Thursday, March 30, 2023 8:30 AM-5:00 PM CDT
Friday, March 31, 2023 8:30 AM-5:00 PM CDT
Saturday, April 1, 2023 8:30-1:00 PM CDT

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DAY ONE:  March 30, 2023  

8:30-9:00AM: CHECK IN

9:00-10:15AM:  Introduction to Purposes, Objectives, Theoretical Assumptions; Use of Therapist Self; Personality Structure & Development & Attachment Relationships; Impact of Attachment Trauma; AIP Model-Parts/States; Videos & Experiential.

10:15-11AM:  Goals & Steps for personality reconstruction, development and strengthening of internal attachments and resources, and EMDR Preparation Phase.  Explaining P-A-C Diagrams, Demo, Experiential & Practice.

11-11:15AM:   BREAK

11:15-12:30PM:  Enhanced Safe Place/Higher Power for Adult part of Self, Container; Video, Experiential & Practice.

12:30-1:30PM:  LUNCH

1:30-2:45PM: Safe Place/Higher Power for Child parts of Self; Videos, Experiential & Practice; Brainstorming goals, characteristics & team members for Resource Team (RT), Video & Experiential, Practice.

2:45-3:00PM BREAK

3:00-4:45PM: Resource Team (RT) Installation, Video, Experiential & Practice; Strengthening the Competent Adult part of Self, Video, Experiential & Practice.

4:45-5PM:  Q & A

DAY TWO:  March 31, 2023

8:30-9:00AM:  CHECK IN

9:00-10:15AMAttachment Experience for True Parent & Child Parts of Self, Video, Experiential & Practice.  

10:15-10:30AM:  BREAK

10:30-11:45AM:  Continued personality reconstruction and EMDR Preparation Phase: Parts’ Work-- Negotiating Roles for Old & New Versions of Adult & Parent Parts of Self, Video, Experiential & Practice.

11:45AM-12:45PM:  LUNCH

12:45-2PM:  Continued personality reconstruction and EMDR Preparation Phase: Parts’ Work: Tucking in Child Parts, Video, Experiential; Practice.

2-3:15PM:  Developing an Early Bonding Contract, Video, Experiential & Practice.

3:15-3:30PM:  BREAK

3:30-4:45PM:  Therapeutic Story, Video, Experiential & Practice.

4:45-5PM:  Q & A

DAY THREE: April 1, 2023

8:30-9AM:  CHECK IN

9-10:15AM:  Time Orientation & Getting Permission for Trauma Work, Videos, Experiential & Practice.

10:15-11:30AM:  Setting Goals for Transition to Phases 3-8, Desensitization of Present-Day Triggers, Future Rehearsal/Template, Videos, Experiential & Practice.

11:30-11:45AM:  BREAK

11:45AM-12:45PM:  Therapist and Client Attachment Tendencies in Session:  Emotionally Corrective Relationship; Experiential, Small & Large Group Discussion.

12:45-1PM:  Q & A


Reclaiming Authentic Self and Healthy Attachments:  EMDR and Attachment-Focused Trauma Therapy for Adults (AFTT-A)

Virtual 2 -Day Training March 30th & 31st, April 1st, 2023

Ann Potter, Ph.D. & Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP

Sponsored by:

Sheri Rezak-Irons and Laurie Furman
St. Louis, Missouri

FEE: $450 by March 23rd

$485 after March 23rd


16 EMDRIA Credits

Intended Audience – Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, nurses, & other mental health and addiction professionals

EMDR Skill level –Intermediate


Attachment trauma negatively impact adults in the development of a strong sense of self, a balanced personality structure and functioning, the ability to form healthy attachments in present-day relationships including the therapy relationship, and the capability to benefit from EMDR therapy.

