Full Course Description

2-Day EMDR Seminar: A Rapid, Safe, and Proven Treatment for Trauma

Clients dealing with trauma aren’t always receptive to the therapeutic process. 

…and, using treatment techniques that repeatedly confront clients with the horrific details of the traumas that haunt them can cause them to be avoidant, reactionary, or completely withdrawn. 

It’s painful for client and clinician alike, and it doesn’t feel like healing.

That’s where EMDR comes in.  One of the best and most effective therapies available today, it’s exactly what you need to help your clients gently explore their pain and move toward healing.

In this on-demand EMDR seminar you will discover how this powerful, evidence-based treatment has helped thousands of clients safely and rapidly process their traumas without the need to focus on explicit details!

You’ll learn:

  • How EMDR can be used to overcome avoidance in clients
  • How EMDR techniques can help clients resolve traumatic memories
  • When and with which clients EMDR should be used
  • How to emphasize safety during sessions
  • How the 8-phase model is used in treatment

And so much more!

Register now and start using EMDR today!

Program Information


  1. Describe the role of the autonomic nervous system in trauma symptomology.
  2. Articulate the clinical implications of the freeze response in trauma treatment.
  3. Characterize the potential neurobiological mechanisms of change in the EMDR approach.
  4. Demonstrate EMDR techniques can build dual awareness in clients to treat the avoidance that makes trauma treatment challenging.
  5. Demonstrate the 8 Phases of the EMDR protocol.
  6. Assess clients to determine the appropriateness and potential risks of using EMDR.
  7. Analyze resourcing strategies from EMDR to facilitate the processing of trauma.
  8. Utilize EMDR techniques to reinforce and activate positive neural networks.
  9. Modify EMDR to work with complex/developmental trauma to directly treat traumatic memories.
  10. Evaluate strategies to foster the critical connection between client and therapist in EMDR therapy.
  11. Articulate the research limitations and potential risks associated with EMDR.
  12. Establish the order of operations for attachment-based EMDR treatment to resolve relational trauma.


Trauma and Neuroscience

  • Key brain areas involved in trauma
  • Polyvagal Theory, and types of freeze responses
  • Trauma and insecure attachment
  • The neuroscience of developmental trauma 
  • Clinical implications of the freeze response

How the EMDR Approach Works

  • The neuroscience of exposure therapy and cognitive therapy
  • The neuroscience of relaxation exercises 
  • EMDR and other “transformative therapies”
  • Why  EMDR works so well from a brain perspective

Trauma Symptoms and Assessment Tools 

  • Traumatic memories and intrusive thoughts 
  • Phobias and anxiety: Insula hyperactivation 
  • Emotional hijackings and implicit memory 
  • Avoidance cluster of symptoms
  • Why treating avoidance in trauma is critical 
  • DSM-5® symptoms in a nutshell 
  • Connecting to a diagnosis
  • Simple vs. complex trauma 
  • Intergenerational trauma
  • Symptom clusters and physical manifestations
  • CAPS-5 and PCL-5
  • Primary Care PTSD Screen 
  • Dual diagnosis

Overcome Avoidance with EMDR

  • Dual awareness
  • What you are thinking about is the network you’re in
  • Activate networks for change
  • Neurons that fire together, wire together (Hebb’s Rule)
  • EMDR as neuroentrainment

When to Use EMDR in Treatment 

  • Demonstrations and experiential exercises 
  • Single event trauma
  • Anxiety disorders involving imaginal exposure

EMDR Trauma Treatment:


  • The Original 8-Phase Model
  • Client history and treatment planning 
  • How to resource: Create a safe space
  • Assessment: Choose a target, SUDS, connect with the image/emotions/thought
  • Desensitization: Tactile vs. auditory vs. eye movement
  • How to use touchpoints, Theratapper, CDs
  • Positive Cognition Installation: Likert scale 1-7
  • Body Scan: Locate tension and distress in the body
  • Closure: Close the neural network and the 6-hour window
  • Re-evaluation

