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    • An African-Centered Perspective on Bilateral Stimulation and Healing, February 26, 2021: Evaluation

An African-Centered Perspective on Bilateral Stimulation and Healing

Presented by: Kellie Kirksey, Ph.D., LPCC-S & Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RYT-500

February 26, 2021

9:00am- 4:30pm EST

Course Description

Join Dr. Kellie, Dr. Jamie, and special guest panelist, Rossina Schroeer-Santiago for this EMDRIA advanced topics course, offering participants a model for how therapists can better serve their BIPOC clients in trauma-focused care.  The four healing arts of drumming, dancing, storytelling, and silence are the foundational practices in indigenous approaches to healing. This presentation specifically explores the rich tradition of drumming and dancing, both bilateral practices, in African cultures. Content is also delivered, with an experiential component, on story telling and silence. Historical, anthropological, and psychological connections are explained, with numerous opportunities to connect personally with the material. Implications for EMDR therapists, specifically in our ever-evolving inquiry on mechanisms of action in EMDR therapy are discussed. Themes of empowerment for BIPOC clients are highlighted through cultural connection and attunement, specifically through the practice of self-tapping or personal drumming within EMDR therapy as options for BLS/DAS. Supporting BIPOC clients in exploring the connection to their indigenous origins, and the healing practices that accompany those origins, can be critical to the trauma recovery process.  Participants will also have a chance to discuss the content in small breakout groups that challenge them to consider the role of the EMDR therapist as an agent of change in a diverse world. This day- long course is led by the teaching wisdom of Dr. Kellie Kirksey, an African American EMDR and expressive arts therapist with extensive training and personal practice in the healing traditions of African and India. EMDR therapy author/ trainer and expressive arts therapy trainer Dr. Jamie Marich joins to offer her commentary from an EMDR therapy perspective. The co-presentation components will offer participants a model for how therapists can better serve their BIPOC clients in trauma-focused care. This course is a live interactive webinar. This is an intermediate level course. Attendance at all sessions, and completion of course evaluation is required to receive CE Certificate. Evaluations are distributed by CE-Go via email, upon completion of which, participants are redirected to download their CE Certificate. Please contact us with any questions or concerns at

Course Objectives

  1. To identify and explain the four healing practices that have been identified as common threads in indigenous practices throughout the globe: drumming, dancing, storytelling, silence
  2. To discuss the historical significance of drumming, dancing, storytelling and silence in African and other indigenous cultures, specifically how teaching these practices and their origins to BIPOC clients can empower through cultural connection and attunement
  3. To summarize the current state of the literature on mechanisms of actions within EMDR therapy and the role of BLS/DAS, evaluating how the impact of movement and tactile stimulation may be downplayed in this research
  4. To instruct self-tapping for BLS/DAS in a way that is more responsive to clients’ needs and honors indigenous approaches to healing; also includes introduction to the “body drumming” practice that can serve as a powerful approach in EMDR therapy Phases 2 & 7.
  5. To discuss barriers that EMDR therapists might have (specifically if they are white) in delivering this content and knowledge to BIPOC clients
  6. To explain the role that an EMDR therapist as an agent of change and social justice in modern times, and articulate 2-3 concrete steps of action that one can take in the days following the training

This course is approved for 6 CE credits by the following approval agencies:

State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for counselors, social workers, and marriage/family therapists. Approval: #RCS091306

EMDR International Association

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved provider of continuing education in EMDR Therapy by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) Approval: #10002. The program "An African-Centered Perspective on Bilateral Stimulation and Healing" is approved for 6 EMDRIA credits (#10002-89).

American Psychological Association

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Creative Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

National Board of Certified Counselors

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP no. 6998. The ACEP is solely responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC Credits.

About Your Instructors

Kellie Kirksey

Dr. Kellie began her career path in Holistic Wellness at a young age. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio with parents who believed in cultivating conscious community and lived their truth. Through watching her parents engage in community activism, entertain, build businesses, create space in their home to serve and assist others, Dr. Kellie learned that health and happiness was cultivated through time spent with friends, dancing, singing, walks in nature, storytelling, quiet moments, herbal teas, adventures and holding on to the belief that anything was possible with belief and a try!Dr. Kellie founded Creative Wellness Solutions in 1989 after returning from a year in Caracas, Venezuela as a Rotary Scholar, studying cognitive psychology. It was there she reconnected with the healing power of nature, sound, drumming and movement. Upon her return she began working as a therapist with Cuban Refugees and completed her Master’s degree from The Ohio State University in Spanish and Rehabilitation Counseling. Her passion for teaching and consulting led to her pursuit of a Ph.D. in Psychology and Counselor Education also at The Ohio State University where she met her husband (Cesar Augustin, DDS). Dr. Kellie went on to become a tenured professor of counselor education at Malone University where she began her collaboration with Dr. Gerald Corey both editing and contributing to his books: The Case Approach to Counseling and Psychotherapy and Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy 10th edition.For those that know Dr. Kellie, they know she is a global traveler, speaker, poet, tree hugger, yoga teacher, holistic psychotherapist, family lover, drummer, dancer, spa promoter, heart centered hypnotherapist, live happily life consultant, essential oil enthusiast, wellness promoter and has presented workshops and wellness circles both nationally and internationally. Dr. Kellie believes in learning healing ways from other cultures and bringing those wise ways to the masses. A few places that have touched her life profoundly have been presentations and community building in Botswana, Johannesburg, Italy, Senegal, Spain, Mexico, Dominican Republic, India, Canada, Venezuela, Tenerife and most recently she actually took a vacation to Hong Kong and Thailand where she explored ecotherapy and moving meditation.

ICM Founder & Director

Jamie Marich

Dr. Jamie Marich is the author of EMDR Made Simple: 4 Approaches for Using EMDR with Every Client (2011), EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma Focused Care (with Dr. Stephen Dansiger; Springer Publishing, 2018) and five other books on trauma recovery and the expressive arts. Dr. Jamie's journey with EMDR began as a client in 2004 and she's offered EMDR as a clinician since 2006. An EMDRIA Certified Therapist, Approved Consultant, and Education Provider, Dr. Jamie was the EMDRIA Research Poster Award Winner in 2008 for her qualitative research on EMDR and addiction. Her doctoral dissertation on the use of EMDR in addiction continuing care was later published in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, a major APA journal. In 2019, EMDRIA granted her the prestigious Advocacy in EMDR Award for using her public platform in media and in the addiction field to advance the cause of EMDR therapy and to reduce the stigma around mental health and addiction. Jamie travels internationally speaking on topics related to EMDR, trauma, addiction, and mindfulness while maintaining a private practice in her home base of Warren, OH. Dr. Jamie formerly volunteered for the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) as a logistics coordinator and a consultant. She is the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness practice, holds the credential of Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (IEATA), and is a Reiki Master teacher. Dr. Jamie is also a Certified Integrated Amrit Method (I AM) Yoga and Yoga Nidra Teacher (RYT-200) and has training in several other trauma-informed and recovery yoga approaches. Additionally, she developed the Yoga Unchained approach to trauma-informed yoga with Jessica Sowers. Dr. Jamie’s writing and work on Dancing Mindfulness was featured in the New York Times in 2017. She is the winner of the 2015 President's Award from NALGAP: The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies for her inclusive work in trauma and addiction. She also delivered a TEDx talk on trauma in 2015, available on YouTube.