EMDR Phase 2.5: 

Imperatives for Teaching Distress Tolerance and Enhancing Preparation


Presented by

Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RYT-500


In 2019, Dr. Jamie Marich (in collaboration with several ICM team members) introduced a new term called EMDR Phase 2.5 to enhance discussion in the EMDR community about how to best transition from EMDR Phase 2 (Preparation) to the reprocessing phases (3-6). Jamie emphasizes the importance of teaching a wide variety of skills to widen affective window of tolerance in Phase 2 to prepare clients for the level of affect that they may encounter in the reprocessing phases. EMDR Phase 2.5 involves two major components: (a) doing one Calm Safe Place exercise or any technique promoted by a trainer as being “all you need” is never sufficient for Phase 2, especially in working with complex trauma and dissociation, and (b) having intense affect come up in Phase 2 can actually be a gift to the process overall, offering a chance for people to practice distress tolerance that is imperative for fully embracing the reprocessing phases. Join Dr. Jamie for this complementary three hour webinar based on the content of her popular 2019 article, and have a chance to pick her brain about how you can navigate through difficulties in resourcing and preparing clients. Dr. Jamie is known for her both/and approach to clinical puzzles that can be particularly useful when your worksheets and formulas seem to fail you and your clients. 

Open to all levels of EMDR clinicians, with a chance for Q & A. The content of this webinar debut is free to access although it will be made available for continuing education credits (for a fee) at a later date. 

Read the original article here: https://www.instituteforcreativemindfulness.com/icm-blog-redefine-therapy/emdr-therapy-phase-25-honoring-a-wider-context-for-enhanced-preparation-by-jamie-marich-phd-lpcc-s-licdc-cs-reat-ryt-200


This course is approved for 3 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 "EMDR Phase 2.5: Imperatives for Teaching Distress Tolerance and Enhancing Prepration" is approved for 3 advanced topics credits (#10002-95).

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.

Association of Social Worker Boards

Institute for Creative Mindfulness, #1735, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Institute for Creative Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/16/2021 – 03/16/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 21 continuing education credits.


No NBCC credits are available at this time.

About the Instructor

ICM Founder & Director

Jamie Marich

Dr. Jamie Marich (she/they) describes herself as a facilitator of transformative experiences. A clinical trauma specialist, expressive artist, writer, yogini, performer, short filmmaker, Reiki master, TEDx speaker, and recovery advocate, she unites all of these elements in her mission to inspire healing in others. She began her career as a humanitarian aid worker in Bosnia-Hercegovina from 2000-2003, primarily teaching English and music while freelancing with other projects. Jamie travels internationally teaching on topics related to trauma, EMDR therapy, expressive arts, mindfulness, and yoga, while maintaining a private practice and online education operations in her home base of Warren, OH. Jamie is the author of numerous books on trauma recovery and healing, with many more projects in the works. Marich is the founder of The Institute for Creative Mindfulness. Her bibliography currently includes: EMDR Made Simple (2011), Trauma and the Twelve Steps (2012), Creative Mindfulness (2013), Trauma Made Simple (2014), Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation (2015), EMDR Therapy & Mindfulness for Trauma Focused Care (2018, with Dr. Stephen Dansiger), and Process Not Perfection: Expressive Arts Solutions for Trauma Recovery (2019). She has also written guest chapters and contributions for several other published collections. North Atlantic Books released a revised and expanded edition of Trauma and the 12 Steps, in the Summer of 2020. Jamie’s own company, Creative Mindfulness Media, published two supplemental resources, a daily meditations and reflections reader and a trauma-responsive step workbook in the Autumn of 2020 to accompany. Her newest release with Dr. Stephen Dansiger, Healing Addiction with EMDR Therapy: A Trauma-Focused Guide is coming out in the Fall of 2021 with Springer Publishing Company. NALGAP: The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies awarded Jamie with their prestigious President’s Award in 2015 for LGBT advocacy in her writing and training. In 2019, the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) granted Jamie their EMDR Advocacy 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 currently sits on the Clinical Work Group Committee of EMDRIA’s prestigious Council of Scholars and on the editorial board of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. Jamie also serves on the Wisdom Council of the internationally known expressive arts ministry Abbey of the Arts, and is an advisory board member of HealingTREE Non-Profit. For her full biography, please go to www.drjamiemarich.com