EMDR Strategies for BPD and Dissociation Disorders

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) has a reputation for being one of the most challenging disorders to treat, given the compound of  symptoms established by the DSM 5 as criteria for its diagnosis. Many of the characteristic symptoms of patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) become clearer if we understand the connection to attachment, trauma, and adverse life experiences. 

In addition, when Dissociative Disorders are present, it will be important to safely utilize a wide range of EMDR interventions from early in the preparatory phase of treatment for patients with dissociative disorders.  Our aim is to provide a comprehensive model for applying EMDR therapy in the treatment of dissociative disorders, extending the AIP model to address the kinds of dysfunctionally stored information found in those with the most severe forms of traumatization and dissociative phobias.

Both of these diagnosis and their treatments have many common elements, but also important differences. By exploring in depth some of the most complicated symptoms shared by both, we will clarify many of the questions that clinicians encounter when working with these cases. Self-harm, for example, is frequently a trauma-driven coping strategy that can be understood from the perspective of the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model and treated with EMDR Therapy.

In this live workshop, Dolores will present in person clinical case examples and video fragments will be used to illustrate differences and similarities in the interventions with EMDR for dissociative and BPD clients.


This training is designed for mental health professionals who are seeking advanced techniques in working with dissociative disorders and borderline personality disorder using EMDR therapy. While clinicians without EMDR training will still benefit, it is recommended that clinicians have prior EMDR training.


9th – 10th May, 2024
9am – 4pm


Noah's on the Beach
29 Zaara St
Newcastle East

15% accommodation discount, please call them to book directly and let them know you're attending the Hummingbird training.

Limited free parking or paid street parking

About Dolores Mosquera

Dolores is a Psychologist and Psychotherapist specializing in complex trauma, personality disorders, and dissociation. She is the director of the Institute for the Study of Trauma and Personality Disorders. INTRA-TP) in A Coruña, Spain—a 3-clinic private institution initially founded in 2000. She collaborates with two different Domestic Violence Programs, one focused on Women Victims of DV and another one on Males with Violent Behavior. She belongs to the Spanish National Network for the Assistance of Victims of Terrorism, and also collaborates with an organization aiding victims of emergencies, accidents, violent attacks, kidnapping and other traumatic incidents.

Dolores has extensive teaching experience leading seminars, workshops, and lectures internationally. Dolores also teaches in several Universities, and collaborates supervising Clinical Psychologists in postgraduate training programs in Spain. She has participated as a guest speaker in numerous conferences and workshops throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North, Central, and South America.

She has published several books, book chapters and articles on personality disorders, complex trauma, and dissociation. Dolores received the David Servan-Schreiber award for outstanding contributions to the EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) field in 2017, was made Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation in 2018, for her contributions to the trauma and dissociation field, and received the MAM10 Prix David Servan-Schreiber award in 2021 to a foreign researcher who has made a notable international contribution, having advanced research in the field of EMDR. In 2022 Dolores received the award Professional of the Year in the category of Psychology for the trajectory and significant contributions in dignifying the profession (psychology).

Accommodation and Travel

2 hours drive north of Sydney, or flights are available directly to Newcastle Airport. For more information, head to the Newcastle Airport website.

Noah's on the Beach
29 Zaara St
Newcastle East, NSW
noahs by the beach

Rydges Newcastle
Wharf Road and Merewether Street
Newcastle, NSW
rydges hotel on the harbour

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