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EMDR & Parts Work for Treating Complex Trauma: Somatic Techniques to Decrease Defensiveness and Facilitate Trauma Processing

For years I got stuck with my complex trauma clients.

The traditional standalone approaches everyone recommended seemed to fail me as my clients’ unresolved conflicts kept sabotaging our efforts toward healing. Session after session I was met with defensiveness and resistance. It was exhausting…and soon doubt and frustration started to creep in.

But one day the solution became clear -- complex trauma requires complex treatment -- not a standalone therapy.

Now in this one-day seminar I’ll show you how you can more successfully access deeply rooted pain points and move clients past the internal conflicts that hang them up in treatment by integrating elements of EMDR with skills from a parts work approach!

Watch me for this unique, advanced level trauma treatment course, so you can:

  • More safely gather your client’s trauma history
  • Manage dissociation and fragmentation in clients using skills from parts work therapy
  • Create a safe healing environment using modified EMDR therapy protocols
  • Confidently use relational skills and somatic therapy for improved complex trauma treatment

Making the change to an integrated EMDR and parts work approach turned my treatment completely around. Since that day I’ve found tremendous success with my clients, authored several books on complex trauma and trained thousands of clinicians.

Don’t miss this chance to take your complex trauma treatment to the next level!

Purchase today!

-Arielle Schwartz, PhD, CCTP-II

Program Information


  1. Analyze the neurobiology of complex PTSD and dissociation through the lens of polyvagal theory.
  2. Apply interpersonal neurobiology through co-regulation strategies that strengthen our client’s social engagement system.
  3. Assess for emotional and physiological dysregulation as “parts” of self.
  4. Integrate practical parts work therapy interventions to improve treatment outcomes for “resistant” clients.
  5. Utilize techniques to help clients to work with shame and develop self compassion for their most wounded parts.
  6. Conduct modified EMDR therapy protocols that will allow you to create a safe healing environment for clients with a history of complex traumatization.


Understanding Complex Trauma: The Neurobiology of PTSD

  • Nuances of stress, trauma, and complex PTSD
  • The impact of dissociation
  • Interpersonal neurobiology, somatic psychology, and social engagement
  • The polyvagal theory
  • Skill: Spacious, Relational Awareness
  • Skill: Explore Co-Regulation
How to Assess for a Complex Diagnosis: History Taking and Case Conceptualization
  • Identify chronic, repeated, developmental and sociocultural trauma
  • Overcoming betrayal trauma to resolve insecure attachment
  • Assess for dissociation (“fragmentation”)
  • How parts, ego states and defenses create walls to change
  • Compassionate strategies for “Resistant” clients
  • Move from shame to empowerment
  • Skill: Understand emotional dysregulation as a “part”
  • Skill: Connect to the adult self
  • Skill: Differentiating from a part
Moving Clients Forward: Modified EMDR and Parts Work for Complex PTSD
  • The 8-phases of EMDR therapy
  • Neural networks and “encapsulated” ego states
  • Bilateral stimulation and dual attention in EMDR therapy
  • Modified EMDR therapy protocols
  • Preparation for trauma reprocessing
  • Cultivate mindfulness, acceptance, and self-compassion
  • Skill: Choice and containment
  • Skill: Build allies for a part of self
  • Skill: Facilitate repair scenarios
  • Skill: Reprocess a traumatic memory
  • Skill: Positive state installation
The 6 Pillars of Resilience: For Post-Traumatic Growth and Healing
  • Trauma recovery and the bell curve
  • Resilience as a process and an outcome
  • Move from learned helplessness to learned optimism
  • Skill: Create your resilience recipe

Copyright : 09/30/2021

The Transformation of EMDR: From Technique to Comprehensive Psychotherapy

This recording provides an introduction to EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is a unique type of psychotherapy proven to help clients recover from trauma and improve the quality of their lives. Trauma is stored in the brain and body, continuing to cause pain and suffering, and EMDR can free clients by repatterning thinking and emotional reactions. This recording will help you understand the evidence to support EMDR and all of its applications. As well as, a look at the evolution of EMDR - from technique to a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy tool.

Program Information


  1. Determine the current status of EMDR therapy’s evidence base in treating PTSD and other psychiatric conditions.
  2. Formulate the basic tenets of the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model.
  3. Inspect the goal and function of each prong of the three-pronged approach in EDMR therapy.


