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Module 1: Everything You Need to Know Before Starting EMDR

This product contains 31 hours of educational content on skills training in EMDR.

Program Information


  1. Describe the role of the autonomic nervous system in trauma symptomology.
  2. Characterize the potential neurobiological mechanisms of change in the EMDR approach.
  3. Demonstrate EMDR techniques can build dual awareness in clients to treat the avoidance that makes trauma treatment challenging.
  4. Demonstrate the 8 Phases of the EMDR protocol.
  5. Assess clients for clinical trauma disorders to determine the appropriateness and potential risks of using EMDR.
  6. Analyze resourcing strategies from EMDR to facilitate the processing of trauma.
  7. Utilize EMDR techniques to reinforce and activate positive neural networks.
  8. Modify EMDR to work with complex/developmental trauma to directly treat traumatic memories.
  9. Evaluate strategies to foster the critical connection between client and therapist in EMDR therapy.
  10. Articulate the research limitations and potential risks associated with EMDR.
  11. Establish the order of operations for attachment-based EMDR treatment to resolve relational trauma.
  12. Practice EMDR interventions including container exercise, bi-lateral stimulation exercises and various other techniques for treatment.
  13. Develop clinical boundaries that protect against vicarious trauma and support self-care of the therapist.
  14. Identify risk factors for therapist burnout and develop skills for vicarious resilience.
  15. Design interventions that support client work in processing attachment trauma and disorganized attachment.
  16. Practice interventions that treat dissociative symptoms and work with clients’ parts of self.
  17. Practice interventions that treat complex trauma and co-morbid conditions including addiction, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and more.
  18. Implement strategies that treat developmental trauma disorder.
  19. Implement strategies that support building client resilience, meaning making, and post-traumatic growth.
  20. Practice using assessment screens, safety measures and scales that support EMDR work in person and via telehealth.
  21. Practice the Three-Pronged Protocol of EMDR.
  22. Practice Resource Development and Installation, using both imaginal and cognitive interweaves.
  23. Practice practical application of interweaves, including attachment, during the eight-phase model.
  24. Create treatment plans that support the clients’ readiness for EMDR and unique trauma experiences and co-morbid disorders.
  25. Review relevant theories to inform assessment, treatment planning, and treatment.
  26. Articulate Adaptive Information Processing Theory and it’s relevance to EMDR therapy.
  27. Articulate Emotional Processing Theory and it’s relevance to EMDR therapy.
  28. Articulate Dual Process Theory and it’s relevance to EMDR therapy.
  29. Practice co-regulation skills to support clients’ nervous system regulation, therapeutic rapport, and resourcing throughout therapy.
  30. Describe pendulation and titration as it relates to EMDR therapy.
  31. Implement adaptations to and advanced applications of EMDR therapy, including restricted protocol and more.


Everything You Need to Know Before Starting EMDR 

A Psychobiological Perspective on PTSD & Complex Trauma  

  • Explore and contrast differing perspectives on trauma  
  • How does trauma shape us?  
  • Diagnosing acute, complex, single incident, developmental/attachment  
  • DSM-5-TR trauma-related disorders review  
  • PTSD Dissociative Subtype diagnosis – identifying and treating  
  • Risk factors that contribute to trauma  
  • Understand developmental trauma disorder and it’s impact on identity development 
  • Using EMDR safely with dissociated clients  
  • De-pathologizing the enduring impact of PTSD  
  • Explore how symptoms of PTSD look different with different clients  
  • Know physical health impacts of trauma  
  • Unique traumas: Refugee, domestic violence, captivity, on-going harassment, discrimination   
  • Assess readiness for EMDR therapy 
  • Exercise: Body-Mind Awareness to integrate new learning & your professional develop  

How Memory Functions & Relates to the Body  

  • Implicit versus explicit memories 
  • The role of the amygdala in pre-verbal & non-verbal memories   
  • How compromised memories lead to dissociation   
  • How to support clients with “false memories” 
  • What is psychobiological regulation?  
  • New research on rupture and repair during development  
  • How to conceptualize attachment styles and perpetrator attachment 

Reorganizing Dissociation: Building Bridges in Our Clients   

  • Identifying why dissociation is showing up   
  • Why does dissociation happen and how is it defensive?  
  • The role of phobias in maintain dissociation  
  • Identifying and understanding structural dissociation  
  • Secondary and tertiary dissociation – relationship to disorders  
  • Integrating somatic awareness, Gestalt and IFS themes into EMDR  

The Psychobiology of Stress: Cultivate Nervous System Regulation  

  • Healthy stress responses vs unresolved stress responses   
  • Porge’s Polyvagal theory – a tiered response to threat 
  • Identify aspects of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system  
  • What happens in the Vagus Nerve?   
  • Know the social engagement system and how it functions  
  • Apply Deb Dana’s Polyvagal Ladder  
  • Understanding what neuroception is and how it works  
  • Dan Siegel’s Window of Tolerance, how to expand your client’s window  
  • The therapist as an agent of Interpersonal Neurobiology   
  • How your nervous system interactions with your clients  
  • Exercise: Explore Co-Regulation between Therapist and Client  

The EMDR Protocol: Step-by-Step Implementation Instructions 

Background of EMDR  

  • Fundamental framework of what EMDR  
  • What is EMDR? Exploring the evidence-based for non-trauma disorders – addiction, somatic, dissociation  
  • Why use EMDR? 
  • 3 Main Theories on EMDR  
  • How EMDR targets trauma and activates natural healing 

Basics of the 8-phase model  

  • The basics of the EMDR Model  
  • How the brain develops – healthy v traumatized  
  • Does the brain miscommunicate?  
  • Symptoms of trauma  
  • How trauma disrupts our basic needs  
  • Duration of each phase – when to move to the next?  

