Curriculum Overview

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Training Highlights

  • Psychobiological overview 
  • Specialized history-taking to identify focal patterns and beliefs 
  • Desensitization of traumatic memories and present anxieties 
  • Installation of positive belief structures 
  • Strategies for client resource development and enhancement 
  • Specific EMDR Protocols and case formulation 
  • Personal use for therapists to process vicarious imagery overflow from traumatized patients 
  • Applications to family therapy 
  • Apply EMDR therapy to a range of trauma related complaints, including applications to dissociative symptoms, somatoform disorders, phobias, natural disasters, PTSD, survivors of abuse 
  • A more proactive version of EMDR therapy for full effective application 
  • How to choose and prioritize targets 
  • Creative strategies to deal with abbreactive responses 
  • Cognitive interweave exercises to resolve "stuck" sessions 
  • Practicum experience with other participants 
  • Case consultation 

Learning Objectives

  • Identify 3 components of the EMDR Approach designed to provide effective treatment with clients 
  • Describe 3 important existing EMDR treatment research studies 
  • Name 8 phases of EMDR for comprehensive treatment and how to implement the phases with clients
  • Identify the parameters treatable with EMDR therapy to safely and effectively implement with clients 
  • Describe 3 aspects of the AIP Model for effective case conceptualization and treatment planning
  • List 6 types of client complaints treatable with EMDR therapy 
  • Describe the criteria for client selection and how to apply to client cases 
  • Describe 3 safety measures for effective and safe use of EMDR therapy 
  • Describe 3 strategies to identify and resolve problem areas in the utilization of EMDR therapy
  • Describe protocol for closing down incomplete sessions
  • Describe 3 resources to use with difficult or resistant clients
  • Describe a treatment plan to choose and prioritize targets appropriate for EMDR treatment
  • Describe 2 strategies for dealing with highly emotional responses
  • Describe 2 strategies for dealing with dissociative symptoms and phobias
  • Describe 2 strategies to effectively treat more complex trauma-related disorders 

Integrating EMDR Therapy with Other Approaches

EMDR therapy has become invaluable for psychotherapists of all major orientations including psychoanalysis/psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, experiential and Gestalt. It is a method which is readily integrated into one's clinical practice and can be learned in a very modest period of time