  • What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy?
    • Basic Tenets of the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Model
    • Use of Eye Movements/Bilateral Stimulation
    • 8 Phases of EMDR Therapy
    • Addressing “Big T” AND “little t” Traumas
    • Addressing Acts of Commission AND Omission
    • Addressing Single, Discrete Events AND Complex/Developmental Trauma
    • Three-Pronged Approach – Past, Present Future Targets
    • Themes of Responsibility, Safety, and Control
  • Evidence Base for EMDR Therapy and Range of Applications
    • PTSD
    • Complex PTSD
    • Compared to Other Evidence-Based Treatments
    • Most Cost Effective and Time Efficient
    • International Treatment Guidelines and Endorsements
    • Other Psychiatric Diagnoses
  • Effects of Eye Movements in EMDR and Proposed Mechanisms of Action
    • Eye Movements
      • Reduce negative emotions, imagery vividness, emotional arousal
      • Increase episodic memory retrieval, recognition of true information, de-arousal, positive neurophysiological changes, thinking flexibility
        • Mechanisms – Working Memory, Orienting, and REM Hypotheses
      • Evolution of EMDR – From Technique to Comprehensive, Integrative Psychotherapy
        • Influences from other Psychotherapy Models
        • Integrating Elements form other Models
        • Innovative Applications and Delivery Frameworks

Copyright : 05/29/2021

EMDR in Trying Times: How Our Brains Process and Move Through Trauma

During these times of uncertainty, peoples’ anxieties and fears about their health, their families’ well-being and their finances are not without cause.  Yet, how we react to these circumstances depends on what we have experienced before, making it easier or harder to adapt to our current situations.  EMDR therapy is exquisitely equipped to address these demands by offering a range of clinical options from addressing acute stress symptoms and recent events to a more comprehensive psychotherapy approach.  In addition to offering an overview of this approach, we will discuss a couple of clinical vignettes to illustrate how EMDR therapy can offer brief and effective treatment to help our clients restore their resiliency and capacity to respond optimally to these ongoing demands. 

Program Information


  1. Appraise the Adaptive Information Processing model of EMDR.
  2. Interpret why people respond differently to similar trauma circumstances.
  3. Apply EMDR approaches with clients in response to recent traumatic events.


Why EMDR therapy is a useful intervention for recent trauma 

The adaptive information processing model of trauma 

Using EMDR with recent trauma 

Copyright : 06/05/2020

Relational EMDR as a Transformational Journey: The Power of Attunement

While EMDR is best known for the treatment of PTSD, it’s evolved into a comprehensive, attachment-based approach that addresses a broad range of clinical conditions. In this recording, you’ll learn how to enhance the power of EMDR by heightening the therapist’s use of self and creating an attuned experience that enables clients to process painful experiences that have been previously avoided or denied. We’ll explore how to assess a client’s readiness for the emotional challenges of bringing the past into present-day awareness and the trust in the therapist required to embark on this difficult journey. You’ll discover: 

  • The Adaptive Information Processing model of EMDR therapy that informs how present difficulties are informed by past experiences 
  • Relational strategies to navigate the moment-to-moment demands in and out of memory processing 
  • How to identify a therapeutic impasse and explore what’s needed to move the process forward 
  • How to negotiate the rules of engagement with clients, making it possible to navigate the uncertain territory of trauma processing

Program Information


  1. Assess the Adaptive Information Processing model of EMDR therapy that informs how present difficulties are informed by past experiences. 
  2. Demonstrate relational strategies to navigate the moment-to-moment demands of memory processing in sessions. 
  3. Investigate how to identify a therapeutic impasse and what’s needed to move the process forward. 
  4. Negotiate the rules of engagement with clients processing trauma.


  • Describe the Adaptive Information Processing model of EMDR therapy that informs how present difficulties are informed by past experiences. 
  • Explain relational strategies to navigate the moment-to-moment demands in and out of memory processing in sessions. 
  • Explore how to identify a therapeutic impasse and what’s needed to move the process forward. 
  • Explain how to negotiate the rules of engagement with clients, making it possible to navigate the uncertain territory of trauma processing. 
  • Explore ways to co-regulate the client’s experience moment to moment 
  • Identify how to help a client generate new ways of relating that are reparative. 

Copyright : 03/18/2021

Virtual EMDR: A How-to Guide to Providing EMDR via Telehealth

You can work as an EMDR and trauma therapist via telehealth!

EMDR has been found to be effective when delivered virtually.

And this recording is your how-to-guide on utilizing EMDR through telehealth platforms so you can continue your important work with clients, even when face-to-face sessions aren’t possible!

In just 2-hours you’ll be given safe, simple and straightforward approaches to adapting EMDR techniques to an online-environment so you can stay on the front lines with your clients during times of crisis.

Get the answers to your most pressing questions…

  • How do I manage potential safety risks when I’m not there in person?
  • How can I monitor and manage reactions with clients online?
  • How do I maximize attunement through video sessions?

Program Information


  1. Utilize tools and techniques to assist clients in regulating and de-escalate trauma associated triggers via telehealth.
  2. Analyze different ways to utilize and provide EMDR to clients via telehealth.
  3. Develop client resources and teach self-efficacy through EMDR resourcing activities via telehealth.


