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CE Information – Introduction to Working with Addictions with EMDR Therapy An Interview with Susan Brown and Curtis Rouanzoin


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. EMDR therapy opens many of these doors.

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, since the connection between trauma and addiction is virtually inseparable. However, many clinicians express fears about treating this population due to the unpredictability of the behaviors associated with addiction, the dangers clients encounter (both internally and externally) when caught in a cycle of addiction, recovery, and relapse, and the helplessness therapists can feel when faced with these complex challenges. Client examples and personal stories are included in this video.

This 90-minute interview format program asks and answers some key questions about addictions and other maladaptive dependency behaviors and the use of EMDR therapy to treat them.

Examples include:

  1. How do we handle being a “clinical gateway” for clients struggling with addiction if we don’t usually treat this presenting problem?
  2. What are “Clinical choice points” such as timing of phases within EMDR therapy?
  3. Appropriate use of EMDR in different settings: Inpatient? Outpatient? Amount of sobriety?
  4. What are common targets for use with EMDR including trauma, cravings, urges, addiction memories including relapses, and future fears?
  5. How should we deal with clients coming in under the influence and/or, should clients who are not yet substance-free be offered EMDR at all?
  6. What are necessary or suggested external resources and cultivation of internal resources and strengths?
  7. How does EMDR therapy integrate with 12-step and other support programs?
  8. What is the role of relapse in treatment phases?
  9. What is Marijuana/LSD traumatic depersonalization, and how can EMDR be used to treat this condition?
  10. Integrating parts work (ego states) within the treatment of addiction: What is the importance of gaining “permission” to work with traumatized parts?
  11. What is most frustrating about this work? What is most valuable?
  12. What are the similarities and differences between working with teens/20-somethings versus older adults?
  13. What about working with the families of those struggling with addiction?


At the conclusion of this advanced course, participants will be able to:

  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.


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

TRAINING LEVEL:Beginning level

CE Information

This course is a 1 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 1 CE through CE-Classes.com. See the information below for professional approvals.

Continuing Education Credit is also approved through EMDRIA for 1.5 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.

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  • 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.

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

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.

There is no known commercial support for this program.

EMDRIA Credits: 1.5

EMDR Professional Training is an EC Provider (#18023) and this program (#18023-DL08 ) is approved for 1.5 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 “Quiz and CE Certificate” section of this course.

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