EMDRIA Approved Consultant in Training Group begins 2/18/20

If you are an EMDRIA Certified Therapist who wants to take your skills and credentials to the next level, there is one spot available in my alternate Tuesday 1-2 PM PST group. First meeting of the 20 required is 2/18/20. You must be trauma-informed, and have studied and learned parts work. Email me with questions.

Details: I have two groups of three beginning in February. If you can’t make it one week, you can do a makeup in the following week, at the alternate time. (A max of 4 participants in a group at one time.) Tuesday and Wednesday groups will meet on alternate weeks to keep this makeup option open, Tuesday 1-2 pm, Wednesday 2-3 pm. We will meet for 60 minutes, via Zoom.us. If you haven’t consulted with me before, time to sign up with Zoom. It’s free for you. My personal meeting ID is 891-038-7666.

At three members per group, splitting my fee, the fee is $65/group.
Now is the time to read the EMDRIA guidelines, to make sure that you keep them in mind as you build your consulting practice.
Also, even though Zoom is the most reliable platform for video conferencing, now is the time to make sure your internet is as fast as possible. It is frustrating to have interruptions in communication. Also, transmission is helped by closing all the programs you are not using during our conference call.
Alternate Tuesdays 1-2 PM (starts February 18):
Alternate Wednesdays 2-3 PM (starts February 12, cancel 2/26/20, resume 3/11/20):
You will need a total of 20 groups–so that’s over approximately 40 weeks, give or take, because of vacations, holidays. You will have to pay for 20 groups, but if you miss one, and can makeup that group by attending the other group (space allowing), you would not have to pay extra for the makeup one.
You will need to complete an online CIT Declaration form before we start. Also, you must study and comply with the guidelines here: https://www.emdria.org/page/51

Email me with questions.

EMDRIA Approved Consultant-in-Training Groups

This is a group which will meet for an hour on alternate weeks. Cost is $65. If you are already an EMDRIA Certified Therapist, and want to bump it up to the next level, this is the way to do that. These groups will meet via Zoom cloud video. Please note: I will only accept students who have extensive knowledge of Phase-Oriented Trauma Treatment for these groups.

Trauma Therapist Retreat | Descend into Self-energy | March 6-8, 2020

March 6-8, 2020 | Gassho House | Nicasio, California
This is designed as a deep immersion in SELF-ENERGY, a chance to observe the parts of ourselves that we habitually blend with and keep us from being fully present in SELF…as well as rest, fun, conversation, beauty, art, poetry, good food–all with your trauma-informed colleagues! This will be a blast…

Cost: Includes shared lodging, all your meals, hot tub and workshop.

-Shared Room $495

-Single Room $635

-Heated Tent Cabin $425

Gassho House, Nicasio, CA, is an esthetically beautiful and well-appointed retreat center in Marin County, one hour from San Francisco, but it feels like a world away. Rooms sleep 3, 4, or 5 people. Beds feature new mattresses and bedding. Heated tent cabins are near the house and bathroom. They have beds and real bedding, and electricity. Hot tub and fire pit. Delicious, organic vegetarian food will be provided. https://gasshohouse.com/

About the Property

This compound is a boutique retreat. We will be the only group there for the weekend–no more than 20 helping professionals. There are 3 main structures; the barn, main house, and yurt, nestled on this recently renovated 5-acre estate.

  • hot tub

  • running stream

  • community fire pit

Friday March 6, 2020, Gather at 2 PM

Sunday March 8, 2020, Depart for home 2 PM

Register at smarttherapytools.com or email me with questions contact@colleenwest.com.

Refund Policy: If you must cancel, you will receive a full refund up until February 1, 2020, minus a $75 processing fee. After that, there are no refunds unless we can fill your space.

Become a Trauma-informed Phase-oriented Consultant | Email me if you’re interested!

This year-long course is designed to help you deepen your skills so you can ‘own’ this material. With sufficient interest, a new ONLINE version of this course will begin late Spring 2020. This is a year long study program. We will meet two times/month for 12 months. Email me if you are interested.

We will read and discuss the most important books in our field; study and perfect assessment along the dissociative spectrum, affectively attuned psychoeducation, stabilization methods, attachment repair, and trauma resolution. You must sign up for the year-long program, and commit to digging in and practicing these skills. Substantial knowledge of Trauma-informed treatment is a prerequisite.

