Spiritual Trauma & EMDR Therapy – 7 Steps to Help Clients Heal, is a 1-day distance-learning webinar, and is approved for 6 CEs through EMDRIA and 6 professional credits through CE-Classes.com. In this advanced EMDR training, Mark Odland – MA, LMFT, MDIV, will teach you 7 steps, or principles, to help your clients heal from spiritual trauma. In its broadest sense, all trauma might be considered spiritual, because it forces us to confront those deeper questions of meaning and purpose in our lives. However, due to the constraints of time, this course will provide a particular focus on working with those who have experienced trauma within organized religion. Often, Mark’s clients come to him full of shame, longing to heal, and hoping to reclaim the best parts of their spirituality in a way that makes sense for them. The content of this training took years to develop, and reflects the sum-total of Mark’s education and experience as a college religion major, 4-year seminary graduate, ordained pastor, LMFT, EMDRIA-Certified therapist, and EMDRIA-Approved Consultant. Because of Mark’s background as a pastor, many of his clients seek him out in order to explore their Christian faith as part of therapy. As a result, the majority of Mark’s stories, metaphors, and case examples will draw largely from his experiences working primarily with Christian clients. While this focus might may not be broad enough for some therapists, Mark believes that his concepts could be applied to clients from a variety of backgrounds.
After completing this course, attendees will be able to:
- Identify at least one reason why being present is helpful for treating spiritual trauma.
- Define at least one common experience of spiritual trauma.
- Identify how each of the 7 Steps plays a role in treating spiritual trauma.
- Define at least one intervention for helping clients to heal from spiritual trauma.
Mark Odland is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice near Minneapolis, MN. As an Approved Supervisor through the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy, he leads a team of therapists whose mission is to provide quality mental health care to the the Twin Cities metropolitan area. As an LMFT, Mark is qualified to treat a wide range of issues. However, he specializes in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), marriage therapy, family therapy, depression, anxiety, spiritual issues, and addiction. Mark is a Certified Therapist with the EMDR International Association, and founder of the EMDRIA group “EMDR Therapy and Spirituality.” He is also an Approved Consultant with both EMDRIA and EMDR HAP (Trauma Recovery), and a HAP Facilitator in Training. Before earning his Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and becoming a licensed therapist, Mark received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Religion, and went on to earn a 4-year Master of Divinity Degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul. He served as an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) before moving into counseling full-time. As an EMDR therapist he strives to help each and every one of his clients to feel that they are truly heard, cared for, valued, and respected. He wants them to know that they are not alone, and that healing and hope are possible. As an artist and musician, when appropriate Mark utilizes creativity in both therapy and EMDR consultation. He recently formed “Bilateral Innovations” in hopes of using this creativity to design high-quality continuing education for other EMDR therapists.
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