This advanced training explores the use of the EMDR Standard Protocol with neurodiverse clients and the frequent adaptations needed. These adaptations are also appropriate to utilize with various clients who come to therapy with neuro-sensitivities. Learn how to accommodate sensory processing concerns, utilizing a hyper-focus as a resource, along with all the complexities of using the EMDR Sensitive Approach.

  • Live Virtual Course

    Live Virtual Training using HIPAA Compliant Zoom
    9am to 4:30pm
    Pacific Time

  • CE Credits

    This course is approved by EMDRIA and for 6 CEs.

  • Course Enrollment

    EMDR Professional Training Members: $199
    Regular Enrollment: $249

Candise Leininger, MS, LPC

Advanced Trainer

Candise Leininger, MS, LPC, has been providing EMDR Therapy for about 15 years to her clients in Wyoming and Colorado. She helped establish and volunteers to facilitate a monthly networking group (self-named PAW for Power Aspie Women) since 2018. She has volunteered as an EMDR training facilitator since 2017 for the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program. Candise is an EMDRIA approved Consultant and Trainer with EMDR Professional Training. Candise has specialized in counseling neurodiverse adults, those who have suffered narcissistic abuse, and the military connected population. Candise also dedicates time to heal the healers by providing intensive sessions to fellow EMDR therapists wanting to do some short term, time intensive reprocessing of their own maladaptive memory networks.

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EMDR Therapy Adaptations for the Neurodivergent Client

    1. Zoom Invitation

    1. Course Handouts

    1. EMDR Adaptations for the Neurodivergent Client Course Video

    1. Course Evaluation

    1. Your CE Certificate

EMDR Therapy Adaptations for the Neurodivergent Client

  • $249.00
  • 6 professional and EMDRIA CEs
  • Live Virtual Training
  • Friday, Sept. 22, 2023
    9am to 4:30pm Pacific Time

Course Description, Learning Objectives, Schedule

Program Abstract/ Program Description 

The EMDR Standard Protocol often requires many adaptations when working with neurodiverse clients. These adaptations are also helpful to various “neuro-spicy” individuals. Learn how to accommodate sensory processing concerns, utilize a hyper-focus as a resource, and all the complexities of using the EMDR Sensitive Approach.

Course Abstract:
EMDR Therapy can be very successful with autistic clients and all clients included under the neurodivergent umbrella. However, you may run into barriers that will slow or undermine your client’s healing process if not prepared to evaluate the need for special considerations when providing EMDR Therapy. This advanced training is designed to broaden your EMDR skills so that you can take the Sensitive Approach with your clients. You will learn how to:

•Evaluate the need for special considerations in therapy.
•Acknowledge the under-diagnosed neurodivergent clients.
•Maximize the window of tolerance for neurodivergent clients.
•Identify the unique risk factors and common trauma targets found in this population.

The EMDR Sensitive Approach covers adaptations for all 8 phases and 3 prongs of the EMDR Standard Protocol. It will help you identify clients that would benefit from the Sensitive Approach. There will be an emphasis on working with clients who meet the level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorder criteria. We will discuss a non-pathological conceptualization of the neurodivergent client that goes beyond our current DSM criteria perspective. Current research and social trends will be explored, including moving away from the concepts and terms such as “Disorder” and towards conceptualizing Autism as a “Condition, Diversity, Difference, Sensitivity, and/or Disability” when appropriate. With disorders we look for a cure, and with differences and disabilities we look to accept and support (and even celebrate).
Most importantly, we will work to accelerate your clinical creativity and sensitivity so that you will be able to meet your clients’ individual needs. The utmost care will be taken to stay grounded in the evidence based EMDR Standard Protocol while providing extensive adaptations in EMDR Therapy to accommodate any sensitivity your clients may possess. 

Course Objectives

By completing this course, participants will be able to:

1. Describe how adaptations to the EMDR Standard Protocol are appropriate based on individual clients’ needs related to their sensitivities and neurodiversity.

2.  Describe the EMDR Sensitive Approach in every phase and prong of the EMDR Protocol.

3.  Identify at least one of the unique risks and traumas neurodivergent clients often face.

4.  Describe a common adaptation that needs to be established early in the therapeutic relationship.

5.  Identify at least three adaptations in the EMDR Sensitive Approach that can be used when stuck in reprocessing.

6.  Distinguish between dissociation, abreaction, and sensory overload.

7.  Recognize presenting patterns in undiagnosed clients, diagnostic overshadowing, and masking.


**Course runs in PACIFIC Time Zone

Date: Time: Course Content:
Friday, September 22, 2023 8:30am - 9:00am Attendance Check in

9:00 - 10:30am Review of EMDR therapy protocols, theories, constructs, and the changing Neurodiversity Model conceptualization.

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 12:15pm Assessing and diagnosing ASD and trauma. Increasing awareness of diagnostic overshadowing and other neurodiversity by acquiring a Sensory Profile.

12:15 - 1:15pm Lunch

1:15 - 1:45pm EMDR Sensitive Approach for assessing for unique risk factors and common Targets.

1:45 - 2:45pm EMDR Sensitive Approach with adaptations for every Phase and Prong.

2:45 - 3:00 Break

3:00 - 4:00 EMDR Sensitive Approach in differentiating dissociation, abreaction, and sensory overload.

4:00 - 4:30 Review appropriate clinician responses while utilizing the EMDR Sensitive Approach.  Q and 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 6 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 by EMDRIA for 6 EMDRIA Credits, Approval #18023-44.

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 6 CEs through EMDR Professional Training's CE partner, See the information below for professional approvals. 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 – Provider # RCST031201

  • 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.

Certificates are awarded online after completion of the workshop. Participants print their own certificate after registering at, entering a keycode, and completing an evaluation form.

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Address: 1398 SW 160th Ave, Sunrise, FL 33326, USA
Phone: 954-290-8446
Email: [email protected]

More information about obtaining your CE Certificate for this course is available at the end of the workshop.

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There is no known commercial support for this program.

Our participants say it best.

EMDR Adaptations for Neurodiverse Clients

“Inclusive and practical! Candise's course was enjoyable, informative and practical. I left with many new ideas for making my practice more inclusive to ALL clients, especially those who may be neurodivergent. Thank you!”

“This was a wonderful learning experience! Candise, you have such a wide spectrum of rich insights and experience, it is growth provoking just to listen to you discuss and explore!! I also appreciate that you have developed an extensive list of support notes/resources, which I will definitely save and refer to often in my work in the future. I will continue to monitor your course offerings in the future, and hope to join you again!”

“In all my years of education I have had not been exposed to this material or depth and understanding in which it is presented.”


“Excellent for the Advanced practitioner. This is an amazing course geared toward mindful therapy of sensory sensitive groups.”