EMDR Educators of Florida

The amount of content covered in each workshop is contingent upon the time slot booked. These descriptions are meant to provide a general guideline of what is available. The content can be adapted to those interested in religion and spirituality or a completely secular and scientific look at these processes, for those interested in a more clinical approach.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Integrating EMDR Therapy Into Your Local Practice

EMDR: A Detailed Exploration Into the Model

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): a model compatible for most clinical settings

EMDR has established itself as a viable psychotherapy for the treatment of trauma and other related mental health disorders. EMDR is an efficacious treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Research is continuing to demonstrate the widespread applicability of EMDR in a variety of clinical presentations. Some of this will be discussed in the course presentation.

This workshop uses didactic, video, demonstration, and experiential components to explain the theoretical elements of EMDR and to clear up common misconceptions about this therapeutic approach. Case presentations and demonstrations will show participants how this approach can serve as a powerful, clinical tool in the treatment of numerous Axis I disorders, abuse, assault, and in the various problems confronting children and combat veterans (Amen, 2001). The first part of the training reviews the research, history and development of this therapy. The method, model and neurological mechanism (Bergmann, 2000; Servan-Schrieber, 2000; Stickgold, 2002) and behavioral changes (Armstrong & Vaughan, 1996; MacCulloch & Feldman, 1996) are also explained and defined. The participants will understand the eight-phase treatment model, the eight procedural steps of EMDR and the three-pronged approach this model uses as a comprehensive treatment (Shapiro, 2002). This training also includes affect management and grounding skills, target development strategies, negative cognition development and legal and ethical issues as they relate to EMDR.

There are approximately six hours of discussion that teach the trainee all the requisite skills to use the EMDR model safely and appropriately. The workshop also includes six hours of practicum where each participant has an opportunity to be both a client and a clinician.

Also included in the training is the explanation of the Adaptive Information Processing Model (AIP) developed by Francine Shapiro, which includes specific principles and protocol that predicts treatment outcome. This provides the structural component of this model. EMDR is also compared to other treatment modalities in this training so one can assess the similarities and differences as well as the strengths and weakness of this model.

The development of the timeline and negative cognition identification/approach (Andrade, Kavanagh, & Baddeley, 1997; Lipke, 1999) are explained and practiced in preparation for the bi-lateral stimulation, which is explained, demonstrated and practiced (Andrade et. Al., 1997; Kavanaugh, Freese, Andrade, & May, 2001).

This course is designed for the clinician to experience the practice of EMDR. The material is based on Francine Shapiro’s book: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures, Second Edition (New York & London: Guilford Press, 2002), as well as other empirical research, some of which is cited here.

This training should interest some clinicians who have been trained many years ago and have not used this therapeutic model very much over the years. This course is a refresher and will increase confidence and understanding, as well as discuss some of the new developments and research related to EMDR therapy.

In addition, the EMDRIA-sanctioned 50-hour Basic Training requires a significant investment of time and money. This course requires much less of an investment of time and money. A clinician can have a good understanding of EMDR after this course is completed. They can then make a clear decision if they want to continue with the EMDR training. If they do continue with EMDR’s basic training, this course will have the trainee well prepared.

Presented by EMDR Educators of Florida
CE Provider #50-21044 Board of Psychology Approved
CE Provider #50-21046 Florida Board of LMHC, LCSW, and MFC
Andrew J. Dobo, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist PY 6916
EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist and EMDRIA Approved Consultant

Credits: 12 continuing education credits

Where: EMDR Educators of Florida, 1515 U.S. Highway 1, Suite 201, Sebastian, Florida 32958

Tools for Powerful Parenting

Parenting With Love and Logic

This workshop can be broken down into hourly weekly meetings for parents. This way they can try out the strategy and report any problems to the group the following week. As a class, parents can brainstorm and learn to solve problems within this powerful parenting model.

It can also be presented as an all-day workshop for therapists and parents. The training consists of lectures, activities, and videos. The subjects covered are:

Creating the parenting mission statement: Each group works together to create a parenting mission statement. This sets the direction for the rest of the workshop.

Parenting styles: the good, the bad and the ugly. The most common parenting style creates children with feeble problem-solving skills, poor decision-making, and inept adults. The consulting parent who allows the child to experience consequences for bad choices without a lecture will have a child who knows that bad choices affect his or her life. This kind of parenting can begin before the children can talk.

How to regain control of the strong-willed child: What parents often forget is that they control all the resources available to the child. Once they are reminded that they have all the power and learn how to use it with few words and no anger, they will quickly see how to regain control of their child and their family.

Fighting words vs. thinking words: There are phrases to use that will allow the child to choose a phrase that will immediately start fights. We will discuss the difference.

Emotional coaching vs. emotional dismissing: Life is about handling upsetting emotions. Parents who say things like, “Quit being a baby” or “I’ll give you something to cry about” or any such damaging statements to a child who is just trying to manage distress can do more damage than they realize. We will teach parents what to say to a child in distress and what statements to avoid and why.

Methods of expressing love: There are a number of ways parents can express love to their children. These are taught and encouraged.

If you or your organization is interested in a workshop, please contact Dr. Dobo.

1515 US HWY 1; Suite 201
Sebastian, FL 32958


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