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Utilization of EMDR with Traumatic Bereavement presented by Roger Solomon, Ph.D

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Length: 6 Hours



On-demand (originally webcast live April 22, 2016)

CE Credit

6 Clinical Continuing Education clock hours (CEUs included in price)
6 EMDRIA credits (Included in price) 


Participant Eligibility Criteria: 

This workshop is for clinicians with a minimum of Part 1 EMDR training.


Grief is a person’s reaction to loss and mourning and is the assimilation and accommodation to the loss.    Traumatic bereavement is when grief and mourning is overpowered by the traumatic stress brought about by a loss. This clinically-oriented workshop focuses on integrating EMDR into the treatment of grief and mourning in traumatic bereavement. 

The workshop utilizes Therese Rando’s six “R” processes of mourning as the framework for operationalizing what is necessary for healthy assimilation and accommodation of loss. A loss can be so distressing that access to emotions requiring attention is prevented and/or memory networks containing positive memories of the loved one are blocked.  With EMDR processing, not only can emotions be worked through, but memory networks can become accessible and capable of playing a vital role in accommodation of loss. 

Heavy emphasis is placed throughout the workshop on analysis of clinical material.  Videotapes of EMDR sessions will be used to illustrate the application of EMDR to the grief and mourning of traumatic bereavement as well as to demonstrate the “art” of EMDR.  Case presentations and live demonstrations are utilized.

Workshop Outline: 

  • Attachment, Loss, And The Experience Of Grief
  • Mourning
  • The Course Of Traumatic Bereavement
  • Mediators Of Mourning
  • Assessment
  • To What Extent Is Phase Oriented Treatment Needed
  • The Six “R” Processes Of Mourning
  • Complicated Mourning
  • EMDR Utilization With Grief And Mourning
  • Emergence Of Meaningful Memories/Inner Representation
  • EMDR And The Processes Of Mourning
  • Using EMDR In Avoidance Phase
  • Using EMDR In Confrontation Phase
  • Using EMDR In Accommodation Phase
  • Twelve High-Risk Elements For Traumatic Bereavement

Presented By:

Roger Solomon, Ph.D.

Dr. Roger Solomon is a psychologist and psychotherapist specializing in the areas of trauma and grief. He is on the Senior Faculty of the EMDR Institute and provides basic and advanced EMDR training internationally. He currently consults with the US Senate, NASA, and several law enforcement agencies. As a police psychologist with the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, he is Clinical Director of the Post Critical Incident Seminar (PCIS), a three day post trauma rehabilitation program that draws on both psychological first aid and EMDR therapy. Working with the South Carolina Army National Guard, he is Clinical Director of the Post Deployment Seminar, a three day program for war veterans.

Dr. Solomon has provided clinical services and training to the FBI, Secret Service, U.S. State Department, Diplomatic Security, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, U.S. Department of Justice (U.S. Attorneys), and numerous state and local law enforcement organizations. Internationally, he consults with the Polizia di Stato in Italy. Moreover, Dr Solomon has planned critical incident programs, provided training for peer support teams and has provided direct services following such tragedies as Hurricane Katrina, September 11 terrorist attacks, the loss of the Shuttle Columbia, and the Oklahoma City Bombing.

Dr. Solomon has expertise in complex trauma, and collaborates with Onno van der Hart, Ph.D., and others on utilization of EMDR as informed by The Structural Dissociation of the Personality (TDSP). Together with Terese Rando, Ph.D., he has written two articles on EMDR and grief and is writing a book on EMDR and traumatic grief. is the provider of Continuing Education credits. For current approvals go to

CE credits offered by: is approved by APA, ASWB, NAADAC and numerous state boards to provide CE’s for Professional and Mental Health Counselors.  This course is not available for NBCC credit.  It is the responsibility of the licensed professional to check with their board. 

EMDRIA Credits offered by:   

PLEASE NOTE: EMDRIA Credits are not valid for partially trained EMDR clinicians. 

CE Classes Id: 1436


2 User Reviews

"Fabulous webinar and I really had great EMDR takeaways."
— shochet m.

"I have really mixed feelings about this Webinar. First, the information is awesome, and I got ideas that I can put into practice immediately. I also got some ideas on things I can do better. I learned a lot from watching the therapy videos, and he definitely gets surprising results. I found his advice on proceeding even in the face of severe pain very helpful, as well as his advice on encouraging the client to proceed. The downsides: First, it presents some oblique information, especially on attachment styles, without really including how to incorporate that information into our approach. What do I do differently with a person with X attachment style? The exam was very thrown-together and the questions could often be interpreted in different ways. Also, the seminar moved fairly slowly, but that's an observation not a criticism. In all fairness, it got much better as it proceeded. The wisdom and insights in the last 30 minutes more than made up for any downsides. The bottom line is that I would definitely recommend this training. "
— Jeffery H.