Yoga Skills for EMDR Therapists:  

Enhancing Preparation, Case Conceptualization, and Managing Difficult Situations in Reprocessing

July 15-16, 2020

8:30am-4:00pm EST Each Day


The clinical and research evidence for yoga as a supplementary practice in the treatment of PTSD and other trauma-related disorders continues to mount. There are many natural applications to how skills, techniques, and philosophy of yoga can work alongside the eight phases of EMDR therapy and the AIP model to more holistically prepare EMDR therapists for managing difficult situations in Phases 3-6 like abreactions and working with dissociation. Even if an EMDR therapist is not a formally registered yoga teacher, the willingness to build and grown their existing yoga practice, can give them numerous strategies for enhancing their efficacy in history taking and preparation/resourcing (Phases 1-2) which naturally translates to closure and re-evaluation (Phases 7-8).

This workshop is designed to give EMDR therapists a complete toolkit for seamlessly integrating EMDR therapy and the skills, techniques, and philosophy of yoga. The presenters are both EMDR therapy trainers and yoga teachers and are poised to speak to how one practice informs the other in their lives and in working with clients. EMDR therapists are also encouraged to continue cultivating their own yoga and meditation practices to help them stay more focused, alert, and able to maintain the calming presence during difficult EMDR sessions and as well as a measure for burnout prevention. No previous experience with yoga is necessary and all practices can be modified for a chair. Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably. Mats and props are available onsite or you can bring your own.

*Partial training in EMDR therapy is required


After completing this workshop training, participants will be able to:

  1. To define grounding from a clinical perspective and develop/implement 2-3 grounding skills inspired by yogic and meditation tradition that can translate to EMDR therapy practice
  2. To discuss the roots of Eastern meditation in Dr. Shapiro’s mind-body evolution that led to her development of EMDR therapy
  3. To compare and contrast the history of yoga as a religious practice and modern day yoga as a spiritual yet secular practice as an alternative lens to trauma and wellness.     
  4. To describe the triune brain model and discuss how holistic strategies like meditation, yoga, and EMDR therapy are believed to bring about a sense of healing and integration to the brain impacted by trauma
  5. To compare and contrast the view of trauma as described by the adaptive information processing (AIP) model in EMDR therapy and as described through yoga philosophy (e.g., The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali and other ancient texts) 
  6. To develop and implement no fewer than 5 pranayama (breath work) skills informed by yoga practice into EMDR therapy Phases 2 & 7 and as a proactive measure in working with abreaction or dissociation 
  7. To develop and implement no fewer than 3-5 asana (posture/pose) skills informed by yoga practice into EMDR therapy Phases 2 & 7 and as a proactive measure in working with abreaction or dissociation 
  8. To implement yoga-based skills learned in this workshop into an individualized, trauma-focused self-care plan for the EMDR therapy practitioner in order to enhance burnout prevention and increase potential for keeping a calming presence within EMDR sessions
  9. To discuss the natural threads of comparison between EMDR therapy and skills, techniques, and philosophy of yoga and how this can lead to a more culturally-attuned and holistic implementation of EMDR therapy
  10. To review implementation of new skills learned in Day 1 for optimal retention and clinical application
  11. To list the 8 limbs of yoga (within the context of the general understanding of yoga history) and discuss how each relates to clinical concepts in both trauma-focused care and EMDR therapy
  12. To develop a greater attunement to the yogic concept of witness consciousness and experience/explain how it helps to build the EMDR therapy concept of “notice that” or “just go with that” in orienting clients and working with difficult situations
  13. To complete, under supervision, a practicum experience sharing skills learned in the training with a training partner and receive feedback this work can be applied to EMDR therapy practice 
  14. To present a case conceptualization plan (using the 8 phases of EMDR therapy in concert with the skills covered in the workshop) for a chosen client or case
  15. To discuss the stance of the literature on the use of yoga and meditation-related strategies in the treatment of PTSD and review ethical guidelines for sharing yoga strategies with clients within the scope of trauma-focused care 

About the instructor

ICM Founder & Director

Jamie Marich

Dr. Jamie Marich is the author of EMDR Made Simple: 4 Approaches for Using EMDR with Every Client (2011), EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma Focused Care (with Dr. Stephen Dansiger; Springer Publishing, 2018) and five other books on trauma recovery and the expressive arts. Dr. Jamie's journey with EMDR began as a client in 2004 and she's offered EMDR as a clinician since 2006. An EMDRIA Certified Therapist, Approved Consultant, and Education Provider, Dr. Jamie was the EMDRIA Research Poster Award Winner in 2008 for her qualitative research on EMDR and addiction. Her doctoral dissertation on the use of EMDR in addiction continuing care was later published in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, a major APA journal. In 2019, EMDRIA granted her the prestigious Advocacy in EMDR 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 travels internationally speaking on topics related to EMDR, trauma, addiction, and mindfulness while maintaining a private practice in her home base of Warren, OH. Dr. Jamie formerly volunteered for the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) as a logistics coordinator and a consultant. She is the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness practice, holds the credential of Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (IEATA), and is a Reiki Master teacher. Dr. Jamie is also a Certified Integrated Amrit Method (I AM) Yoga and Yoga Nidra Teacher (RYT-200) and has training in several other trauma-informed and recovery yoga approaches. Additionally, she developed the Yoga Unchained approach to trauma-informed yoga with Jessica Sowers. Dr. Jamie’s writing and work on Dancing Mindfulness was featured in the New York Times in 2017. She is the winner of the 2015 President's Award from NALGAP: The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies for her inclusive work in trauma and addiction. She also delivered a TEDx talk on trauma in 2015, available on YouTube.

About the instructor

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.

Continuing Education  

This is live interactive webinar based training. This is an intermediate level course. Attendance at all live sessions, and course evaluation is required to receive CE Certificate. Course evaluations are made available after all live sessions have been completed within the course portal. Upon completing the evaluation, participants will be able to download their CE certificates. CE certificates will be downloadable until August 31, 2020.

This course is approved for 12 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

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.

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: 03/16/2020 – 03/16/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 12 continuing education credits.

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.

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 "Yoga Skills for EMDR Therapists: Enhancing Preparation, Case Conceptualization, and Managing Difficult Situations in Reprocessing" is approved for 12 EMDRIA credits (#10002-66).

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Information and Course Materials

    • Your Online Yoga Skills for EMDR Therapist Training

    • Course Description and Objectives

    • Training Agenda

    • Training Manual

    • Additional Articles & Resources

  • 2

    Room Assignments and Information for Joining Live Sessions

    • July 15: Day 1 Schedule and Virtual Room Assignments

    • July 16: Day 2 Schedule and Virtual Room Assignments

  • 3

    Next Steps: Course Evaluations and CE Certificates

    • Instructions for Completing Your Course Evaluation and Receiving your CE Certificate

    • July 15-16, 2020 Course Evaluation: Yoga Skills for EMDR Therapists

    • Course Evaluation: Yoga for Clinicians July 15-16, 2020 (Day 1)

    • Course Evaluation: Yoga for Clinicians July 15-16, 2020 (Day 2)

Important Information:

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. 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 trouble shooting 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.

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