Module 1: A Mindful Approach to Healing Addiction with EMDR Therapy - March 9, 2018
Working with addictive and compulsive behaviors with EMDR therapy is not as simple as mastering one specialty protocol or trendy technique. Rather, mastering a mindful, comprehensive understanding of the interplay between trauma and addiction and recognizing how EMDR therapy can be used for healing is paramount for addressing our current addiction landscape. This workshop begins with the foundations of mindfulness practice and how they can be translated into clinical settings in a way that is optimal for working with clients in recovery. Infusing mindfulness practices into EMDR therapy Phase 2 preparation is a particular component of emphasis, and participants are challenged to consider how grounding clients in mindful practices in Phase 2 will facilitate greater success in the later phases of the standard protocol with addicted clients. Participants are also challenged to consider how embracing traditional approaches to addiction recovery, like working with 12-step models, the stages of changes, and psychoeducation are also vital in Phase 2. Grounding strategies, body scanning, feeling tone, breathing, and movement meditations that can help to widen a client’s affective window of tolerance are all covered. Explanations are also given for how teaching these exercises as part of preparation can help orient clients to questions EMDR therapists frequently use in Phases 3-6 such as “What are you noticing now?,” and “Go with that,” which can be particularly challenging for clients new to recovery who are can struggle with body awareness. Strategies for case conceptualization and treatment planning are also reviewed in the context of information presented in this workshop.
Jamie Marich’s friends and colleagues describe her as a renaissance woman. A dancer, musician, performer, writer, recovery ambassador, clinical counselor, expressive arts therapist and Reiki Master Teacher, Marich unites these elements of her experience to achieve an ultimate mission: bringing the art and joy of healing to others. Marich began her career in human services working in humanitarian aid in Bosnia-Hercegovina from 2000-2003. She travels internationally speaking on topics related to EMDR therapy, trauma, addiction, and mindfulness while maintaining a private practice (Mindful Ohio) in her home base of Warren, OH. She is the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness practice and the co-creator of the Yoga Unchained approach to trauma-informed yoga. Jamie Marich is the author of EMDR Made Simple: 4 Approaches for Using EMDR with Every Client (2011), Trauma and the Twelve Steps: A Complete Guide for Recovery Enhancement (2012), and Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment, and Working with Survivors, and Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation (2015). Her newest book, EMDR Therapy & Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care written along with colleague Dr. Stephen Dansiger, released from Springer Publishing in November 2017. Marich’s writing and work on Dancing Mindfulness was featured in the New York Times in 2017. In 2015, she had the privilege of delivering a TEDx talk on trauma (available on YouTube). Additionally, NALGAP: The Association of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies awarded Jamie with their esteemed President’s Award in 2015 for her work as an LGBT advocate.
Participants will be able to:
- Discuss the interplay between unhealed trauma/PTSD and addiction and offer several solutions for addressing with respect to the AIP model.
- Define mindfulness in a classic sense and explain the meaning of mindfulness-informed interventions as a modern clinical term for addressing addiction.
- Apply no fewer than five embodied mindfulness interventions in clinical situations, particularly as a component of EMDR Therapy Phase 2, making appropriate adaptations in the spirit of trauma focused and addiction-focused care.
Module 2:Treating Addictions with EMDR Therapy and the Stages of Change
All clinicians are dealing with addiction issues whether they realize it or not. Many clients present with depression, anxiety, trauma, divorce and other problems but they are also dealing with underlying addiction. Research indicates that at least 50% of clients present to treatment either due to their own addiction or that of a loved one.
This workshop will focus on the uses of EMDR with addiction issues. We have created a system, originally called the Roadmap Model, that will help clinicians formulate case plans and develop treatment interventions for using EMDR with clients who have these issues.
The workshop will begin with an overview of Prochaska and DiClemente’s Stages of Change Model. Our way of thinking is organized around assessing a client’s motivation utilizing the Stages of Change. Participants will also learn about EMDR/non-EMDR interventions as used for each stage of change. Discussion will include how and when to make the clinical decisions about the use of the EMDR trauma protocol. Case examples will be presented.
Nancy J. Abel, LCSW, LADC
Nancy is a licensed clinical social worker and licensed substance abuse counselor with more than 40 years of experience. She is in private practice in South Portland, Maine, specializing in working with addictions, dual diagnosis, trauma and EMDR. Nancy is an EMDRIA-approved consultant. She has adjunct faculty at two local universities, an administrator at two agencies and has extensive experience as a speaker and trainer. She presents workshops on addictions and EMDR.
John M. O’Brien, Ph.D.
John has been a licensed psychologist in private practice in Portland since 1998. He specializes in the treatment of substance abuse, grief, trauma and gay/lesbian issues. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine at Augusta, teaching courses in psychology and addictions since 2000. John is an EMDRIA-approved consultant who provides consultation on EMDR, CBT, DBT and addictions treatment.
Nancy Abel and John O’Brien are authors of “Treating Addictions with EMDR Therapy and the Stages of Change,” published by Springer Publishing Company in 2014.
- Participants will be able to identify elements of Prochaska and DiClemente’s Stages of Change.
- Participants will be able to describe treatment approaches, including EMDR, can be utilized in each part of the Stages of Change Model.
- Participants will be able to identify factors that must be considered in making the decision to use the trauma protocol with addiction.