Yoga Skills for EMDR Therapists:  

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

March 2-3, 2023

9:00am-4:30pm Eastern Time Each Day (Online)


Join Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, REAT, RYT-500 and Paula Soto LCSW, E-RYT, YACEP for this one-of-a-kind EMDRIA advanced topics course.

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. Attendance at the entire training is required for credits. No partial credit can be awarded.

For full description and further training details 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.


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 

By Registering For This Training, You Acknowledge And Agree To The Following:

Training Information & Eligibility: You have read our EMDR Therapy Training information page prior to registering. Please also note that by taking the training in this online format, you will be required to pass a quiz following the second part of the training, per EMDRIA guidelines. The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an EMDRIA-approved provider to serve clinicians in the United States and Canada, only with certain limited exceptions. If you are a clinicians living outside of the United States or Canada, we suggest that you contact the Institute for Creative Mindfulness first or check with your regional organization (e.g., EMDR Europe, EMDR Asia, EMDR Australia). A U.S.-based training may not be accepted for accreditation in your country.

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 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: You are STRONGLY encouraged to also have a wired headset with a microphone or AirPods (or a similar Bluetooth product with earbuds and a microphone). By registering for these trainings, you acknowledge that you meet the technological requirements needed to participate.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: By registering for these trainings, you acknowledge you have read and agree to ICM's Organizational Policies, which stipulate the terms for refunds, cancellations, and resolving grievances and disputes. 

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 assistants 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 any 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 trainee creates an unsafe environment for you or for other trainees, or for any other reason, at their sole discretion.

Accommodations: The Institute for Creative Mindfulness follows the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We ask that if you are in need of any special accommodations that will allow you to take your training with us online, please email us with any special requests thirty days before the scheduled training. If, during the training, a need for an accommodation arises, you are expected to contact your instructor and/or practicum assistant immediately and we will discuss the best possible solution.

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: Throughout the training, you will be expected to participate in working practicum experiences in order to receive the certification. If you are currently in counseling or being treated for a mental health condition, it is recommended that you speak with your provider, alerting them that you are participating in the training. 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 that you will alert faculty or training staff before or during the training if any complications arise. You acknowledge that everyone taking part in the practicum experiences is new to Dancing Mindfulness and agree to keep the space as safe as possible for all involved. If any problems arise, you agree to address them with faculty or staff members. You also warrant that you are in good enough of a physical condition to take this multi-day training and that if you have any concerns, you have addressed them with your treating physician. You may participate in the training in a sitting position throughout the training, and we will cover appropriate modifications that can be made to address physical concerns or limitations, however, these modifications are not a substitute for professional medical advice. 

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 [email protected]. 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. 

Email [email protected] with any questions or concerns. 

About the Instructors

ICM Founder & Director Jamie Marich

Dr. Jamie Marich (she/they/we) began her career as a humanitarian aid worker in Bosnia-Hercegovina from 2000-2003, primarily teaching English and music. Jamie travels internationally teaching on topics related to trauma, EMDR therapy, expressive arts, mindfulness, and yoga, while maintaining a private practice and online education operations in her home base of Akron, OH. Marich is the founder of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness and the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness approach to expressive arts therapy. 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, Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation (2015), and Process Not Perfection: Expressive Arts Solutions for Trauma Recovery (2019). Marich co-authored EMDR Therapy & Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care along with colleague Dr. Stephen Dansiger in 2018, and their new book with Springer Publishing Healing Addiction with EMDR Therapy: A Trauma-Focused Guide released in 2021. North Atlantic Books published a revised and expanded edition of Trauma and the 12 Steps in the Summer of 2020, and they released The Healing Power of Jiu-Jitsu: A Guide to Transforming Trauma and Facilitating Recovery in 2022. Her latest release with North Atlantic Book, Dissociation Made Simple: A Stigma-Free Guide to Embracing Your Dissociative Mind and Navigating Life came out in January 2023. She has three more projects in the works with North Atlantic Books, including her personal memoir about surviving spiritual abuse called You Lied to Me About God, due out in Autumn 2024. The Huffington Post published her personal story of being out as a clinical professional with a dissociative disorder in May 2023. The New York Times featured Marich’s writing and work on Dancing Mindfulness in 2017 and 2020. 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. Jamie also sits on the editorial board of the EMDR Journal of Practice and Research, and she was the 2008 winner of the Poster Research Award at the EMDRIA Annual Conference.

Paula Soto

Paula Soto LCSW, ERYT, YACEP is a licensed clinical social worker, Certified EMDR therapist, and experienced registered yoga teacher with over two decades of experience empowering individuals and communities toward wellness.  Paula founded Intersections Wellness in 2012, to improve awareness and accessibility of body/mind healing practices.  Paula balances her time between her private psychotherapy practice, developing and implementing yoga and wellness programs for trauma-impacted and special needs populations, and educating the general public, yoga teachers, and health professionals on trauma, stress management, and body/mind practices.    Paula is an advanced topics trainer with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, EMDRIA-approved Consultant in Training, (working toward becoming a consultant with ICM), a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, a Dancing Mindfulness facilitator, an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, and a member of EMDRIA and NASW.   In her spare time, Paula enjoys cleaning stalls and spending time with horses at Orchardview Stables in Wexford, PA, a nonprofit therapeutic riding program.  She also can be found practicing at her local yoga studio or veering around with more spirit than skill at the roller skating rink.

Continuing Education Approvals

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is approved by the following organizations to offer 12 continuing education (CE) credit hours for this course:

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. 

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 for Certified Counselors

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness has been approved by National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6998. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Institute for Creative Mindfulness is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Association of Social Work 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: 03/16/2021 – 03/16/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 12 continuing education credits.

Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP)

Dr. Jamie Marich (E-RYT-200/RYT-500)-The Institute for Creative Mindfulness- is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. This course, if attended in full, offers 12 non-contact hours for Registered Yoga Teachers.

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) 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 (#10002-136).

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. Stay In Touch with The Institute for Creative Mindfulness

    2. Community Forum

    3. Completing Your Course Evaluation and Receiving Your CE Certificate

    4. Course Evaluation (Needed for CEs)

    5. Stay in Touch with Paula Soto

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