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4-Day Enhanced: EMDR Workshop: A Start to Finish Training on Treating Trauma and Anxiety with EMDR

Monday, December 16, 2019 - Thursday, December 19, 2019

This event is not currently available for purchase.

For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
Course Description:

Move your trauma and anxiety clients from surviving to thriving!

This 4-day Enhanced EMDR Workshop is your chance to get powerful and proven skills and techniques from EMDR so you can quickly and consistently help your clients with trauma and anxiety reclaim their lives.

This intensive training includes over 10 hours of hands-on opportunities for you to practice, reinforcing what you learn and allowing you to gain confidence in using your new skills! Attend and get step-by-step guidance on how you can use EMDR to help clients manage disturbing feelings, safely process their traumatic memories, reduce fears and anxiety, and help them to develop the resources they need to achieve and maintain recovery.

Sign up today, and take your practice to the next level with this groundbreaking evidence-based treatment for trauma and anxiety!

This training is not affiliated with EMDRIA and does NOT qualify towards EMDRIA credits, training, or certification.
Facilitators:  Facilitators are required to attend both days of the seminar and agree to comply with the requirements of the position.
You will receive a reduced tuition. To check availability and register as the Facilitator, please call our Customer Service Department at 1-800-844-8260.

  Facilitator Qualifications


  1. Establish the role of the autonomic nervous system in trauma and anxiety symptomology.
  2. Provide the names of the five areas of the brain impacted by trauma, and describe how this information can be used for purposes of client psychoeducation.
  3. Articulate at least one difference between trauma and anxiety as it relates to treatment approach.
  4. Specify the role of the hippocampus in memory processing and consolidation, and establish how this relates to treatment approaches to manage trauma and anxiety symptomology.
  5. Establish the relevance of Polyvagal Theory and early trauma in EMDR work.
  6. Communicate the central principle of the Adaptive Information Processing Theory and establish how it informs the EMDR approach.
  7. Articulate the clinical implications of the freeze response in trauma treatment.
  8. Characterize the potential neurobiological mechanisms of change in the empirically validated EMDR approach.
  9. Specify how EMDR techniques can build dual awareness in clients to treat the avoidance that makes trauma and anxiety treatment challenging.
  10. Communicate the 8 Phases of the EMR protocol and characterize how they are used in-session.
  11. Specify the steps clinicians must take to emphasize safety during EMDR sessions.
  12. Determine which clients you should use EMDR with to improve treatment outcomes.
  13. Articulate one theory of why bilateral stimulation helps with emotional processing in clients.
  14. Analyze resourcing strategies from EMDR that clinicians can use to help facilitate the processing of trauma.
  15. Delineate how EMDR can be modified by clinicians to treat anxiety disorders.
  16. Communicate the recommended “order of operations” for using EMDR in the treatment of complex trauma.
  17. Differentiate between EMDR strategies recommended for trauma and EMDR strategies recommended for anxiety.
  18. Characterize how EMDR techniques can be used to reinforce and activate positive neural networks.
  19. Communicate how EMDR can be modified to work with complex/developmental trauma to directly treat traumatic memories.
  20. Evaluate strategies that can help foster the critical connection between client and therapist in EMDR therapy.
  21. Establish the order of operations for attachment-based EMDR treatment to resolve relational trauma.
  22. Articulate how EMDR can be modified to work with Borderline Personality Disorder, Dissociative Identify Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
  23. Assess the differences between EMDR and Brainspotting treatment approaches in relation to treatment planning.
  24. Communicate the treatment risks and research limitations of EMDR.

  • Introduction to the autonomic system (ANS)
  • Fight, flight, freeze, fawn survival responses
  • Polyvagal Theory, and types of freeze responses
  • Key brain areas involved in trauma and anxiety
  • Clinical implications of the freeze response
MECHANISMS OF CHANGE: How EMDR and Other Treatment Approaches Work
  • The neuroscience of exposure therapy and cognitive therapy
  • The neuroscience of relaxation exercises
  • EMDR and other “transformative therapies”
  • Mechanisms of change
  • Why EMDR works so well from a brain perspective
ASSESSMENT: Connect Symptoms and Presentations to a Diagnosis
  • Nervous system switched on/off – PTSD and depression
  • Underactivations and weakened connections
  • Trauma memories and intrusive thoughts
  • Phobias, anxiety and insula hyperactivation
  • Emotional hijackings and implicit memory: Basal ganglia and amygdala
  • Why treating avoidance is critical in anxiety and trauma
  • DSM-5® symptoms in a nutshell
  • How EMDR builds dual awareness to treat avoidance
  • What you are thinking about is the network you’re in
  • You need to activate a network to change it
  • Neuron’s that fire together, wire together (Hebb’s Rule)
  • EMDR as neuroentrainment

EMDR ASSESSMENT, RESOURCING, EYE MOVEMENTS AND MORE: How to Work with 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: Closing the neural network and the 6-hour window
  • Re-evaluation
  • Demonstrations and experiential exercises
  • Single event trauma
  • Anxiety disorders involving imaginal exposure
  • Demonstration of Original 8-Phase Model
  • Experiential exercises with groups of three: client, therapist, observer
  • Modifications for Complex/Developmental Trauma
  • Do not use standard protocol – Rationale for modifications
  • Resourcing strategies
    • Container
    • Comfortable place
    • Nurturing figure
    • Protective figure
    • Circle of support
  • 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
  • Adaptive Information Processing Theory
  • EMDR techniques to bring traumatic memories into the prefrontal cortex
  • Strategies to foster the critical connection between client and therapist
  • How to emphasize safety during sessions
  • Guidance on order of operations
  • Modifications for phobias and generalized anxiety
  • Resourcing strategies for self-efficacy and control
  • Imaginal exposure and exposure through thoughts, pictures and videos
  • Somatic exposure and somatic targeting for anxiety disorders
  • Future target mapping for anticipated feared events/situations
  • Techniques to reinforce and activate positive neural networks
  • How to build Dual Awareness and reduce avoidance
  • Integrate EMDR with somatic techniques to reduce the body’s stress response
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Dissociative Identify Disorder
  • OCD
  • When to use each
  • Strengths, limitations and risks of each
  • Overview of how to conduct a Brainspotting session
  • Overview of how to conduct an EFT session
  • Integrate neuromodulation and EMDR for faster, more effective treatment
Target Audience

This workshop is intended for masters- and doctoral-level clinicians experienced in working with trauma.

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals
Participants will leave with both theoretical knowledge of the current trauma paradigm as well as the practical “hands on” experience of participating in EMDR.


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 the best-selling Trauma Competency: A Clinician’s Guide (PESI, 2010) and 101 Trauma-Informed Interventions: Activities, Exercises and Assignments to Move the Client and Therapy Forward (PESI, 2013). She is the producer of the best-selling Interview Trauma DVD series 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.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 25.0 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 25.25 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.

District of Columbia Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 25.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

Maryland Counselors: This intermediate activity is approved for 25.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The Maryland Board of Professional Counselors recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the NAADAC. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 1520 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.

EMDRIA: This training is not affiliated with EMDRIA and does not qualify towards EMDRIA credits or training.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 25.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

This activity consists of 25.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 25.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Workers
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2020 - January 27, 2023. Social Workers completing this course receive 25.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 25.25 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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