Demonstration of Original 8-Phase Model

  • Presenter demonstration
  • Attendee dyad practice of the 8-phase model

EMDR Techniques to Resolve Traumatic Memories

  • Modifications for Complex/Developmental Trauma
  • Do not use standard protocol - Rationale for modifications
  • Resourcing strategies
  • Techniques to reinforce and activate positive neural networks
  • Relevance of Polyvagal Theory, early trauma, and EMDR
  • Sensory motor modifications and somatic approaches
  • How to build Dual Awareness
  • EMDR techniques to bring traumatic memories from the limbic system into the prefrontal cortex

Attachment-Based EMDR:

  • Strategies to Treat Relational Trauma
  • Strategies to foster the critical connection between client and therapist
  • Mirror neuron activation
  • How to emphasize safety during sessions 
  • Guidance on order of operations

Research Limitations and Potential Risks

Target Audience

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

Copyright : 12/13/2023

Day 1: 5-Day Live Online EMDR Certification Training

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Day 2: 5-Day Live Online EMDR Certification Training

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Day 3: 5-Day Live Online EMDR Certification Training

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Day 4: 5-Day Live Online EMDR Certification Training

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5-Day Live Online EMDR Certification Training

This live 5-Day EMDR Certification Training from PESI provides you with the robust, interactive and entirely online instruction you need to master the use of EMDR in the treatment of trauma – from a single incident to complex.

You’ll dive deep into EMDR with one of our expert instructors for over 30 hours of live immersive online training.

And since each cohort is limited to 18 clinicians, you’ll get individualized instruction, corrective guidance, real-world tips and over 6 hours of practice in an online environment, so you can gain confidence in using what you learn.

PLUS, your registration fee includes 10 hours of group consultation to ensure you get the feedback and support you need once you start using EMDR in actual sessions.

When you register you’ll get:

  • Over 30 total hours of EMDR training split into 2 manageable sets of training dates
  • A small cohort experience with 18 clinicians who will learn, practice and grow together
  • Over 6 hours of intensive practice in a virtual environment
  • Instant live feedback to ensure comprehension
  • 10 hours of group consultation
  • Unlimited archive access to recordings of training sessions
  • FREE certification application for Evergreen Certified EMDR Clinician (EMDR-C)

Best of all, when you complete this training and group consultation, you’re eligible to become an Evergreen Certified EMDR Clinician (EMDR-C) and add a valuable credential to your resume through Evergreen Certifications at no additional cost.

Don’t wait to change your practice forever… space is extremely limited, secure your spot now.

Register today!

