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2-Day Intensive Trauma Treatment Certification Workshop: EMDR, CBT and Somatic-Based Interventions to Move Clients from Surviving to Thriving

Transform your practice with this intensive 2-day Certification Workshop that will provide you with effective strategies and interventions from EMDR, CBT, somatic approaches, and narrative therapy so you can take your trauma treatment to the next level!

You’ll learn how to properly assess clients, effectively stabilize them in preparation for treatment, help them safely reprocess traumatic memories, and develop the resources they need to achieve and maintain recovery. You’ll also get detailed guidance on overcoming scenarios involving anger, resistance, and suicidality that can leave you exhausted and uncertain of how to move your most challenging clients forward.

Purchase today, get the proven tools and techniques needed to end the suffering of your clients and move them from surviving to thriving!

Program Information


  1. Describe the brain regions involved in trauma.
  2. Communicate the clinical implications of the freeze response in trauma treatment.
  3. Establish how clinicians can assess for simple, complex, and intergenerational trauma.
  4. Characterize how bottom-up techniques like grounding and breathwork can increase felt safety in clients.
  5. Evaluate methods clinicians can use to gauge when clients are ready for intense trauma work.
  6. Describe how narrative therapy exercises can be employed in session to help clients talk about hotspots.
  7. Determine how somatic approaches can be used to address the physical symptoms of trauma survivors.
  8. Integrate techniques that can be used to “slow” emotions in clients.
  9. Communicate how EMDR-based techniques can be used with clients to resolve traumatic memories.
  10. Differentiate between EMDR, EFT and neuromodulation approaches.
  11. Utilize techniques for working with anger, resistance, and suicidality in clients who’ve experienced trauma.
  12. Communicate the potential risks and limitations of trauma treatment techniques.


The Neuroscience of Trauma and Mechanisms of Change

  • Key brain areas involved in trauma
  • Fight, flight, freeze, fawn survival responses
  • Clinical implications of the freeze response
  • The neuroscience of EMDR, exposure therapy and cognitive therapy
Connect Clients to a Diagnosis: Trauma Assessment Tools
  • Simple vs. complex trauma
  • Intergenerational trauma
  • Symptom clusters and physical manifestations
  • CAPS-5 and PCL-5
  • Primary Care PTSD Screen
  • Dual diagnosis
Stabilize Your Clients Prior to Trauma Work
  • Trauma treatment roadmap – order of operations
  • Bottom-up techniques to reconnect and feel safe in the body
    • Self-soothing techniques
    • Grounding strategies
    • Breathwork
  • Gauge when a client is ready for intense trauma/cognitive work

Proven Skills and Techniques from Evidence-Based Approaches:

Somatic Approaches: Address Physical Symptoms of Trauma

  • Relevance of Polyvagal theory and early trauma
  • Assess for readiness to apply somatic tools
  • Teach body awareness
  • Manage unease with “Felt sense” exercises
  • Resourcing strategies to create a safe space

CBT Coping Skills: Manage Emotions

  • Identify inaccurate trauma-related cognitions
  • Exposure, titration and pendulation to slow emotions
  • Cognitive reframing and reappraisal interventions
  • Memory reconstruction techniques

EMDR-Based Techniques: Resolve Traumatic Memories

  • Adaptive Information Processing Theory
  • EMDR vs EFT vs neuromodulation
  • Resourcing strategies
  • Combine memory reprocessing with cognitive restructuring
  • Using “restricted processing” with complex trauma

Narrative Therapy Exercises: Rewrite Traumatic Experiences

  • Interventions to help clients talk about hotspots
  • Reclaim identity with the “Tree of life” exercise
  • Awareness and closure – create life stories
Solutions to Trauma Treatment Roadblocks
  • How to handle the angry client
  • Strategies for the resistant trauma client
  • Boundary concerns
  • Dealing with crises, suicidality, substance use
Reintegration and Post-Traumatic Growth
  • Better than normal – the neuroscience of post-traumatic growth
  • The therapeutic alliance as a brain-based approach
  • The power of forgiveness in moving forward
  • Meaning making exercises
Research. Limitations and Potential Risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 01/10/2022

EMDR Core Skills Training

Introducing our first ever EMDR Foundations course — a step-by-step training on how to use EMDR therapy to safely and effectively treat any kind of trauma.

