EMDR Basic Training

Bonnie Mikelson’s next EMDR Basic Training is in Des Moines Iowa starting Feb. 25, registration open. EMDR Basic Training in Broken Arrow, Okla. is FULL. Cedar Rapids Ia. Basic training starting April 29 is also open for registration now.

Trauma Book Club Summary: The Body Keeps the Score

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk is a must read for trauma therapists! Join us on Tuesday December 15 for Jim Knipe’s EMDR Toolbox!

Considerations When Targeting Rape With EMDR

The last thing I want to do is talk about what happened to me!

Thinking about starting therapy?

Common Client Questions

A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks.

EMDR Iowa Quarterly Training October 10, 2015

Meeting canceled. Watch for updates on EMDR Iowa Regional events.

Bilateral CD’s

What bilateral CD’s are best for assisting our clients in developing more affect regulation, coping skills, resourcing or in our own self care?

Helping Clients Understand EMDR Therapy

Shanon Claussen, LISW, Consultant in Training, shares simple and useful analogies for EMDR therapy to assist clients in understanding and getting the best treatment outcomes.

EMDR with Adolescents

The mechanics of the EMDR processing phase are the same as when working with an adult, unless the adolescent is developmentally delayed.

EMDR with Four to Seven Year Old Children

EMDR with young children who may not know what “therapy” is and/or may not know why they’ve been brought to see a therapist.

EMDR with Eight-Twelve Year Old Children

Children process much faster than adults or older teens but it can be more difficult to assess affect tolerance for emotional regulation.
It is harder to gauge affect tolerance, because they don’t always show emotions the way an adult does.

EMDR with Infants and Toddlers

It is interesting how many adults assume that infants and toddlers are not affected by adverse events in their lives because they cannot explain in words what happened to them.

Theraplay ® and EMDR

Trauma is a disorder of regulation. Children who have been traumatized cannot modulate their arousal, overreacting to stimuli and challenged at self-calming.


Participate in Iowa’s growing EMDR community through EMDR Iowa Regional trainings and activities.

Trauma, EMDR Therapy, & Addictions

Treating addictions and compulsions with EMDR Therapy is more than just mastering a series of scripted protocols…

Assisting Clients in Joining the ‘Emotional Bandwagon’

Elyse Harper, LMFT, shares strategies for assisting our clients in being able to as well as willing to feel emotions and body sensations.

The Wounds Within EMDR & Military

The Wounds Within home study course (12 CE’s and 8 EMDRIA credits) will deepen your grasp of the key challenges for active duty and veteran military personnel and their families to better prepare you as a mental health professional.

EMDR Therapy with the Military

EMDR with Military Case Presentation

Transforming Problematic Behaviors with EMDR Therapy

This 2 day training will feature in-depth dimensions of treatment for problematic anger, hostility, and related behaviors. Clinical issues will be addressed such as working with chemical and behavioral addictions, relational conflict and violence, bullying, low frustration tolerance, prejudice, anger avoidance and self-directed anger. Working with combat veterans and first responders will be specifically addressed.

More on EMDR Therapy with Children: Drawing Protocol

Shanon Claussen shares more on EMDR therapy with children with resourcing tips as well as pictures for processing with all phases of the drawing protocol.

Complex Trauma and Dissociation with EMDR & Ego State Therapy

Carol Forgash presents a DVD or a Book Course on the Cross Training model: combining the cutting edge integration of EMDR, trauma informed phase oriented therapy, and ego state therapy in the treatment of highly traumatized clients

EMDR and Addictions

Options for EMDR therapy for addictive and compulsive behaviors from expert EMDR specialty trainers.

FSAP: Feeling State Addictions Protocol Workshop

Substance and behavioral addictions such as gambling compulsions, sex addictions, and smoking have been notoriously resistant to treatment. The Feeling-State Theory (FST) of Addiction presents a new understanding of the etiology of addiction. FST hypothesizes that addictions are caused by a fixation of a positive feeling event. Afterwards, whenever the person wants to feel that feel-good feeling, the link with that particular behavior is triggered.

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga with Molly Kinser Douglas, LMHC, ATR

My recent trauma-sensitive yoga group results for women and adolescent showed improvement of body awareness (pre-post results, Bessel van der Kolk’s Body Awareness Scale). Participants also noticed being relaxed, more present, and in tune with their body.

The Two Hand Interweave Clinical Intervention

Resourcing Imagery for EMDR

Screening for DID and more…

Reflections on Training with Francine Shapiro

Attachment Therapy for Healing Childhood Trauma and Neglect

The Ben Franklin Institue provides Continuing Education for mental and behavioral health specialists, listing 4 EMDR distance learning courses in their catalog at http://bfisummit.com/online-ce-courses-and-expert-dvds/

Staying in the Window of Tolerance: Underaccessing

As EMDR clinicians it is important to know how to keep our clients in their window of tolerance. This post focuses on those clients who are hypoaroused, underaccessing the material we are trying to activate in Phase three of our work for processing through the distress.

Staying in the Window of Tolerance: Overaccessing

As EMDR clinicians it is important to know how to keep our clients in their window of tolerance. This post focuses on those clients who are hyperaroused, overaccessing the material we are trying to activate in Phase three of our work for processing through the distress.

EMDR in the Treatment of Acute and Complex Trauma DVD Course

In this highly practical, skill building DVD workshop from a live presentation, Nancy Newport, LPC, gives an overview of assessment for and treatment of Acute Trauma of all kinds and Tracy Ryan Kidd, LCSW, covers how to use EMDR within the three stages of trauma work.

Enhancing Empathy in the Practice of EMDR Distance Course

Using guided imagery exercises, participants will be able to identify with new clients presenting for and experiencing EMDR treatment. and evaluate one’s own capacity for empathy within the therapeutic context and apply it to their own EMDR practice.

Bilateral Stimulation Considerations

Bilateral Stimulation—Finger Eye Movements, tapping, technology? What’s the clinical thinking, clinician preferences, and decision-making around BLS types and usage? Here’s a discussion for your consideration…

Shapiro Updates on EMDR Therapy in Practice