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EMDR HAP – ON DEMAND – Sherri Paulson Presents EMDR and Autism

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Since the introduction of the use of EMDR with autism in 2003 by Ms. Paulson, her adapted protocol has been used with individuals across the spectrum and has been shared with EMDR therapists around the world. EMDR has made it possible for individuals with even severe autism and other developmental disabilities to process trauma and to reduce symptoms of PTSD, at the same time often reducing the severity of their autism characteristics. This presentation will include a step-by-step description of how to use EMDR with individuals on the autism spectrum while adhering to the original eight-phase EMDR standard protocol. The preparation phase can also become a stand-alone program called “Connecting With Self,” useful for children with attachment and trauma related issues.  A poster presentation at EMDRIA Minneapolis in 2016 demonstrated that the positive effects of this adapted protocol for individuals with autism have lasted for one traumatized individual from childhood through adulthood.

Presenter Bio:
Sherri Paulson M.Ed.; LCSW currently practices at Memorial Medical Center Behavioral Health as a child and adolescent therapist primarily with an emphasis on sexual abuse treatment and work with individuals of all ages with autism and other developmental delays. Ms. Paulson also has 7 years of teaching experience. She was first trained in EMDR in 1998 and is an Approved Consultant. She has been using EMDR with individuals with autism since 1998. Her first presentation was a poster presentation in 2003 at EMDRIA Denver. She introduced the adapted protocol for using EMDR with autism at the EMDRIA conference in 2007. She also presented the protocol at EMDR Europe-Edinburgh in 2014. Her recent poster presentation at EMDRIA Minneapolis in 2016 used a case study to demonstrate the effectiveness of using EMDR with autistic individuals, with the benefits lasting over time. Ms. Paulson consults globally on this subject.                                                 
Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least 5 characteristics of autism that may impact EMDR processing
  • Include additional areas necessary to explore during history taking
  • Utilize a body scan during preparation for EMDR
  • Recognize how to teach various skills necessary for children and some adults to complete EMDR processing without incident
  • Implement a variety of strategies to use for Desensitization in individuals with severe autism
  • Provide EMDR therapy for most individuals with autism using this protocol



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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 6 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • Florida Certification Board
  • 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, Continuing Education Provider – 5674 expires 4/30/2021.
  • The Texas Board of Professional Counselors, Continuing Education Provider
  • Massachusetts Authorization Number: 1964
  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider # RCST031201 Expires 5/31/2021
  • 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.

This course is Non Interactive .

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