Somatic EMDR Tools for Complex PTSD

Somatic EMDR Tools for Complex PTSD - Somatic EMDR Workshop - Maiberger Institute

This Somatic EMDR Workshop — created by Barb Maiberger, MA, LPC  and Katie Asmus, MA, LPC, BMP — is designed to help EMDR therapists understand the unique importance of EMDR readiness when working with Complex PTSD. Over the years, we have witnessed therapists struggling to resource their clients with “Safe Place” which is an essential skill for EMDR therapy. Clients who have experienced neglect, abandonment, abuse in their early stages of development may have a limited capacity to tolerate emotions and body sensations. Trying to apply the EMDR therapy trauma protocol with clients with Complex PTSD too soon can lead clients to dissociate, shut down treatment and never want to do EMDR therapy ever again. Slowing down the preparation phase and integrating creative multifaceted approaches is key to implementing EMDR therapy successfully with Complex PTSD. Somatic and other sensory resourcing tools are explored to help clients feel more in control allowing them to deepen their connection to the body while staying present in a safe way. When clients develop a better sense of control around their distress, treatment can proceed in a gentler way.

In this workshop you will transform your practice immediately by:

  • Recognizing the importance of bringing the body into the healing process when working with Complex PTSD.
  • Finding alternative safe places by using visual, auditory, or kinesthetic approaches to meet the client where they are best served in the preparation phase.
  • Learning how to integrate pendulation interventions to slow down the experience for the client so they can tolerate emotions and body sensations in a safe way.
  • Building safety for the client by helping them feel more in control and decrease the need to dissociate.
Katie Asmus, MA, LPC, BMP

Katie Asmus, MA, LPC, BMP

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 Katie Asmus, MA, LPC, BMP who is highly skilled and bring her own unique experiences and wealth of knowledge into the workshop.

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare the differences between PTSD and Complex PTSD.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of PTSD and Complex PTSD.
  • Describe the importance of bringing the body into the healing process for Complex PTSD.
  • Discuss body awareness intervention that supports client’s affect tolerance.
  • Demonstrate a resourcing intervention for clients who are visual dominate processor’s.
  • Demonstrate a resourcing intervention for clients who are kinesthetic dominate processor’s.
  • Demonstrate a resourcing intervention that for clients who are auditory dominate processor’s.
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of dissociation.
  • Assess when it’s appropriate to prepare clients more for the EMDR Therapy trauma protocol.
  • Utilize a pendulation intervention to increase client’s capacity for dual awareness.
  • Use a RDI pendulation technique to resource an unresourced moment for a client with Complex PTSD.
  • Describe a pendulation intervention to slow down the Desensitization Phase in EMDR Therapy.


Darlene Egelhoff, LAC, LPC - EMDR Therapist - CRESTED BUTTE - Colorado - 81224

This was a FABULOUS workshop that was career changing. It provided me with skills I needed to confidently help clients heal from unthinkable experiences which continue to haunt, shape, and control their lives. The experiential aspect of the workshop, various tools, and many scripts helped me to recognize the immediate needs of each client individually and expertly, and directly address those needs by creating and strengthening a client’s individual resources and sense of self.”Darlene Egelhoff, MA, LAC, LPC, Ascent Counseling, EMDRIA Certified, Certified Recovery Nutrition Coach


Required Workshop 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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