Session T2: Complex Issues, Systemic Recovery: EMDR Therapy and Addiction

Thursday, April 18th

Intermediate, Introductory

About the Session

Addiction is a complex issue with both individual and systemic roots. When considering the use of EMDR therapy with individuals who struggle with compulsive behaviors or substance abuse the question most frequently asked is “Can I use EMDR therapy with this client?” The answer is not simple as it is grounded in a personalized case conceptualization process that carefully considers each client. And because these individuals may interface with various treatment settings—ranging from short-term inpatient, residential, outpatient, and environments linked to the legal system—the case conceptualization process also must include the limitations, realities or norms of each setting. The presentation suggests a shift to a different question: “What phases of EMDR therapy can I use with this client at this point in time?”. It will explore ways to infuse a trauma-informed approach and the option of EMDR therapy into a variety of treatment settings.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to describe how histories or trauma and neglect increase vulnerability to addiction.
  2. Participants will be able to identify treatment planning options for individuals who struggle with addictive and compulsive behaviors in all stages of recovery.
  3. Participants will be able to identify when the use of addiction protocols would be appropriate.

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