Phase 1: Assessment, History Taking & Conducting the Clinical Interview  

  • History Taking Tools  
    • Challenges in working with memory fragments  
    • First step: Building an environment of safety and resourcing  
    • How to organize non-linear material into a conceptualizing  
    • How to set treatment goals   
    • Identifying and building upon resilience factors  
  • The Clinical Interview: Specific Questions to Ask  
    • Being a compassionate listener  
    • Is it a “symptom” or part of their identity? Both?  
    • Using the ACES questionnaire to develop targets & determine duration of therapy  
    • Incorporating Pre- & Perinatal experiences  
    • Attachment and developmental trauma impact on identity development  
    • Resilience, protective factors and exploring your client’s future  
  • How to Use Screen and Assessment Tools  
    • Script: Trauma questions for clients to identify themes and patterns,   
    • How to use Brief Trauma Questionnaire (BTQ)  
    • PCL  
    • PTSD Index- Revised  
    • Modified Somatic Perceptions Questionnaire  
    • Level 2 – Somatic Screening for Adults  
    • Adult Dissociative Experiences Scale  
    • Time Line of Life Events  

Phase 2: The Preparation Phase  

  • Resource Development   
    • RDI – Resource Development Instillation   
    • What are neutral networks?  
    • 6 R’s of Neuropsychotherapy  
    • Create a safe place with Self-Havening  
    • Co-regulation to create relational repair in clients  
    • Working with choice & containment  
    • Creative arts, cognitive, parts work, somatic & affect interventions  
    • Help clients create a Resilience Recipe   
  • Readiness & Pacing   
    • Resourcing skills in and outside therapy  
    • How to use these skills in group work  
    • How to teach your clients to tap into their creativity and resiliency factors  
    • Assess for potential blocks and barriers  
    • Psychoeducation focused-sessions – helpful metaphors to teach  
    • What’s your role as the clinician?  
    • How to introduce bilateral stimulation and dual awareness  
    • Practice: Virtual bilateral stimulation exercises - visual, sound & tapping  
  • How to Individualize EMDR and Let Clients Lead 
    • When are we and clients ready to do phases 3 and 4?  
    • Create stability to increase window of tolerance  
    • Troubleshooting above exercises  
    • What happens when I have to go back to earlier phases?  
    • Resource Development & Installation strategies  
    • Positive Feeling-State Protocol    
    • Skill practice: Relational resourcing, Anchoring the Self, Somatic Skill Building   

Phases 3 & 4: Developing Targets, Desensitization & Reprocessing  

  • Assessment Protocols for Processing  
    • The Standard Protocol  
    • Fidelity to the model  
    • Francine Shapiro’s seminal work on EMDR 
    • Snapshot of how trauma is stored  
    • Common reframing negative beliefs   
    • Understanding how individual clients process  
    • Mile Markers – things to look for that indicate processing  
  • Different Options for Interweaves  
    • Flashbacks versus purposefully remembering trauma  
    • What to do when clients are stuck  
    • Modified approaches: Incorporate somatic & parts work, progress approach, pendulation based approaches  
    • Attending to dissociation and dysregulation   
    • Empowerment-focused techniques  
    • Clinical Vignette: Anna, complex trauma, memory of terror at a childhood party  
    • Video Demonstrations  
  • Keys to Sessions Progress  
    • How to get issues/trauma re-integrated into personality   
    • Know how to give clients permission to “have their process”  
    • What to do when you get to incomplete session 
    • Demo: A Full EMDR Processing Session 

EMDR Phases 3-8: Overcoming Challenges and Roadblocks  

  • How to… 
    • Cut through blocked areas 
    • Move clients past “hitting a wall”  
    • Jump start processing  
    • Anticipate what’s going to come up in the therapy room?  
    • NOT get into “talk therapy”  
    • Apply techniques to Float forward and Float Backward   
    • Use the free association model 
  • Overcoming Challenges in Phases 3-8  
    • What happens when a session is incomplete?  
    • How to work within constraints (duration and frequency of sessions) 
    • How to do a restricted protocol?   
      • ATIP – Acute Trauma Processing; EMDR for Pain (physical, acute, chronic)  
    • How to do somatic processing  
    • Getting past client’s vague descriptions  

Enhancing Your Skills as an EMDR Therapist 

  • Advanced EMDR Sessions  
    • Real-client demonstration, Single session work  
    • Kathy: Women with sexual abuse starting at age 2 until teenage years  
    • You’ll see: Co-regulation, observing your own nervous system, parts work, working with client’s defense structure  

