Desensitizing Triggers and Urge Reprocessing (DeTUR), an approach based on the information processing model of EMDR, is used with EMDR as an integral part of a comprehensive plan for the treatment of addictions and dysfunctional behaviors.

  • Live Virtual Course

    Live Virtual Training
    October 19-20, 2024
    9:00am-5:00pm each day Pacific Time

  • CE Credits

    This course is approved for 12 CE Credits by EMDRIA and
    **This course does not have APA approval.

  • Course Enrollment

    EMDR Professional Training Members: $399
    Regular Enrollment: $450

Instructor: Kristen Garubba, EdD, LMFT

Kristen Garubba, Ed.D., LMFT, was trained by Dr. A.J. Popky to become a DeTUR trainer, working with all of the nuances of his specific steps and interweaves.  With Kristen’s training and experience, A.J. Popky’s legacy remains intact and the excellent results of the DeTUR protocol will continue. 

Dr. Garubba works with a variety of populations, taking special interest in trauma, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and family relational issues. Her experience includes work within the non-profit sector, county crisis residential programs, victims of crime, residential substance abuse, and mental health program participants.  Dr. Garubba has also served as a clinical director and supervisor within substance abuse and private practice settings.

Kristen uses a variety of treatment approaches, including CBT, psychoeducation, motivational interviewing, and EMDR therapy with related specialty interventions including RTEP and DeTUR.  She now takes the role of training others in DeTUR, having been trained in the protocol by A.J. Popky, Ph.D.

Currently, Dr. Garubba owns and operates her private practice in San Juan Capistrano, California, providing individual, couples, and family therapy.  She is also an adjunct professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and at California State University, Fullerton where she teaches graduate level courses.  She also serves in a supervisory capacity for psychotherapists who are new to the profession.  Kristen brings with her long-standing experience in the field and holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Doctorate in Educational and Counseling Psychology both from Argosy University.

 Dr. Garubba’s Theory on Healing and Wellness:

“We are all capable of change and healing. We are not sick, broken, or damaged as many might believe. We are but a product of the world in which we are raised. As a healer in the mental health field, it is my job to find ways to aid my patients in finding a path to healing through education, caring, and coping skills. We learn in EMDR therapy that many issues such as depression, anxiety, and trauma are a direct result of adverse life events. Healing is possible through understanding the impact of those events and taking steps to achieve a sense of well being.” - Kristen Garubba Ed.D., LMFT

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DeTUR Training

    1. Zoom Application

    2. Your Zoom Invitation

    1. Slides for DeTUR workshop

    2. DeTUR note pages Day 1 -- revised November 2023

    3. DeTUR note pages Day 2 -- revised November 2023

    4. DeTUR Notepages -- Larger - 2up

    1. Handouts

    1. Introduction to AJ Popky

    2. Positive Resource State Female

    3. Positive Resource State Male

    4. Rapport Building Female

    5. Rapport Building Male

    6. Trigger Identification and Desensitization Male

    7. Desensitization and Transition to Standard Protocol

    8. DeTUR Start to Finish

    1. Course Evaluation -- DeTUR

About this Advanced Training

  • $450.00
  • Virtual Training
  • Resources and Videos included
  • 12 EMDRIA CEs

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Need Group Training?

This course can come to you!  If you have a group of 10 or more participants, Dr. Garubba can teach at your location  or virtually to conduct DeTUR training.  Contact EMDR Professional Training at 949-445-6548 for more!

The Work and Legacy of Arnold J. Popky, Ph.D.

At EMDR Professional Training, we honor the work and legacy of A.J. Popky, Ph.D., by continuing to offer training in his ground-breaking protocol.

Arnold (AJ) Popky, Ph.D., was instrumental in the founding of the EMDR Institute with Francine Shapiro and Robbie Dunton. As a specialist in PTSD and addiction, Dr. Popky developed the DeTUR AAIP urge protocol for addictions and dysfunctional behaviors, which he also presented in workshops and conferences internationally.  A charter member of the Marine Corps League DIV. 1277, Dr. Popky was affiliated with Re-Boot Resort Camp working with military veterans.  He also trained and consulted to DoD therapists at military bases around the globe, along with several drug rehabilitation centers.

Dr. Popky’s work can be found in EMDR Solutions by Robin Shapiro, Ph.D., EMDR Tool Box by Jim Knipe, Ph.D., and in Scripted Protocols by Marilyn Luber, Ph.D.

Course Description, Learning Objectives, and Schedule

Program Description 
Kristen Garubba, EdD, LMFT, demonstrates DeTUR, an Urge Reduction Protocol for addictions and dysfunctional behaviors using the Accelerated Adaptive Information Processing Model which was developed by Arnold “AJ” Popky, PhD. During the workshop, participants practice DeTUR phases including client empowerment through resource accessing, installation of positive treatment goals, identification and desensitization of triggers, and techniques of relapse prevention.

