CE Information: EMDR and Performance: Up your clinical game with advanced skills for athletes and creatives


Several studies show that using EMDR with performers can decrease anxiety, shift negative views and desensitize memories of upsetting events, resulting in improved performance (Foster, S. & Lendl, J., 1996; Bennett, J., Bickley, J., Vernon, T., et al., 2017). This course is the extended and in-depth version of an advanced EMDR training course that focuses on helping athletes and other performers improve their peak performance, return from set-backs or injuries, and clear-up blocks or yips that interfere with optimal performance. This training brings together top EMDR clinicians from around the country to share how they work with this population from case conceptualization, to specific interventions depending on the unique situations that performers present. Participants will build on their skills in utilizing the basic EMDR protocol and early EMDR intervention protocols, with other modalities, in the office and in the performers competitive arena. Demonstrations will be shown of how EMDR is integrated with HeartMath Tools, Guided Imagery and Self-regulating skills. The afternoon practicum will allow participants to practice how to introduce these modalities and in what situations they can be used. Topics include working with young athletes, using an ‘intensive model’, addressing underlying diagnosis, interactions with Coaches and parents, defining performance success and failure and how to manage both, utilizing assessment tools and how to create a business of performance counseling.


At the conclusion of this program, participants will be better able to:

  1. Demonstrate the skills of history taking.
  2. Demonstrate how to integrate Heart rate variability training with EMDR Therapy.
  3. Identify the key factors in case conceptualization and treatment planning with specific performance issues.
  4. Demonstrate their own way of explaining the causes of performance blocks, failures and successes through the lens of the AIP Model while introducing EMDR therapy.
  5. Explain at least two modalities for working with performers.





Friday, April 14, 2022, PDT

8:00-8:30am Sign in (30 minutes)


8:30-10:30am Introductions and overview of the course
EMDR & Performance: Review of Part 1 course. Explaining ‘YIPS’, ‘Hiccups’, ‘slumps’ & the AIP Model
Case Conceptualization: History taking, Identifying targets


10:30 – 10:45am Break (15 minutes)


10:45 – 11:45am How to include unique resourcing, safe place, containment. Guided group exercise.


11:45am – 12:45pm Lunch Break on your own (60 minutes)


12:45 – 2:15pm Integrative Modalities: The power of using HeartMath tools in this population. Case example
Visualization, Guided Imagery & BLS.


2:15 – 2:30pm Break (15 minutes)


2:30 – 4:00pm Practicum – Introducing yourself & EMDR to performers – small group.
Special Circumstances: Injury recovery, young performers, overtraining, underlying conditions, managing parents & coaches.
Case examples


4:00 – 5:00pm The “business” of Professional Performance Counseling; Informed consent, confidentiality, defining counselor’s role.
Q & A and wrap up



This advanced EMDR therapy training is available for any clinician who has completed an EMDRIA approved EMDR Basic Training program.

TRAINING LEVEL: Beginning level


This course is a 7 CE course. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

Continuing Education Credit is awaiting approval for 7 CEs through CE-Classes.com. See the information below for professional approvals.

Continuing Education Credit is also approved through EMDRIA for 7 CEs.

CE-Classes.com is approved by:

  • The American Psychological Association (APA). CE-Classes.com is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE-Classes.com maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

  • This course is NOT available for NBCC credit.

  • This training does not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers.

  • Florida Certification Board

  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP. Expires 3/31/2023.

  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements.

  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-147-0223. Expires 02-2023

  • The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners – CE-Classes.com meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

  • The Texas Board of Professional Counselors – CE-Classes.com meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

  • Massachusetts Authorization Number: (TBD)

  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider # RCST031201

  • New York Social Work Board – CE-Classes.com is recognized by the New York State Education

  • Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of
    continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0120.

  • The Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider #: 50-4896) Expires 10/31/2024. Do not send certificates to the Florida Board of Nursing. You must keep this certificate for 4 years.

  • The California Board of Registered Nursing. CEP 15647 Expires 11/30/2024.

  • Certificates are awarded online after completion of the workshop. Participants print their own certificate after registering at CE-Classes.com, entering a keycode, and completing an evaluation form.

Licensed Professionals should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.

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Address: 1398 SW 160th Ave, Sunrise, FL 33326, USA
Phone: 954-290-8446
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There is no known commercial support for this program.

EMDRIA Credits: 7

EMDR Professional Training is an EMDRIA EC Provider (#18023) and this program (#18023-37) is awaiting approval for 7 EMDRIA Credits. Eligibility for EMDRIA Credits is restricted to those who have completed an EMDRIA-approved Basic EMDR Training.

**More information about obtaining your certificate is available in the “CE Certificate” section of this course.