Monthly Archives: February 2020

Addiction and Trauma: A Close Relationship

EMDR Professional Training™ presents Susan Brown's online course “Part of me wants to quit, and part of me doesn't": An Integrative Developmental Approach to Addiction. Addiction and Trauma:  A Close Relationship Susan Brown discovered early in her career that if she was going to help clients make real changes in their lives, she had to address addiction. “If you’re dealing with addiction, you’re going to find trauma somewhere underneath,” says Susan of the landscape of trauma and its close relationship with addictive behaviors. “You will often find that a client's struggle with addiction is their best attempt to deal with a problem, and they’re not going to give up that solution, until they discover a better one,” says Brown.  “When EMDR therapy came along, it was like magic because we finally had something to treat underlying trauma." A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified Diplomate in private practice for more [...]

Your Next Step — EMDR Basic Training in 2020

Your Next StepEMDR Therapy Basic Training  If you are a mental health professional, you know EMDR Therapy as a beneficial therapy for a host of mental health concerns including PTSD, addictions, and other dysfunctional or maladaptive behaviors. Now it’s your turn to complete EMDR Therapy Basic Training—your next step in your clinical training. Register for Basic Training with EMDR Professional Training™. Our next course dates are now open for registration: Casper, Wyoming, beginning May 2020 and Redlands, California, beginning June 2020. What Is Basic Training? Basic Training is a three-weekend training course covering the foundational characteristics of EMDR Therapy. Within these three-weekends, you’ll gain understanding in both the history of EMDR Therapy and the mechanisms by which the theory works. Theory immediately moves into practice as you participate in practicums with facilitators who work through each step in a group setting. By the end of your training you will be able to [...]

Working with Addictions and EMDR Therapy Course Now Available

Introduction to Working with Addictions with EMDR is now available online! The Connection between Trauma and Addiction Clinicians who treat trauma within their practices or settings should expect to see addiction show up, whether they are trained and ready for it or not.  The connection between trauma and addiction is virtually inseparable.  However, many clinicians express fears about treating this population.  Many therapists express feelings of helplessness when faced with the complexities of addiction.  Unfortunately, behaviors associated with addiction tend to be unpredictable, and clients encounter dangers (both internally and externally) when caught in a cycle of addiction, recovery, and relapse. Insights from the Experts That's why we chose to offer this informative interview with Susan Brown, LCSW, BCD, and Curt Rouanzoin, Ph.D. Dr. Curt Rouanzoin shares important considerations regarding the treatment of addiction. In this 90-minute interview format, Susan Brown and Curt Rouanzoin introduce and discuss important principles [...]