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EMDR for Complex Trauma: Step-by-Step Somatic & Polyvagal-Informed Interventions

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Rebecca Kase, LCSW
8 Hours 05 Minutes
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Jan 23, 2023
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Many clinicians like you weren’t trained to work with deeply ingrained trauma…

It can lead you to second-guess your most effective trauma treatments, like EMDR.

Treating deeply rooted, complex trauma requires you to have interventions that support healing your client’s mind, body and emotions.

Join renowned EMDR expert Rebecca Kase to learn a one-of-a-kind, comprehensive approach that integrates key somatic and polyvagal interventions with EMDR to get solutions that help your clients with the most challenging and chronic trauma symptoms. 

You’ll learn:

•    How & why to integrate polyvagal interventions into EMDR
•    How to overcome the most common client defenses to keep therapy moving forward 
•    New and creative strategies to help clients resource, even during the most intense emotions
•    Somatic-based training to support all phases of EMDR treatment

PLUS, get practice exercises, client vignettes and REAL client demonstrations in every module!

Register now and do more than just use EMDR – get strategies to help you treat the most challenging types of trauma with integrative interventions!


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 8.25 hours CPD.



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Rebecca Kase, LCSW, is an internationally renowned EMDR expert, consultant, trainer, and owner of Kase & CO Training and Consulting. She is the author of Polyvagal-Informed EMDR: A Neuro-Informed Approach to Healing (Norton, 2023) and has worked in a variety of settings with a variety of populations including children, adolescents, and adults. She has additional experience working with dissociation and complex trauma and incorporates yoga and mind-body techniques throughout her clinical work. She advocates for embodied presence, humility and curiosity as vital components for healing and successful therapy. Rebecca strives to provide engaging, safe, and shame-free environments for clinicians to explore and learn.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Rebecca Kase maintains a private practice and receives compensation as a national speaker. She previously received royalties from Rebecca Kase receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Rebecca Kase is a member of the EMDR International Association, the International Society for the Study of Traumatic Dissociation, and the Yoga Alliance.


  1. Evaluate current research for the treatment of complex PTSD (CPTSD), common clinical symptoms, and treatment guidelines.
  2. Assess the usefulness of EMDR with CPTSD presentations, and review contraindications for EMDR-based interventions.
  3. Analyze core principles of Polyvagal Theory and appraise their application to EMDR Phases 1 & 2 in the treatment of CPTSD.
  4. Utilize mindfulness and somatic-based interventions to resource and stabilize clients with CPTSD.
  5. Utilize ego states interventions to resource clients and improve functioning.
  6. Integrate at least two techniques into your clinical practice with CPTSD clients to increase dual awareness and reduce dissociation.
  7. Appraise the usefulness of EMDR desensitization techniques with CPTSD.
  8. Develop a symptom-focused EMDR treatment plan for CPTSD clients, focused on improving functioning and reducing acute symptoms.


How It All Works
  • EMDR & C-PTSD – what and why?
  • Known contraindications, risks & limitations
  • How to use neuro-informed counseling
  • Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model, how it works
  • How memories are felt
Integrating Polyvagal Theory
  • Neural exercises are and how they apply to work with CPTSD
  • Importance of therapeutic presence
  • Why care about the Vagus Nerve?
  • The 3 Circuits – how they work
    •     Ventral Vagal
    •     Sympathetic Nervous system
    •     Dorsal Vagal
  • How to tune into nervous system cues
  • Survival Physiology – protective or problematic?
  • The pathway to healing: nervous system regulation
  • Practice: Neural exercises
Strategies to Increase Dual Awareness
  • One foot in the past, one in the present
  • Working with types of dissociation – befriending them
  • Assessing readiness
  • Grounding in the here-and-now
  • The role for psychoeducation
  • Practice: Circuit Mapping, Narrative, Regulation
Creative Resourcing Strategies for Safety 
  • Learn to be “quick on the draw” and how to resource adaptive moments in therapy
  • C-PTSD specific opportunities for resourcing 
  • Mindfulness and interception work
  • Ego States: develop the oldest, wisest self
  • Explore modifications to BLS for CPTSD clients
  • Practice: Installing safety, Building interoception
Increasing Somatic Awareness 
  • Help clients reclaim their bodies
  • Build & optimize interoception
  • Help clients develop vocabulary to notice and name feelings and sensations 
  • Cultivating curiosity 
  • Practice: Describe sensations, Pendulating awareness, Surfing
Treatment Planning & Targeting
  • Where to start?
  • Target specific symptoms 
  • Reflexive Orienting to reduce overwhelm
  • Overcome common client defenses with BLS
  • Integrate BLS & mindfulness to target emotions
  • Explore “fractionating” a treatment plan
  • Where to go next?
  • Video Demonstration: EMD & EMDr
  • Vignettes

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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