There are many ethical considerations that are unique to EMDR therapists.  Because of the nature of this clinical work, adhering to a specific code of ethics and the provision of competent care when implementing EMDR therapy with special populations is paramount.  This training will explore issues relevant to key ethical standards, such as competency, informed consent, boundaries, and the use of technology in therapy. 

Partial EMDR Therapy Training is required for completion of this training.

This course meets the requirements for 3 Continuing Education credit hours by the CE approval bodies listed below:

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved provider of continuing education in EMDR Therapy by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). Course Approval: #10002-DL61.

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

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 (OCSWMFT) for counselors, social workers, and marriage/family therapists. Approval: #RCS091306 (3 ethics CEs).

The 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. The 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 3 continuing education credits (ethics).

This is a hybrid, self-paced distance learning course, comprised of reading material and video content. This is an intermediate level course. Completion of all modules, a course evaluation, and post-test is required to receive CE Certificate. Course evaluations are administered after completing all course modules. The post-test is comprised of true/false and multiple choice questions and requires a passing mark of 75%, and is administered after completion of the course evaluation. Upon passing the post-test, participants are able to download their CE certificates.

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  1.  To define competency as an EMDR therapist and identify strategies for maintaining competency within the AIP model and 8 phases of EMDR therapy.
  2.  To discuss the ethics surrounding informed consent as an EMDR therapist and evaluate the unique issues that may present within the AIP model and 8 phases of EMDR therapy.
  3. To identify issues surrounding boundaries as an EMDR therapist and to identify methods to address boundary issues that may come up within EMDR therapy.
  4. To assess the use of technology in the 8 phases of EMDR therapy and how best to utilize it within AIP model.

Course Curriculum

    1. Course Overview

    2. Objectives

    3. Disclaimer

    1. About Central Ohio EMDR Connection

    2. Suzi Rutti, LISW-S

    3. Anna Schott, LISW-S

    1. Powerpoint Slides

    1. Ethical Guidelines

    1. What is EMDR Therapy?

    2. EMDR as an Evidence-Based Practice

    3. PTSD versus Trauma

    4. Competency

    5. Practicing EMDR Therapy

    6. Competency Case Discussion

    1. Informed Consent

    2. Explaining EMDR Therapy

    3. Informed Consent: Special Considerations

    4. Informed Consent: Case Discussion

About this course

  • $75.00
  • 36 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content

About the instructor

ICM Senior Faculty Suzanne Rutti

Suzi Rutti, MSW, LISW-S (she/her) owns and operates the private practice group Rutti Counseling & Consultation, LLC in Columbus, Ohio. She is a co-owner of the Ohio Institute for Trauma and Wellness, LLC and the Central Ohio EMDR Connection, LLC. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health. She is a Clinical Social Worker that works with children, adolescents and adults of all ages, and does not have a minimum age requirement. She specializes in the treatment of complex PTSD, dissociation/dissociative disorders, preverbal trauma, sexual violence, childhood abuse, traumatic birth experience, intimate partner violence, and other adverse life experiences. Suzi primarily practices using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and also integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), play therapy, and mindfulness-based practices into her work. Suzi is a faculty member with The Institute for Creative Mindfulness and provides EMDR therapy Basic Training and Advanced Training topics in Central Ohio. She provides clinical supervision and EMDR therapy consultation as an EMDRIA Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant to clinicians across the nation. Suzi believes in the importance of making high quality trauma treatment accessible to all communities, and has presented to numerous local and national audiences on a variety of topics relevant to the impact of trauma and how best to support survivors.

ICM Adjunct Faculty Anna Schott

Anna Schott, MSW, LISW-S believes that real change comes from connecting the mind, body, and spirit utilizing a variety of holistic modalities and interventions.  Anna is a LISW-S and earned her MSW and MA in Public Policy and Management through The Ohio State University.  She utilizes EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy), FSAP (Feeling State Addiction Protocol), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Therapy, and DBT (Dialectic Behavior Therapy).  Anna is a Certified EMDR Therapist and an Approved Consultant through the EMDR International Association.  Anna has been a mental health professional for over fifteen years, working with individuals with trauma/PTSD, depression, anxiety, and addiction from a variety of backgrounds. Anna is approved to provide trainings at Renew Wellness Center.

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