Quick EMDR Overview of the Basics

  • Review of the basic protocol
  • Review of resources (calm place, container, ICON, etc)
  • Dual attention methods (eye movements, tapping, tappers, sound)

EMDR and Telehealth: How to Adapt to a Virtual World

  • Dual awareness and bi-lateral stimulation and its importance in the EMDR process
  • Bilateral stimulation via video
  • Eye movement resources for telehealth practitioners using EMDR:
    • Bilateral stimulation via video
    • Butterfly hug
    • Congruent tapping
    • Sound pulses
    • Other eye movement strategies
  • Addressing safety – how to manage potential risks of not being there in-person
  • Identifying and implementing a protocol with a client via telehealth
  • Limitations, risks, and further research

Copyright : 04/16/2020

2-Day: Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider Training: A Therapist Guide for Ethical, Legal and Technology Concerns when Using Teletherapy

Providing telehealth services is a must for today’s clinician, allowing you to effectively expand your practice and reach clients even when they can’t come to your office.
But you’re worried that the quality of your treatment could suffer and your license could be put at risk navigating complicated ethical, legal and technological issues you never thought you’d need to face.
This 12-hour Certification Training Course makes telehealth easy with the skills, knowledge, business advice, and technical guidance you need to get started right away!
Get the solutions you’ve been looking for so you can:

  • Confidently set up the technology and tools you need to start providing telehealth services
  • Successfully adapt in-room practices to the telehealth space!
  • Avoid violating HIPAA and HITECH requirements and protect clients’ privacy
  • Market your new services and grow your practice
  • Correctly handle billing and recordkeeping
  • Make sure you get paid for your telehealth services!
  • Protect yourself from telehealth mistakes that could cost you your license

Program Information


Research about Telehealth Services

  • Here to stay
  • It works
  • Benefits

Application of Ethical Codes

  • Psychologists, social workers, professional counselors
  • Building competence
  • Technology appropriateness examples


  • HIPAA and small providers
  • Violations and why they occur

State Law Applications

  • State interests for the pros and cons for permitting telehealth
  • Cohesive incoherence
    • Examples of statutory guidance
  • Risk management guidelines
  • Interjurisdictional practice

Efforts to Improve Telehealth Interjurisdictional Practice

  • PsyPact
  • Others
  • Checklist of questions to determine if you can practice across statelines

Case Examples for Using Various Forms of Telehealth Best practices for telehealth

  • Selecting the appropriate tools
  • Utilizing ATA guidelines
    • Clinical – patient and setting appropriateness
    • Technical - The setting, camera, microphones, and lighting
  • Administrative – connectivity, training
  • Practical solutions for your therapy

Processes & Procedures

  • The intake process
  • Informed consent – sample plan, key topics to cover
  • Emergency and crisis plans – what to include, medical issues, sample plan

Delivery Platforms Keeping Ethics/HIPAA in Mind

  • Asynchronous platforms
  • Common elements
  • Concerns with platform
    • Synchronous therapy
    • All-in-one services
  • Email and texting safely
  • Pros and cons
  • HIPAA requirements
  • Encryption
  • Password protection
  • VPN
  • Electronic communication policy
  • Hardware and software safety

Screening and Suitability of the Client

  • Benefits of telehealth Services
    • Evidenced-based research
    • Patient and setting contraindications
  • The intake, mental status exam, and ongoing Evaluation
  • Assessment with clients

Professional Boundary Considerations

  • For the client
  • For the clinician
    • Crossings versus violations
    • Recommendations for maintaining professional boundaries
  • Licensing board complaint examples
  • Red Flags for Therapist

  • Strategies to Avoid Red Flags

  • Recommendations for improving the therapist's telehealth experience

  • Additional Resources

Multicultural Considerations

  • Issues to consider
  • Geography, settings, populations
  • Seeking guidance

Theoretical Considerations for Telehealth

  • Evidence-based support
  • Which models transition well

Self-Care for the Clinician

  • Ethics application
  • Causes of burn out
  • Warning signs in therapists
  • Characteristics of effective self-care
  • Strategies and techniques
  • Resources

Dos and Don'ts of Social Media

  • Using social media to your advantage
  • The required social media policy
  • Social media and boundaries

The Era of Electronic Records

  • Development of the electronic record
  • Electronic document storage
  • Electronic document destruction


  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • Private payer


  1. Analyze the ethical principles and applications of ethical codes for telehealth services.
  2. Determine the HIPAA guidelines and how they apply to telehealth services.
  3. Assess inter-state issues associated with telehealth and how to stay in compliance.
  4. Determine best practices for creating a good setting for telemental health services.
  5. Evaluate how to implement policies and procedures that are necessary for maintaining an ethical telehealth practice.
  6. Assess electronic services and platforms for delivering ethical telemental health services.
  7. Determine how to screen for suitable clients for telemental health services.
  8. Assess how to effectively manage boundary issues that might arise during telemental health services.
  9. Determine which therapeutic practices are conducive to telemental health services.
  10. Assess the threats that technology poses to the confidentiality and privacy of clients.
  11. Determine how to maintain ethical standards and compliance while utilizing social media technology.
  12. Determine how to correctly manage electronic records in a telemental health setting.

Copyright : 07/21/2020