Join one of the most sought-after EMDR trainers Stacy Ruse,  LPC, as she teaches you a highly empirically validated and rapid treatment so you can help clients gently reprocess trauma and free themselves from their painful pasts — with many clients experiencing significant improvement in just a few sessions.

Learn Stacy’s distinctively integrative and client-led approach that will help you create a compassionate and customized healing environment for each unique client you treat.

Whether you're new to EMDR or looking for a refresher, this course is the perfect fit. When you register, you'll get:

  • A clear clinical roadmap to seamlessly implement all 8-phases of EMDR
  • Video demos with real clients and therapist-to-therapist commentary, so you know exactly what to expect in a session
  • Printable assessments, scales, scripts, and more to make therapy easier
  • Integrative techniques from IFS, somatic, and other in-demand approaches to overcome dissociation and other clinical roadblocks

This is your chance to take the first step in the journey to become an EMDR clinician and change your clients' lives forever.

Program Information


  1. Identify how the neurobiology of trauma informs EMDR as a robust treatment approach.
  2. Compare the nervous system’s flight, fight, freeze, and fright responses as related to trauma treatment.
  3. Differentiate between single incident and complex trauma.
  4. Analyze the role of information processing in trauma.
  5. Define how memory malleability impacts the treatment of clients with traumatic memories.
  6. Determine simple and complex trauma using valid self-assessment tools.
  7. Use bottom-up techniques to increase a felt sense of safety in clients.
  8. Determine when clients are ready for intense trauma work.
  9. Develop plans for working with crisis in clients who’ve experienced trauma.
  10. Analyze EMDR’s placement as an evidence-based treatment used for trauma.
  11. Evaluate potential risks and limitations in using EMDR therapy.
  12. Identify how to use cognitive interweaves.
  13. Choose EMDR techniques to assist clients in de-escalating trauma associated triggers.
  14. Select somatic techniques to reduce client’s body memories, flashbacks, and dissociation.
  15. Use client-driven imagery and exercises to enhance a sense of safety.
  16. Analyze Shapiro’s Adaptive Information Processing model as it relates to clinical treatment.
  17. Evaluate the status of EMDR therapy’s evidence base in treating other psychiatric conditions.
  18. Identify how the original eight phases of EMDR’s standard protocol relate to clinical treatment.
  19. Determine resourcing exercises to use prior to processing traumatic material.
  20. Identify contraindications for utilizing EMDR therapy for trauma treatment.
  21. Determine how to share EMDR-focused psychoeducation with your clients.
  22. Identify how to use the three-pronged approach in clinical practice.
  23. Determine EMDR skills utilized for processing traumatic memories.
  24. Identify the basic principles of Attachment-Focused EMDR and its use in the treatment of trauma.
  25. Determine the appropriateness of using EMDR in virtual sessions.
  26. Identify risks associated with virtual EDMR that should be included in a clinician’s informed consent documentation.
  27. Utilize a plan to intervene in crisis level situations when delivering EMDR virtually.
  28. Determine how to use bilateral stimulation techniques in person and via video in the EMDR process.
  29. Determine how to adapt EMDR for working with children and adolescents.
  30. Identify and mitigate potential barriers to progress for in-session and/or telehealth sessions when using the EMDR protocol.


What You Need to Know About Complex Trauma & Neurobiology 

  • Practical Polyvagal & Neuroscience 
  • Trauma symptomology presentations & what they mean
  • The relationship between “window of tolerance” and dual attention
  • Why ACES is important when using EMDR

Get Started with EMDR Therapy

  • Know when and how to start EMDR safety
  • Proper assessment for trauma and dissociation
  • Methods, forms, use, and set-up of Bilateral Stimulation
  • Must-know red-flags in trauma processing
  • Determine client suitability & readiness for trauma processing
  • Handle crises, suicidality, substance use, etc.
  • Identity treatment risks, limitations and potential roadblocks
  • EMDR research as evidence-based treatment & comparison research