DeTUR (Desensitization of Triggers and Urge Reprocessing) is an urge reduction protocol used as the nucleus of an overall methodology in the treatment of a wide range of chemical addictions and dysfunctional behaviors. This method was developed and refined by AJ Popky, Ph.D., through actual client interaction and feedback from other EMDR trained therapists using the same protocol. It was initially introduced as a “stop smoking” protocol at the first EMDR conference in 1992.

This eclectic addiction treatment method is trauma based, combining client internal resources with external support including the 12-step model and other known and proven treatment methods as cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused, Erickson, thought field therapy, Satire, neuro linguistic programming.  The basis or foundation is the accelerated information processing using bi-lateral processing as outlined in EMDR to uncover and process the base trauma(s) or core issues as the underlying cause behind the addiction.

Though somewhat similar to the phases of EMDR, using history, assessment, diagnosis and preparation of the client. DeTUR targets the triggers that bring up the uncomfortable feelings leading to the urges. DeTUR phases also include client empowerment through resource accessing, installation of positive treatment goals, identification and desensitization of triggers, and techniques of relapse prevention. The purpose of the protocol is to uncover the core traumas and reprocess them through to completion. In achieving reprocessing the triggers no longer stimulate the need to use or act out and the new response becomes the positive treatment goal of coping and functioning successfully in life as determined by the client.

Course Objectives

Through lecture, discussion, video clips, and practicum experiences, participants will be able to:

1.  Summarize the use of the DeTUR protocol.
2.  Demonstrate each step of the protocol to uncover core traumas and reprocess them to completion.
3.  Identify at least one rapid technique to aid clients in accessing their own inner resources.
4.  Contrast at least one difference between positive goal (PG) and positive state (PS).
5.  Identify what constitutes a client’s triggers.
6.  Demonstrate at least one method to elicit the client’s positive goal.
7.  Recall how to anchor the positive state into the client’s philosophy.
8.  Analyze how to segue from the DeTUR protocol to the EMDR model.
9.  Identify at least one technique to aid client in handling relapse.


(Please note that your instructor may adjust times slightly as needed.)




OCT 19, 2024, Pacific Time

8:30 – 9:00am Sign in to Zoom -- technology check


9:00 – 10:30am Intro to Dr. Garubba, the work of A.J. Popky, DeTUR Overview, Addiction & Trauma


10:30 – 10:45am Break


10:45am – 12:30pm Addiction Treatment
The DeTUR Protocol


12:30 – 1:00pm Lunch break on your own


1:00- 2:00pm The DeTUR Protocol:
Finding core traumas and reprocessing to completion.
Methods to elicit client’s positive goal.
Video cases


2:00 – 2:15pm Break


2:15 – 4:30pm Practicum 1


4:30 – 5:00pm Review of concepts and protocol, applications to various populations, Q & A


OCT 20, 2024, Pacific Time

8:55 – 9:00am Sign In


9:00 – 10:30am Review of DeTUR concepts Q & A Video


10:30am – 10:45am Break


10:45am – 12:30pm DeTUR Research


12:30 – 1:00pm Lunch break on your own.


1:15 – 2:00pm Interweaves and Final Steps of DeTUR and Transition to EMDR Standard Protocol


2:00 – 2:15pm Break


2:15 – 4:30pm Practicum 2


4:30 – 5:00pm Review of concepts and protocol, Q & A and wrap up.


Eligibility and Approvals


This course is considered an advanced course for EMDR therapy clinicians.  Before enrolling in this course, participants should successfully complete an EMDRIA approved EMDR Basic Training program.

If you have not yet taken EMDR Basic Training, please go to our Basic Training schedule on our EMDR Basic Training home page at EMDR Professional Training.


This course is a 12 CE course. Participants  are responsible for checking with their state boards to verify CE requirements.

EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) CEs

EMDR Professional Training is an approved EMDRIA CE Provider (#18023), and this program is approved for 12 EMDRIA Credits, Approval #18023-55.

TRAINING LEVEL: Beginning level

Eligibility for EMDRIA Credits is restricted to those who have completed an EMDRIA-Approved Basic EMDR Training.

Continuing Education Credit - Professional CEs

Continuing Education Credit is approved for 12 CEs through EMDR Professional Training's CE partner, Please note that this training does not have APA approval. is approved by:

  • The American Psychological Association (APA). is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

  • Florida Certification Board

  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP. Expires 3/31/2025.

  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements.

  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-174-0225. Expires 02-2025

  • The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners – meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

  • The Texas Board of Professional Counselors – meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

  • Massachusetts Authorization Number: (TBD)

  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Approval from a state licensing board for counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists is accepted by the OH CSWMFTB.

  • New York Social Work Board – is recognized by the New York State EducationDepartment’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0120.

  • New York Mental Health Practitioners Board., Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors.  #MHC-0260.
  • New York Psychology Board., Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0211.
  • The Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider #: 50-4896) Expires 10/31/2024. Do not send certificates to the Florida Board of Nursing. You must keep this certificate for 4 years.
  • The California Board of Registered Nursing. CEP 15647 Expires 11/30/2024.
  • This course is NOT available for NBCC credit.

  • This training does not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers.

Licensed Professionals should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.

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Phone: 954-290-8446
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