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Responding to Gun Violence in the United States: State of the Art EMDR Therapy Registration

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Event Information

Dates05/30/2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
05/31/2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
LocationCity College, 2000 W. Commercial Blvd., Room #212
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309, USA
AgencyTrauma Recovery/EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs


EMDR Clinicians who have completed Part I EMDR Basic Training


Responding to Gun Violence in the United States: State of the Art EMDR Therapy


Gun violence is a stark reality in the United States and homicide claims over 16,500 victims a year.

Many communities are struggling with the wave of gun violence and its painful impact on family members and the community as a whole.  This has included the communities of Sandy Hook, Parkland, Las Vegas, Parkland, Chicago, Los Angeles and many others. We seek to directly address this wave of trauma and provide practical tools to help clinician’s effectively respond with state of the art EMDR therapy protocols.  We envision that clinicians will “pay it forward’ in their respective communities and use what they learn at this two day training to help reduce the impact of trauma generated by gun violence.

This two day intensive EMDR therapy training is structured to be both an EMDR refresher of the protocol and a focus on concrete, special EMDR therapy tools/protocols that have a proven effectiveness with the victims of violence and gun violence.  Participants will leave this training prepared to return to their communities and immediately effectively work with the victims of gun violence.

First Day
During the first day this workshop in EMDR therapy will combine a refresher on the theory of EMDR, practical information about its use with the victims of community violence and is designed to strengthen your skill base with clients. Workshop participants will review their existing EMDR therapy knowledge and continue to develop their existing baseline of training, with an eye towards identifying competency and expanding practice comfort.

An individual base line will be established in the training with all participants being asked to fill out the "Participant Skills Checklist", which will help them to scale their current skills from 1 = "Not at all Confident "to 5 ="Totally confident." The results of this checklist will help them actively work in the workshop to obtain the specific training that will enhance their practice.

Participants will review the eight phases of EMDR treatment, with attention to client safely, engagement and working with both under activated and over activated clients. The workshop will focus on the development of the negative cognition, resuming reprocessing of an unfinished target, processing triggers and future templates.

Cognitive interweaves will be explored with innovative ways of offering these to the victims of violence.  Participants will be able to explore the use of innovative cognitive interweaves that focus on the use of music lyrics and individualized spiritual concepts.  Participant will have the opportunity to practice the above skills in a supportive and structured practicum.


Second Day

The second day will feature The EMDR Recent Event Protocol (REP) as a key tool used in the treatment of victims/survivors and offers a structured and effective way for clients to desensitize and recover from the trauma of the murder of a loved one. The effective use of the Recent Event Protocol will be explored, as it pertains to homicide victims and victims of other violent crimes.  This will include a review of the protocol, engagement of the client, assessment and effective use of a time-limited model of treatment.  The trainer will present how to use the Visual Assessment Tool (VAT) to help in the “frame by frame” assessment and treatment of the client.    A digital audio recording of a victim of violence will be presented and will offer the opportunity to practice using the Visual Assessment Tool, when combined with the Recent Event Protocol.

EMD will be presented as an additional tool with proven effectiveness with the victims of violence. EMD has been referred to as “fractionated processing” offering a highly structured safe processing experience designed to reduce the distress but not clear it.  Case examples will be explored and a copy of the full script will provided.

Advanced go to the body techniques will be explored in depth.  These are very helpful to implement  when the client has a strong/painful visual field of trauma memories or if they present as moving above the “window of tolerance”.  These four advance techniques are redirecting the client to the body, a sensory focus in the body, visualization of concentric circles and the two finger focusing technique.  These four techniques will be demonstrated and there will be a discussion how they can be highly effective with the victims of gun violence.



CEU Information

12 CEUs (optional) will be available for this Workshop at an additional cost.

12 EMDRIA Credits are included in the price of registration for this Workshop. Participants that attend this workshop will receive a Certificate of Completion (including 12 EMDRIA Credits) and an approval number.


Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be in writing, by email, fax or letter.

Cancellation 14 Business Days (5/12/2019) Prior to Event Start Date:
Refund of basic training fee, less a $45 administrative fee, upon receipt of a written cancellation postmarked no later than 14 days prior to the Event's advertised start date (via letter, email (training@emdrhap.org), or FAX 203-288-4060.

Cancellation between 5/12/2019 and the 4th Business Day Prior to Event Start Date:
50% refund of basic training fee, upon receipt of a written cancellation postmarked no later than 4 days prior to the Event's advertised start date (via letter, email (training@emdrhap.org), or FAX 203-288-4060.

Cancellation Within 72 Hours of Event Start Date:
No refund for cancellations within 72 hours (3 days) of the Event's advertised start date.

Cancellation Regarding Inclement Weather
It is the policy of Trauma Recovery/HAP that trainings will go ahead during bad weather, unless Trauma Recovery/HAP decides the severity of conditions warrant canceling and/or municipal or state government offices are closed.

Registrants should make every reasonable effort to get to the training. If for some reason they are unable to make it to the training (e.g. their flight is cancelled), they would be required to provide proof of this and an exception could be made.

In the event that Trauma Recovery/HAP is forced to cancel the training (or if a host agency makes the decision to cancel a training), Trauma Recovery/HAP will email registrants to announce this.

If the training is cancelled due to inclement weather, it will be rescheduled and registrants will be transferred to the new date. Any registrants who are unable to make the new date will receive a full refund.


IMPORTANT: If you are a TRN member, please contact Elaine Howard at ehoward@emdrhap.org or Stephanie Lohret at slohret@emdrhap.org BEFORE REGISTERING FOR THIS EVENT in order to get a code to register for the discounted price. 

If you are interested in becoming a TRN member, please contact Don DeGraffenried at ddegraff@emdrhap.org  BEFORE REGISTERING FOR THIS EVENT

If you are NOT a member or are NOT interested in becoming a member, please continue to register.