Keynote - Restoring Dignity: Healing the Wounds of Stigma and Prejudice with EMDR Therapy


Mark Nickerson

Chair(s): Isabel Fernandez

Sunday 19 june 2016

15:30 - 16:30h at World Forum Theater

Categories: Social identity, Culture


Restoring Dignity: Healing the Wounds of Stigma and Prejudice with EMDR Therapy

 

Overall, the field of psychotherapy has minimized or ignored the impact of societal forces on an individual's well-being. Culturally competent EMDR therapy can do the opposite. Culturally influenced social identities, either chosen or assigned by others, can be sources of great meaning and resource. And yet, the "isms" that drive stigma and discrimination can limit human potential and threaten the fundamental human dignity of our clients. This presentation will include an AIP-enriching understanding of the social brain, suggestions for cultural assessment and case formulation, the nature of internalized societal beliefs, an array of reprocessing strategies, and a protocol for dismantling prejudice.

 

 

Objectives- Participants will be able to:

1. Describe the concept of cultural competence and its importance to EMDR therapy

2. Describe the relevance of cultural experiences and social identities to overall client wellbeing

3. List clinical examples of the internalized impact of stigma and discrimination

4. Integrate cultural considerations into assessment and case formulation

5. Select appropriate targets for topic-related resource desensitization/ reprocessing