CE Information – EMDR and Performance Course


Dr. Sara Gilman is a licensed MFT, with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, where she completed a certificate in Sports Psychology.  Dr. Gilman has spent the last 32 years working in the areas of traumatic stress, addictions, and peak performance.  She is the co-founder and president of Coherence Associates, a professional counseling firm located in San Diego County, California, and has been awarded Fellowship status with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress for her extensive work in utilizing EMDR with first responders and athletes.

Dr. Gilman was elected to serve on the EMDR International Association Board of Directors, is an EMDRIA Past-President, and a certified Approved Consultant.  She is a contributing author in two books addressing treating trauma in 911-Telecommunicators with EMDR Therapy, and published research about utilizing EMDR with those struggling with the co-occurring disorders of addiction and trauma, in a drug court setting.

In addition, Sara is a former firefighter, holds a 1st Degree Black Belt, has completed a Half-Ironman triathlon and 100-mile cycling events. As an accomplished recreational athlete, she brings her joy and passion into her work. Her work with performers includes elite-level triathletes, martial artists, Olympic gymnasts and equestrians, college and professional baseball players, professional football players from the NFL, and nationally ranked competitive weight lifters.

Dr. Gilman lectures nationally, appearing on radio and TV discussing the topics of stress, trauma, addiction, and mental toughness. She has a contagious passion to inspire others to heal and grow.

No matter what the sport or art, the information in her workshop will enhance your effectiveness with clients who strive for excellence.


This workshop provides information that including identification of the peak performer mindset, instruction for assessment of an athlete’s or other performer’s presenting problem, and application of an intervention plan utilizing EMDR with other modalities. Additional resources are included such as Guided Imagery, Heart Rate Variability and Self- Hypnosis. Case examples are presented through video and lecture.


This training provides clinicians with information and strategies for the use of the AIP Model and elite performance. The course includes identification of the peak performer mindset, assessment of the athlete’s or other performer’s presenting problem, development of an intervention plan and how EMDR can be utilized in each step. Additional resources are included such as Guided Imagery, Heart Rate Variability and Self- Hypnosis. Case examples are presented through video and lecture.

Appropriate for Mental Health Professionals, Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage and Family therapists, LPCC’s.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify at least one component of the elite performer mindset.
  2. Analyze the presenting problem through a lens of the AIP model.
  3. Apply at least one intervention strategy utilizing EMDR therapy with other modalities.

Advanced Training level: Beginning/Intermediate level


Identifying the elite performer mind-set: (Ice-skater as example)
Driven, Type-A, Perfectionism, Anxiety states, Psychological Trauma & Physical Injury Recovery impacts mind-set.


Through the lens – AIP Model: (Review Research)

Maladaptive information stored in the performer’s nervous system creates “yips,” blocks, frozen or locked movements with underlying anxiety & distress. EMDR reprocesses information, restores adaptive state, improves performance.

EMDR Protocol Enhancements – History to include sports injuries & relationships w/ peers & coaches. Identifying targets to include first & worst time similar to presenting problem. Stabilization to include ‘best’ performances (use all sub-modalities: sight, sound, smell, emotion, feel of body sensations)

Video examples and discussion: Pro-Football, Pro-Singer, National Champion Weight Lifter.
Intervention Strategies – utilization of EMDR with other modalities:

1) Heart Rate Variability Training (HeartMath tools) for anxiety management, Phase-2 Preparation, post-processing resourcing & accessing “flow-state.”

2) Guided Imagery & Visualization for grounding & future pacing. (Power Circle, Perfect Performance visualization) Group Demo.

CE Information

This course is a 3 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 approved for 3 CEs through CE-Classes.com. See the information below for professional approvals.
Continuing Education Credit is also approved through EMDRIA for 3 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 11/30/2022.
    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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EMDRIA Credits: 3

EMDR Professional Training is an EMDRIA EC Provider (#18023) and this program (#18023-DL07) is approved for 3 EMDRIA Credits. Eligibility for EMDRIA Credits is restricted to those who have completed an EMDRIA-Approved Basic EMDR Training.

There is no known commercial support for this program.

More information about taking the final exam for this program and obtaining your certificate is available in the “Quiz and CE Certificate” section of this course.