ISSTD EMDR Therapy Training 2021-2022

Since the development of EMDR therapy in the early 1990s, a large body of research has shown that it is efficacious for treating PTSD. Clinicians and researchers have also found positive treatment effects beyond PTSD for more complicated conditions. However, clinicians discovered early on that EMDR seemed to move patients with complex trauma into dysregulated states rather than towards the expected, adaptive resolution when targeting traumatic memories. Stories of uncontrolled abreactions, the unanticipated emergence of dissociated self-states, and subsequent destabilization leading to major setbacks or harm prompted some clinicians to dismiss EMDR as a viable treatment option for persons with dissociative features. Although some advanced EMDR therapy trainings and publications consider these complexities and potential risks, initial EMDR therapy training historically has not. 

Consisting of four modules and a total of 81 didactic, practicum, and consultation hours, this training is the beginning of a learning journey in the practice of EMDR therapy to resolve unprocessed life experiences and resultant symptomatic disturbances. Over the course of the four modules, participants will learn the skills necessary to work with persons dealing with the ‘simpler’ trauma-related presentations in an EMDR therapy frame, as well as basic and intermediate foundational knowledge in assessment and treatment of persons experiencing pathological dissociation. Although participants will not learn to use the advanced EMDR therapy methods needed to treat persons with dissociative disorders, they will learn much about becoming attuned to the presence and forms of simple trauma, complex trauma, and dissociation. Context for the application of basic protocols for treating some issues faced by persons with more complex trauma histories will be addressed.

To aid different learning styles, the training will follow three fictitious, composite clients experiencing different severities of trauma and dissociation to illustrate the procedures of treatment with EMDR therapy. Francine Shapiro (2018, Chapter 4 and Appendices A and E) notes that some clients may not yet be ready, or may be inappropriate candidates, for EMDR therapy. Accordingly, both the standard ‘red flags’ for each of these composite clients and additional indications to proceed with caution will be highlighted.

The training is offered by members of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), approved by the Board of ISSTD, and accredited by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). At the conclusion of all four training modules and the required consultation hours that comprise this training, participants will receive a certificate of completion, at which point they will be “EMDR therapy trained” clinicians. Participants will have had the opportunity to learn and practice the skills to determine client suitability and readiness for trauma accessing in general, and the use of EMDR therapy methods for containment, stabilization and trauma resolution for clients with simple and moderately complex trauma presentations, within their established area(s) of expertise.

Target Audience

The content for this training is at the beginner and intermediate level.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 47.00 APA
    The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • 47.00 ASWB ACE
    The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, 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. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2021 – 08/20/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 47.00 continuing education credits.
Course opens: 
08/31/2021
Course expires: 
07/31/2022
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Jennifer A Madere, LPC-S, EMDRIA Approved Consultant
Jennifer Madere, MA, LPC-Supervisor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant practices in Cedar Park, Texas. Having worked with child and adult survivors of trauma on their journey of healing since 2003, she sought basic training in EMDR Therapy in 2010, and is now an EMDRIA Approved Training Provider. Jennifer uses EMDR therapy and psychodynamic approaches in treatment of anxiety, complex trauma, and dissociative disorders in individual children, adolescents, and adults. She has written and presented on best practices for EMDR-focused consultation, and the formation of clinicians as persons and professionals. 

Jennifer began presenting the MID to EMDR clinicians in 2014. Since then, she has collaborated with D. Michael Coy and Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation developer Paul F. Dell, PhD, to make the MID more accessible to clinicians, and is co-author of the Interpretive Manual for the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation Analysis, 3rd Edition. Jennifer co-chaired the EMDR Therapy Training Task Group, which created this training.

D Michael Coy, MA, LICSW, EMDRIA Approved Consultant
D. Michael Coy, MA, LICSW, is a Seattle-based therapist whose focus in the integrative treatment of persons who have struggled with the effects of pre-verbal and attachment trauma, addictions/compulsions, and complex trauma and dissociative disorders. Michael is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, has intermediate training in clinical hypnosis through ASCH, and is Level I trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. He served on the Standards & Training committee of the EMDR International Association from 2014 to 2017. In 2020, he was appointed to the EMDR Council of Scholars Future of EMDR Therapy Project, Clinical Practice Working Group.

Since 2016, Michael has collaborated with Jennifer Madere and Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation developer Paul F. Dell, PhD, to make the MID more accessible to clinicians, and is co-author of the Interpretive Manual for the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation Analysis, 3rd Edition. Additionally, he manages the MID Analysis, which is the calculation program that generates MID results and is currently in version 5.0, and the MID website.

Michael currently serves as Treasurer, and in 2019 was named a Fellow, of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). Michael co-chaired the EMDR Therapy Training Task Group, which created this training.

Available Credit

  • 47.00 APA
    The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • 47.00 ASWB ACE
    The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, 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. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2021 – 08/20/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 47.00 continuing education credits.
 
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