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When there are no words: Reprocessing early trauma & neglect held in implicit memory

April 27, 2019 - April 28, 2019


Presented by Sandra Paulsen, Ph.D.

April 27-28, 2019 9:00 – 5:30  

Workshop Contents and Schedule

Saturday, April 27

8:30 –    9:15:  Registration and continental breakfast and Introductory Remarks

9:15 – 10:30: Challenges of Processing Early trauma, Attachment, Affect Regulation & the Brain

Neuroscience hypotheses for implicit memories held in the right hemisphere; impact of prenatal experience; mental constructs, implicit memory; accessed memory experienced in an infant state can be overwhelming, more somatic, less cognitive.

10:30 – 10:45:  Break

10:45 – 11:45:  Steps 1 and 2, Theory and Practice

EMDR Phase I: History and Phase II: Preparation

Step 1 = Container and Step 2 = Safe State

History including dissociation and attachment issues, known early traumas, resource capacity, other.  Psychoeducation with “Client Friendly” Methods. Preparation steps including containment and ventral vagal or “safe state” skills base.

11:45 – 12:30:  Demo of Step 1, Container and Step 2, Safe State

12:30 –  1:30:  Lunch on your own

 1:30 —  5:30:   Step 3 Theory, How to &  Practice Steps 1, 2 and 3. EMDR Phase II: Preparation.  Step 3 = Resetting the Affective Circuits

Videos, Discussion, and Q&A with Resetting the Affective Circuits. Practicum with Container, Safe State and Reinstalling Innate Affective Resources.  (Break from 3:15 – 3:30)

Sunday, April 28

9:00 –   9:30: Q & A from yesterday.

9:30 – 10:30:  Step 4 = Clearing Trauma by Time Frames

Temporal Integrationism, Somatic Awareness, Imagination and the Brain.

10:30 – 10:45:  Break

 10:45 –  12:30:  EMDR Phases III and IV:  Targeting and Desensitization through time segments from beginning of life EMDR Phases IV through VIII: Interweaves and Installaton by time frame through closure.

Includes video.

12:30 — 1:30:  Lunch on your own

 1:30 —  5:30: Q & A and video debrief and Practicum of Step 4, Clearing Early Trauma by Time Frame.  Wrap up and Closure.  (Break from 3:15 – 3:30)

Workshop Objectives

 Attendees will be able to:

  • List three challenges to applying EMDR to early developmental trauma;
  • Utilize three preparation steps prior to conducting early trauma processing;
  • Re-install innate affective resources without accessing disturbing material;

4) Target early disturbance held in implicit memory;

5) Utilize imaginal and experiential interweaves to stimulate blocked

processing and ensure reprocessing is complete

6)  Describe imaginary interweaves used to repair unmet developmental


7)  Identify four sources of non-verbal information that tell the preverbal

trauma story; and

8) Describe how the identification of negative cognitions and the

installation of positive cognitions are different in preverbal trauma work.


Continuing Education


The following CEUs have been approved:

EMDRIA: 14 CEUs (for those who have completed an EMDRIA Approved training in EMDR Therapy); MN Social Work = 14.5;  MN Psychology = 14; and SD Counselors and MFTs = 15 .   Pending:  MN LMFT = 14

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded for full participation in both days, including the Board Log Numbers.

Jill Strunk, Ed.D., L.P. maintains responsibility for this program in accordance with EMDRIA standards. The official definition of EMDR Therapy is available at www.emdria.org.


Who Should Attend?


This workshop is appropriate for anyone working in the field of psychotherapy who has completed at least half of an EMDRIA-Approved Basic EMDR training is required for attendance. EMDRIA CEUs can only be granted to those who have completed a full EMDRIA-Approved Basic EMDR training. Others will get a CEU certificate to submit to licensing boards.


This workshop is held in facilities which are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Please contact Jill Strunk (jillstrunk1@gmail.com) if special accommodations are required.




From I-494, take the Minnetonka Boulevard Exit (Exit 17).  Go right (west) on Minnetonka Blvd. to the second right, which is Williston Road.  Turn right onto Williston Road and the large building on your right is the Community Center.

There is plenty of free parking.


Where to Say:


A special room rate has been arranged at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Minneapolis West, 3131 Campus Drive, Plymouth, MN 55441, phone: 763-559-6600.  The special rate is $124 per night.

Mention EMDR Institute to get this rate.

They have a free shuttle that will take you to and from the workshop.(It only goes within a 10 mile radius, so you would need to take the Super Shuttle to and from the airport.)  There is an onsite restaurant (but no complementary breakfast) and access to a full fitness facility.


LaQuinta Inn & Suites, Minneapolis-Minnetonka, at 10420 Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka, MN 55427. Their phone number is 952-541-1094. They quoted me $79 for a standard room (however, the price may go up if the hotel gets close to fully booked, so reserve soon).  They do nothave a shuttle to the workshop venue. They don’t have an onsite restaurant; however, they serve a free hot breakfast and they have a menu in your room from Gael’s Grill, which will deliver if you want to order in.   They have a fitness room but no pool.


You can also Google other hotels within 5 miles of the workshop venue or look for Air B & B accommodations or other options.


DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION: EMDR Sandra Paulsen CEU flier, Early Trauma 2019


April 27, 2019
April 28, 2019


Jill Strunk


Minnetonka Community Center
14600 Minnetonka Blvd
Minnetonka, Minnesota 55345
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