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EMDR Therapy Crash Course: A Step-by-Step Review of Fundamental Techniques and Clinical Applications

Laura Swinford, LCSW, EMDR-C
Approx. 6 Hours
Oct 11, 2024
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Whether you’re a newcomer eager to take a closer look at EMDR therapy or a seasoned practitioner searching for a revitalizing refresher, this training is for you.

You’ll dive in with Certified EMDR Clinician and trainer Laura Swinford as she shares overviews of every phase of EMDR.

With each session she’ll transform the “whys” of EMDR into clear and logical explanations, making the entire process more comprehensible. More importantly, she’ll bring the “hows” of EMDR within your reach, providing practical strategies that you can implement with confidence.

When you purchase you’ll discover:

  • The keys to getting the most out of EMDR history taking
  • Specific EMDR techniques that can be used to prepare clients for treatment
  • How to work with complex trauma
  • Ways to address blocked trauma processing
  • The correct way to close and re-open an EMDR therapy session

Easy enough for beginners to get their footing, yet packed with enough specifics, techniques, and tips to reinvigorate seasoned practitioners, you’ll end this training eager to use what you’ve learned.

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Laura Swinford, LCSW, EMDR-C's Profile

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Laura Swinford, LCSW, EMDR-C, is certified in EMDR and provides EMDR consultation for therapists. She works as a therapist in a group private practice specializing in the treatment of trauma using EMDR, Ego State Therapy and Somatic Experiencing®. She has been certified in EMDR for nearly a decade and has used it with clients over that span to help them better process their past traumas and increase their ability to identify and cope with destructive emotions. She has more than 15 years of clinical experience and is also a published author of research work in the mental health field. Ms. Swinford previously served as an adjunct professor at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, where she taught evidence-based treatment to masters level students. Ms. Swinford believes in connection and relationship as she journeys through life. She brings this approach to her work, matching techniques to the needs of her clients.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Laura Swinford has employment relationships with Know Yoga Know Peace and Spencer Psychology. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Laura Swinford has no relevant non-financial relationships.



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  1. Examine the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Model and its relevance to EMDR therapy.
  2. Evaluate the empirical evidence supporting Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy as an effective treatment intervention for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  3. Identify contraindications for utilizing EMDR therapy for trauma treatment.
  4. Utilize direct questioning techniques to gather comprehensive client information during the history-taking phase.
  5. Integrate the development and installation of internal and external resources during EMDR therapy.
  6. Identify target memories and negative cognitions for desensitization and reprocessing.


EMDR Foundations and Fundamentals

  • AIP Model overview
  • The basic components of memory
  • The role of maladaptively stored information
  • Bilateral Stimulation: eye movements, tapping, auditory and more
  • Client readiness, ensuring safety and liability factors
  • Research, risks and limitations

History Taking Gems: How to Get the Most Out of Phase 1

  • Comprehensive focused vs. symptom focused approaches
  • Memory networks
  • Float Back Technique and connecting present problems to past events
  • Affect scan strategies to get to touchstone events
  • Direct questioning techniques
  • Treatment planning worksheet

Preparation and Resource Essentials for Phase 2

  • EMDR state change strategies
  • Containment
  • Safe Place
  • Resource development and installation
  • Resource team and conference room

Assessment, Desensitization and Installation: What to Do and What to Avoid in Phases 3, 4 and 5

  • Identifying the target and image
  • Negative and positive cognitions
  • The clinician’s role
  • Check-in points
  • What to avoid
  • Working with negative material that arises
  • Checking SUDS, positive cognitions and VOC
  • Adding BLS

The Body Scan, Closure and Re-evaluation: Finishing Strong in EMDR Phases 6 - 8

  • Clearing the body of residual distress
  • Closing an incomplete target
  • Closure and the “new truth”
  • Assess the effect of processing
  • Top questions for re-evaluation
  • Re-engaging incomplete targets

Additional EMDR Strategies: Blockages, Interweaves and More

  • Addressing and overcoming blocked processing challenges
  • Cognition interweaves and knowing when to use them
  • Techniques for effectively working with beliefs that may hinder processing
  • Incorporating interweaves for somatic experiences

Target Audience

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

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