The TREAT Act and Mental Health

More Access to Mental Health care has been proposed by way of re-introduction of the TREAT Act.

You can help your clients through telehealth. Learn how at EMDR Professional Training.Recently, several entities and associations connected to the mental health professions in the United States wrote Congress in support of the re-introduction of the TREAT Act, to “increase access to health care services during the national COVID-19 public health emergency by allowing practitioners with valid licenses to provide services, including telehealth services, in all states for the duration of the public health emergency” (Mental Health Liaison Group, 2021).  The TREAT or Temporary Reciprocity to Ensure Access to Treatment Act would temporarily permit health professionals to practice across state lines (MHLG, 2021).

Availability of Health Care

Supporters of the TREAT Act believe that the availability of health care, including mental health care services, would allow individuals in areas experiencing shortages to access care from across the country. The legislation would provide increased flexibility for providers, potentially raising the number of providers willing and able to work throughout the health emergency.

Increased Numbers Tell All

As part of the support for the passing of the TREAT Act, the Mental Health Liaison Group cites a Kaiser Family Foundation Tracking Poll from December 2020, stating that 51% of adults in the U.S. reported that “their mental health had been negatively impacted by worry and stress over COVID-19” (MHLG, 2021).  Increases in alcohol consumption and substance abuse as well as troubles with eating and sleeping were reported in the poll (Lopes, 2020). More compelling is the fact that almost 52% of telehealth diagnoses in September 2020 were mental health-related (Gelbund, 2020).

Take advanced courses at EMDR Professional Training to prepare for telehealth.The TREAT Act bill was re-introduced in the U.S. Senate in August 2020 and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  You can track actions at: and search for S.4421 TREAT Act.

What Can You Do?

How can you better prepare yourself for telehealth services for those who need it?  Take one of our many advanced courses today at EMDR Professional Training.  We offer both live webinars and OnDemand courses for your convenience with several including sections on telehealth strategies.



Gelburd, R. (2020, December 1). Telehealth Claims Rise 2980% in One-Year Period Through September 2020.

Lopes, L., Kearney, A., Kirzinger, A., Hamel, L., & Brodie, M. (2020, December 18). KFF Health Tracking Poll – December 2020: COVID-19 and Biden’s Health Care Agenda.

“TREAT Act MHLG Support Letter.” (2021).  Mental Health Liaison Group.  https://mk0emdrias99osg9utnb.


Much can be said of the legacy Arnold “AJ” Popky–EMDR pioneer and influencer–leaves behind.

Many knew him as a colleague and friend within the ranks of EMDR therapy.  As a business man from silicon valley, he understood the needed logistics to launch professional training in Francine Shapiro’s new life-changing therapy she originally called EMD or Eye Movement Desensitization.  So Popky took care of many details behind the scenes as Francine Shapiro’s work took shape, and the psychotherapy world would chart a new course.

Arnold Popky was a pioneer of EMDR therapy and the originator the DeTUR protocol.

As it became apparent that Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing was an effective psychotherapy, in 1993 Popky developed the DeTUR™ protocol, presenting it initially as a protocol to help clients stop smoking.  The protocol, Desensitization of Triggers and Urge Reprocessing based in EMDR therapy’s Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Model for addictions and dysfunctional behaviors, would focus on the triggers and relieve the client of the behavior.  And because of the swiftness of the relief clients found by focusing on desensitizing triggers, Popky eventually renamed his version of the AIP to become the Accelerated Adaptive Information Processing Model.

But Popky was far from finished.

A United States Marine Corps DIV. 1277 charter member, Popky had a particular passion for other veterans and those in current military service.  He knew firsthand their experiences and their challenges.  So he began to work with wounded warriors who were dealing with PTSD, addictions, and other maladaptive behaviors.  As he worked with this population, he saw positive change, relief of symptoms, and true healing as a result of DeTUR™.  His work grew so much that he became a trainer and consultant to U.S. Department of Defense therapists at military bases around the world.

The number of people who have been positively affected by AJ Popky’s  protocol and by EMDR therapy in general because of the effort he put into promotion and training is truly astounding since he didn’t even begin his journey in psychotherapy until after a 30-year career in Silicon Valley high-tech.  A feat most of us would not even consider much less tackle.

But when the need is great, some people just can’t stop.

