The 8-Phase Protocol in Action: EM/Drama Therapy

Presented by Daniel Doyle LMFT, LPCC

February 5, 2021

11:00am- 6:30pm EST



Course Description

EMDR therapy provides a lens through which other modalities can be viewed and practiced. This training will focus on how drama therapy can be practiced through the lens of the Standard Protocol and the AIP Model. Incorporating concepts from EMDR Therapy into group work, which is often a major component of treatment, can inform interven- tions and enhance the therapist’s effectiveness. This workshop begins with the foundations of the standard protocol and integrates elements of mind- fulness practice, drama, art, and movement. Infusing creative arts ap- proaches with EMDR concepts creates opportunities for deepening work and structuring sessions. This training will be rich in content (adding tech- niques to practitioner’s “tool boxes”), and highly experiential and interactive.


Course Objectives

After attending this course, the participant will be able to...

  1. Identify 3 interventions for incorporating EMDR Standard Protocol concepts into experiential group exercises for Phases 1 and 2.
  2. Identify 3 interventions for incorporating EMDR Standard Protocol concepts into an experiential group exercises for advanced resourcing (Phase 2.5).
  3. Describe the concepts of the Triune Brain, the Fight, Flight, Freeze, or Fawn response, and the Adaptive Information Processing Model. Participants will depend their understanding of how the brain processes trauma.
  4. Identify 2 interventions for incorporating EMDR Standard Protocol concepts into experiential group exercises for Phase 6.
  5. Identify 2 interventions for incorporating EMDR Standard Protocol concepts into experiential group exercises for Phases 7 and 8. Participants will learn to expand on the traditional Container Exercise (including facilitating these exercises in a group setting as a collective experiential exercise) and how to approach Phase 8 from an embodied and group perspective.



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 "The 8-Phase Protocol in Action: EM/Drama Therapy" is approved for 6 EMDRIA credits (#10002-93)

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.


Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Information

    • Course Description and Objectives

    • Handout

  • 2

    Course Evaluation and CE Certificate

    • Completing Your Course Evaluation and Downloading Your CE Certificate

    • The 8- Phase Protocol in Action: EM/Drama Therapy Evaluation: February 5, 2021

About the Instructor

ICM Adjunct Faculty

Daniel Doyle

Daniel Doyle, LMFT, LPCC has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2003 and as a Professional Clinical Counselor since 2014. He integrates his love of theatre (undergraduate degree in Drama from New York University) with his passion for psychology (M.A. in Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies) as a Registered Drama Therapist. Daniel also has a private practice in South Pasadena and sees clients through Headstrong, an organization that provides no cost psychotherapy, with an emphasis on EMDR Therapy, to post 9-11 veterans. Daniel has presented on his work at the Expressive Therapy Summit in New York and Los Angeles, at the national conference of the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA), and at the Applied Improvisation Network World Conference. Daniel is an officer in the Southern California Chapter of the NADTA and is on the faculty of the SoCal Drama Therapy Center where he teaches a course on trauma. Daniel was formerly the Clinical Director at Refuge Recovery Centers in Venice, CA where the treatment program utilized a unique blend of Buddhist philosophy and EMDR therapy to assist individuals struggling with addiction. He works closely with Senior Faculty member, Dr. Stephen Dansiger in offering EMDR trainings in Southern California. You can find out more at Dan’s website.