This program fills the gap between understanding the concepts and reaching a level of competence with them. I realize my consultation groups are not enough immersion for many people to go from a surface understanding to a deep owning of what it is to offer trauma-informed, phase-oriented treatment.

I will teach a comprehensive curriculum infused with an awareness of Self and therapist parts: assessment, stabilization, attachment repair, and trauma processing, as well as some focus on shaping one’s ideal private practice (with or without a consulting component). Structural Dissociation, IFS EMDR, Flash Technique, along with a taste of several other parts theories will be utilized.

Between sessions, group members read (or re-read) The Body Keeps the Score, Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors, Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving, as well as other resource material along the way. Also between meetings, members will meet with other members by phone or video, to do consultations on each other’s challenging cases, as a way to practice what they know. Note: some students have signed up simply to receive a deeper education, not necessarily to become consultants, which is fine with me. It’s all training that will serve them and their clients!

Email me with questions or to save your space for the next series contact@colleenwest.com.

Ongoing Consultation Groups

Cloud Video Conference or Face-to-Face in El Cerrito

I have two monthly face-to-face groups that meet in El Cerrito CA, and a group that ‘meets’ via  Zoom video conference.  My groups include lots of cases, a layering of theoretical approaches, and room for therapists to grow into effective trauma-informed clinicians. I practice and teach an Integrative Trauma Treatment Model, which emphasizes the following skills: assessment along the dissociative spectrum, affectively attuned psychoeducation, stabilization, attachment repair, and trauma resolution, using either Internal Family Systems (IFS) or EMDR.

Members take turns presenting cases and asking questions. I integrate Internal Family Systems (IFS), Structural Dissociation, EMDR Therapy, Flash Technique, as well as tons of other models into my consultation.  Many methods of resourcing, trauma processing, and just good clinical judgement and assessment, will be woven into your learning here. I also share readings, videos, and information about trainings I think will be useful along the way. If you aren’t following me on my Facebook page, you may want to consider it as a way to stay in touch, hear about upcoming training opportunities, and new trauma treatment tools.

 

Second Thursday in El Cerrito, CA. 9-11 AM PST. This group is for therapists who are learning to treat trauma and dissociation from a number of theoretical perspectives. It is an ongoing discussion of cases, EMDR, Structural Dissociation, and Internal Family Systems. This group is full. Email me if you would like to be next in line. Cost $80/group

 

 -Second Friday in El Cerrito, CA. 12:15-2:15 PST. This group is for therapists who are learning to treat trauma from a number of theoretical perspectives.  It is an ongoing discussion of cases, EMDR, Structural Dissociation, and Internal Family Systems. This group has three openings. Please email me if you are interested! Cost $80/group

 

-Alternate Tuesday Cloud Video Conference. 11-12 noon PST. This is for therapists who are interested in learning how to treat trauma from a number of theoretical perspectives, including EMDR, Structural Dissociation, and Internal Family Systems (IFS). This group has two openings. Email me if it sounds like the right group for you. Cost is $40/hour session

 

Please email me if you have questions or would like to join us.  Once I confirm your spot via email, I will send you a document with all the details–how to pay, where we meet, how to join the video conference, etcetera! Email Colleen here.

Guidelines for Presenting Cases

Though I am not rigid about this format, it does help us use our time together most efficiently. Please consider prepping your case beforehand.
In general, if you presented last time, let others have a chance first.
Please answer these questions IN ORDER:
1-Start with basic demographics of the client, age, gender, employed, married, anything else unusual or relevant?
2-What was their presenting problem when they first started with you, how long have you seen them, and how frequently do you see them now? Do you have limited sessions with them?
3-Why are you presenting them today? (focus your question, as best you can)
4-Then give us more history to flesh out the case, so we get the feeling/texture of the client.

Regarding the 10 Hours Consultation for EMDR Training

If you have been trained by Dr. Phil Manfield and are seeking your 10 hours of consultation to become trained in EMDR, please know that most of my students remain in my groups for longer than the required 10 hours. This is because I offer COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING in safely treating dissociation, complex PTSD, and attachment disorders, in addition to EMDR. This means my students learn a large variety of ‘PARTS’ interventions for stabilization of developmental trauma, sometimes in conjunction with EMDR interventions, and sometimes for use in advance of EMDR. If you want to  learn how to spot and treat the dissociative clients who are in your practice, then I’m your man. If you are wanting your 10 hours of consultation in order to get your EMDR certificate only, then I may not be the best consultant for you. Also, if you want to get credit for those 10 hours of EMDR consultation, you MUST present cases, top ten lists, and ask questions about treating your clients with EMDR.

