Yoga Skills for EMDR Therapists

An Online Training Event Taking Place January 21-22, 2020 Eastern Time

Yoga Skills for EMDR Therapists:  

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

January 21-22, 2021

8:30am-4:00pm Eastern Time 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. 

*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 
Jamie Marich
Jamie Marich
ICM Founder & Director

About the instructor

Dr. Jamie Marich describes herself as a facilitator of transformative experiences. A clinical trauma specialist, expressive artist, writer, yogini, performer, short filmmaker, Reiki master, 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 in her home base of Warren, OH. Marich is the founder of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness and the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness practice to expressive arts therapy. She is also the co-creator of the Yoga Unchained approach to trauma-informed yoga, and the developer of Yoga for Clinicians. Marich is the author of EMDR Made Simple: 4 Approaches for Using EMDR with Every Client (2011), Trauma and the Twelve Steps: A Complete Guide for Recovery Enhancement (2012), Creative Mindfulness (2013), Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment, and Working with Survivors, and Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation (2015). Marich co-authored EMDR Therapy & Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care along with colleague Dr. Stephen Dansiger, which was released with Springer Publishing in 2017. Her newest title, Process Not Perfection: Expressive Arts Solutions for Trauma Recovery, released in April 2019.  North Atlantic Books is publishing a second and expanded edition of Trauma and the 12 Steps, due for release in the Summer of 2020. Marich’s writing and work on Dancing Mindfulness was featured in the New York Times in 2017.  In 2015, she had the privilege of delivering a TEDx talk on trauma. NALGAP: The Association of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies awarded Jamie with their esteemed President’s Award in 2015 for her work as an LGBT advocate. The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) granted Jamie the 2019 Advocacy in EMDR Award for her using her public platform in media and in the addiction field to advance awareness about EMDR therapy and to reduce stigma around mental health.

Anna Schott
Anna Schott
ICM Adjunct Faculty

About the instructor

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.

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 (#10002-85).

What's included?

3 Surveys
7 Texts

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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