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717 | The Evolution of EMDR: How One Modality Can Change an Entire Practice

Mental Health, the Brain, and Neuroscience, Saturday 9/16 2:15 – 3:30, Workshop Tracks


Carole Lovell Psy.D.; Roy Kiessling, MSSW



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




EMDR is an evidence-based practice using bilateral stimulation. It is a neurological process that allows one to remember an incident and let go of the emotions and body sensations that surround the event. In this workshop, psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, and medical professionals will learn that EMDR is based on the Adaptive Information Processing Model and allows one to keep what is helpful about an event and let go of the rest. A neuro-network is made up of the experience with emotions and body sensations. Participants will learn how using bilateral stimulation guides the client through the eight-phase process of EMDR from negative beliefs to positive and adaptive beliefs. This allows the client to return to good mental health. This presentation visually and verbally demonstrates a mental health professional using these strategies and techniques to guide traumatized victims to health.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify and explain the neurological process that allows a client to let go of emotions and body sensations surrounding the traumatic event
2. Analyze the steps of memory development and comprehend how neurons that fire together wire together
3. Describe the process of the amygdala/limbic system blocking frontal lobe access to trauma survivors, thus hijacking and locking out access to the frontal lobe
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