This 2 1/2-day training teaches participants the skills and strategies for incorporating EMDR therapy into internal restructuring and creation of safety and attachment for parts of self, creating an effective resource team, and strengthening of the competent adult self. Participants will develop strategies and be offered practice opportunities for effective creation of safe places and higher powers for Adult and Child parts of Self; internal resource teamwork, time orientation, negotiation within and between clients’ inner personality parts and structure, creation of new inner attachment experiences, resourcing adult state, and creation of a new bonding contract and therapeutic story.

Participants will target countertransference issues to improve capacity for providing an emotionally corrective experience for clients within the therapeutic relationship.

Participants will acquire skills that assist clients to integrate newly acquired adaptive information for successfully transitioning to and completing EMDR Phases 3-8.  The training instructs participants to implement EMDR therapy Standard Protocol more safely with complex clients through “contained reprocessing” and to utilize cognitive interweaves to access internal support of the restructured system.

With adaptations and consideration for the increased complexity of the internal personality system, the protocols can be utilized within overall treatment for DID, although such application is not the focus of this workshop.

Lecture, films, demonstrations, Q & A, handouts, experiential reflections, and practicum sessions will allow participants to apply strategies immediately with their own clients.


Ann E. Potter, Ph.D. has worked over 40 years in the mental health field as a psychiatric nurse, educator, therapist, psychologist, evaluator, researcher, writer, presenter, and consultant.  She is a certified therapist and approved consultant in EMDR, a certified therapist in RO DBT (Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy), and has training and extensive experience in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). She piloted outcome research related to phase-based trauma treatment (DBT/EMDR) for adults and published articles on the roles adults played as children in alcoholic families, books on trauma treatment, and articles on EMDR therapy. 

Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP is a member of the faculty of the EMDR Institute, an institute basic EMDR trainer, and is on the editorial board for The Journal of EMDR Practice and Research.  She has provided EMDR specialty trainings related to attachment trauma in children and adults world-wide. She conducts research and has authored and co-authored articles and chapters, including two chapters co-authored with EMDR founder Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. and books related to attachment and trauma.

Dr. Potter and Ms. Wesselmann co-authored a book, EMDR and Attachment-Focused Trauma Therapy for Adults:  Reclaiming Authentic Self and Healthy Attachments, published fall, 2022,  Springer Publishing.


Participants will leave the training prepared to:

1)    Describe how attachment trauma is reflected in both the internal and external attachment systems through the language of the EMDR AIP and AFTT-A models.

2)     Utilize the PAC schema to improve clients’ relationships and transform internal personality structure.

3)     Explain effective installation of Safe Place for Child and Adult parts of self.

4)     Identify process of developing supportive inner Resource Team.

5)     Summarize therapeutic approaches to effectively time orient younger/other parts of Self.

6)     Demonstrate strategies to strengthen Competent Adult part of Self through imagery and positive updates to old Bonding Contract rules.

7)     Create new attachment experiences between Child and True Parent parts of Self.

8)     Facilitate inner dialogue/parts’ work to rework older versions of Parts of Self (Critical Parent and Emotion Regulator-Controller/ little “a”) into True Parent and Competent Adult parts and integrate new versions of parts of Self into Resource Team.

9)     Develop a therapeutic story for adults in the format designed by Joan Lovett MD.

10)   Choose strategies to provide an emotionally corrective experience in the therapeutic relationship to improve clients’ attachment patterns.

11)   Explain components of attachment-focused trauma therapy to assist clients in successfully transitioning to and completing EMDR Phases 3-8.

12)   Define “contained reprocessing” and explain how the strategy prevents clients with developmental trauma from accessing too much material at the same time during standard protocol.

13)   Identify at least 2 cognitive interweaves that integrate elements from the preparation phase into the desensitization and reprocessing phases of EMDR for safer or more efficient reprocessing.

14)   Identify particpants’ own internal personality structure and its impact on the therapeutic relationship.

15)   Utilize floatback technique and identify touchstone events related to therapy countertransference events.

16)   Practice AFTT-A strategies and protocols throughout the training during practicum exercises.

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Cancellations:  100% refund with 2-weeks’ notice. 50% refund if less than 2-weeks’ notice.

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