Boot Camp at DFW Behavioral Health Symposium

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I’ve been invited to present the EMDR Boot Camp at the DFW Behavioral Health Symposium –  March 30 &  April 1.

Last year attendance was limited to EMDR therapists who wanted to update their skills in EMDR.  Indeed, there are some therapists who get trained in EMDR but who are unable to use it for a variety of reasons.  This might be because they are in work settings that don’t allow EMDR, they change jobs and don’t have clients to get started with, lack of confidence in getting started and other reasons.

As I was presenting, I realized that all mental health professionals would benefit from this information!  I think I do an effective job of explaining and bringing to life the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model, and all therapists need to know how this works.  Also, we’ll go through the 8 phases and the standard protocol, as a review for most.  This is also a chance to let other therapists know that EMDR is not just a “tool for their toolkit” but is a Therapy Model that will help them be more effective with their clients, if decide to learn EMDR or want to make EMDR referrals.  During the conference presentation I’ll do a demonstration or two, and the last session will be letting the EMDR trained therapists practice using the standard protocol.  (Of course, non-trained EMDR therapists won’t be able to practice the protocol, but they may be able to become clients so they can experience how it works, if they so choose.)

Here is the outline for the program, which was approved for EMDRIA for 6 hours of EMDRIA credit.  The conference is offering continuing educations credits for the other mental health disciplines such as LPC, LCDC, etc..

EMDR Boot Camp: A Refresher and Introduction

This 6-hour class is designed as an EMDR skills refresher course for EMDR trained therapists, as well as an introduction to EMDR for therapists who are not trained in EMDR but want to learn more about it.   The EMDR Boot Camp is intended specifically for clinicians trained in EMDR who want to improve their comfort level of using EMDR with clients and other therapists are invited to audit.

The class is divided into four modules of 1.5 hours each. Therapists wanting EMDRIA credit will need to attend all 6 hours to receive EMDRIA credit, however, other therapists can attend any one or all of the modules and receive partial credit, as attended. This is NOT intended to be a training class for non-EMDR therapists to start using EMDR but is a great, comprehensive introduction.

Module 1: An Introduction to the AIP model, which is the neurobiological process upon which EMDR is based. EMDR therapy is done at the “Sub-cortical” level and this class explains why PTSD symptoms tend to resolve quickly with results that stick when using EMDR.

Module 2: A review of the 8 phases of EMDR and the standard EMDR protocol. The method and approach of how EMDR is used in the context of therapy is reviewed and explained.

Module 3: Live EMDR demonstrations. This will be an actual demonstration of how EMDR is used with a volunteer client or clients. Issues covered may be mild trauma (5 or less), phobia, or urge reduction, depending on what is needed by the volunteer.

Module 4: EMDR therapists will practice using the protocol on each other or on volunteer participants. Non-EMDR trained therapists will be able to observe EMDR processing sessions and if they want to experience EMDR on themselves, they can volunteer to be a “client.”

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