Healing Addiction with EMDR Therapy: The Comprehensive Book Course (Homestudy)

Presented by Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RYT-500 & Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, MFT

Course Description 

This course allows readers to receive credit for reading and studying the latest book from Dr. Jamie Marich and Stephen Dansiger, Healing Addiction with EMDR Therapy: A Trauma-Focused Guide. The course also includes exclusive video content from the authors expanding on insights from each chapter not available to the general public. As of the publication of this new, comprehensive work from Drs. Marich and Dansiger, this book course becomes the Institute for Creative Mindfulness' official "flagship" advanced topics course for working with addiction in a comprehensive way within EMDR therapy.

Book Description: This innovative and brand new EMDR therapy guide for healing addiction is the first book to underscore the efficacy of EMDR therapy as a primary modality for treating trauma and addiction. Targeting the trauma lurking beneath the addiction, the resource presents a comprehensive collection of best practices and strategies for using EMDR therapy to treat addictive disorders, and guides practitioners in incorporating their protocols of choice into EMDR treatment. While illuminating underlying theory, the book focuses on practice knowledge and how therapists can translate this knowledge into clinical settings in order to provide clinicians with a fully integrated approach to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of addiction across populations

Written in user-friendly language by two prominent practitioners and trainers of EMDR therapy, the book helps therapists to address the complexity of addictive disorders by providing a comprehensive guide to the standard eight-phase protocol and adaptive information processing model as groundwork for case conceptualization and treatment. Chapters contain case studies with commentary on relevant decision-making points along with discussion questions to enhance critical thinking. Abundant “Tips and Tricks” learned in the trenches make the text come alive with clinical relevance, and references to many of the best specialty protocols and strategies for treating clients suffering from addiction due to trauma, guide readers to choose the best protocol for each situation. 



Course Objectives

After reading the book and watching the supplemental videos (the core components of the course), participants will be able to:

1. Summarize the overall landscape of established research and practice in using EMDR therapy to treat and heal addiction following more than 30 years of EMDR therapy development

2. Define addiction (and related constructs) through various lenses and perspectives, including an AIP-informed perspective

3. Discuss what makes EMDR therapy a complete system of psychotherapy, even in the treatment of addiction

4. Apply the thematic approach to Phase 1 Client History

5. Explain the importance of using a thematic Client History approach in working with complex trauma issues that can underlay addiction (as opposed to more chronological or numerical inventory based methods)

6. Apply no fewer than 5 mindfulness-based resources (established for use in addiction care) into Phase 2 Preparation

7. List other skills that are needed in Phase 2 Preparation other than the traditional “Calm Safe Place” exercise, especially in working with clients who are impacted by addiction and related constructs

8. Define the “EMDR Therapy Phase 2.5” concepts as coined by Marich and Dansiger and explain its relevance to EMDR therapy case conceptualization in working with addiction

9. Integrate the decision-making concepts discussed in the EMDR Phase 2.5 model into clinical work, allowing for a safe and collaborative plan between client and therapist in moving from EMDR Phase 2 into EMDR Phase 3

10. Manage abreactions and intense displays of affect displayed in EMDR therapy Phases 3-6, accounting for concerns or barriers/fears that clinicians may have around making people “worse”

11. Discuss the Addiction as Dissociation model and use it to best manage clinically significant dissociation within EMDR therapy sessions 

12. Apply best practices for Phase 7 Closure and Phase 8 Re-Evaluation that will assist clients in advancing their recovery or treatment-related goals

13. Distinguish best practices (both similarities and differences) between private practice and treatment center settings in applying EMDR therapy

14. Discern and make decisions about use of specialty EMDR protocols for addiction (e.g., DeTUR, CraveEx, FSAP) vis-à-vis standard protocol EMDR therapy 

15. Explain the Palette of EMDR Interventions for Addiction (PEIA) model and use it as an assist in clinical decision making



The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is approved by the following organizations to offer 12 continuing education (CE) credits for this course:


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 "Healing Addiction with EMDR Therapy" is approved for 12 EMDRIA credits (#10002-DL111).

American Psychological Association

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is 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 for Certified Counselors

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness has been approved by National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6998. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Institute for Creative Mindfulness is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


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.

A General Note About Approvals

Please also note that APA-approved sponsors are accepted by many state boards, such as California BBS and major licensure boards within the state of Pennsylvania. In both of these cases, separate paperwork does not need to be filled out. Many state boards also accept out-of-state providers, which is why our Ohio approvals appear on every training. In some states, pre- or post-program approval forms must be sent, and you are responsible for checking into the rules of the licensure board in your state as to what is required. Please let the Institute for Creative Mindfulness know if you need support documentation in any way for these pre or post-program approval applications.



Instructor(s)

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

ICM Senior Faculty

Stephen Dansiger

Dr. Steve played CBGB and Max’s Kansas City in the late 70s; drank, played drums in a toy rock band and then got sober in the late 80s; became an international educator and rocker again in the 90s; and is now a sought after clinician, writer and meditation teacher. Dr. Steve has attempted to cure Marc Maron on his world renowned WTF Podcast, become a master EMDR therapist and provider of EMDR Training and Advanced Topics Courses with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, and is a pioneer in the Buddhist recovery field. He is the creator and founder of the MET(T)A Protocol (Mindfulness and EMDR Treatment Template for Agencies) which utilizes both Buddhist psychology and EMDR therapy to create an agency's primary clinical practice system. He is the author of Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers, EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care (coauthored with Jamie Marich), and Mindfulness for Anger Management. He blogs and podcasts on topics related to mental health, recovery, and mindfulness. Besides maintaining a private practice in Los Angeles, he travels internationally speaking and teaching on Buddhist mindfulness, EMDR therapy, the MET(T)A Protocol, trauma, Buddhist approaches to treating mental health issues, and clinician self-care. He has been practicing Buddhist mindfulness for over 30 years (including a one year residency at a Zen monastery), and teaches dharma classes regularly in Los Angeles and other centers internationally. Steve is the Head of Health & Wellness Innovation & Partnerships at DropLabs (a company led by Susan Paley, former CEO of Beats by Dre), the creators of full immersion sound technology delivered through bluetooth to vibrational footwear simultaneously with your headphones. Steve’s technology company, StartAgain Technologies, develops, collaborates on and acquires applications to deliver through DropLabs hardware, to enhance the MET(T)A Protocol and add new dimensions and interventions to many other health and wellness platforms. Steve is also currently part of the 3rd Cohort of the Master of Health Care Innovation (MCHI) program at the University of Pennsylvania - studying and collaborating with fellow cohort members and faculty who include doctors, nurses, academics, researchers and administrators to continue his quest for finding innovative solutions in mental health care and wellness.

Course Curriculum