The Impact of Attachment in EMDR Therapy: Working with the Effects of Emotional Abuse, Severe Neglect and Invisibility

The Impact of Attachment in EMDR Therapy: Working with the Effects of Emotional Abuse, Severe Neglect and Invisibility


West Des Moines, IA - October 17th - 18th, 2019

(registration deadline October 11th, 2019)

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The effects of emotional abuse, feeling like a burden to others or unwanted have a profound effect on the child and future adult. In early childhood, caregivers’ affective signals and lack of contingent availability present a more common perceived threat to the child’s development of a secure sense of self than the actual level of physical danger or risk for the child’s survival.

These “hidden traumas” of neglect, related to the caretakers’ inability to modulate affective dysregulation, result in deactivating responses to attachment cues. Children who learn to deactivate automatic responses never develop basic abilities such as co-regulation, emotional regulation, and self-care. In addition, in some households, having needs or expressing them may be dangerous and children are neither given the chance to trust others or themselves. Experiencing other types of additional traumatic events will complicate the picture even more.

Since children must adapt to survive, victims of severe emotional abuse and neglect must develop strategies to deal with their experiences. These survival strategies become automatic and may be difficult to identify in adults. Clients often learn to ignore their emotions and their most basic needs, which makes them feel invisible, unseen, and neglected. As adults they keep seeing themselves through the eyes of the people who have hurt them and tend to treat themselves in the same way they were treated as children.

In this workshop, participants will learn practical tools to work with the effects of early attachment disruptions and neglect, including feeling invisible, avoidance, distrust, and lack of self-acceptance. As therapists, modeling a new way for clients to look at themselves through empathy and compassion becomes crucial.

Videotaped clinical case examples will be shown. This workshop is open to all EMDR clinicians who have completed EMDR Basic Training.

This is an intermediate training.



The Training Room at Colony Park
3737 Woodland Ave. Suite 620
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266


12 hours of EMDRIA Credit
12 hours CE’s through CE Classes:

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Cancellation Policy:

We will allow refunds up to 7 days prior to workshop minus a $10 cancellation fee. Cancellations within 7 days of the workshop will be non-refundable. 


ADA Assistance:

This event is held in a facility that is compliant with the Americans Disabilities Act.

Please contact if special accommodation is required.


Day 1

9:00 - 10:30 Therapeutic work in attachment related issues, The AIP Model in severe traumatization

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 12:15 Understanding impact of attachment related difficulties, frequent difficulties, examples

12:15 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30 - 3:00 Different faces of maltreatment & abuse, overt & covert, problematic areas

3:00 - 3:15 Break

3:15 - 4:30 Effects of attachment related issues, clinical manifestations, problematic areas

Day 2

9:00 - 10:30 Internalized toxic messages, attachment to the perpetrator

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 12:15 Positive affect difficulties, dysfunctional positive affect, idealization issues

12:15 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30 - 3:00 Attachment and Self-care, self-care EMDR protocol, destructive behaviors

3:00 - 3:15 Break

3:15 - 4:30 Effects of being invisible, presentations, invisibility issue procedures

Course Objectives: 

1. Participants will be able to describe at least 5 difficulties related to attachment issues in EMDR Therapy

2. Participants will be able to describe overt and covert maltreatment

3. Participants will be able to describe at least 5 clinical manifestations of the effects of attachment related issues

4. Participants will be able to describe at least 5 problematic areas to work with clients with attachment issues

5. Participants will be able to identify and identify internalized toxic messages and how the show up in therapy

6. Participants will be able to describe at least 4 procedures for the treatment of attachment related issues with EMDR Therapy

7. Participants will be able to describe diverse difficulties with positive affect, including dysfunctional positive affect and how to work with it

8. Participants will be able to describe at least 4 complicated issues around severe neglect and invisibility

9. Participants will be able to describe the Self-care EMDR protocol and the Self-care EMDR protocol for destructive behaviors

10. Participants will utilize at least 5 specific questions to identify invisibility issues.


About the Presenter: 

Dolores Mosquera, MS is a psychologist and psychotherapist specializing in severe and complex trauma, personality disorders, and dissociation. She is an accredited EMDR Europe Trainer and supervisor. Dolores is the director of the Institute for the Study of Trauma and Personality Disorders (INTRA-TP) in A Coruña, Spain—a 3-clinic private institution initially founded in 2000.

She collaborates with two different Domestic Violence Programs, one focused on Women Victims of DV and another one on Males with Violent Behavior. She belongs to the Spanish National Network for the Assistance of Victims of Terrorism, and also collaborates with an organization aiding victims of emergencies, accidents, violent attacks, kidnapping and other traumatic incidents. Dolores has extensive teaching experience leading seminars, workshops, and lectures internationally. She has participated as a guest speaker in numerous conferences and workshops throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North, Central, and South America. She has published 15 books and numerous articles on personality disorders, complex trauma, and dissociation, and is a recognized expert in this field. She also teaches in several Universities, and collaborates supervising Clinical Psychologists in postgraduate training programs in Spain.

She received the David Servan-Schreiber award for outstanding contributions to the EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Processing) field in 2017, and was made a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation in 2018, for her important contributions to the trauma and dissociation field.