CE Information – The Power of the Pain: EMDR Therapy, Addiction, and Recovery


This advanced training explores the use of EMDR therapy in the treatment of substance use disorders and process addictions—specifically with clients who are not yet abstinent or new to recovery—by discussing the unique treatment considerations that arise during each phase of the EMDR protocol when treating this population. The individual and cultural factors that increase vulnerability to developing an addictive disorder will be reviewed throughout the training. Additionally, common risk factors and assessment issues, addiction specific resources and preparation work, how to addresses and desensitize triggers, urges, cravings, avoidance defenses and “positive feeling states”, and the use of the standard EMDR protocol in the treatment of addiction are all taught and highlighted with case example, video clips and guided practice. No modification of phases 3-6 of the standard EMDR protocol are being proposed. Video recording of addiction specialists from throughout the world are used to address common questions and concerns when working with this population. Additionally, there is a special review section designed to assist you in integrating the learning material while preparing you for the post test.


By completing this advanced course, participants will be able to:

    1. Recognize how trauma symptoms increase vulnerability to addiction.
    2. Explain the basic findings of the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) Study and the impact of Community Adverse Experiences.
    3. Identify two common resourcing needs of persons with histories of complex trauma and addiction.
    4. Identify at least 2 addiction specific stabilization options to use in Phase 2 of EMDR therapy.
    5. Describe the steps involved in addressing and desensitizing cravings, urges and triggers related to substance/behavioral addictions.
    6. Define the term: maladaptive positive feeling state.
    7. Identify how to address the maladaptive “positive” feelings, body sensations or cognitions linked to addictions.
    8. Recognize when the use of Addiction Protocols would be appropriate.
    9. Identify treatment planning options when working with clients in various stages of addiction and recovery.
    10. Describe how the float back technique can be used to create a treatment plan to address common treatment barriers.


Any mental health provider who has completed EMDR Basic Training.


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


This course is a 12 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 12 CEs through CE-Classes.com. See the information below for professional approvals.
Continuing Education Credit is also awaiting approval with EMDRIA for 12 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, completing an evaluation form, and successfully passing the final exam.

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
Email: ron@ce-classes.com

EMDRIA Credits: 12

EMDR Professional Training is an EMDRIA EC Provider (#18023) and this program (#18023-) is awaiting approval for 12 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.