The AIP model: How EMDR Incorporates Adaptive Information Processing

  • EMDR as an integrative approach
  • Harness the power of the active components of EMDR
  • Clinical implications of using dual awareness
  • Core principles, focus, and clinical understanding
  • Know the 3-Pronged Approach

Fundamentals & Demonstrations of the EMDR Standard Protocol & 8 Phases

  • Real demonstrations of the 8 Phase Model, complete and incomplete sessions
  • Know what to treat first: Single and multiple issues presentations
  • Accurate and effective history taking, case conceptualization, and treatment planning
  • Expert preparation & safe resourcing
  • Practice the effective EMDR interventions (Container, calm place, etc.)
  • Setting up the EMDR Protocol for an EMDR Session
  • Demos of complete and incomplete EMDR sessions

Step-by-Step Instruction of EMDR Standard Protocol & 8 Phase Model

  • History & Treatment Planning 
    • Past, Present, & Future Prongs
    • Preparation & Resources review
    • Assessment & Target Set-up
    • Mechanics and set-up details
    • Stop signal and metaphors
    • Goals & TICES
    • Identifying effective Negative & Positive Cognitions
    • Floatback Technique
    • Channels
  • Desensitization
    • Begin processing phase
    • EMDR classic statements
    • When to return to target
    • Taking SUD
    • Titrating target
    • Stuck processing, feeder memories, blocking beliefs, and more
    • Installation
    • Goals
    • Installation of positive cognition & VoC
    • Body scan
    • Goals & Procedure
    • Closure
    • Goals & Instruction
    • Closing completes target & closing incomplete session
  • Re-evaluation
    • Goals & other considerations
    • Demonstrations and Practice Reprocessing Phase of EMDR

EMDR Additions, Adaptations & Overcome Challenges

  • Overcome Deadlock, Blocking & Looping
  • Practice Protocol and Interweaves
  • Use Cognitive Interweaves and Parts Interweaves
  • Working with anger, guilt, shame & other common problems
  • Types, make up, and examples of interweaves
  • Working with Parts of Self & Part interweaves
  • Somatic & Attachment-based EMDR for resolving Relational Trauma
  • Considerations and adaptations working with children & adolescents
  • Best practices for virtual EMDR
  • Legal and ethical consideration 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Psych Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 11/26/2023

Complex Trauma: Create Change with Parts Work, Somatic Psychology and EMDR

When children are raised by narcissistic or emotionally abusive parents they’re often drawn as adults to unhealthy relationships that replicate the abuse. The resulting trauma is complex and requires complex treatment. In this session you’ll go beyond the limitations of standalone therapies with Dr. Arielle Schwartz, psychologist, best-selling author and a leading voice in the healing of complex trauma. Watch her and explore how somatic psychology, parts work therapies and EMDR can be integrated to manage emotional and psychological dysregulation states for safe and effective treatment of relational abuse survivors.

Program Information


  1. Apply co-regulation strategies to enhance relational safety in preparation for EMDR Therapy.
  2. Investigate emotional and physiological dysregulation related to complex trauma.
  3. Create a safe environment for clients with a history of complex, relational traumatization.


  • The neurobiology of complex trauma and co-regulation skills
  • How parts, ego states and defenses create walls to change
  • Using somatic psychology, parts work and EMDR with CPTSD clients

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 01/28/2022

The Post-Traumatic Growth Guidebook

Traumatic life experiences can be devastating and they inevitably shape who you are. Such events can also become a powerful force that awakens you to an undercurrent of your own aliveness. Trauma recovery involves learning to trust in your capacity for new growth. In order to grow, we must make use of our suffering in order to find our happiness.

Within these pages, you will find an invitation to see yourself as the hero or heroine of your own life journey. A hero’s journey involves walking into the darkness on a quest for wholeness. This interactive format calls for journaling and self-reflection, with practices that guide you beyond the pain of your past and help you discover a sense of meaning and purpose in your life. Successful navigation of a hero’s journey provides opportunities to discover that you are more powerful than you had previously realized.

Written by Dr. Arielle Schwartz, bestselling author of The Complex PTSD Workbook, this healing guide provides a step-by-step approach to trauma recovery that integrates:

  • Mindfulness & yoga
  • Somatic psychology
  • EMDR therapy
  • Parts work therapy
  • Relational therapy