. Video example of targeting avoidance in a client with a dissociative personality structure
  • Targeting idealization defenses. Targeting addictions. Video example of targeting a smoking addiction
  • An Adaptive Information Processing model of treating dissociative symptoms and dissociative personality structure. The origins of dissociation in disrupted attachment.

Day 2 –Targeting and safely resolving internally-phobic separation between dissociative personality parts

  • Video example of a method of reorienting a client who is experiencing dissociative abreaction.
  • The Back-of-the-Head Scale/Constant Installation of Present Orientation and Safety (BHS/CIPOS) method
  • Two videos demonstrating variations of the BHS/CIPOS method: 1) a client with fear of dissociated physical sensations, and 2) a combat veteran with a dissociative disorder, with a 15-year follow-up after the initial EMDR sessions.
  • The use of CIPOS with defense. EMDR-related treatment of “The problem of attachment to the perpetrator.” Video example of targeting the defense of shame/idealization of the perpetrator, in the treatment of a highly dissociative client.
  • Additional variations on how EMDR- related procedures may be used to help dissociative clients who present with chronic shame-based depression and problematic attachment to the perpetrator. Two video examples.

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Jim Knipe, PhD

Jim Knipe, PhD, has been a licensed psychologist in private practice in Colorado since 1976 and has been using EMDR since 1992. He is a Trauma Recovery/HAP Trainer, an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Instructor, and was designated a "Master Clinician" by EMDRIA in 2007. He was a Keynote speaker at the 2010 EMDRIA conference, 2015 EMDR Canada conference and was an invited guest speaker at the 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2014 EMDRIA Annual Conferences, the 2006, 2008 and 2012 EMDR-Europe Annual Conferences, the 2010 EMDR Asia Conference, and national EMDR conferences in Denmark, Germany, Scotland, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Spain, The Netherlands, Turkey, Brazil and Japan. He has been involved with Trauma Recovery/EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs, serving as Coordinator for training programs in Turkey and Palestine, and serving on the Board of Directors and as Research and Training Director. He has also been involved in Trauma Recovery/HAP programs in Oklahoma City, New York (following 9/11), Sri Lanka and Indonesia. In addition, he is a co-author of published outcome research documenting the effects of EMDR with survivors of 9/11 and with those traumatized by the 1999 Marmara earthquake in Turkey. Dr. Knipe has contributed chapters to EMDR Casebook (Manfield, 2002), EMDR Solutions, Volumes I and II (R. Shapiro, 2005, 2009), Healing the Heart of Trauma and Dissociation (2007), EMDR Scripted Protocols: Special Populations (Luber, 2009), and EMDR and Dissociation: the progressive approach (Gonzalez and Mosquera, 2012). His book, EMDR toolbox: Theory and treatment for complex PTSD and dissociation, was published in August, 2014, and he is a co-author (with Dolores Mosquera) of an article in the Winter, 2015 issue of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, entitled Understanding and Treating Narcissism With EMDR Therapy.


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