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

interview chairs on stageClinicians 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 for clinicians who work with clients caught in the addiction cycle. They answer some key questions about addictions and other maladaptive dependency behaviors and the use of EMDR Therapy to treat them.

Challenging but not Impossible

Susan Brown
Gain insight from Susan Brown, LCSW, BCD, on addiction and EMDR Therapy.

Addictions, both substance and behavioral, are some of the most challenging clinical presentations of our time, necessitating novel treatment approaches that can address the many facets of addiction. Treatment at this level of complexity requires exploration of all possible doorways into healing. The good news is EMDR Therapy opens many of these doors, making recovery possible.

Client examples and personal stories are included to provide useful anecdote.  You’ll benefit from the insights of these two veterans who have spent their careers working with addiction.

Course Objectives

Course Objectives include the following:

  1. Identify at least three ways in which EMDR therapy targets and/or phases may be applied during the different stages of addiction: during acute use, in an inpatient (30- day) setting, and in an outpatient setting.
  2. Describe and apply at least three interventions during and/or immediately after a relapse.
  3. Identify at least two addiction-specific protocols that were developed as an adjunct to EMDR therapy.
  4. Explain the role of ego state (parts work) integrated within EMDR therapy’s standard protocol.

Now available in our online learning format, this course is for beginning to advanced practitioners of EMDR Therapy. Start this course today!

Go to “Introduction to Working with Addictions with EMDR Therapy” for more information and to register.