Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) > introduction

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing


Presented by
Lance J. Parks, LCSW
3 CE Credits/Contact Hours

Board and Agency Approvals

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CALIFORNIA: This program meets the requirements for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for 3 hours of CE Credit

TEXAS: This course meets the criteria for acceptable continuing education as defined by the Texas State Boards of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers for 3 hours of CE Credit.

This program is approved for 3 continuing education credits/contact hours by:

  • The California Board of Registered Nursing # CEP 14462
  • The National Board for Certified Counselors # 6412
  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling #50-14000
  • The California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals: CCAPP-IE Provider # 1N-16-256-0822
  • The California Associations of Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE) #Cp20 977 H 0422

It is the responsibility of the participant to check with their board regarding specific CE requirements.


CE Course Description

Several treatments are geared towards helping people cope with trauma and improve their quality of life. These treatments include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EDMR), somatic therapies, and prescription medications, among others.

This course focuses on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EDMR) mainly on the following aspects: its history and dynamics, the treatment phases involved, studies and literature that backs this form of treatment, indications, contraindications, its usage in various types of traumas, side effects of this treatment and the controversies involved.

This course is an online, non-interactive, reading based, self-paced, and asynchronous course.

If you have questions about the course, require accessibility accommodations or need assistance, please email [email protected] or call (909) 628-4216.



At the end of the course, the participants will be able to:

1. Discuss the history of EMDR
2. Discuss EMDR and the principles governing the said form of therapy
3. Employ the treatment process and standard protocol in performing EMDR among children, adolescents, and adults
4. Analyze the efficacy of EMDR and its areas of debate
5. Apply the guidelines in performing virtual EMDR therapy and the professional code of conduct governing the practice of the said therapy

CE Course Outline

  • Overview

  • Chapter 1: History of Eye Movement Desensitization And Reprocessing

  • Chapter 2
    • Part 1:
      • What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Processing?
      • Adaptive Information Processing Theory and EMDR
      • Adaptive Information Processing Model
      • Dynamics of Pathology in view of AIP
      • Memory Transmutation
      • Comparison between AIP and Other Information Processing Models
      • Models and Clinical Practice
      • Evaluation of Treatments
    • Part 2:
      • Procedural Elements During Assessment Phase
      • Selection of Treatment Targets
      • Mindfulness
      • Memory Alignment Fragments
      • Somatic Awareness
      • Cognitive Restructuring
      • Suggested Procedural Elements During Desensitization and Installation Phase
        • Perceived Mastery

  • Chapter 3: Eye Movement and EMDR Therapy
    • Hypothesized Mechanism of Action for Eye Movements in EMDR
    • Types of Eye Movements
    • Theoretical Basis of Eye Movements
    • Other Types of Bilateral Stimulations
    • Differences and Similarities Between EMDR and Hypnosis

  • Chapter 4: Treatment Process and Standard Protocol
    • EMDR Standard Protocol
    • Description
    • Instructions
    • Case Study I
    • Case Study II

  • Chapter 5: Efficacy and Safety of EMDR
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and EMDR
    • Additional Recommendations
    • Efficacy of EMDR in the Treatment of Phobias, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia and Other Clinical Implications
    • Schizophrenia
    • Neurobiological Aspects of EMDR Therapy
    • Research with Military Personnel and Veterans
    • Research with Comorbidities
    • Research with Bilateral Stimulation
    • Comparative Effectiveness and Systemic Reviews of EMDR’s Effectivity
    • Elements of EMDR Therapy that contribute to its effectiveness
    • Adverse Effects
    • EMDR Adaptations for Implementation in Real World Settings

  • Chapter 6: EMDR for Children and Adolescents
    • Guidelines for Treatment

  • Chapter 7: Areas of Debate
    • Confusion, Misinformation, and Pseudoscience
    • Difference of EMDR and Exposure Therapy

  • Chapter 8: Implications for Practice and Training in EMDR
    • The Model of Adaptive Information Processing
    • Clinical Decision-Making in EMDR
    • Attachment and the Intersubjectivity: Client-Clinician Conflict
    • The Convergence of Intersubjectivity and AIP Model
    • Desensitization Phase: Now and Meeting of Moments
    • The Limitations of Instructions to Clinicians/Practitioners
    • The Interaction of EMDR Protocols and Procedures

  • Chapter 9: Latest Recommendation for EMDR Future Studies

  • Chapter 10: Guidelines For Virtual EMDR Therapy by EMDR International Association
    • Q1: What do we know about our stakeholders’ needs, wants, and preferences that are relevant to these decisions?
    • Q2: What do we know about the current realities and evolving dynamics of our environment that is relevant to this decision?
    • Q3: What do we know about the capacity and strategic position of our organization that is relevant to this decision?
    • Q4: What are the ethical implications?
    • Guidelines for Virtual Delivery of EMDR Therapy

  • Chapter 11: Professional Code of Conduct
    • Introduction
    • Code of Conduct
    • Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

CE Course Development

Course topics are chosen based on various board requirements and professionals needs. Licensed professionals oversee, compile and develop course materials, posttest, and other course materials, determine the level of difficulty, and ensure course content is appropriate. The course developer bio is available here.

Course Update August 2021

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) > introduction
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