And that was AJ Popky.  He saw how people needed more than the usual Bandaid® approaches.  So he kept working, helping his clients target triggers that brought up uncomfortable feelings leading to urges, uncovering core traumas, and reprocessing to completion.

Meanwhile, AJ also never stopped teaching and training other therapists to do the same.  An entire generation of therapists have now trained in the components of Popky’s trademarked method.  Many remember Dr. Popky as a famously dynamic presenter.  He presented the DeTUR™ protocol with both compassion and humor, using illustrations from seemingly hopeless cases and applying masterful technique.  His engaging and lighthearted approach was infectious in all the best ways.  And participants in his workshops always came away with both knowledge and some rubbed off wisdom from this sage of EMDR therapy.  He was always focused on teaching us how to achieve positive outcomes with our clients, and he left an indelible mark on us all.

Now, we carry on, attempting to walk in some pretty big shoes, striving to affect others with humor, positivity, and passion, hoping that we too can say we did everything we could, just like Dr. Arnold A.J. Popky.

Moving Forward

EMDR Professional Training™ is committed to carrying on the legacy of AJ Popky by continuing to offer courses in his DeTUR™ protocol.  You can complete your training with live instructors in our live DeTUR™ workshops or take the course OnDemand where all videos and materials are of AJ Popky’s advanced training and instruction.


If you have completed your EMDR Basic Training, you’ve probably also become aware of the option of EMDR Certification.

Here are our top 3 reasons to obtain your EMDR Certification.

  1. Assure the public that you have chosen to increase your understanding and skills in EMDR Therapy beyond basic training.

    When you complete or renew your EMDR certification, your clients and your community understands your commitment to more than just basic knowledge of EMDR Therapy. Your certification and certification renewal gives them confidence in your ability as an EMDR practitioner.

  2. Increase your own confidence and competence in EMDR Therapy.

    Beyond your clients’ confidence in your ability, you should sow confidence in your skills and competence in EMDR Therapy. Limiting your education in EMDR Therapy at Basic Training limits your skills and will limit your confidence in using the protocols. So it makes sense that you would continue learning and adding to your skillset.

    Therapist with a client

  3. Effectively treat complex trauma.

    Within your practice, you will most likely see complex trauma. Being prepared is the best way to move forward and the only way you will see results with your clients. Further training in advanced courses, taking part in practicums and study groups, and, of course, completing EMDRIA’s consultation requirements, are all important to your development as a practitioner.

Certification in EMDR Therapy is a step you can accomplish by following the guidelines set forth by EMDRIA, the EMDR International Association. According to EMDRIA,

Clinicians are eligible to become EMDR International Association Certified Therapists if they are fully licensed in their mental health professional field for independent practice and have two years of experience (minimum) in that field. Specific EMDR requirements include completion of an EMDR International Association approved training program in EMDR therapy, a minimum of fifty clinical sessions in which EMDR was utilized, and twenty hours of consultation in EMDR by an Approved Consultant. To maintain the credential, EMDR International Association Certified Therapists must complete twelve hours of continuing education in EMDR every two years.

To learn more about what EMDRIA requires for certification and certification renewal, go to

EMDR Professional Training™ offers consultation toward your Certification and is also an EMDRIA-approved credit provider for advanced training courses.

Find out more by going to our advanced courses and learning about our Consultation program at or by calling us at 949-445-6548.

We look forward to helping you continue your EMDR Therapy education,
Curt Rouanzoin and Michelle Gottlieb

Join our Community with Membership

Girl sitting on a windowThe events of 2020 stopped us in our tracks at various moments.  Isolation took its toll.  Turning the calendar may have held some promise that everything would miraculously improve in the new year.  So far, it’s about the same.

So how do we move forward in 2021?

One of the best ways we can move forward in 2021 is together–by engaging in a supportive community. That’s why we continue to offer membership at EMDR Professional Training™. Besides great discounts on advanced training courses after your Basic Training and extra resources to help you in your practice of EMDR Therapy, we offer community. Our membership community offers the support that can help us through a lot of tough moments in life. And that’s our main goal in supporting you with our membership community.

Become a Member!

It’s easy to become a member at EMDR Professional Training™. After you have completed one of our comprehensive Premier or Select Basic Training programs, you are eligible for membership. Go to our membership page and begin the process. You have the option of paying for the entire year at $99 or just $9 per month.

