• Taking place online February 22nd-24th from 10 am-6:30 pm CST

  • Open to mental health practitioners who have completed at least Part I of Foundational EMDR Training through ICM or other EMDRIA-approved programs.

  • 18 CE's available through EMDRIA for completion of this training. 


This advanced practice workshop will introduce attendees to the wide range of disruptive events that can occur in the perinatal period, teach them to identify characteristics of those events that induce ruptures in the normative developmental path of family-building, and to recognize the common clinical presentations of patients suffering in the aftermath of disruptive and traumatizing perinatal events. 

Through this training, attendees will gain an understanding of the Three Core Tasks parents face during the perinatal period (Davis & Stein, 2003). This comprehensive framework guides clinicians around history-taking and case conceptualization, allowing them more nuance and specificity as they assess ruptures in the perinatal period. 

Using EMDR’s 3-prongs and 8-phases, the lens of Adaptive Information Processing, and the guiding framework of the Three Core Tasks, attendees will hone their clinical conceptualization skills, which will guide their decision making around the preparation and resourcing phases of EMDR and their choice of targets and protocols (for phases 3-7). 

 With the use of case examples and structured conceptualization materials incorporating the Three Core Tasks, participants will see how this case conceptualization and treatment-planning model integrates seamlessly with EMDR therapy’s 8-phase standard protocol. 

Increase your knowledge of how trauma affects the brain, and how EMDR can improve client outcomes. Update your skills and enhance your ability to identify hidden trauma in the clients you see and learn to better facilitate healing in new clients suffering perinatal trauma.  Learn advanced practice applications including the integration of AIP-based interventions across all prongs and phases of EMDR treatment. The use of specialized protocols and modifications are also addressed during this training. Case discussion, demonstration, and reflection around 'self as therapist' are woven throughout the course.


  1. To review the use of EMDR’s Three-Pronged, 8-stage standard protocol and the Adaptive-Information Processing model.

  2. To understand the Three Core Tasks framework for perinatal mental health.

  3. To understand how philosophies of care— developmentally supportive, relationship-centered care—serve as trauma recovery resources. 

  4. To recognize and describe the parameters of both normative perinatal mental health and the types of disruptive events that can occur during this period. 

  5. To conceptualize the impact of postpartum mood, anxiety, and postpartum psychosis through Integrated Lens, and to propose EMDR therapy treatment strategies.

  6. To identify at least three disruptive or traumatic features of perinatal loss and trauma. 

  7. To identify specific considerations important to history-taking and evaluation of clients subsequent to a perinatal event using an integration of the AIP and Three Core Tasks lenses.

  8.  To identify appropriate use of specialized protocols and modifications in treating perinatal crisis and trauma within the framework of EMDR therapy treatment planning.

  9. To extend the AIP and Three Core Tasks framework from assessment to case conceptualization. 

  10. To review features of perinatal hospice, pediatric palliative care, and the factors influencing decision-making in the perinatal period. 

  11.  To apply attachment theory to perinatal loss and trauma, using the AIP and Three Core Task lenses.

  12. To conceptualize the experience of grieving using the AIP and Three Core Task framework.

By Registering for this Training, You Acknowledge And Agree To The Following:

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  • Your presence at the entire training is required at all sessions, on video, as an attendance verification. No partial credit can be awarded.

  • Technological Requirements: Attendance at all live sessions on the indicated dates is mandatory for completion of this course. These live lecture and practicum sessions will be hosted by the video conferencing platform Zoom. By registering for these trainings, you acknowledge that you meet the technological requirements needed to participate. If you require technical assistance, you are required to reach out to your instructor at least one week prior to the start of training.

  • By registering for these trainings, you acknowledge that you meet the technological requirements needed to participate. If you require technical assistance, you are required to reach out to your instructor at least one week prior to the start of training.

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Course Curriculum

    1. Zoom Information

    2. Course Itinerary

    3. Expressive Art Examples from Prior Trainings

    1. All the Worksheets are Here

    1. An Unexpected Journey - from Davis & Stein, "Intensive Parenting: Surviving Your Journey Through the NICU" (Fulcrum, 2013)

    2. Story in Perinatal Trauma

    1. NIDCAP

    2. Developing a Philosophy of Care

    3. Readings


    1. Required Readings

    1. Supplemental Reading

About this course

  • $575.00
  • 41 lessons
  • 6.5 hours of video content

Frequently Asked Questions

What prerequisites are there for this training?

Completion of at least Part I of Foundational/Basic EMDR Training is required for participation in this course. 

Is there a registration limit or deadline?

No registration limit or deadline.

Does this workshop count towards EMDRIA’s CE requirement for certification?

Yes, it does. It offers 18 CEs from EMDRIA. For more details about other CE approvals, see the CE section of this landing page.

Does this workshop count towards PSI’s CE requirement and/or advanced training requirement for the PMH-C?

Yes, it does. 

This course is also PSI-approved to meet the continuing education requirement to maintain the PMH-C.

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About the instructor

EMDRIA-Approved EMDR Consultant and EMDR Faculty Trainer for ICM Mara Tesler Stein

Mara Tesler Stein, Psy.D., PMH-C is a clinical psychologist practicing in Chicago and Jerusalem. She is the founder and director of The Touchstone Institute for Psychotherapy and Training where she offers both EMDR Foundational trainings for perinatal specialists & advanced EMDR workshops which take a deeper dive into the intersections and applications of EMDR and perinatal mental health. Dr. Stein is a staunch advocate for trauma-focused care and is trained and certified in a range of integrative trauma therapies. A certified EMDR therapist, EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Trainer for the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, Dr. Stein is also certified in Emotion-Focused Family and Couple Therapy, Brainspotting, is a Gottman Certified Therapist, and continues to pursue training in Clinical Hypnosis, Yoga-Informed treatment, advanced applications of EMDR, Brainspotting, and Ego-State therapies. She is the co-author (with Deborah Davis, Ph.D.) of Parenting Your Premature Baby and Child: The Emotional Journey (Fulcrum, 2004) and Intensive Parenting: Surviving the Journey Through the NICU (Fulcrum, 2013). Her trauma work is grounded in her personal perinatal journey, which began 25 years ago taking her through infertility, twin pregnancy, prolonged hospital bedrest, the NICU, and years of raising NICU graduates.

This course meets the requirements for 18 Continuing Education credit hour 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-DL14.

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.

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: 03/16/2020 – 03/16/2021.

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

This training 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 will be able to download their CE certificates.

This course was first published in July 2020.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns:  [email protected].