CE Information – “Part of Me Wants to Quit, and Part of Me Doesn’t”: An Integrative Developmental Approach to the Treatment of Addiction Within an EMDR Framework


This intermediate level OnDemand online course is designed for fully trained EMDR clinicians who want to develop their skills working with trauma, substance use disorder, and other challenging patterns of behavior using an “Integrative Developmental Approach” within an EMDR therapy framework. Addictions and other compulsive behaviors present clinicians with a complex clinical landscape, having bio-psycho-social seeds originating in early development including transgenerational contributions. This workshop explores the roles of Attachment, ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), neurobiological / developmental vulnerabilities, along with a focus on ego states (“parts work”) informed by the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, integrated within the 8 phase, 3-prong EMDR protocol.

Ambivalence about giving up an addiction or other maladaptive behavior pattern is to be expected since those behaviors once served a protective function for the client. Working with parts to promote a collaborative goal is emphasized throughout the workshop. Elements from addiction-specific approaches currently in use (DeTUR, Positive Affect and Avoidance, Feeling States and Addiction Memory) are synthesized within this integrative approach. (*Individual existing addiction protocols will not be taught). Focus is placed upon case conceptualization and treatment planning, safe preparation inclusive of all protective parts, target selection, timing, and relapse prevention. Participants learn how EMDR therapy, as a memory-based developmental treatment approach, can address these highly treatment-resistant behaviors to facilitate integrative healing. When underlying trauma and attachment wounds are healed, life’s focus can shift from simply surviving- -to thriving. Learn how to work with your clients to systematically untangle the web of addiction and create a life worth living to its fullest.

This OnDemand course utilizes video lecture with extensive video examples and slides along with downloadable documents to provide the richest possible learning experience.


By completing this OnDemand course with videos and accompanying materials and activities, the participant will be able to:

  1. Recognize “Addiction” as a complex neurodevelopmental disorder of attachment, affect dysregulation, response to adverse childhood experiences, learning, memory, and neuroplasticity.

  2. Identify three ways in which addictions may be viewed through the lens of maladaptive attachment, impacting neurodevelopmental challenges in brain development.

  3. Apply the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study questionnaire to assist in developing an experience-specific, collaborative AIP treatment plan.

  4. Explain the concept of “parts of self” in the early stages of treatment in preparation for later reprocessing, emphasizing the “helpful intention” of parts to meet perceived needs across the lifespan.

  5. Differentiate between the basic concepts of (IFS) Internal Family Systems (Schwartz), a trauma-informed ego-state approach, highlighting the parallels between EMDR/AIP and IFS and how to integrate the two models throughout the 8 phases and 3 prongs of EMDR therapy.

  6. Analyze clients’ addiction-specific preparation needs and resources to maximize treatment retention and relapse prevention.

  7. Practice focused sets of bilateral stimulation to access and enhance the cooperative connection between parts of self to reduce polarization of goals.

  8. Identify at least two future fears and avoidance of recovery activities.

  9. Demonstrate integration of existing AIP-informed addiction elements (DeTUR, Positive Affect/Feeling State, Avoidance and Addiction Memory) within EMDR therapy’s 8-phase, 3-pronged protocol (*Individual existing addiction protocols will not be taught).

  10. Demonstrate an addiction-specific AIP informed treatment plan including both rewarding and disturbing memory components, and clinically supported timing of targeting (what to do and when to do it).


Any mental health provider who has completed EMDR Basic Training.


Intermediate level Appropriate for all mental health professionals who are trained in EMDR therapy.


This course is a 10 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 10 CEs through CE-Classes.com. See the information below for professional approvals.
Continuing Education Credit is also approved through EMDRIA for 10 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:  10

EMDR Professional Training is an EMDRIA EC Provider (#18023) and this program (#18023-DL09) is approved for 10 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.