Become a Trauma-informed Psychotherapist

Focussed Attention for You and Your Clients

I combine an extensive knowledge of EMDR with a number of ‘Parts’ models, to meet the needs of clients across the spectrum–from those who are adequately resourced and simply have a number of traumas to process, to those who are dissociative with extensive histories of abuse and neglect. I have the conviction that accurate assessment at the beginning of treatment and throughout, is an essential skill that every clinician who treats trauma must master. I draw from attachment theory, Internal Family Systems, Structural Dissociation, and Schema Therapy, as well as EMDR Therapy, in order to tailor each treatment plan to your client’s needs. I also teach the Ideal Parent Protocol, many many methods of Resourcing, and Sandra Paulsen’s Preverbal Trauma Protocol. I recommend lots of learning resources along the way, including the trainings I have found most rewarding.

When you are up to speed with Trauma-informed approaches, you will be eligible to join my traumatherapist.us, a site that offers client referrals, to therapists who are trauma-informed.

-My fee is $190. For ongoing group learning, you may wish to join one of my group consultations, or join the Phase-oriented Consultant Training program beginning November 15, 2020.

Email me if you have questions I have not answered here!

 

Understanding Trauma: a survivor’s guide

This a book I have co-authored to help therapists (and their trauma-surviving clients) work smarter and with greater clarity. My clients and colleagues have found it useful. It’s illustrated with lots of friendly illustrations for the traumatized kids inside all of us!

If you would like to purchase a copy, go to smarttherapytools.com.

 

Consultation

The way we learn a trauma-informed paradigm…

Cultivate SELF-COMPASSION and BEGINNER’S MIND. We therapists TALK about EVERYTHING. It is how we stay effective with our clients and how we stay balanced and full of compassion. My individual and group consultation is supportive, full of heart, and can also be fun. I cultivate an atmosphere of self-compassion, so we are all free to try out ideas, make mistakes, and eventually find our way back to the next right intervention.

Learn to treat TRAUMA effectively. EMDR is one way to heal trauma, but as many of you know, it is far from magic. Many clients need a period of preparation before they can safely process their memories, and for some, EMDR may not ever be the best approach for their healing. Assessing your clients in a careful yet intuitive way can help you avoid many clinical setbacks, and offer your clients the best possible treatment. I am now using Internal Family Systems, Structural Dissociation, and Schema Therapy methods to address my client’s distress, and I can lead you to the right approach for you and your clients.

Group Consultation via Zoom video conferencing or face-to-face in El Cerrito

 

-Individual Consultation video conferencing or face-to-face/Fee $190 for 50 minutes

 

Group Consultation Openings here

Learning to Do Trauma-informed Therapy

Getting Started Right.

As your consultant, I can help you get off to a good start with your client(s) from the first phone call.  I can help you assess for dissociation and create a sound treatment plan to treat dissociation. I can help you apply what you’ve learned in your training, to clients in the real world. I love case consultation, and find it exciting to apply what I know to the clients who are depending on you.

Learn Case Conceptualization.

By far, the MOST IMPORTANT reason to hire a good consultant is to learn accurate CASE CONCEPTUALIZATION.  In my experience, it took about ten years to really master a trauma-informed therapy model. I had to accept that memories of trauma and neglect–lead to beliefs about the world and the self–which then lead to intractable patterns and symptoms. Then, I had throw out a lot of what I had learned about what causes change. I was taught empathy and understanding create change.  And they do, up to a point!  Up to the point where traumatic memories are completely unreachable with words. Then we need more–EMDR and Parts models work on the memories and beliefs that hide deep in the psyche. 

EMDR case conceptualization involves looking at a client’s memories, organizing them by theme, and then hypothesizing about what symptoms might be related to those themes.  And then, we create a plan to target and reprocess those memories which stand in the way of the client’s freedom. But why is it that sometimes EMDR doesn’t work, or only works part way? That’s where Structural Dissociation and Internal Family Systems come in. They are both ‘Parts’ models that work with complex trauma in specific ways. How do we fit these three models together to help our clients in a beautiful and seamless way? That is what I can help you with in consultation.

Fees.

My fee for consultation is $190. If you work in community mental health and would like to request a lower fee, please discuss it with me in our first phone call. Email me with questions!