Real-client demonstration, On-going client work:  

Wendy: Pre-verbal memory, bi-polar diagnosis historically, self-harm  

You’ll see: Tracking AIP, resourcing, cultivating more dual awareness and dual attention, co-regulation  

  • Self-Care as an EMDR Therapist  
    • How do prepare for therapists beforehand?  
    • How do you take care of yourself during a session?  
    • How do you take care of yourself after a therapist?  
    • Practice: Therapist Observational Skills  
    • Vicarious resilience – what is it?  
    • The burnout continnum – how stress leads to burnout  
    • Know the risk factors for vicarious trauma  
    • Signs and symptoms of burnout  
    • How to build a commitment to self-care  
    • Embodied self-care practices for in-session self-support  
    • How to let go of your client after session/release stress related to clients  

Target Audience

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

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Module 2: How EMDR Works: Introduction to the 8 Phase Model

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Module 3: Phase 1: Assessment, History Taking & the Clinical Interview

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Module 4: Phase 2: Preparation, Grounding & Resourcing Exercises

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Module 5: Integration of Phases 1 & 2: Resourcing & Demonstrations

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Module 6: Phases 3: Assessing and Creating Treatment Targets

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Module 7: Phase 4: Desensitization & Reprocessing

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Module 8: Working with Dissociation in Phases 3 & 4: Interweaves & Blending Other Modalities

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Module 9: Overcoming Challenges, Roadblocks & Using Restricted Protocols

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Module 10: Real Client Sessions: Complex Trauma Clients

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Module 11: Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth

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Module 12: Self-of-the-Therapist

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EMDR Therapy in Treating Co-Occurring Trauma and Addiction

Trauma and addictions go hand in hand. And without addressing both, stable and long-term recovery is unlikely. In this session, you’ll discover how the proven power of EMDR can reduce your clients’ urges, decrease their cravings and lower their risk of relapse…all while processing the traumas of their past.

Program Information


  1. Analyze the clinical implications of the link between trauma and the development of maladaptive addictive coping mechanisms.
  2. Analyze research on the feasibility and efficacy of using EMDR in addiction-focused therapy.
  3. Utilize treatment strategies to help clients with substance use disorders identify triggers that can lead to increased urges to use.


  • EMDR’s 8 phase model and 3 prong approach 
  • EMDR & the brain- why EMDR is effective 
  • How EMDR improves work with addiction related memories 
  • Research, risks and treatment limitations 

Target Audience

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

Copyright : 12/13/2022

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?

Purchase today and get the guidance you need to deliver EMDR therapy virtually!

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

Target Audience

*In attending this training, it is assumed that you have previous EMDR training and clinical experience using EMDR.   

  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Psychologists 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Marriage and Family Therapists 
  • Other Mental Health Professionals 

Copyright : 04/16/2020

EMDR Toolbox for Traumatic Grief and Mourning

Sudden or traumatic losses can leave clients stuck in the mourning process, unable to let go of the pain. Avoidant, hyperaroused and inundated with intrusive images and flashbacks, these clients cannot progress though the natural process of grief and form a new kind of loving relationship with the deceased. EMDR is one of today’s most in-demand therapies and has proven itself to be particularly effective in working with grief and mourning. In this recording you’ll watch EMDR expert Megan Salar, LCSW, EMDR-C, as she shows you how EMDR can help you free your clients from the cycle of complex symptoms they worry they’ll never escape.

Program Information


  1. Investigate how EMDR can help clinicians address avoidance and stuck points with clients who’ve experienced a traumatic loss.
  2. Assess the impact of intrusive images stemming from traumatic losses on the grieving process.
  3. Use the EMDR calm place exercise to help manage hyperarousal and establish felt safety in grieving clients.


  • How EMDR can help address avoidance reactions and stuck points
  • Using the EMDR calm place exercise – managing hyperarousal in grieving clients
  • EMDR techniques for intrusive images stemming from sudden or traumatic losses
  • Research, risks and limitations

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Therapists
  • Other Helping Professionals

Copyright : 04/29/2022

Complex Trauma: Create Change with Parts Work, Somatic Psychology and EMDR

When children are raised by narcissistic or emotionally abusive parents they’re often drawn as adults to unhealthy relationships that replicate the abuse. The resulting trauma is complex and requires complex treatment. In this session you’ll go beyond the limitations of standalone therapies with Dr. Arielle Schwartz, psychologist, best-selling author and a leading voice in the healing of complex trauma. Watch her and explore how somatic psychology, parts work therapies and EMDR can be integrated to manage emotional and psychological dysregulation states for safe and effective treatment of relational abuse survivors.

Program Information


  1. Apply co-regulation strategies to enhance relational safety in preparation for EMDR Therapy.
  2. Investigate emotional and physiological dysregulation related to complex trauma.
  3. Create a safe environment for clients with a history of complex, relational traumatization.


  • The neurobiology of complex trauma and co-regulation skills
  • How parts, ego states and defenses create walls to change
  • Using somatic psychology, parts work and EMDR with CPTSD clients

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 01/28/2022