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The Gold Standard: EMDR Theory, Practice & Case Discussion

The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center invites its collaborative providers to a free, virtual EMDR training (worth 6 EMDRIA credits) that will combine a refresher on the theory of EMDR and practical information about its use in community mental health settings. Workshop participants will review their existing EMDR therapy knowledge and continue to develop their existing baseline of training, with an eye toward identifying competency and expanding practice comfort.

Participants will review the eight phases of EMDR treatment, with attention to client safety, engagement, and working with both under-activated and over-activated clients. The workshop will focus on the development of negative cognition, resuming reprocessing of an unfinished target, processing triggers, and future templates. The presenters will explore the use of EMD and share a client video of processing a war trauma. They will provide an EMD script to the participants for later use.

There will be an exploration of cognitive interweaves with innovative ways of offering these to clients. The Recent Event Protocol will be discussed along with the “Visual Assessment Tool,” which helps with the development of targets.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore the above skills in a supported and structured training and will be encouraged to ask practice questions.


Donald F. deGraffenried, LCSW

Donald is a passionate advocate for expanding EMDR therapy into agency and community mental health settings and has started several agency-based EMDR programs. He is especially interested in using EMDR in agency settings to work with the survivors of homicide and is the Coordinator of the Greater New Haven Recovery Network, composed of 20 volunteer EMDR therapists who provide up to 10 pro bono sessions to crime victims and survivors of homicide referred by the New Haven Police Department.

Donald is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, Approved Facilitator, and a Senior Trainer. He provides Part I and Part II EMDR Therapy trainings and has invited to present papers at several EMDR International Association Annual Conferences.

Lori Cao, MA, LMFT

Trained in trauma and addictions, Lori is a certified EMDR Therapist, Consultant, and Trainer. Her trainings include Behavior Therapy and Certified Sex Addiction Therapy.

Additionally, as an EMDRIA and Trauma Recovery HAP Approved Consultant, AAMFT, and MN Board Approved Supervisor, Lori offers support to mental health professionals.

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