Somatic EMDR Tools for Attachment Trauma

Somatic EMDR Tools for Attachment Trauma - Somatic EMDR Workshop - Maiberger Institute - Arielle Schwartz

This two-day Somatic EMDR Workshop — created by Barb Maiberger and Dr. Arielle Schwartz, authors of “EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology: Interventions to Enhance Embodiment” — is designed to help EMDR therapists learn an integrative approach in working with Attachment trauma. Therapists learning EMDR therapy are not trained to work with attachment trauma in their initial training and the impact it has on the body and mind. Clients who experience preverbal memories can feel overwhelmed which can shut down reprocessing through dissociation and a disconnect from the body. Learning how to work with preverbal memories by incorporating somatic skills is an essential for all EMDR therapists who want to help their clients heal at a profound core level. Without effective treatment, attachment trauma can be passed onto the next generation. This work can help clients broaden their capacity to have healthy interpersonal relationships that can be fostered in the world. 

In this workshop you will transform your practice immediately by:

  • Learning how to resource clients who struggle to stay connected to their bodies to prepare for trauma reprocessing.
  • Deepening your ability to recognize preverbal memories and how to successfully work with them using somatic interventions.
  • Working with ego states through body awareness and interventions to effectively use EMDR therapy to transform early attachment trauma.
  • Regulating dissociation using sensory or movement interventions to stabilize the client for effective reprocessing.
Arielle Schwartz, PhD, LP - EMDR Therapist - Boulder, Colorado 80303

Arielle Schwartz, PhD, LP

This EMDRIA approved two-day Somatic EMDR Workshop includes:

  • Didactic learning
  • Live demonstrations
  • Interventions to immediately integrate into your clinical work
  • Experiential practice to embody the somatic interventions
  • Detailed handouts with scripted protocols
  • Case discussions
  • Taught by Dr. Arielle Schwartz who is highly skilled and brings her own unique experiences and wealth of knowledge into the workshop.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recall that secure attachment involves a consistent, attuned, congruent, “good enough” care taker.
  • Recognize that the polyvagal theory is related to Attachment trauma.
  • Discuss the four attachment styles within the context of early childhood development.
  • Illustrate an understanding of history taking from an attachment trauma perspective in relationship to EMDR therapy.
  • Restate at least one attachment related target in relationship to the five stages of early childhood development.
  • Recognize how working with a client’s ego states or “Parts” can help to resource the client in preparation for EMDR therapy.
  • Name how to resource the client for attachment related EMDR therapy.
  • Recall how to set up and desensitize preverbal targets in EMDR therapy.
  • Demonstrate at least one relational interweave that can be use during Desensitization phase in EMDR therapy.
  • Demonstrate at least one sensory or movement interweave that can be used during Desensitization phase in EMDR therapy.
    Recognize the likelihood that shame may arise in attachment trauma and identify one way to support the client in that process.
    Recall how to close a session by resourcing by resourcing.


Amy Annesley, LCSW - EMDR Therapist - Broomfield, Colorado 80020

“As a clinician, this workshop has allowed me to expand the healing power of the standard EMDR protocol and more fully embrace the art of EMDR therapy. More importantly, it has provided a framework for the deep wounds of clients, to be acknowledged, tended to and ultimately move toward healing and integration. In this workshop, Barb and Arielle synthesize years of clinical experience with the most up-to-date advancements in attachment theory, neuroscience, somatic awareness and EMDR. Their relatable and accessible style make for an enjoyable but deep learning experience.”Amy Annesley, LCSW


Required Workshop Materials


Required Books for This Workshop

All participants are required to purchase their own copy of the following book prior to the workshop in order to participate and complete this workshop:

Therapists are required to bring this book with them to the workshop, whether in paper or digital form, to review during the workshop. Required Handouts will reference material from the book. Copies may not be available for purchase at the venue.

This book and other EMDR Therapy Books are available on our website. The cost of the book is not included in the registration payment.


Required Handouts

Required Handouts will be emailed to Participants one week prior to start date of workshop. All Participants are required to bring these materials with them by either printing their own copy, or by bringing it in digital form (tablet, laptop). Handouts will make references to the required book. Additional copies will not be available at the workshop. All copyrighted workshop materials will only be available for the duration of the workshop.

Credit Hours for Somatic EMDR Workshops

EMDRIA - EMDR International Association

EMDRIA Credits: 12 EC   The Maiberger Institute offers 12 EMDRIA Credits (EC) for this Somatic EMDR Workshop. The Maiberger Institute maintains responsibility for this program, and its content in accordance with EMDRIA standards.

American Psychological Association - APA Approved Sponsor

APA Credit Hours: 12 CE Hours — The Maiberger Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Maiberger Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.


NBCC Credit Hours: 12 CE Hours — The Maiberger Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP – Provider #6436. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC CE Hours are clearly identified. Maiberger Institute is solely responsible for all aspect of the programs.

Americans with Disabilities Act

This program is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Our policy is to provide equal opportunity for all participants, including those with disabilities. The Maiberger Institute does not discriminate against a qualified participant with a disability who can perform the essential functions of the Training with or without an accommodation.

If, because of a physical or mental disability, you need an accommodation to enable you to participate in the training, please notify contact us prior to registration so that together we can discuss your situation and how we might be able to help. Unless you notify us, we might not know you need an accommodation, so please tell us. The Maiberger is willing to make an accommodation that is reasonable, so long as it does not result in undue hardship to the business.

Participant Agreement for Somatic EMDR Workshop

All applicants must (i) confirm eligibility requirements as detailed in the Participant Agreement (including state licensing and graduate degree prerequisites), or receive written confirmation of eligibility from the Maiberger Institute, AND (ii) agree to the terms and conditions in the Participant Agreement, prior to registration and providing payment pursuant to the Participant Agreement.

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