Program Information


  1. Analyze how the neurobiology of trauma informs treatment approach. 
  2. Assess the clinical implications of the freeze response in trauma treatment. 
  3. Differentiate between single incident and complex trauma. 
  4. Analyze the role of memory in trauma and how memory malleability impacts the treatment of clients with traumatic memories.  
  5. Assess for simple and complex trauma using the PCL-5, CAPS-5 and other tools. 
  6. Use bottom-up techniques to increase felt safety in clients. 
  7. Determine when clients are ready for intense trauma work. 
  8. Develop plans for working with crises, resistance and suicidality in clients who’ve experienced trauma.  
  9. Analyze common therapies and evidence-based treatments for trauma.  
  10. Investigate potential risks and limitations of common trauma treatment approaches and techniques.  
  11. Analyze the neurobiology of complex PTSD and dissociation through the lens of polyvagal theory. 
  12. Apply techniques to assist clients in de-escalating trauma associated triggers. 
  13. Employ somatic techniques to reduce client’s body memories, flashbacks and dissociation.  
  14. Use client-driven imagery for safety, protection and containment. 
  15. Analyze Shapiro’s Adaptive Information Processing model as it relates to clinical treatment. 
  16. Evaluate the current status of EMDR therapy’s evidence base in treating PTSD and other psychiatric conditions. 
  17. Analyze the original eight phases of EMDR’s standard protocol as it relates to clinical treatment.  
  18. Practice the skill of resourcing a client with imaginal resources prior to processing traumatic material.  
  19. Use strategies to help clients acquire the requisite skills for self-regulation prior to processing trauma via EMDR. 
  20. Investigate contraindications for utilizing EMDR therapy for trauma treatment.  
  21. Develop EMDR-focused psychoeducational materials to share with your clients. 
  22. Practice using the EMDR protocol to prepare for work with clients in-session. 
  23. Demonstrate specific EMDR skills utilized for processing traumatic memories.  
  24. Analyze the basic principles of Attachment-Focused EMDR and its use in the treatment of childhood and adult trauma.   
  25. Assess clients to determine the appropriateness of using EMDR in virtual sessions. 
  26. Analyze risks associated with virtual EDMR that should be included in a clinician’s informed consent documentation. 
  27. Construct a plan to intervene in crisis level situations when delivering EMDR virtually. 
  28. Use bilateral stimulation techniques via video in the EMDR process. 
  29. Utilize interventions drawn from CBT, EMDR Therapy, Parts Work Therapy, Somatic Psychology, and mind-body therapies for the treatment of Complex PTSD. 
  30. Use strategies to identify and mitigate potential in-session barriers to progress when using the EMDR protocol.  
  31. Analyze the research, risks and limitations of using EMDR.  


  • Neurobiology of Trauma and Symptomology   
  • Trauma and Complex Trauma Treatment Overview  
    • How complex trauma treatment differs from single incident trauma treatment 
    • Handling crises, suicidality, substance use 
    • Anger and other treatment roadblocks 
    • Common therapies and evidence-based treatment review 
    • Research, treatment risks and limitations  
  • Assessing for Trauma and Dissociation  
  • EMDR Research, Treatment Risks and Limitations  
  • Clinical Implications of Using Dual Awareness and Methods of Bilateral Stimulation 
  • The AIP model: How EMDR Incorporates Adaptive Information Processing 
  • History Taking, Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning 
  • Intro to Resourcing 
    • Calm Place, Container, Restoration Team, and Light Stream  
  • Practice Calm Place and Resourcing Techniques 
  • Demonstrations of the 8 Phase Model 
    • Setting up the EMDR Protocol for an EMDR session 
    • Demos of complete and incomplete EMDR sessions 
    • How to work with an incomplete/unfinished session 
  • Practice Setting up the Protocol 
  • Using the 8 Phase Model:  
    • EMDR for Direct Treatment of Traumatic Memories 
    • History 
    • Preparation 
    • Assessment 
    • Desensitization 
    • Installation 
    • Body scan 
    • Closure 
    • Re-evaluation 
  • Demonstrations and Practice Reprocessing Phase of EMDR 
  • Utilizing Cognitive Interweaves and Parts Interweaves 
  • Practice Protocol and Interweaves 
  • Resource Development and Installation  
    • Future Calm Place 
    • Future Sober Self 
    • Future Restoration Team 
  • EMDR Protocol and Considerations with Children & Adolescents 
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations of EMDR 
  • Attachment-Based EMDR for Resolving Relational Trauma 
  • Treating Complex Trauma with EMDR 
    • Phase 1 Modifications: Target Mapping vs Target Sequence Planning 
    • Phase 2 Modifications: Bolstering the Preparation Phase for Complex Trauma Treatment 
    • Phase 4 Modifications: Desensitization and the Dual Awareness State in Treating Complex Trauma 
    • Phase 6 Modifications: Scanning for Remnants of Trauma in the Body 
  • Virtual EMDR for Clients: Direct Treatment of Traumatic Memories via Telehealth 

Target Audience

This seminar is intended for masters- and doctoral-level clinicians experienced in working with trauma, such as: 

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

Copyright : 09/20/2024