Treating Addiction as Dissociation with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness

October 13-14, 2021

8:30am - 4:30pm ET each day

Cost: $195.00

This advanced topics training provides therapists trained in EMDR therapy an innovative conceptualization of addiction and effective interventions for addiction treatment. By utilizing the Addiction as Dissociation Model, the material reduces the stigma often present towards people struggling with addiction. Further, participants gain skills training through case conceptualization and three (3) practicums for treating addiction with EMDR Therapy. Support and treatment insights for application of model and for working with difficult cases are provided throughout the training. The presentation is fully compliant with the Standard 8-Phase Protocol and the Adaptive Informational Processing Model (AIP) as written by Dr. Francine Shapiro.

This Advanced Topics presentation provides therapists trained in EMDR the basic working tenants of the addiction as dissociation model including:

  • A different lens through which to conceptualize addiction that can help diffuse much of the cultural bias around addiction and fight stigma
  • A trauma-focused approach to treating addiction
  • Application of model for common barriers in addiction treatment

In partnership with Institute for Creative Mindfulness, an EMDRIA-approved training provider.

For full description and objectives see our website. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for complete approval information on CE credit hours. Please read the following informed consent prior to registering. After completing this initial registration, you will receive an email from Thinkific to finalize your registration and be given access to preliminary course materials in your personalized dashboard.

By Registering for this Training, You Acknowledge and Agree to the Following:

  • AttendanceYour presence at the entire training is required at all sessions, on video, as an attendance verification. No partial credit can be awarded. Please also note that by taking the training in this online format, you will be required to take a quiz

  • 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 (subject to change). Links for joining these live sessions via Zoom are included in the course portals. These links will prompt you to download the Zoom software if you have not already done so, and will then connect you to the session. Please plan on joining a few minutes early for troubleshooting if you are not already familiar with the platform. For more information on how to join a Zoom meeting, please read through the following article. 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. 

  • Refund/Cancellation Policy: This training costs $TBA USD. You have read and agree to ICM's Organizational Policies, which stipulate the terms for refunds, cancellations, and resolving grievances and disputes.

  • Correspondence from Training Organization: The Institute for Creative Mindfulness regularly sends correspondence about the training, including an email confirmation at registration and several emails leading up to each training. The emails presently come from Additionally, The Institute for Creative Mindfulness may send out emails from If you are not receiving these emails, you are required to check your spam folder as correspondence from new organizations often ends up there. Once you receive your first correspondence, please save the email to your address book. If you have not received a confirmation email or other correspondence from the organization within seven days of the event, it is your responsibility to reach out to us by email or phone.


  • Professionalism: You will show up on time and be fully present for each session, acting in a professional manner. You will reach out to your faculty member or any assistant if any unexpected problems arise. Staying present for online learning can come with its unique set of challenges, and you agree to take full responsibility for addressing your needs in the area of grounding and self-care during the training. You agree to refrain from all alcohol and illicit drug use during the training and agree to speak with your faculty member or an assistant if you anticipate that your impairment due to prescribed medications might pose a problem during the training. The faculty and staff reserve the right to remove trainees at any time if the trainee creates an unsafe or unprofessional environment for you or for other trainees, or for any other reason, at their sole discretion.


  • Confidentiality: There is no client relationship or other privilege that would create a duty rising to the level of clinical confidentiality in this training setting; however, you are expected to respect the confidentiality of other trainees in the group, and your trainer will explain the importance of confidentiality. Trainees who observe a problem with another trainee are expected to bring the problem to the lead trainer or other training staff. Similarly, if a staff member observes an issue with professionalism, they reserve the right to discuss that issue with the lead trainer.


  • Preparedness for Doing Your Own Work: If you have received a major mental health diagnosis (past or present), you acknowledge that you are taking this training and engaging in this practicum at your own risk, and agree to alert faculty or training staff before or during the training if any complications arise. If any problems arise, you agree to address them with faculty or staff members.


Email with any questions or concerns.

About the Instructor

ICM Adjunct Faculty

Adam O'Brien

Adam O’Brien LMHC, CASAC is an EMDRIA certified EMDR therapist, Approved Consultant, and EMDR trainer. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in Addiction Studies. He specializes in providing these trauma resolution therapies and trauma-focused treatment for a variety of populations. Adam is beginning his public presentations on Addiction as Dissociation Model.

Continuing Education

This is an intermediate-level course. Attendance at all sessions and course evaluation is required to receive CE Certificate. Course evaluations are made available after all sessions have been completed within this course portal.

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is approved by the following organizations to offer 6 continuing education (CE) credit hours for this course:

American Psychological Association

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.

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.

This course is APPROVED by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved provider of continuing education in EMDR Therapy by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). Course Approval: #10002-DL79.

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved training provider in EMDR Therapy by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) Approval: #10002. EMDRIA is not a provider of continuing education, although they do authorize training providers in EMDR therapy after a rigorous approval process.

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.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    How to use this template

    • Ego State Dissociative Meeting Area

    • Presentation

  • 2

    Welcome to the course!

    • Meeting Information

    • About this course

    • Learning Objectives

    • Agenda

  • 3

    Ego State Meeting Area

    • 10/13/21 Opening Lecture

    • Dissociative Ego State Meeting Area

    • Example: Ego State Meeting Area w/ Bulk Flash

  • 4

    Addressing Toxic Shame with Shape and Color

    • Toxic Shame 10/13/21 Lecture

    • Addressing Toxic Shame: Shape and Color

    • Shame Shape and Color DEMO 10/13/21

    • Example Toxic Shape and Color 4/21/21

  • 5

    Treating Addiction Memory

    • Example: Addiction Memory

    • Addiction Protocol

  • 6

    Advanced Aspects of Addiction, Dissociation, and Memory Reconsolidation

    • Memory Reconsolidation plus brainbased

  • 7

    Intensives, Psychedelics, and Harm Reduction

    • Intensives, Psychedelics, Harm Reduction 10/14/21

  • 8

    Additional Resources

    • AddictionasDissociationModelFINALCOPY

    • Promises

  • 9

    CE Information


    • Completing Your Course Evaluation and Receiving Your CE Certificate

    • Evaluation

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