Dallas Event – Fall 2018

Mindfulness Retreat: Integrating Strategies from EMDR and Body Awareness

Presenter:  Jose Carbajal, Ph.D., LCSW


Days and Times:  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – November 9, 10 & 11, 2018.

Friday:  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 7:00 am – 9:30 pm
Sunday:  7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location:  *Lakeview Camp and Retreat Center, Waxahachie, TX. (*While this is a religious campground, our EMDR workshop is separate and unaffiliated.)

Continuing Ed:
   12 CEs for Texas LPC, LCSW and MFT, and 12 EMDRIA Credits.

Payment Information:
  (Rates include tuition plus two nights and 6 meals)

Early Bird: (thru Friday, Oct 26, 2018)

  • “Individual” = Tuition + Individual  (Non-shared room for 2 nights + 6 meals – $477)
  • “Double” = Tuition + Double  (Shared 2 people in a room for 2 nights + 6 meals – $452 (each))
  • “Commuter” = Tuition + 6 meals (no room) – $309.
  • “Attending Retreat Only” = Double + 6 meals – This is for partners or friends of an attendee who will be at the retreat but will not be attending the workshops.

Regular Rate:  After Friday, October 26, 2018, add $50.00



Intended Audience

The retreat is for all Mental Health Professionals who want to learn about Mindfulness, EMDR and Body Awareness.

You do not need to be trained in EMDR to attend this workshop but you will come away from it knowing more about it – when to refer clients, how to use it in your own experience or possibly decide to become an EMDR trained therapist, yourself.

“Attending Retreat Only” – This option is for friends or partners of full retreat attendees, who will be coming to the retreat but will not be attending the workshop portion of the retreat.    They are welcome to share in meals and are invited to the campfire on Saturday evening but otherwise, they will not attend the workshops either as a participant nor as an observer.  The workshop attendee will register as a “Double” and the friend or partner will register as “Attending Retreat Only.”

The Presenter: Jose Carbajal, Ph.D., LCSW

Jose is a licensed clinical social worker. He served in the U.S. Army; after his military service, Jose attended Baylor University, where he received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in social work, and a master’s degree in theological studies. He completed his Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington. Jose has several published articles, a book chapter published, and he has conducted many professional presentations. Jose’s research focus is on the interventions clinicians use to treat trauma, neuroscience and social work practice, faith, and trauma, and social disparity. Jose has over 10 years of clinical experience; his clinical specialties are trauma, sexual abuse recovery, domestic violence, substance abuse, and interpersonal relationship issues. Dr. Carbajal is a Certified EMDR Therapist and a Consultant-in-Training.

Workshop Abstract

This workshop offers mindfulness strategies to integrate to techniques from EMDR therapy and Body Awareness.

The mindfulness strategies can be effective when incorporated with strategies from EMDR therapy; this is especially beneficial for clients who need to increase their affect tolerance. Participants will learn about current research on mindfulness and EMDR therapy. Additionally, participants will learn about the hypothesized mechanism of action for EMDR and mindfulness.

Non-EMDR therapists and Mental Health Professionals will be given ways to use EMDR strategies without the use of bilateral (Eye-Movements) stimulation.

The format of this workshop is a retreat, this means participants will practice these strategies to self-attune. Come to be refreshed and to enhance your EMDR skills!


Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Strategize how to integrate EMDR Techniques, Body Awareness, and Mindfulness to help clients manage their affect in between sessions and increase distress tolerance
  • Describe the current literature on mindfulness, EMDR, and neuroscience
  • Apply and demonstrate EMDR therapy, body awareness, and mindfulness integration
  • Summarize strategies implemented during lecture and practicum, and integrate phases of EMDR and mindfulness into practice

Event Days and Times

Attendees will arrive on Friday evening in time for dinner and for the Friday evening meeting, which will be a welcoming-orientation and safe/calm place meditation.

Saturday will consist of teaching, discussion and practicing both mindfulness meditation and ways to incorporate EMDR type strategies with that.  Saturday will be all day, including the evening campfire.

The retreat will end on Sunday at 3:00 pm, giving attendees time to drive home refreshed, relaxed and ready to add some new mindfulness tools and strategies into their practice.


DAY 1: Friday, November 9, 2018

6:00-8:00pm                              Registration
7:00-8:00pm                              Dinner (Included)
8:00-9:00pm                              Welcome & Retreat Orientation (Safe/calm place)

DAY 2: Saturday, November 10, 2018

7:00-8:30 am                              Breakfast (Included)
8:30-9:30 am                              Mindfulness check-in activity
9:30-10:30 am                            Strategies for EMDR and non-EMDR Therapists.
10:30-11:00 am                          Break
11:00am-Noon                           Mindfulness

Noon-1:30pm                             Lunch (Included)

1:30-2:30 pm                             Body scan practicum
2:30-3:00 pm                             Break
3:00-5:00 pm                             Medicine wheel practicum
6:00-8:00 pm                             Dinner  (Included)
8:00 – 9:30 pm                           Bonfire – Social and meditation (S’mores)

DAY 3: Sunday, November 11, 2018

7:00-8:30 am                              Breakfast (Included)
8:30-9:30 am                              EMDR, Mindfulness, and Neuroscience
9:30-10:00 am                            Break
10:00-11:00 am                          EMDR, Mindfulness, and Neuroscience
11:00am-12:30 pm                    Lunch (Included)
12:30-2:30 pm                           The Wheel of Awareness practicum
2:30-3:00 pm                             Summary/conclusion

Payment Information

The charge for the retreat includes the tuition, and room and board for two nights.  The meals that are included are for Friday evening, 3 meals on Saturday and 2 on Sunday.  Vegan and vegetarian meals can be provided but we will need to know that ahead of time so they can be ordered and prepared.

The rooms are like simple motel rooms.  They are clean with linens and towels and a TV.   Not fancy but suitable.

Sleeping options are to have your own room (Individual) or room with another (Double).  Each person in a double will register separately using the “Double” option.  If you plan to room with someone, be sure to let us know who that is in the comments section when you register.  It is okay to register as a “double” and not have a roommate in mind, in which case they will be assigned.

The pricing below includes 2 nights, 6 meals plus the tuition.

Occupancy - 2 nights + 6 mealsTotal (Before Oct 26, 2018After Oct 26, 2018
Tuition + Individual - (Single Room)$477$527
Tuition + Double - (Share room)$452$502
Tuition + Commuter - (6 meals)$309$359
Attending Retreat Only - Not attending workshop$227$277



Your tuition is refundable less a processing fee of $75.00 up to 10 days prior to the workshop date.  After 10 days prior, no credit is given.

All grievances must be in writing to Jordan Shafer and will be replied to within 5 – 10 business days.

This workshop is held in facilities which are in compliance with the Americans Disabilities Act. Please contact Jordan Shafer if special accommodation is required.


Lakeview Camp and Retreat Center
5128 FM 66
Waxahachie, TX 75167</p

CE Information

You will earn 12 continuing education credits (CEs) for Texas LPC, MFT, and LMSW.  In addition for EMDR therapists who are members of EMDRIA, 12 EMDRIA credits will be earned, as well.

CompassionWorks offers Texas LPC, Texas MFT, and Texas LMSW credits.  If you are coming from out-of-state let us know so we can see about offering a broader range of credits.

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