Module I

September 23, 2022 to September 25, 2022

Three days via online live interactive webinar format
(14.5 hours didactic, 1.0 how practicum) 

Prior to each training module, participants should prepare by completing the following minimum reading from the required materials:

  • Shapiro, F. (2018). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy: basic principles, protocols, and procedures. New York: The Guilford Press.

Module I:

1. Readings from Shapiro (2018)

  • Chapter 1, Background (pp. 1-24)
  • Chapter 2, Adaptive Information Processing: The Model as a Working Hypothesis (pp. 25-51)
  • Chapter 3, Components of EMDR Therapy and Basic Treatment Effects (pp. 65-71 only)
  • Chapter 4, Phase One: Client History (pp. 85-112)
  • Chapter 6, Phases Four to Seven: Desensitization, Installation, Body Scan, and Closure (Phase Seven, pp. 155-159 only)
  • Chapter 12, Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications (pp. 349-428)
  • Appendix E. Client Safety, EMDR Dissociative Disorders Task Force Recommended Guidelines: A General Guide to EMDR's Use in the Dissociative Disorders (pp. 498-502)

2. Readings from ISSTD EMDR Therapy Training Manual (see detailed agenda) 

3. Additional required reading

Additional Resources

Target Audience

Beginning/Introductory

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this module, participants will be able to:

Day One

  • Define simple trauma, complex trauma, and traumatic dissociation
  • Define the elements of the Window of Tolerance framework and its relevance for understanding autonomic nervous system arousal, survival and defensive responses, and attachment challenges
  • Define EMDR therapy
  • Name, and provide a brief description for, the eight phases and three prongs of EMDR therapy
  • Describe the major features of the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model that informs case conceptualization and treatment in EMDR therapy
  • Describe the Polyvagal Theory and its contribution to understandings about EMDR therapy and dissociative processes
  • Name at least five characteristics, clinical signs, or symptoms of traumatic dissociation
  • Name, and provide a brief description for, the three stages of trauma treatment

Day Two

  • Name at least three informal/relational signs of trauma-related symptoms and dissociation
  • Identify at least five trauma-related screening and assessment options
  • Describe how to score the Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES-II)
  • Describe the purpose of EMDR Phase VI: Closure

Day Three

  • Name at least three ‘Red Flags’ for pathological dissociation
  • Name and briefly describe Kluft’s three Treatment Trajectories
  • Name at least three indicators of readiness for standard EMDR therapy
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 14.50 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.
  • 14.50 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 14.50 continuing education credits.
Course opens: 
06/01/2022
Course expires: 
07/31/2023
Event starts: 
09/23/2022 - 9:30am EDT
Event ends: 
09/25/2022 - 12:15pm EDT
Rating: 
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Available Credit

  • 14.50 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.
  • 14.50 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 14.50 continuing education credits.
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