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Trauma Focus EMDR Certificate

Trauma Focus EMDR – Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing is a comprehensive psychotherapy that accelerates the treatment of a wide range of pathologies and self-esteem issues related to disturbing events and present life conditions. This interactional, standardized approach has been empirically tested in several randomized controlled studies with trauma patients and many published case reports evaluating a considerable range of presenting complaints, including depression, anxiety, phobias, excessive grief, somatic conditions, and addictions. EMDR therapy is guided by the Adaptive Information Processing model, which addresses the unprocessed memories that appear to set the basis for a wide range of dysfunction. A number of neurophysiological studies have documented the rapid post-treatment EMDR effects.

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Understand Trauma, Stress-Related Disorders, and Dissociative Disorders, integrating trauma focus EMDR therapy to promote healing

  • Identify the role of Trauma and Stress-Related Disorders and Dissociative Disorders.
  • Describe some of the common symptoms displayed by people when they experience stress and Post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Describe the fight-or-flight or freeze response of the autonomic nervous system when triggered by an acute stressor.
  • Describe the hypothalamus–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis and its role in acute and chronic stress responses.
  • Describe the cluster of symptoms associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dissociative disorders and the evidence-based treatments for these disorders.
  • Identify populations that are at greater risk of experiencing trauma and developing dissociative disorders and PTSD.
  • Explain how traumatic brain injury (TBI) is frequently a co-occurring syndrome for those who experience a traumatic injury that leads to PTSD and how this can complicate treatment.
  • Compare and contrast the differences between PTSD and acute stress disorder, and dissociative disorders.
  • Describe components of interprofessional and interprofessional teamwork and collaboration that facilitate safe and effective care for individuals with PTSD, and other stress-related disorders, and dissociative disorders.
  • Describe symptoms associated with secondary traumatic stress/compassion fatigue, why healthcare workers are especially at risk for developing these symptoms, and ways to mitigate its occurrence.
  • Define Shapiro EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing basic principles, protocol, and procedures.
  • Define and Identify Adaptive Information Processing
  • Components of EMDR Therapy and Basic Treatment effect
  • Describe all components and how to conduct Phase one, Client History
  • Identify Phase Two and Three Preparation and Assessment
  • Define Phases Four to Seven Desensitization, installation, body scan, and closure
  • Define Phase 8 Reevaluation and Use of EMDR therapy Standard three-prong protocol
  • Identify Standardized Protocols and procedures for special situations and select population
  • Describe how to offer a cognitive interweave when the client’s reprocessing is a block

Course duration 6 months

Students will be expected to complete 10 case studies utilizing Trauma Focus EMDR basic principles, protocols, and procedures.

Pre Requisite. This course is open to Mental Health Nurses, Psychiatric Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Psychotherapists, Psychotherapist Nurses, Registered Nurses, License Practical nurses, and Registered Practical Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses.

A certificate is awarded upon completion of this course.