Working with Dissociation and Complex Trauma as an EMDR Therapist: On Demand Training

$ 190 usd
Working with Dissociation and Complex Trauma as an EMDR Therapist: On Demand Training

Working with Dissociation and Complex Trauma as an EMDR Therapist

On-Demand Training with EMDRIA-Approved Trainer Bill Brislin

Skill Level: Intermediate

5.5 EMDRIA Credits Program #17019-DL67

5.5 CEs Available

This is a recording of a live training that is available for on-demand viewing for 90 days after registration.

About this Course:

Adult clients with a history of chronic or prolonged childhood abuse and/or neglect present significant challenges in treatment, particularly in utilizing the standard EMDR protocol. This presentation will integrate current relevant theories of complex trauma with practical interventions and resources for the EMDR therapist which are grounded in the AIP model. The workshop will include practice and discussion.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify five characteristic symptoms of dissociation.
  2. Describe the role of attachment injury and chronic abuse and/or neglect in creating and maintaining dissociative processes and individuated self-states.
  3. Compare the three phases of complex trauma treatment to the   three prongs and eight phases of EMDR therapy.
  4. List three emotional regulation methods for use in EMDR phase 2 with dissociative clients and strategies for interacting with self-states.
  5. Identify three characteristic phobias which maintain dissociative processes.
  6. Utilize several techniques for titrating EMDR phase 4 processing with dissociative clients.

Prerequisite: Participants will have completed an EMDRIA approved basic training in EMDR Therapy (Part I & II).

What People Are Saying:

  • Excellent! Lots of wonderful pearls/ideas to use with my complex patients. Thoroughly enjoyed the day!
  • Incredibly informative, effective, and enlightening. Bill is a very knowledgeable and effective trainer. Great training. 
  • Very practical, helpful, and immediately useful info. Practical tools for our toolboxes. Great presenter! Thank you!
  • Was great! I learned how to use attachment repair with certain client characteristics throughout treatment. 
  • Great training! Lots of information given in an accessible and useful way. I have certainly gained a lot. 


  • $190 for Course, with 90 day access to all course lessons and materials.

About The Presenter

Originally from Pennsylvania, Bill has been a therapist in Orlando, Florida for over thirty years. He is an EMDRIA-Approved EMDR Basic Trainer and Consultant, and an EMDR R-TEP/G-TEP trainer – having provided the Orlando training in response to the Pulse nightclub shooting. Since the onset of war in Ukraine, Bill has been active in supporting Ukrainian therapists by providing G-REP, G-TEP, training and consultation. 

Bill’s special interest in complex trauma and dissociation began during his fifteen years as a therapist in an AIDS support agency. Along with Reg Morrow Robinson, he facilitates a Master Class for Complex Trauma. 

Philosophically grounded in the humanistic tradition, Bill utilizes EMDR therapy as his primary modality with great attention to attachment injury and early life trauma. In an independent practice setting treating adults, Bill seeks to remove obstacles to growth; allowing clients to live more freely in the present while engendering greater hope for the future.

Statement of Proactive Commitment to Inclusion & Diversity

Connect welcomes trainees and consultees from all cultural, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual and gender orientations. We are committed to providing a safe and inclusive learning environment for all trainees and consultees, including Black People, People of Color, Indigenous People, and LGBTQ People. We pledge to proactively address issues of cultural competence and culturally-based trauma during every phase of professional development.


Certificates are awarded online after completing the workshop and receiving a score of 80% or higher on the post-test.

Connect is approved by:

  • The American Psychological Association (APA). Connect is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Connect maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The National Board of Certified Counselors. Connect has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7534
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements.

While most states and licensing boards accept course work that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, licensed professionals should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.

ADA Assistance:

Our in-person trainings are held in facilities that are in compliance with the American Disabilities Act. This on-demand video includes closed captioning/subtitles. Please contact Claire at or (407) 970-7915 if further accommodation is needed.


Connect seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.
There is no known conflict of interest nor commercial support for this program.


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