Training in EMDR: Assessing, Resourcing & Treatment Techniques for Trauma & Anxiety

Presented by Jennifer Sweeton, Psy.D., M.S., M.A.

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12 Hours  |   Pre-approved for CEU’s


This online course is on-demand.

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until May 16, 2023. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on May 9, 2023. 

Dear Participant, EMDR is by far my most in demand workshop topic, perhaps due to its strong evidence base for PTSD treatment, and the ease with which it can be integrated into therapists’ existing skill sets. For clinicians working with trauma, learning the resource and exposure skills of EMDR is critical, as they can help clients recover quickly, and many clients will ask for this modality by name. Participants attending this 2-day intensive training will learn the original 8-phase model of EMDR, including target sequence planning, resourcing, desensitization, installation, and body scanning for both trauma and anxiety treatment. While the “whys” and “hows” of EMDR will be discussed, this training will emphasize learning through demonstrations and hands-on practice, which prepare participants to begin EMDR skills in their practice right away. Whether you are an experienced EMDR therapist looking to brush up on and add to your skills, or a therapist completely new to EMDR, I am eager to work with you! Jennifer Sweeton, PsyD, MS, MA

EMDR is a evidence-based intervention that has gained popularity over the past couple of decades, so much so that some clients specifically request it! Part of EMDR’s allure is that research has shown it to quickly and consistently help clients recover from trauma and anxiety. However, mastering EMDR can be daunting, and there is often confusion about how to integrate EMDR, and other memory reconsolidation tools, into therapy work with clients. At this 2-Day workshop, you’ll learn and practice the EMDR skills and techniques you need to move clients from surviving to thriving, without retraumatization. After this seminar you’ll feel confident helping clients manage overwhelming emotions, and will be able to guide them as they process and reconsolidate traumatic memories and sensations, conquer their fears, and utilize resources that help them feel more in control of their lives. Additionally, this workshop will help you anticipate and overcome common treatment obstacles, modify EMDR techniques as needed, and understand when and with whom EMDR is likely to be beneficial. This training is not affiliated with EMDRIA and does not qualify towards EMDRIA credits or training.

The Neuroscience of Trauma

Introduction to the autonomic system (ANS)

Fight, flight, freeze, fawn survival responses

Key brain areas involved in trauma

Clinical implications of the freeze response


Mechanisms of Change:

How EMDR and Other Treatment Approaches Work

The neuroscience of exposure therapy and cognitive therapy

The neuroscience of relaxation exercises

Mechanisms of change

Why EMDR works so well from a brain perspective



Connect Your Client to a Diagnosis

Simple vs. complex trauma

Symptom clusters and physical manifestations

CAPS-5 and PCL-5

Primary Care PTSD Screen

Dual diagnosis


EMDR as Applied Neuroplasticity

How EMDR builds dual awareness to treat avoidance

What you are thinking about is the network you’re in

You need to activate a network to change it

Neurons that fire together, wire together (Hebb’s Rule)

EMDR as neuroentrainment

  • Establish the role of the autonomic nervous system in trauma symptomology.
  • Articulate the clinical implications of the freeze response in trauma treatment.
  • Characterize the potential neurobiological mechanisms of change in the empirically validated EMDR approach.
  • Specify how EMDR techniques can build dual awareness in clients to treat the avoidance that makes trauma and anxiety treatment challenging.
  • Communicate the 8 Phases of the EMDR protocol.
  • Determine which clients you should use EMDR with.
  • Analyze resourcing strategies from EMDR that clinicians can use to help facilitate the processing of trauma.
  • Characterize how EMDR techniques can be used to reinforce and activate positive neural networks.
  • Communicate how EMDR can be modified to work with complex/developmental trauma to directly treat traumatic memories.
  • Evaluate strategies that can help foster the critical connection between client and therapist in EMDR therapy.
  • Establish the order of operations for attachment-based EMDR treatment to resolve relational trauma
This workshop is intended for masters- and doctoral-level clinicians experienced in working with trauma.
Intended Audience: Counsellors • Social Workers • Psychologists • Addiction Counsellors • Marriage and Family Therapists • Nurses • Other Mental Health Professionals
Participants will leave the course with both theoretical knowledge of the current trauma paradigm as well as the practical “hands on” experience of participating in EMDR for resourcing and reprocessing trauma.

Jennifer Sweeton, Psy.D., M.S., M.A. is a licensed clinical psychologist, best-selling author, and internationally-recognized expert on anxiety and trauma, women’s issues, and the neuroscience of mental health. She is the author of the book, Trauma Treatment Toolbox, published by PESI Publishing & Media. Dr. Sweeton completed her doctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and the National Centre for PTSD. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in affective neuroscience from Stanford University, and studied behavioural genetics at Harvard University.

Dr. Sweeton resides in the greater Kansas City area, where she owns a group private practice, Kansas City Mental Health Associates, and co-owns Mind Works Professional Education, Inc., a continuing education company. She formerly served as the President of the Oklahoma Psychological Association, and holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Centre. She is the current President of the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association. Dr. Sweeton offers psychological services services to clients in Oklahoma, Kansas, and internationally, and is a sought-after trauma and neuroscience expert who has trained more than 10,000 mental health professionals in her workshops.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$449.00N/A
Full-Time Student$359.00N/A

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