Meeting with team Once you become a member, you can access our extra resources to support your practice of EMDR Therapy. You can take part in our monthly meetings via Zoom with Curt Rouanzoin and Michelle Gottlieb, the founders of EMDR Professional Training™.

And you get substantial discounts off our growing catalog of advanced training courses.  All of our advanced courses are EMDRIA approved and accredited by Commonwealth Educational Seminars, a main accreditor for APA approved continuing education courses.  When you take our advanced courses, you can fulfill your required CE’s for EMDR Certification and other professional requirements.  We offer both live webinars and OnDemand courses for your safety and convenience.

Come join our community of EMDR Therapy practitioners! This year may include more challenges, but we can move through it together and meet our shared goal to help our clients heal from past trauma with EMDR Therapy.

Start your membership today by going to: EMDR Professional Training Membership

Premier Basic Training™ and Select Basic Training™ equal more choices for you.  If you’re ready for EMDR Therapy, you have more choices for your EMDR Basic Training with EMDR Professional Training™.

What’s the difference?  Why choose one over the other?

It all depends on how you like to learn.

First, you know it’s time to add EMDR Therapy to your work if you’re at all frustrated by the fact that your clients aren’t getting better.  If your clients are cycling through positive steps and setbacks without true healing, you’re ready for EMDR Therapy.  If you’re looking for solutions and ready for more,

You’re ready to train in EMDR Therapy.

At EMDR Professional Training™ we offer you choices in your EMDR Therapy training.  We offer both live in-person training as well as fully virtual training.

Premier Basic Training™

You have more choices with EMDR Professional Training.

Premier Basic Training™ with EMDR Professional Training™ is our large format Premier Basic Training™ with Dr. Curt Rouanzoin and Dr. Michelle Gottlieb.  When you complete your EMDR Therapy basic training in our premier format, you spend three weekends training with Dr. Rouanzoin and Dr. Gottlieb along with your breakout group facilitator.  This training is excellent for those who like to interact with expert trainers, work with others from diverse backgrounds, and learn with trained facilitators during practicums.  Premier Basic Training™ provides you with 57 total training hours — more hours than required by EMDRIA and a perfect way to set yourself up on the path toward EMDRIA certification.

Select Basic Training™

Select Basic Training™ is the newest addition to our Basic Training programs.  With Select Basic Training™, you’ll train to become an EMDR Therapy practitioner in a small group setting, enabling more attention on your individual skills. Your trainer takes you through the same steps and practicums employed during our larger group Basic Training with the same training hours and consultation, but with extra focus on you.  If you’re seeking a more individualized approach for your Basic Training, choose Select Basic Training™ with EMDR Professional Training™.

Choose your way to train in EMDR Therapy

Now’s your chance to learn the highly effective and efficient psychotherapy method known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy and begin using its steps and protocols in your practice.

At EMDR Professional Training™ we’re dedicated to providing extensive and meticulous training, developing your necessary skills so you can incorporate EMDR Therapy into your clinical practice right away.

Virtual Training for your Safety

We offer both our Select and Premier Basic Training for EMDR Therapy in a completely virtual environment with live instructors and facilitators.  We’ve included everything we do in our classroom-style training with your health and safety secured.

Reserve your Spot for our next Premier or Select Basic Training

Now is the perfect time to start your training.  Reserve your spot in our next comprehensive three-weekend virtual Basic Training program for a safe, extensive learning experience in EMDR Therapy.  Both formats include a 57- hour training schedule with:

What’s more, at EMDR Professional Training™, we offer our  Basic Training program with more CE training hours than EMDRIA requires and at a lower tuition rate than many other organizations.

Learn more about our three-weekend EMDR Therapy Basic Training programs ​here.

See our Basic Training schedule for more start dates for both our Premier Basic Training™ and Select Basic Training™.

Take your next steps with EMDR Professional Training™

There’s never been a more important time to complete your training in EMDR Therapy.  With EMDR Professional Training™, you’ll find highly researched and consistent training with individualized learning designed with you in mind.

For CE credit information and to register for our next Select Basic Training™, visit Select Basic Training  at EMDR Professional or call:  (949) 445-6548.

Engaging.  Effective.  Essential.