Defense and Affect Restructuring with EMDR Therapy
Presented by Andrew Leeds, Ph.D.
February 15-16, 2020

EMDRIA 13 CE Credits
EMDRIA EC Program Approval # 19022-01


Early Registration Discount ends
January 1, 2020

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This invaluable advanced 2-day workshop was last given in 2014 and is expected to sell out!



Program Overview

Clients often present with a variety of psychological defenses in psychotherapy. These psychological defenses include intellectualization, rationalization, minimization, idealization, dysfunctional positive affects, affect phobias, phobias of trauma-derived insecure attachment, phobias of trauma derived mental actions, and dissociative phobias.  

Clinicians may experience lack of progress with the Standard EMDR Protocol when working with survivors of persistent neglect and abuse who present with such defenses.  

This two-day advanced workshop will teach clinicians clinically focused strategies they can employ for defense and affect restructuring with cases involving internal phobias and psychological defences. Participants will learn modified EMDR procedures to restructure and soften these psychological defenses and will learn case conceptualization to treat and address such defenses which interfere with standard EMDR reprocessing.

Andrew Leeds Ph.D. is a California licensed Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist with over 35 years of private practice psychotherapy experience. He maintains a full-time practice in Santa Rosa, California where he specializes in the assessment and treatment of acute and chronic Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and dissociative disorders, and provides relationship counseling. He also provides individual and group consultation for clinicians regarding the application of EMDR. Dr. Leeds is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Instructor in EMDR and an EMDR Europe accredited EMDR trainer. He has conducted EMDR training for more than 13,000 clinicians at some 135 training programs in the United States, Canada, France, England and Japan. Dr. Leeds received initial training in EMDR in 1991. He is the author of A Guide to the Standard EMDR Protocols for Clinicians, Supervisors and Consultants, 2nd Ed.; and has written numerous book chapters, and journal articles.

Program Abstract

Survivors of persistent neglect and abuse develop insecure and disorganized attachment systems leading to an increased vulnerability to adult psychiatric problems including disorders of structural dissociation (DID, DDNOS, DESNOS and PTSD) as well as personality disorders. The standard EMDR protocol for PTSD may not be suitable in the early stages of therapy for many of these individuals. However, a number of modified EMDR procedures can be helpful throughout their therapy, not only for simple ego strengthening – such as with Resource Development and Installation – but for a variety of therapeutic tasks which include: to increase presentification, capacities for basic self-care, and mentalization; to develop affect tolerance and management skills; to restructure defenses; and to improve interpersonal relationships.

In addition to “external phobia” and triggers, a number of “internal” phobias affect survivors of persistent early neglect and abuse. These include affect phobias, phobias of attachment, phobias for trauma derived mental actions, and phobias for structurally dissociated parts of the personality. Modified EMDR procedures can be applied to these internal phobias to assist patients in repairing developmentally frozen self-capacities.
These “internal” phobias may also be described as psychodynamic or dissociative defenses or as ego state conflicts. When patients present with “internal” phobias, they will often fail to progress or have adverse reactions with standard EMDR procedural interventions. EMDR therapy can still be effective when clinicians have the conceptual knowledge and perceptual skills to recognize these patients’ defenses, and when they can make use of a flexible set of advanced EMDR procedural stills for responding.
EMDR trained clinicians must also confront their own affect phobias and psychodynamic conflicts as they experience a range of responses to their work with patients including countertransference and vicarious traumatization that can disrupt their ability to make use of their conceptual, perceptual and procedural knowledge and skills.
This presentation provides an introduction to concepts and procedures derived from Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (STDP: McCullough, 1997, 2003) and the Theory of Structural Dissociation of the Personality (TSDP: van der Hart, Nijenhuis & Steele, 2006) and identifies procedures from Knipe (1999, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010a, 2010b, 2010c), Mosquera (2010, 2011), Mosquera and Vazquez (2010),Gonzalezand Mosquera (2012), and Leeds (2001) which clinicians can employ for defense and affect restructuring with cases involving “internal” phobias. We will also consider how clinicians can be sensitive to and mitigate the potential impact of their own affect phobias in their clinical work.



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Registration:  Opens at 7:45a.m. both days

Saturday February 15, 2020:  8:30a.m. - 5:30p.m.

Sunday February 16, 2020:    8:30a.m. - 4:00p.m.



Early Registration (before midnight January 1, 2020)

- $425  Licensed / Registered Clinicians

- $375  Students / Non-Profit Agency Discount  (please submit letter confirming status)

Standard Registration (after midnight January 1, 2020)

- $475  Licensed / Registered Clinicians

- $425  Students / Non-Profit Agency Discount  (please submit letter confirming status)

(If you are a student, please include a letter from the registrar confirming your full time student status.  If you are employed at a Non-Profit Agency, please submit a letter from your employer on the Agency's Letterhead confirming your employment. Please include the above required letter with your registration application email in order to receive the discount rate.)

All snacks, beverages and lunch are included for this 2-day advanced workshop



Meadow Gardens Golf Club

19675 Meadow Gardens Way Pitt Meadows, B.C. V3Y 1Z2

(604) 465-5474

This training venue is accessible for those who are disabled or have special needs. If you are disabled or have special needs, please inform the Director of Training when you submit your application so we can discuss any specific accommodations that need to be made.

Accomodation & Travel

For those joining us from out of town for the training, The Best Western Plus Inn & Suites is located just 2.5 km from the training venue in Pitt Meadows.  Please contact (604) 460-9859 for room rates and reserve your room in advance.

For those flying in from Alberta, Swoop Air and Flair Airlines fly directly from Edmonton and Calgary into Abbotsford International Airport.  When you arrive in Abbotsford, Pitt Meadows is just a quick 30 minute drive west.  

For those flying in from the USA, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the most accessible airport for international travel. Pitt Meadows is approximately a 45 minute drive east.


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