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Hope Payson-EMDR Therapy and the Treatment of Substance and Behavioral Addictions

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Through the use of demonstration, case presentation, lecture, and video clips, this workshop explores the use of EMDR in the treatment of chemical dependency and other addictive/compulsive behaviors—specifically with clients who are not yet abstinent. This treatment focused workshop teaches you how to stabilize clients and desensitize addiction memory networks without triggering increased substance use or relapse.

This workshop is appropriate for licensed Psychologists, Therapists, Counselors, and Social Workers, that have completed EMDR basic trainings 1 and 2

Presenter BIO: 
Hope Payson, LCSW, LADC is a licensed clinical social worker, alcohol and drug counselor and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant who specializes in the treatment of addiction and trauma. She has over 20 years of experience working in community mental health in the following capacities: director of a supportive housing program for domestic violence survivors, coordinator of an assertive community treatment team and originator of a homeless outreach program that included on-site assessment, treatment placement and long term follow up for clients with histories of addiction and trauma. She was the Clinical Director for EMDR HAP for seven years and remains an active HAP volunteer. She currently coordinates a group private practice in Winsted, Ct. She provides EMDR consultations to clinicians working in private and community settings.

Kate Becker, LCSW, RYT is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified EMDR Therapist, and Registered Yoga Teacher. Kate’s focus is in the treatment of addiction, anxiety disorders, and trauma. She has worked in community mental health and substance abuse clinics, group homes, and in palliative care. Kate has facilitated a variety of therapy groups including Relapse Prevention, Anger Management, Co-Occurring Disorders, and DOVE (domestic violence offenders). Kate is the founder and director of A Room with a New View, Inc.; a non-profit that provides renovation and decorating to non-profit group homes and community centers. She is currently an EMDR Consultant-in-Training and is in private practice in Glastonbury, CT.

8:30-10:00 AM – Intro of presenter and a brief survey of the knowledge base of audience. Introduction to the
use of EMDR with addiction and the connection between trauma and addiction—citing research in this
area. Discussion about using EMDR to address active addiction versus waiting for abstinence.
10:00-10:30 How to take a trauma/addiction sensitive client history and assess for stage of change and
common risk factors. Lecture and video clips.
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 History continued. Practicum—history taking and motivational interviewing questions.
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:30 Review of phase 2 protocols and preparation phase and the use of A.J. Popky’s “Positive
Treatment Goal”, addiction specific resources, and the use of future template to build access to
healthier coping skills. Video, demonstration, and practicum.
1:30-2:30 Practicum—Resource Enhancement and Positive Treatment goal
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:00 Desensitizing triggers, urges and craving using A.J. Popky’s DeTUR protocol. Lecture and video
4:00-4:30 Review—questions and answers

Day Two
8:30-9:30 Practicum-desensitizing uges, cravings and triggers
10:30-10:45 Introduction to how to identify “Maladaptive Positive Feeling States”, Miller’s Feeling State
Protocol and Knipe’s Level of Positive Affect Protocol
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 How to desensitize “Maladaptive Positive Feeling States”. Lecture and video clips.
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Practicum—Desensitizing “Maladaptive Positive Feeling States”.
2:15 2:30 The use of the Standard EMDR Protocol to address common treatment barriers.
2:30-2:45 Break
2:30-3:00 Treatment “flow chart”—presentation about treatment planning considerations.
3-3:15 Break
3:15-4:00 Sculpture Group Demonstration—reviewing “treatment map” or choices when working with
4:00-4:30 “Floating forward” to Monday—consultation/questions about using concepts presented in the
training with clients in the future.

Learning Objectives: 

This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding EMDR. Specifically, a professional will be able to:

• Articulate how trauma symptoms increase vulnerability to addiction.

• Explain the basic findings of the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) Study

• Identify history taking questions that can be used to assess readiness for trauma processing.

• Describe how to use motivational interviewing techniques in the history taking Phase of EMDR therapy.

• Identify two common resourcing needs of persons with histories of complex trauma and addiction.

• Identify at least 2 addiction specific stabilization options to use in Phase 2 of EMDR therapy.

• Describe the steps involved in addressing and desensitizing cravings, urges and triggers related to substance/behavioral addictions

• Define the term: maladaptive positive feeling state.

• Articulate how to address the maladaptive “positive” feelings, body sensations or irrational cognitions linked to addictions.

• Describe when addressing underlying trauma using Standard Protocol EMDR would be appropriate.

• Discern when the use of Addiction Protocols would be appropriate

• Identify treatment planning options, and common NC/PC’s.

• Apply EMDR therapy to address common treatment barriers.

2020 Workshop Dates
February 21 and 22 in Salt Lake City, UT
Register for this event online at www.hopepayson.com or contact
hope@hopepayson.com for more information

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This Ce-Classes.com course is approved for CE credit 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.
  • Social workers participating in this course will receive 13 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • This training does not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers.

  • 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 2-2023
  • 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: 1301
  • 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 10/31/2022 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.

This course is Interactive .

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