Scaffolding Trauma Treatment

Thursday, March 14, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Presented by:
Heather Ferguson, LCSW &
Patricia Tidwell, PhD, LCSW

Scaffolding Trauma Treatment: Collaboration between Psychoanalysis and EMDR

The National Institute for the Psychotherapies
250 West 57th Street, Suite 501
New York, NY 10107

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Psychotherapists often urge patients to express their experience in words.  For some, the requirement for verbal expression may limit accessing and/or processing important preverbal or traumatic material.  This can lead to impasse and even potentially failed treatment.   Sometimes what may be helpful is the addition of a modality that is practiced by another clinician. 

In this presentation we share our experience of a two-year collaboration that successfully moved treatment ahead.  The combination of psychoanalysis with adjunctive EMDR facilitated a new way to process previously dissociated feelings, leading to the lifting of an impasse.  In addition to discussing how the cases evolved, we will share our experiences of working in collaboration.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand and recognize 3 clinical indications that adjunctive experiential therapy (EMDR) is warranted/should be considered.

  2. Participants will understand and name 3 ways in which psychoanalytic psychotherapy and EMDR are different.

  3. Participants will be able to identify 3 benefits of the collaboration between traditional “talk” therapy and EMDR in working with PTSD.


Presenter Bio

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Heather Ferguson, LCSW is faculty and supervisor at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, the Manhattan Institute, and the Institute for Expressive Analysis. She is an Associate Editor of Psychoanalysis, Self and Context, and presents on a range of topics related to embodiment, eating disorder treatment, and the analyst’s countertransference dreams.   She has a private practice in NYC.

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Patricia Tidwell PhD, LCSW is currently faculty at ICP and faculty and supervisor at IEA. She has presented on women’s sense of agency around money, fertility and motherhood at national and international psychoanalytic conferences. An EMDRIA-certified practitioner and consultant in training, Trish maintains an integrative psychotherapy, EMDR, and supervision practice in New York.  She leads workshops and discussion groups for women around personal development.

Continuing Education

This event is approved for 2.0 CE contact hours for psychologists, social workers, and licensed psychoanalysts

The National Institute for the Psychotherapies is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education credits for psychologists. The National Institute for the Psychotherapies maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The National Institute for the Psychotherapies is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0018.

The National Institute for the Psychotherapies is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts #Psyan-0004.

Personalized CE certificates will be distributed at the end of this event. Due to New York State requirements, persons arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving more than 15 minutes early will not receive a CE certificate.


$50 General Public
$40 Candidates & Students
$10 NIP Candidates

Refunds, & Cancellation Policy
Cancellation requests made more than a week prior to the event will be given a full refund of registration fees. Refunds will not be granted for cancellation requests made within a week of the event or for no-shows on the day of the event.