Full Course Description

2-Day Intensive Trauma Treatment Certification Workshop: EMDR, CBT and Somatic-Based Interventions to Move Clients from Surviving to Thriving

Transform your practice with this intensive 2-day Certification Workshop that will provide you with effective strategies and interventions from EMDR, CBT, somatic approaches, and narrative therapy so you can take your trauma treatment to the next level!

You’ll learn how to properly assess clients, effectively stabilize them in preparation for treatment, help them safely reprocess traumatic memories, and develop the resources they need to achieve and maintain recovery. You’ll also get detailed guidance on overcoming scenarios involving anger, resistance, and suicidality that can leave you exhausted and uncertain of how to move your most challenging clients forward.

Program Information


  1. Analyze the brain regions involved in trauma.
  2. Assess the clinical implications of the freeze response in trauma treatment.
  3. Determine how clinicians can assess for simple, complex, and intergenerational trauma.
  4. Evaluate how bottom-up techniques like grounding and breathwork can increase felt safety in clients.
  5. Analyze methods clinicians can use to gauge when clients are ready for intense trauma work.
  6. Determine how narrative therapy exercises can be employed in session to help clients talk about hotspots.
  7. Justify how somatic approaches can be used to address the physical symptoms of trauma survivors.
  8. Determine how exposure, titration and pendulation can be used to “slow” emotions in clients.
  9. Support how EMDR-based techniques can be used with clients to resolve traumatic memories.
  10. Differentiate between EMDR, EFT and neuromodulation approaches.
  11. Develop plans for working with anger, resistance, and suicidality in clients who’ve experienced trauma.
  12. Debate the potential risks and limitations of trauma treatment techniques.


The Neuroscience of Trauma and Mechanisms of Change

  • Key brain areas involved in trauma
  • Fight, flight, freeze, fawn survival responses
  • Clinical implications of the freeze response
  • The neuroscience of EMDR, exposure therapy and cognitive therapy
Connect Clients to a Diagnosis: Trauma Assessment Tools
  • Simple vs. complex trauma
  • Intergenerational trauma
  • Symptom clusters and physical manifestations
  • CAPS-5 and PCL-5
  • Primary Care PTSD Screen
  • Dual diagnosis
Stabilize Your Clients Prior to Trauma Work
  • Trauma treatment roadmap – order of operations
  • Bottom-up techniques to reconnect and feel safe in the body
    • Self-soothing techniques
    • Grounding strategies
    • Breathwork
  • Gauge when a client is ready for intense trauma/cognitive work
Proven Skills and Techniques from Evidence-Based Approaches:
  • Somatic Approaches: Address Physical Symptoms of Trauma
    • Relevance of Polyvagal theory and early trauma
    • Assess for readiness to apply somatic tools
    • Teach body awareness
    • Manage unease with “Felt sense” exercises
    • Resourcing strategies to create a safe space
  • CBT Coping Skills: Manage Emotions
    • Identify inaccurate trauma-related cognitions
    • Exposure, titration and pendulation to slow emotions
    • Cognitive reframing and reappraisal interventions
    • Memory reconstruction techniques
EMDR-Based Techniques:
  • Resolve Traumatic Memories
    • Adaptive Information Processing Theory
    • EMDR vs EFT vs neuromodulation
    • Resourcing strategies
    • Combine memory reprocessing with cognitive restructuring
    • Using “restricted processing” with complex trauma
  • Narrative Therapy Exercises: Rewrite Traumatic Experiences
    • Interventions to help clients talk about hotspots
    • Reclaim identity with the “Tree of life” exercise
    • Awareness and closure - create life stories
Solutions to Trauma Treatment Roadblocks
  • How to handle the angry client
  • Strategies for the resistant trauma client
  • Boundary concerns
  • Dealing with crises, suicidality, substance use
Reintegration and Post-Traumatic Growth
  • Better than normal - the neuroscience of post-traumatic growth
  • The therapeutic alliance as a brain-based approach
  • The power of forgiveness in moving forward
  • Meaning making exercises
Research, Limitations and Potential Risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 09/02/2021

Telehealth and Trauma Treatment During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This 90-minute recording was developed for professional mental health providers who have found themselves quickly adapting to telehealth services during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Join trauma expert and Board Certified Telehealth Health Provider formerly called Distanced Counselor Certification (DCC) Lois Ehrmann, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, CTTS, and learn about the needs of clients during a pandemic as well as the proven strategies to help reduce traumatic stress in your clients. A special focus will be on adapting strategies to the telehealth platform. Numerous resources will be identified and provided.

Program Information


  1. Determine at least three factors contributing to traumatic stress in clients because of the COVID-19 pandemic crises.
  2. Utilize interventions that can be adapted to the use of telehealth to reduce traumatic stress in all clients.


Why COVID-19 Pandemic is a Traumatic Event for Our Trauma Clients

  • Loss of face to face social networks and familiar stomping grounds
  • Threat of death to self, children, neighbors, loved ones
  • Impact of psychological distress on the immune system
  • Media presentation and coverage of the pandemic
  • Loss of face to face professional help making telehealth critical


  • Work through Past Trauma Events and Now the Trauma of COVID-19 Using Telehealth
    • Clients stress response and basic needs
    • Work through overwhelming sadness, disgust, confusion, fear, anger
    • Adjustment disorders, acute stress reactions, anxiety, phobias, major depression and PTSD
    • Suicidal ideation and suicide risks
    • Seeing clients regress from the stress on the screen
  • Apply Interventions from Past Pandemics/Disasters Using Telehealth
    • Post-disaster mental health disorders: Evidence-based strategies
    • Psychosocial support for stages of the illness, during testing periods, and through recovery
    • Traumatic grief/bereavement interventions and directed PTSD interventions
    • Building resilience in individuals, families and communities
    • Interventions for those who are the most vulnerable to COVID-19 or already have it
      • Psychological First Aid for nurses, doctors, health care workers, first responders
      • Older adults and the elderly; Markers to look for and specific strategies
      • Pregnant women, post-partum mothers, mothers with young children
      • Those with underlying health issues such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease

Target Audience

  • Social Workers 
  • Counselors 
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychotherapists 
  • Marriage and Family Therapists 
  • Certified Case Managers 
  • Occupational Therapists 
  • School-based Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 04/14/2020