EMDR therapy in refractory and severe mental disorders


Anabel González

Sunday 19 june 2016

10:45 - 11:45h at Yangtze 2

Categories: Severe mental disorders

Parallel session: Severe mental disorders and psychosis


Interactions between trauma and biology in the development of severe mental disorders are complex. In schizophrenia or bipolar disorders traumatic events may have a role in triggering an acute episode or contribute to a low-response to usual interventions and poor outcome. As traumatic experiences can also influence neurodevelopment and brain structure, a more direct relationship between early trauma and psychosis should be explored. Some recent studies on bipolar and schizophrenic disorders show good results treating comorbid PTSD in these cases. In this workshop clinical material about a comprehensive EMDR treatment in severe mental disorders beyond PTSD targets will be showed and discussed from the adaptive information processing model. Differential diagnosis between dissociation and psychosis will be explained, proposing adaptations to the procedures based on the level of traumatization. Video fragments of sessions with refractory bipolar disorder and schizophrenia will be presented to illustrate the relationship between traumatic antecedents and refractory symptoms, and changes observed after doing a specific trauma treatment.

Learning objectives

  1. Develop a comprehensive understanding of cases of severe mental disorder from the AIP perspective.
  2. Apply different EMDR interventions in cases of severe mental disorder and show examples of these interventions.
  3. Evaluate dissociative symptomatology in psychotic patients

More information

  • Location(s)
  • plattegrond Yangtze 2