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EMDR 3-Day Intensive Training: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR 3-Day Intensive Training: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Where:  DENVER, CO

When:  Monday, January 16, 2017 - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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Intended Audience

This workshop is intended for masters- and doctoral-level clinicians experienced in working with trauma. In this course, you will learn and practice alternating bilateral stimulation into two distinct types of psychotherapy sessions; development and installation of internal resources; and reprocessing of traumatic material.

This course assumes requisite knowledge of, and experience with, a traumatized population (i.e., clients with underlying simple or complex PTSD regardless of presenting issues). Participants will leave the workshop with both theoretical knowledge of the current trauma paradigm as well as the practical “hands on” experience of participating in EMDR for resourcing and reprocessing trauma.
Course Description:

Join trauma specialist, author and national trainer, Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CAC-D, CCDP, for this intensive 3-day EMDR training that will provide you the knowledge and skills needed to use EMDR safely and effectively with your trauma clients. Through lecture, live and videotaped demonstrations, and experiential exercises, this training will provide participants with an in-depth knowledge of trauma theory, principles, diagnosis, and treatment.

Beginning with an overview of the physiological nature of trauma, through current research on neuroscience, Linda will guide you through the traumatic stress disorders – those included in and excluded from the DSM-5®’s newly-created classification, Trauma and Stressor-related Disorders:
  • Acute Trauma Disorder
  • Simple PTSD
  • Complex PTSD
  • PTSD Dissociative Subtype
  • PTSD Preschool Subtype
  • Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD)
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

For all but single-incident trauma, the tri-phasic model is today’s state-of-the-art treatment approach. You will learn each phase of the treatment including its therapeutic goals and the clinical tools to reach those goals. Most importantly, you will:
  • Learn EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Skills
  • Practice using these new tools in a safe and supervised environment
  • Learn this dynamic, comprehensive training equipped to improve outcomes with traumatized clients

  1. Describe biological nature of trauma; how trauma is stored in the body and limbic system, creating physical and psychological symptoms.
  2. List the symptoms of trauma-hyperarousal; affect Dysregulation; dissociation, body memories and “flashbacks.”
  3. Summarize most effective somatic techniques to reduce/eliminate client’s body memories, “flashbacks” and dissociation.
  4. Define and differentiate Simple Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  5. Define and differentiate Developmental Trauma Disorder.
  6. Define and differentiate Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Disorders of Extreme Stress NOS.
  7. Define and differentiate Borderline Personality Disorder.
  8. Define guided imagery.
  9. Define and demonstrate EFT and its applicability to traumatized clients.
  10. Demonstrate meridian-based techniques to decrease arousal levels and modulate affect w/traumatized clients.
  11. Define mindfulness and it’s applicability to traumatized clients.
  12. List and define two current modalities for effectively reprocessing traumatic material.
  13. Explain the Adaptive Information Processing Model and clinical research associated with EMDR.
  14. Implement EMDR and EMDR-related techniques as an adjunct to psychotherapy.
  15. Describe Shapiro’s 8-Phase Model of EMDR.
  16. Describe and demonstrate Parnell’s Modified EMDR protocol.
  17. Practice under supervision the skill employing tactile alternating bilateral stimulation for (Stage One) resourcing a client prior to actual processing traumatic material.
  18. Practice under supervision the skill employing tactile alternating bilateral stimulation for (Stage Two) the processing traumatic memories.

Neuroscience of Trauma and DSM-5® Diagnostic Criteria
  • Neuroscience’s Current Trauma Paradigm
    • Biological nature of trauma
      • Triune Brain, The Nervous System and the Stress Response
      • Polyvagal Theory
      • Traumatic Stress: Normal, prolonged, complex and developmental
    • Specific trauma symptoms
    • Primary treatment issues in trauma therapy
  • Trauma and Attachment:
    • Attachment Essentials
    • Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
    • Baby/Momma Trauma
    • Insecure Attachment Styles
      • Assessment and Primary Treatment Issues
        • Avoidant
        • Preoccupied
        • Disorganized type
  • Trauma’s Somatic and Sensorimotor Sequelae:
    • Hyperarousal
    • Hypoarousal
    • Dissociation, Body memories and “flashbacks”
    • Affect dysregulation
  • Assessment and Diagnosis of Trauma Disorders
    • Simple PTSD
    • Complex PTSD and/or DESNOS
    • Borderline Personality D/O vs. Affect Dysregulation D/O
    • DTD Developmental Trauma Disorder
    • Homework
Trauma Treatment: Trauma Tools, Trauma Treatment Modalities, and an Introduction to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, EMDR
  • The Stage Model of Treatment
  • Stage One: Stabilization and Safety
    • Assessment, Rapport, Psychoeducation
    • Developing the “Skills to Stay Stable”
    • Trauma Tools for Affect Regulation
      • Dissociative episodes and “flashbacks”
      • Grounding clients in their bodies and back in the present
      • Mindfulness
      • Multisensory Guided Imagery
      • EFT
    • Somatic exercises
    • Reduction of physiological arousal
      • Grounding and centering
      • Containment and self-soothing
      • Decreasing physiological arousal levels
      • Recognizing and regulating affect
    • Stage Two: Working Through Traumatic Memories
      • Brief Overview of the Theory and Application of Trauma Processing
      • Trauma Processing Modalities:
        • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
        • Somatic Experiencing (SE)
        • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
        • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
          • Description
Practice EMDR for Resourcing and Processing Traumatic Memories
  • Experiential exercises using EMDR
  • Under supervision, clinicians will learn and practice the skills of EMDR for both
    • Resourcing Clients (Phase One)
      • Containment Imagery
      • Protection Imagery
      • Nurture Imagery
      • Comfortable Place Imagery
    • Reprocessing traumatic memories (Phase Two)


Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD, is president of Integrative Trauma Treatment, LLC, in Havertown, PA. She provides clients an integrative approach to trauma, and treats PTSD in adolescent and adult populations, including clients with eating disorders, sexual trauma, and self-injury. An international speaker on the treatment of trauma, Linda has developed, produced, and presents multi-media workshops on all aspects of psychological trauma.

Linda is the author of best selling Trauma Competency: A Clinician’s Guide (PPM, 2010) and her newest book 101 Trauma-Informed Interventions (PPM, 2013). She is the producer of the best-selling Interview Trauma series DVD’s in which she collaborated with the world’s leaders in Trauma: Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.; Peter Levine, Ph.D.; Babette Rothschild, MSW, LCS; Stephen Porges, Ph.D.; Janina Fisher, Ph.D.; and many more.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Linda Curran maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Linda Curran has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 19.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

This intermediate activity consists of 19.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

NEW MEXICO COUNSELORS: PESI, Inc. is an approved continuing education provider by the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board. Provider #0180571. Provider approval period 10/01/2016 to 09/30/2017. This program is approved for 19.0 clock hours.

This activity consists of 1140 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

This activity meets the criteria for a American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Activity PESI, Inc, is an approved provider by the American Psychological Association, which is recognized by the ANCC for behavioral health related activities.

This activity qualifies for 19.0 contact hours.

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PESI, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PESI is offering this activity for 19.0 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

PESI, Inc. Provider #:1062, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 19.0 (Clinical) continuing education clock hours for this intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

COLORADO SOCIAL WORKERS: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Provider #1413. This course has been approved for 19.0 continuing education hours. Please make sure to bring your license number to the seminar so that we can report your attendance NASWCO.

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